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Challenge: Natural Light Portrait (Advanced Editing V*)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Location: Eastham, Cape Cod, MA
Date: Jul 16, 2007
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60
Date Uploaded: Jul 16, 2007

Tone mapped from RAW, shadow/highlight, dupe layer apply image/multiply, neat image, high pass, vignette, hue/sat, selective color, BG softened with blur, local small cloning.

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Meet Brian. He has lots of testosterone and *used* to have lots of charcoal lighter fluid; but he used it all starting this BBQ fire, and the blowback left this oily soot on his face. I forced him to pose. That's his sheepish look...

Place: 137 out of 366
Avg (all users): 5.6820
Avg (commenters): 6.1000
Avg (participants): 5.5116
Avg (non-participants): 5.7939
Views since voting: 763
Views during voting: 312
Votes: 217
Comments: 11
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07/25/2007 12:19:16 PM
I LOVE this! I totally disagree too with Noel_ZH. The detail and rich exposure make this so beautiful!

I can't even count the number of photos in this challenge that seem ridiculously underrated!

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/24/2007 07:09:10 PM
The HDR kind of kills it, like the idea behind it though, 5
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07/22/2007 02:09:24 AM
looks real good, but seems overprocessed
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07/20/2007 01:03:29 PM
Cool! The skin looks somewhat unnatural though - too much post-processing maybe?
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07/19/2007 11:47:20 AM
the fire is cool, but theres just something in the guys face that is strange. somehing you did in photo shop. (6)
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07/19/2007 11:02:32 AM
If this was in B&W but just the flame in colour that be cool. give it a try
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07/19/2007 12:12:11 AM
Well done! No pun intended;)
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07/18/2007 10:02:16 PM
Great job focusing but the fire does nothing for the portrait.
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07/18/2007 09:49:19 PM
Maybe a tad bit overprocessed, as the subject (man) appears a wee bit too hard sharpened. But it's an excellent capture none the less!
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07/18/2007 10:30:14 AM
his face seems a little over sharpened imo
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07/18/2007 03:22:24 AM
Very cool shot
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