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Challenge: Image Grain (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S5100
Location: My office
Date: Oct 23, 2005
Aperture: F/2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/5
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Oct 23, 2005

I wasn't planning on entering this challenge!! But my friend Daniel asked me to take some portraits of him, and I liked the look of this one with the noise added.
Post processing: crop, desaturate, brightness/contrast, highlights and shadows, add noise, clone stamp some details, resize.

Place: 114 out of 274
Avg (all users): 5.4066
Avg (commenters): 6.6000
Avg (participants): 5.1455
Avg (non-participants): 5.8056
Views since voting: 826
Views during voting: 301
Votes: 182
Comments: 6
Favorites: 0

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11/03/2005 04:17:13 PM

I LOVE this portrait: the feeling, the creative positioning, everything, and I think it is underrated.

However, I think one thihg that could have helped this is if you had desaturated this AFTER adding noise, thus getting rid of the colored noise. Some find it appealing, but my guess is (and judging by the score) most people would rather have it all color or all black & white, and this is sort of both.

The only other possibility for improvement (in my opinion) is if you had left some of the shoulder in the frame. The composition, though not completely centered, does still feel somewhat centered.

Great job though, this is a very attractive shot.

-- Critique Club
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/30/2005 10:42:54 PM
Nice study. I would have converted to grayscale, but attractive all the same.
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10/30/2005 08:13:50 PM
Love it.
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10/29/2005 11:24:08 AM
color noise on a b&w picture ? hmm interesting...... bumping you up
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10/28/2005 08:58:50 AM
Hi Daniel! Nice eyes and I am always a sucker for a roman nose. He has that "morning after" sultry look to him!
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10/25/2005 06:31:01 PM
Using a monochromatic grain would have been better choice for this image.
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