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I 'm Naturally 'Gold'
I 'm Naturally 'Gold'
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Challenge: Gold (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A80
Location: My room
Date: Jul 23, 2006
Aperture: 3.2
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Portraiture, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Jul 23, 2006

For starters, I didn't put as much effort in this challenge than I probably should have. What I originally wanted to do was to flip my hair over my head to make a cool shape and look like it was being wind-blown, but my background wasn't wide or tall enough to accomidate my insanely long hair (I need it cut). So, I ended up taking a few close-up snapshots, and this was one of the 'OK' shots. What I do like about it is the fact that you can't see any sweat on my face.

This was taken on the hottest day of the year (113), and even though I waited until 9 at night to take it, it was still 92 degrees in my room and I was drenched. To hide the sticky look on my skin, I put on a bunch of foundation and powder on my face and chapstick to make my lips distract from my skin's damp appearance. I took the shot within a minute of putting on make up, and a minute later--I was soaked again. It was a very uncomfy night. After that, I just cropped, added contrast and made the color warmer, giving it a "golden" sort of glow.

I don't expect this to do very well because I think there's too much 'face' and not enough 'gold', but it's the best I could do in such gross conditions xp
Hope you guys like it!
--Leah B.

P.S. Yup, that's my real hair color. I know, I rock. ;)

Place: 103 out of 296
Avg (all users): 5.5156
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.4312
Avg (non-participants): 5.6265
Views since voting: 1051
Views during voting: 305
Votes: 192
Comments: 12
Favorites: 2 (view)

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10/04/2006 06:36:09 AM
For the record -- No, you do not need to cut it. There, got that off my chest. :D

I realize you were shooting for a close-up to show focus on the texture and color, but I have to agree with your original idea. The first thing I thought of when I saw the picture was 'Beautiful hair', but then I was following the line of the strands down out of the frame. Like I said, I agree with your original idea; including all of your hair in the shot would have been great.

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09/10/2006 04:32:49 AM
Yep. You Rock. :)
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09/08/2006 11:54:49 AM
I loved this shot - gave it a 7. The glamour look is terrific, and your lips really complement your hair.
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08/22/2006 05:20:27 PM
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/30/2006 11:07:09 PM
Interesting glamor!
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07/29/2006 06:41:03 PM
The hair tones are really nice. Though I would've preffered a more natural skin tone color.
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07/27/2006 10:06:50 PM
a bit bright
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07/24/2006 05:34:44 PM
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07/24/2006 02:04:32 PM
I think this is a good idea and I like it. Perhaps the crop could be a bit less tight and a bit of less "flat" lighting. It looks an unpleasant straight flash to me.
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07/24/2006 11:08:15 AM
Great photo -
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07/24/2006 03:08:36 AM
sure you are... ;-)

This is fantastic, I love the pose and the way you used your 'gold' hair...very nice
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07/24/2006 12:39:52 AM
Great Job!
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