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Challenge: Clichés and Sayings (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon PowerShot SD200
Location: laundry room.
Date: Apr 26, 2006
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Apr 30, 2006

I make-uped on a black eye and smeared lipstick, but they don\'t really show up so well once I darkened it to get it the way I wanted. I\'m still very pleased with this though.

editing: levels, curves, brightness/contrast, resize, sharpen, save.

I wish this was advanced so I could get rid of the sweater lint, It's driving me crazy.

This is much better planned out than most of my shots. I was going for a battered woman who doesn't leave sort of feel. Hopefully that doesn't offend anyone.

Place: 119 out of 288
Avg (all users): 5.5500
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.2250
Avg (non-participants): 5.7125
Views since voting: 1006
Views during voting: 326
Votes: 240
Comments: 7
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05/10/2006 03:35:59 AM
Critique Club
I think the idea you had for this image was great and one that took some courage to put into a contest like this and considering the content of using a woman who is apparently battered and not leaving I think it is done very well and can see the thoguht and planning that into it.

Composition and lighting
I think both of these aspects are really well done the lightning and definetly sets the mood that you were looking for, scared but a single light showing how lonely the character might be. I think a slightly softer light may have helped the image. If you have no camera/photo lighting equipment like me some cheap and easy alternative is to get a large piece of white paper and place in front of the light source or getting a piece of foamcore and turning the light source around and bouncing the light off of that. Just some cheap and easy suggestions. The placement of the character is very well done as the right eye is placed well in the frame according to the rule of thirds. Maybe pointing you fingers on your face towards your would have drawn even more attention to it also.
Focus and Color
It appears to me that your hair is more in focus then your face in this picture which takes away from the impact of the photo, but I understand how difficult it can be to focus on yourself when working alone. Another tip/trick I use is to put something where my face would be and focus on that, then use either the focus lock on your camera or turn off the auto focus whatever function keeps the focus on your camera the same while you are moving around.
As for the makeup it does seem to get lost in the photo. I think really putting alot of dark make up right in the eye socket is what happens when I have gotten black eyes, and you may need to even overdo so it looks over the top in person but would show up well on camera.
I also think this shot would have been a great candidate for a black and white entry as this would have made the viewer have less color to distract them and force them to look at the model. Something like this' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/22301/thumb/332541.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/22301/thumb/332541.jpg', '/') + 1) . '. I just used the the channel mixer in photoshop and clicked the monochrome button in the bottom right corner.

I think overall this image is very well done and with a few minor adjustments this would have easily been a 6+ photo. I hope I didn't detract you at all. All thes ideas are merely suggestions and if you have any questions or comments for me please send me a PM and I'd be glad to discuss them with you.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/09/2006 10:27:18 PM
An emotional and thought provoking picture. Well done.
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05/07/2006 01:14:50 PM
This is a great portrait. Love the lighting.
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05/07/2006 03:35:24 AM
Great work
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05/04/2006 11:45:16 PM
well photographed.. her hands on her cheek give validation to the phrase... good job
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05/03/2006 12:14:45 PM
ouchy, i hope she's ok
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05/03/2006 11:41:48 AM
Picture is OK, don't like the implication of tolerance of getting hit.
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