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Pumpkin Head
Pumpkin Head

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Challenge: Halloween IV (Expert Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Location: Fitchburg, WI
Date: Nov 3, 2012
Date Uploaded: Nov 3, 2012

I admit, I was not intending to enter this challenge when I saw it was expert. But then I decided that I would like to try to continue to refine my Post processing skills. That's when I thought of doing a pumpkin head shot where I would shoot one portrait shot and one pumpkin shot, and see if I could combine them in postprocessing later. It took quite a few hours but I was finally able to combine something that I was happy with.

I'm sure won't do it as well as some of the magnificent images that will surely be a part of this challenge, but that's okay I'm happy with what I have and that's what really counts.

Place: 25 out of 67
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11/14/2012 01:13:08 AM
I like it! I'm glad you did it and entered it.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/12/2012 09:21:40 PM
Creative LOVE it
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11/08/2012 04:08:03 PM
Voted earlier coming back to comment.

Expression is mad and very threatening. Add to that mixture the overlay of a pumpkin shining through and you get one scary dude you don't want to mess with while walking in a lonely field:-) That said, I do have two critiques that would make the composition even stronger. First, the details/contrast in the eyes are lost and a bit dark. I would recommend playing around with brightness/contrast on the iris/pupil or if you have it Topaz Adjust to bring out the details. Second, there is just a little of the pink/red tones on the lips/mouth that are visible which gives that area a strange 'outline' that doesn't blend in with the rest of the orange skin tones that are dominant in the face. I think you just needed to make sure the pumpkin overlay covered that area as well.
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11/07/2012 08:00:47 PM
Outstanding exposure, great photo!
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11/07/2012 02:04:36 PM
Fish-eye effect would have fitted well to this one :-)
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11/07/2012 08:07:28 AM
Cool pumpkin head I like it.
Nice background also.
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11/07/2012 07:28:41 AM
:-) this is awesome
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