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Love In Her Eyes
Love In Her Eyes

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Challenge: Defining Feature (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S602Z
Location: The living room
Date: Oct 10, 2004
Aperture: 5.60
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/90
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Oct 10, 2004

The first time I met my fiancee, she had a wonderful spark in her eyes; a particular happiness that when I asked her, she told me that it was the love in her eyes. I hope I captured it.

I took a cutout of a big pink heart, and put it on black poster board. We took many tries at getting the lighting and the angle just right. It proved much more difficult than I thought it would!

PP :

1) crop from the giant macro shot
2) some clonig out annoying reflections in her eyes
3) some cloning to make the heart shape a little more heart shaped
4) some healing to get rid of some lines and some freakles (my girlfriend loved this feature!)
5) slight USM (55% / 1.5 pixels / 3 threshold).
6) ran it through the virtual photographer plugin by OptikVerge Labs for Photoshop CS, and set it t the radiant filter, and then bumped the 'soft' setting way down
7) another crop, and then save for web.

I really hope this photo does well. It is much more processed than I originally set out for when I had the shot in my mind, but I think it came out really well. I hope the voters think so too!

Place: 40 out of 122
Avg (all users): 5.7767
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 5.5732
Avg (non-participants): 5.9113
Views since voting: 916
Views during voting: 298
Votes: 206
Comments: 10
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/17/2004 03:31:09 PM
Returning to make comments: Bravo to you for technical excellence. I'm quite sure this shot will find its way into the top three. I especially like the use of the very shallow DOF to keep our attention on the in-focus lashes surrounding the iris of the eye. I'm glad you avoided using selective desaturation on this shot. I think the emphasis would have been too "in your face." Besides, I appreciate the simplicity of B&W used here. My personal preference would have been to have seen a little more contrast to make the pupil black, but perhaps this wasn't possible due to the subtle tones on the skin. Either way, this is excellent work. 9.
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10/17/2004 02:47:48 PM
returning for comments
Ah, those that doubt what can be done with a camera and they are members of a photo club? Very nice comp and clever idea. bumping up.
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10/13/2004 08:11:39 AM
Very cool.
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10/13/2004 12:47:34 AM
Clever. Well done. Focus is right where it needs to be.
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10/12/2004 08:42:30 PM
I had this as a 10 before it even got validated...Great job.
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10/12/2004 06:54:21 PM
Great idea and nice execution... Not sure why it needed to be validadted...
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10/11/2004 04:22:45 AM
Nice idea... softenes of colors are wonderfull.
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10/11/2004 04:11:39 AM
Interesting imaage, how did you get the reflection?
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10/11/2004 02:50:43 AM
Cute!! There's a TON of eye pictures in this challenge, but this is one of the best.
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10/11/2004 01:38:59 AM
great idea and great execution.
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