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"Until Death Did We Part"
"Until Death Did We Part"

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Challenge: Image Grain (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon PowerShot S230
Location: Sisters house
Date: Oct 20, 2005
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/8
Galleries: Emotive, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Oct 21, 2005

Yes, this is my daughter AGAIN! She liked doing this one! I don't expect this one to do very well, but I figured it was close to Halloween and I was dying (no pun intended!) to do something scary, so I did! Cloning on background, dropped hue to nothing, burn eyes and mouth,add noise. AAARRRRGGG, I really had a hard time entering this one, I am a Neat Image freak!!!! I was going for the old horror film look. Just watched "The Wolfman" for the first time. That's where I got this idea. My daughter just went to see the "Corpse Bride", so this was what we came up with. Not quite what I wanted, but didn't have the time to reshoot. I know, a girl in a scarf, but, really it's a veil!!

Place: 60 out of 274
Avg (all users): 5.7027
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.5614
Avg (non-participants): 5.9296
Views since voting: 932
Views during voting: 368
Votes: 185
Comments: 13
Favorites: 1 (view)

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03/24/2009 08:42:01 PM
Very morbid, but pretty. Good choice to make it grainy.
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11/03/2005 04:10:15 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club:

The challenge, Image Grain, was to use grain or noise to enhance your photo. Yoy did this well.

The added grain looks pretty good on the background. Can't quite work out the pattern on the background, perhaps flowery curtains? There are blown out highlights on the nose and forehead which do detract from the dark look, had this been kept darker it would have added to the overall effect. I am guessing that a certain amount of burning was done around the eyes, cheek bones and neck. In my opinion the neck and shoulders area have been over burned and the result is almost a dirty look, rather than a shadowy look.

Nicely composed with subject(daughter) being positioned to the right...makes you wonder what she is looking at approaching from the left. I can't find any faults with composition, the 'veil' fits well as does the brief glimpse of a dress on the shoulder. This reminds me of the French Revolution type picture.

Apart from the things I mentioned earlier, there is a lot going for this photo, maybe worth a reshoot. Try to even up the exposure on the neck and shoulder with the face, avoiding those blown highlights and this is a winner. The whites of the eyes could be lifted slightly. All in all a fair result for what could have been a really high scorer. Hope this is helpful and constructive.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/28/2005 06:38:03 PM
It's sackcloth and ashes, of course ... and, in view of the title, in this case it's for mourning rather than pentinence. That makes me nervous about commenting freely, because it looks real rather than simulated. It makes a stark and arresting image. The lighting is beautiful, the composition is simple yet elegant, and the processing, including the use of grain, is sympathetic to the mood and the subject. 8
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10/28/2005 03:42:00 AM
Everything about this is good ... except the neck. It seems to be too dark and out of context.
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10/27/2005 02:05:42 PM
Nice processing! I know you wanted the eye at the back to be dark but on my TFT monitor it looks like her eye is closed and the eyelash is pointing unnaturally downwards. But these monitors show everything up way too bright anyway.
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10/26/2005 04:53:29 PM
I am loving this pic!!!
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10/26/2005 03:17:01 PM
This is a striking image. I had to look.
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10/25/2005 09:51:52 PM
Well done.
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10/25/2005 09:01:59 PM
Almost spooky and mysterious. 8.
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10/25/2005 10:17:56 AM
I'm not sure what is going on here, but her forehead and nose look overexposed.
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10/25/2005 04:19:56 AM
Scary, but nice.
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10/24/2005 04:50:51 PM
AWESOME! I love the tile and subject of this shot!
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10/24/2005 04:00:41 PM
A very striking photo. The B&W looks really good. Grain definitely helps to set a mood here.
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