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The Look of Love...
The Look of Love...

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Challenge: Black and White Portrait II (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di for Nikon
Location: Budapest
Date: Jan 9, 2007
Aperture: 1/2,5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60
Date Uploaded: Jan 9, 2007

I would play with her beautiful eyes and hair on this picture. The "studio" was simple, I used bounced flash lighting at may appartment's hall. In order to get this effect I shooted her hair with no-horizontal angle and afterward rotated the canvas in PS.
After the complicated desaturation I used diffuse glow filter.
I cropped it into "landscape" form in order to catch the visitor's attention and highlight the eyes and the hair.
I hope these steps are allowed in AE.
After the challenge:

Thanks for the comments. My intention was to send something different to this challenge. As I expected I have received many different comments and wide range of points (1 to 10). I found it natural the grainy portrait cropped into a special format cannot be nice for everybody it is a matter of taste of portraying.

Finally, I would assure everybody she has very beautiful forehead and chin!
Thanks again!

Place: 284 out of 491
Avg (all users): 5.0629
Avg (commenters): 5.6000
Avg (participants): 4.8321
Avg (non-participants): 5.2398
Views since voting: 648
Views during voting: 413
Votes: 302
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/16/2007 09:35:00 PM
too bad it's so noisy
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01/16/2007 07:28:23 AM
Like the crop. Nice b&w tonal range.
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01/14/2007 05:33:10 AM
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01/13/2007 11:52:28 PM
Don't really like the added noise.
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01/12/2007 01:57:32 PM
Different and creative cropping ... Focus a tad TOO soft on this IMO ... 6
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01/11/2007 02:28:59 PM
I like the graniness, don't care much for the blown out highlights. I call them blown out, because it doesn't strike me as a high key shot.
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01/11/2007 12:00:17 PM
nice cropping but i don't like the graininess on this pretty woman's face
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01/11/2007 03:52:01 AM
framing too tight, grainy.
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01/11/2007 12:15:56 AM
I love the way you cropped this extra wide. The grain makes it more mysterious.
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01/10/2007 10:16:23 PM
i really like the horizontal crop, but the skin on the face seems to be really blown out.
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01/10/2007 05:19:05 PM
not too crazy about the crop
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01/10/2007 04:59:34 PM
It makes me wonder why you crop the forehead and the chin? The cropping, if intentional, isn't effective for me. I'd rather see her whole face as she is very beautiful. 5.
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01/10/2007 03:46:17 PM
Too soft/OOF. A bit noisy.
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01/10/2007 03:21:19 PM
Nice soft B/W. Good job. Some of these photos need some noise to them.
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01/10/2007 02:41:33 PM
The cropping here really makes this shot work. It's a bit "noisy" or "grainy" for my taste, but the overall perfection of its execution leads me to give this a solid 7 (would have been an 8 with less noise).
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01/10/2007 01:55:47 PM
Too clean
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