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Challenge: Headwear (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Date: Nov 14, 2006
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Nov 14, 2006

My sweet husband posed for me in a bunch of different hats. :) I liked this one.

Place: 144 out of 244
Avg (all users): 5.1948
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 4.9125
Avg (non-participants): 5.3444
Views since voting: 636
Views during voting: 281
Votes: 231
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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11/28/2006 03:54:31 PM
marie, I have a comment, but it has nothing to do with the portrait technically (which I think is done quite nicely). If i had been voting on this image, I wouldn't have given it a high score because the emphasis of the capture appears to be a portrait of your husband. There's not enough emphasis on the headwear! it kind of blends into the background. When I vote in a challenge, I'll make a first pass very quickly, looking for the extremes. The image is only on my screen for a short time, and it must speak to me in those seconds. My highest scores go to the images that make me spend some time giving it a long look. Something catchy (composition, lighting, subject, humor, etc). A minor technical detail such as a slightly blown highlight might stop you from getting a 10, but it won't make it a 5! just my 2 cents. steve
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11/24/2006 12:58:58 AM
Hey Marie!

Your teammate here from the 400D Club!
You have definitely used the cam nicely here. I think you lighting to capture the eye was excellent. It is the first place my eye is drawn to when looking at the pic. I really like the composition & the crop here. It looks very thoughtful and I appreciate it.
As mentioned in an earlier comment, there are some blown out parts to the right of your hubby (very cute by the way) that is a bit distracting, particularly the one below the ear. Also, the BG, mostly the white bar running a bit diagonally, is a tad off putting. A bit of a colour clash with the purple as well but just in a minor way. BGs are easily overlooked as a component in enhancing a pic.
Overall, I think that this is a nice shot. I really like that you took a bunch of shots & chose the one YOU liked the most. Good shooting friend!
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11/22/2006 12:13:24 PM
I think it got a good score considering the picture, I agree with the post processing, could have helped for half a point, but a creative shot would have really brought it up another full point. Nice portrait nonetheless, I think people were just looking for more then just a portrait shot.
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11/22/2006 09:59:39 AM
this, overall, is a very nice portrait... with advanced editing, you could have helped it quite a but, but with basic, i think there were three things that pushed people to click 5 over 6 :

1) the light on the shoulder's a little harsh... not much... just a little.

2) the background's a distraction. a solid white would have been nice to bring out the dark hat.

3) hat to point this one out, but it's there... a little makeup over the uh... blimish on his nose would have helped... in advanced you could have cloned it out, but in basic we have to think a little bit ahead...

hope that helps...
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11/19/2006 05:36:31 PM
Nice composition and pose. Love the light and colours here too.
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