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Puppy Love
Puppy Love

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Challenge: Hair (Expert Editing*)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Location: My Study
Date: Apr 15, 2007
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/20
Galleries: Portraiture, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Apr 15, 2007

For the hair challenge, after thinking about many different ideas for a few days, my wife was sorting through my kids toybox, and found many toys with lots of hair! Finally found these - they are actually keyrings! The keychains are hanging down the back.

I made a swing out of an old floorboard, and several pins later the scene was together. The yellow hairball is actually upside down to get her eyes to look up, which is why her legs are shorter - they start on top of her head. :)

Editing was a lot of work for not much result. I didn't have a sheet of paper big enough for the background, so I stuck together 8 sheets of paper, and then had to edit the joins out in the final photo. Ironically, I also removed a lot of stray hairs. Real editing was a small amount of dodge and burn, crop, resize and USM.

Lighting was 2 desklamps with reflectors. One was positioned as a hair spot from the back, and the 2nd was a soft fill-light held above the lens.

My only other comment is that my other challenge entries have been brown/sepia/desat, so I vowed to shoot something with lots of bright colours this time. I guess I failed there, but when I realised I was doing brown again, I added the bow to her hair. Next time I will try for more real colour, I promise. :)

Post-challenge edit. Well, I really thought that this image was going to blitz all my previous scores, but it didn't do particularly well. Just goes to show, you can never tell. Better luck next time.

Place: 110 out of 170
Avg (all users): 5.2679
Avg (commenters): 6.4000
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Avg (non-participants): 5.3600
Views since voting: 1313
Views during voting: 383
Votes: 265
Comments: 12
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05/15/2007 07:20:26 PM
For some reason photos of toys don't generally do well here. This one deserved to do better.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/24/2007 11:27:46 AM
Adorable. I love the concept of this image.
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04/24/2007 04:33:48 AM
excellent photography .. & possibly editing, i'm not sure!! :) ... love the colours and your composition and that glow ...
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04/23/2007 10:16:08 PM
hair! i think this meets the challenge really well, even if its not real hair. good job, the lighting is great and your composition is amazing! i love the swing.
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04/21/2007 01:55:51 AM
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04/19/2007 08:29:02 PM
Itj is very cute....!!!!!!lol
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04/19/2007 12:05:42 PM
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04/18/2007 09:33:10 PM
hair balls. Neat image.
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04/18/2007 11:24:13 AM
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04/18/2007 11:22:33 AM
Good lighting, exp, etc. Subject just dosen't work for me.
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04/18/2007 09:15:00 AM
a special point for humorous ....
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04/18/2007 07:05:13 AM
cute cute
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