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02/19/2006 02:57:46 AM · #1
Is it just me, or are my eyes purple?? If you stare at them long enough, they turn blue!! I did nothing to change the color...that's just the way they are. By the way, is it a good self portrait? Any suggestions?
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02/19/2006 03:21:46 AM · #2
It looks like that color's reflected from something else in the shot.. maybe if the rest of your face wasn't desaturated they wouldn't look out of place.

It is a nice picture though.
02/19/2006 03:34:26 AM · #3
Originally posted by MadMan2k:

It looks like that color's reflected from something else in the shot.. maybe if the rest of your face wasn't desaturated they wouldn't look out of place.

It is a nice picture though.


I don't think it could have been reflected off of anything. I had another wall that way. But in the color one, my eyes do look different. Why would it look so out of place though when everything else is in black and white??
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02/19/2006 03:47:40 AM · #4
Originally posted by MadMan2k:

It looks like that color's reflected from something else in the shot.. maybe if the rest of your face wasn't desaturated they wouldn't look out of place.

It is a nice picture though.


Looks like it might be a reflection from you eyeshadow/eyeliner. :)
02/19/2006 03:53:19 AM · #5
Eyes pick up colors from skin, lighting, etc. I don't know the physics of it and I don't know anything about portraits. I think sometimes with a selective desat for portraits, they desaturate the whole thing and just colorize the eyes with something else.. like this (I know the color is wrong, just for illustration)
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02/19/2006 05:47:48 AM · #6
The human brain's interpretation of color and brightness is surprisingly subjective (see this for an illustration). On my monitor the flecks of red in your eyes are more pronounced than the blue. I think that selectively altering the saturation was a good idea, but the obvious saturation in your eyes feels too odd; rather than drawing my attention, the effect dominates my perception of the image. I think that a somewhat more subtle approach may yield a more effective presentation.

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The light is a little harsh, which caused most of the detail on your forehead to be washed out and caused the strong shadows beside your nose and hair. Positioning the light farther from your face and diffusing it a little would help to soften the illumination. Since you're gazing so intently at something outside of the frame, it would be nice to see you reacting to it emotionally. I agree that the curl in your bangs is a little distracting. The close crop gives the image a somewhat intimate feel. You may wish to experiment with different crops to see how it changes the dynamics of the image (e.g. leaving more negative space to your left would emphasize your gaze).
02/19/2006 10:29:12 AM · #7
Originally posted by Chilibean:

Originally posted by MadMan2k:

It looks like that color's reflected from something else in the shot.. maybe if the rest of your face wasn't desaturated they wouldn't look out of place.

It is a nice picture though.


I don't think it could have been reflected off of anything. I had another wall that way. But in the color one, my eyes do look different. Why would it look so out of place though when everything else is in black and white??
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It depends on how you desaturated the rest of the image. Did you select the individual colors, and drag the saturation slider to zero? Or did you select the eyes, invert selection, then completely desaturate the rest of the photo?

If it's the first method, then there's no doubt that you stripped some of the color from the eyes. If it's the second method, or a method near it, such as with a layer mask, then I have no idea heh.
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