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Freckles & Dirt
Freckles & Dirt

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Challenge: People II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Location: Acacia Park, Colorado Springs, CO
Date: Apr 16, 2005
Aperture: 10
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Candid, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Apr 17, 2005

OK, so kid pictures usually don't do that well in challenges, and everybody is going to mention the bright sun spot on the left side of his cheek. That's OK, this isn't a studio shot, and I like it. I hope some of you do as well.

Major editing steps include:
Crop, convert to BW using Calculations in Photoshop, Gray/Blue/Screen/55%

I then adjusted levels, then used shadow/highlight recovery, which really brought out the detail in the eyes, making them the real focal point of this shot. I then did some minor levels again, and some contrast adjustment.
I then hit Cntrl-Alt-Shift-Tilde to select the light areas, inverted the selection, and then filled a new adjustment layer with a warm tone. I changed the blend mode to overlay and reduced the opacity. I thought about cloning out the dirt on Josh's face, but decided to keep it, as it helps to define his character in this shot.
I then ran it through Fred Miranda's Intellisharpen utility, followed by USM at 160/0.15.

Place: 52 out of 251
Avg (all users): 6.0921
Avg (commenters): 7.6842
Avg (participants): 6.0165
Avg (non-participants): 6.1695
Views since voting: 1148
Views during voting: 419
Votes: 239
Comments: 22
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/24/2005 11:40:19 PM
He has beautiful eyes!
04/24/2005 10:33:22 PM
Beautiful eyes -- might have cropped to just show them, they are striking
04/24/2005 08:51:29 PM
Eyes hold your gaze.
04/24/2005 08:44:22 PM
great eyes
04/24/2005 05:57:22 PM
the eyes look very unnatural (too bright or too much contrast), and the lighting on the left side of the face is a bit distracting as well..
04/24/2005 12:54:12 PM
Beautiful luminous eyes and excellent detail!
04/24/2005 12:46:37 PM
This is excellent work. The eyes in this portrait are mesmerizing, and your choice of toning is strong also.
04/24/2005 12:09:50 PM
Great detail and piercing eyes. 8
04/24/2005 12:08:25 PM
the eyes really draw u into this image soo i almost did not notice a few imperfections
04/24/2005 10:17:20 AM
I absolutely love his eyes. Very nive capture
04/24/2005 07:56:51 AM
Intriguing eyes! Good catch.
04/24/2005 03:00:46 AM
Wonderful eyes, great expression. A little bright along the left.
04/24/2005 01:12:20 AM
This is going to sound silly, but the first thing I notice about this shot is the eyes...which is great. But then it seems the thing that grabs my attention most are the nostrils! The just seem so dark compared to the rest of the face, I guess. In any case, I find that to be very distracting.
04/19/2005 11:55:40 PM
Good details.
04/19/2005 08:05:17 PM
this fella is gonna break hearts with those eyes, great capture!!!!
04/18/2005 03:25:24 PM
I like the freckle, not so much the dirt. Good strong composition none-the-less. Are the eyes that bright naturally or did you dodge them that bright?
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04/18/2005 02:26:58 PM
very nice portrait...unique looking kid ..7
04/18/2005 11:41:04 AM
I love this! The little boy is so cute.He looks like he should be in GAP ads!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/18/2005 11:39:28 AM
Good portrait and excellent focus on the eyes. The border may be a bit overdone for my taste
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/18/2005 07:16:51 AM
Wow- what a commanding shot. Those are some intense eyes! Love the crop, love the clarity of the image, nothing to suggest! It's excellent!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/18/2005 02:06:39 AM
This photo is absolutely brilliant. The right cheek is a little hot, but it doesn't bleed into the background so it still helps define the curves of the subject's face. Very nicely done.
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04/18/2005 12:15:56 AM
Beautiful eyes
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