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Spa ... because you're worth it!
Spa ... because you're worth it!

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Challenge: Before and After (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus E-20
Location: my home
Date: Feb 2, 2003
Aperture: f4
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/10
Galleries: Still Life, Advertisement
Date Uploaded: Feb 2, 2003

Self-portrait. One side of my face/head with spa mask and eye treatment. Other side, makeup and fixed hair. Cropped, slight curves. Each side of face cut and pasted into a new mat/padding (black), to create the line down the middle, and then result printed out on matte finish paper. Print out used as a prop with other spa accessories, and photographed again. I like how it is sorta like an advertisment. I had fun. This is my first ever self portrait! I will have to do another that makes me look good in the future!

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02/10/2003 09:47:58 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club :)

Good morning, Karen :)

You are way too sohpisticated for me. Down here in the south, our finer ladies just rub a little mayonaisse on their faces to keep them young looking all the time :)

I think you have a very good concept with this photo. The before/after concept is readily visible. I think your lighting for this shot is also just about perfect. There is only one item that *I* would change in this particular shot that I believe could create some added impact... I believe that if your 'loofa' (is that spelt rite?) was a darker color, it would create a little stronger contrast in the image, but then again, it could also distract the viewer from the before/after portrait, so maybe not... just a thought...

Since this is a still life image, I believe that you could have possibly made the towel sharper with a little larger DOF. The front-facing part of the towel is a little fuzzy, but not a big issue at all. It's not the subject of the photo.

The part of the 'after' face where the loofa is protruding into the image is also creating a 'contrast' that is eye catching. I'm not sure if that's a good thing in this photo or not.

Your vision was relayed nicely... keep up the good work :)

Love ya... mean it :)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/08/2003 09:27:41 AM
Gawd... the time we women are encouraged to spend rubbing goo into our skin because "we're worth it".... I think I'm worth a yacht cruise myself :P.

The composition of this is great, and that image in the background is striking. It doesn't appeal to me though. It feels like something from a women's magazine, and I react against that kind of self-esteem manipulating, fraudulent cosmetics-selling drivel. I blame my mother for raising me as a feminist :P.
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02/06/2003 03:30:59 PM
This is very funny, I like it. It is in a good focus and is very good light too.
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02/06/2003 10:42:50 AM
Strong on topic. Good composition...interesting. This could be an ad for a spa or cosmetic! Lisa
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02/03/2003 01:12:04 PM
Fun shot, creative.
The colors are too bland. The towel should of been turned a bit to the show the side (and in a color), the Ponds jar is also such a light neutral color that it\'s about lost. Still in all, I very much admire you thinking here, this is NOT a bad piece of work. Keep shootin!
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02/03/2003 10:03:03 AM
challenge met. what a wonderful idea! and the execution is good, too. for a change, glare on the skin adds something to the photo :) i like how you have added some of the other "ingredients" to the right, they really complete the picture. the only nitpick i have with it is that the thing on top overlays the dark reflection of the hair in the mirror and is a bit distracting. but that's only nitpicky. the ponds over the mirror works well. :)
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02/03/2003 01:03:37 AM
nice work!

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