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P is for Princess
P is for Princess

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Challenge: Pink (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Kodak LS443
Location: Daughter's bedroom
Date: Feb 1, 2005
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Feb 1, 2005

I knew as soon as I saw the "Pink" challenge that I'd be taking a picture of my daughter. I didn't count on us being sick as dogs which made for a very unhappy model (not to mention the unhappy photographer coughing constantly while trying to get a decent shot).

Anyway, the thing she's standing in front of is a piece of artwork my mother ordered for her which has "Princess Zolivia" painted across the top. I had her stand in front of her name because I wanted exactly what you see in the photo.

Basically this is what I did:
rotated 2 degrees to the right, cropped, used unsharp mask (84%), slightly blurred her hair and face which was a little too sharp from the unsharp mask, saturated the flowers and her cheek with the sponge tool, blurred the flowers slightly to reduce grain, upped contrast (+30), cloned out a teensy bit of a letter that was showing right above her nose, dodged eye to make it whiter, cloned out slight imperfection on banner (on painting), burned and dodged a little around lips since she was a little pale during the shoot, cloned out darkness around her eyes, dodged darkness around eyes, and burned eyelashes

This is the first photo I've done a lot of post processing on, and I'm still not sure about it, but I want to see how it does.

Place: 152 out of 270
Avg (all users): 5.1275
Avg (commenters): 6.0909
Avg (participants): 5.0423
Avg (non-participants): 5.2385
Views since voting: 821
Views during voting: 369
Votes: 251
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

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02/22/2005 11:10:39 PM
I sent you an email about this, but I wanted to leave a comment on the photo. I think this is really great--I like all the different sources of pink, including the blush on your daughter's cheeks. I especially like the way it's composed here--the way she fits in with the background. I see what others are saying about the shadow, but I didn't even notice it until I read the other comments, so while I think it would improve the photo to control them, I don't think it is an issue here.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/13/2005 12:43:46 PM
It looks to staged for me... almost forced.
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02/13/2005 01:38:39 AM
A top image very beautiful and interesting
Great work
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02/12/2005 09:28:15 AM
I like this shot and have scored it high but the shadow of the girl's face on the background is a distraction that's hard to overlook
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02/10/2005 10:01:27 PM
This is the one time where I forgive the red tones in the facial area. The entire image delivers a good impact. 7
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02/10/2005 05:11:21 AM
Pretty Pink Princess.
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02/09/2005 02:22:05 PM
I like this! What a beautiful, cheerful picture. And the model is exceptional :) [9]
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02/08/2005 04:58:46 PM
Its a very cute idea, and a good attempt. The shadow, and the oversaturation are its downfalls. Just my pov. 6
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02/08/2005 08:44:03 AM
Shame about the ugly shadow caused by the lighting. Nice subject and background, although she really needs to be a bit further away from the writing.
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02/08/2005 01:05:34 AM
cute image but very busy background. also, move her away from the wall next time so the shadows are not so harsh.
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02/07/2005 09:42:52 PM
Lots of pink here! Something about her face looks almost unreal, and the shadow is a bit distracting.
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02/07/2005 01:38:23 PM
I would have loved to see just her instead of the painted backgroud, I think it takes away from her... She does look cute though!
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02/07/2005 01:01:03 AM
Nice wallpaper.
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