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Challenge: Glasses II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: Oklahoma
Date: Mar 15, 2012
Aperture: f4.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/30
Date Uploaded: Mar 15, 2012

So the crow in me sees sparkly objects and must have them. When I came across these spectacular spectacles in a local grocery store somehow they found their way into my cart. Since then they've been in my car just waiting for their chance to come out and play. Little did I know (3 months later) they would be perfect for this challenge! Plus I always have a healthy supply of glitter of all colors, so naturally I had the perfect magenta to go with the glasses. ;o)

The technicals - Lit with one Alien Bee with beauty dish mod directly in front and slightly above the model. That beauty dish is magical!

PP - Boost exposure, crop, boost contrast, slight adjustment to color balance, healing brush and clone tool to remove a blemish and some stray hairs, cloning tool to get rid of a couple stray sparkles, sharpen.

Place: 24 out of 113
Avg (all users): 5.9017
Avg (commenters): 7.1667
Avg (participants): 5.7143
Avg (non-participants): 5.9915
Views since voting: 342
Views during voting: 305
Votes: 173
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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04/03/2012 11:28:27 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

I smiled when I saw this image in voting, and it makes me smile now that it's been assigned to me to critique! Very funky, Lily Tomlin comes to mind here. I love shots like this and am glad you were sharp enough to know a good prop when you saw it, and resourceful enough to hoard sparklies :-) I might have cloned in a few more sparkles on the lower part of the bottom lip. The beauty dish's reflection adds to the glam look you went for. (Should get me one of those.) I like that you let your hair frame your face, and don't see the bg as being too close at all. It would be interesting to see this shot cropped in portrait orientation.

Looks like you had fun, and you entered a shot that you liked, and eh wala 24/113 is a very fine score. You should be proud! Keep on shooting and entering.

Feel free to PM me,

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/27/2012 10:01:27 PM
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03/27/2012 01:40:44 PM
Very much Katy perry style.
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03/24/2012 10:14:42 AM
Top 3
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03/23/2012 02:35:40 PM
Cool shot. Very bright and sparkly. Seems like too much of the top of the head is cut off, perhaps it should have all been included?
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03/22/2012 10:20:29 PM
I really like the colors and the sparkly glasses are cool. The way you used the light in the shades was a neat trick. The processing is good and the only real negative comment is that the square crop really accentuates the length of the womans face. I kind of reframed the shot in my browser cutting off the edge for a more rectangular crop which helped balance the image a bit more.
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03/21/2012 07:52:55 PM
Bumping to a 9. Only nitpick is the closeness of her to the background, or at least the appearance of it. Maybe the crop is just too tight. Otherwise, top notch. :)
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