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Challenge: You're Doing It Wrong (Expert Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Date: Nov 22, 2012
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 320
Shutter: 1/40
Galleries: Humorous, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Nov 22, 2012

[Nov. 26th, 2012 10:31:58 AM]

This is my darling wife and was shot at the last minute. It's hardly an original idea, but something I've always wanted to do.

I started to actually do it as a self-portrait, but my wife asked me how it would work since I hadn't shaved in a few days and had a small beard. I think the disappointed look on my face convinced her to pose for me. Since it's not a true self-portrait, I suppose the title is also something else I'm "doing wrong."

This is taken from one raw file and wasn't entirely too hard to edit and blend.

This started its first day around 6.6 and is now up to 7.2, what a trend!

[Nov. 29th, 2012 10:03:01 PM]

We are approaching the deadline and it's holding steady at a strong 7.1. Very excited!

In response to some of the comments:
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Art Roflmao: I thought about this, but the human brain is very eager to recognize "faces" and thought this would work stronger in that regard. (Rotate it in PS and notice it's much harder for the eyes to lock on somewhere.)
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' CNovack and ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Bear_Music: I agree, but my original idea was doing a self-portrait, looking at the image just taken and thinking "What went wrong?!?" A reach, maybe, but it made me laugh. Also, as explained above, the title I just decided to "shoehorn" in. I'm obviously doing it wrong.
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Kroburg: My dear wife and I would like to explain that this is not a "pustule," but a "beauty mark," and I personally love it.
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' blindjustice: Along with rotating the whole image, I actually thought of this too, but only after I started getting such good feedback! :) I think it would look cool with her hair hanging down.

Thanks all!

Place: 4 out of 46
Avg (all users): 7.2080
Avg (commenters): 7.8000
Avg (participants): 6.8182
Avg (non-participants): 7.3478
Views since voting: 2165
Views during voting: 369
Votes: 125
Comments: 23
Favorites: 1 (view)

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12/05/2012 04:25:11 AM
Congratulations on your honorable mention .. as I put in my earlier comments, this is a wonderful, disconcerting photo and I too think her beauty mark is darling.
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11/30/2012 10:34:15 AM
Congrats,thought this would do well.
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11/30/2012 09:25:43 AM
Excellent work!
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11/30/2012 07:45:33 AM
You're freaking me out
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11/30/2012 02:23:13 AM
congrats! Shows how much I know. ;-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/29/2012 10:35:27 PM
How eerie is this? You put it together so well that it has the creepy factor down pat ... great job!
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11/29/2012 10:07:02 PM
So righteously freaky!
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11/29/2012 09:38:28 PM
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11/29/2012 07:52:30 PM
shouldn't your hair be hanging down? whatever I am sufficiently intrigued.
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11/29/2012 07:09:26 PM
Hahaha! I'm not sure this represents anybody "doing it wrong", but it is hysterical.
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11/29/2012 07:02:01 PM
Oh, dear. That's really disconcerting.
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11/29/2012 04:29:30 PM
hanging around?
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11/29/2012 09:47:02 AM
Great processing, really looks weird. But why not removed that pustule on her forehead/neck, it's a bit distracting. But a very good image overall.
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11/29/2012 07:08:13 AM
Oh my! How bizarrely well done!
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11/28/2012 04:49:51 PM
One of the few that is visually so wrong.
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11/28/2012 10:23:53 AM
haha you are doing it wrong!
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11/28/2012 10:04:21 AM
This hurts my brain to look at but I like it.
Well done.
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11/27/2012 11:48:13 PM
Voted earlier coming back to comment.

Lighting, editing, and composition are all top notch and spot on. One thing does throw me off a bit. It is that it is not so much as You Are Doing it Wrong' as opposed to the audience reaction of "Oh, now that is just wrong!!!" No question it is a surreal almost Dali like composition and it does really well on that creative note. Hmmmm, I guess it is the title that really does not fit the spirit of the picture - had it been something along the lines of 'Gary's Photoshop Skills Gives the Modeling Agencies Fits' it would combine the reaction of "You're doing it wrong" with "Now, that's just wrong!"
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11/27/2012 04:34:07 PM
That's some really nice blending to make this somewhat "realistic".
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11/25/2012 09:43:56 PM
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11/24/2012 06:21:55 AM
I think this is great! I know I won't be the only one to suggest it, but I think you should have gone with it flipped the other way (vertically). Great work, though. Good luck!
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11/23/2012 12:08:21 PM
This is excellent
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11/23/2012 11:40:12 AM
How utterly bizarre and effective. Seemless pp'g
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