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The Glass Eye
The Glass Eye

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Challenge: Shallow DOF (Advanced Editing I)
Camera: Olympus C-730UZ
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Date: Feb 8, 2004
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Feb 8, 2004

Just a magnifying glass raised to my eyes ... a self-portrait upon realizing that I need one of these now to read (sigh).

Tech: clone stamped some light flares, curves, gaussian blur, autolevels, resize and framing.

Place: 52 out of 174
Avg (all users): 5.8649
Avg (commenters): 7.8571
Avg (participants): 5.6696
Avg (non-participants): 6.1644
Views since voting: 993
Votes: 185
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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02/20/2004 10:10:56 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club:

This is my first critique, so i'll try to do my best. I hope I can be of some help.

Composition: I like the way you have agressively cropped this image. It works very well, much better than if you had shown the whole face. I especially like the partial nose. Only a little thing here that bothers me: that pink area in upper RH corner throws off the BG.

Subject: I think it is a very creative photo and subject matter is very interresting. The eyelashes in the magnifying glass are especially great.

Challenge: Meets the challenge topic well. Creative way to get DOF. I don't feel that the DOF needs to be more pronounced to achieve what the topic was requiring. Your main subject stands out very well from the BG.

Technical: Colours are OK, but could perhaps to be a little more intense. Focus on the main eye is very good, overall quality of the image is good. Good detail in the eye. One main thing bothers me here, mainly the reflections in the glass. Perhaps not having the bright light source behind the camera would have eliminated this.

Border: I'm not sure I like this strong of a border. I like the outer black, but probably would have gone with much less white inner border, 1-2 pixels perhaps.

Overall: I think you managed to find an interresting subject and make an original photo to enter in the challenge. It works for me. I'd be very curious to see how this photo would look in BW. I think there is lots to work with here (lots of texture).

Good work!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/13/2004 09:56:55 AM
Very creative concept for shallow DOF challenge. Exceptional technical quality. This will be a top finisher.
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02/13/2004 12:12:41 AM
Great use of "Lenses"
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02/11/2004 02:41:01 PM
The effect is disconcerting to say the least. The shallow DOF adds to the unsettling effect of the magnified eye and enhances the unsettling effect.
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02/11/2004 12:35:33 PM
Very cool and startling at the same time. Very well excecuted.
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02/11/2004 10:05:34 AM
Nice eye-dea. OK, I'll get my coat.

Well composed and good use of the technique for a memorable shot. Crisp focus, but the pink stuff (hand?) top right is a bit 'unclean'.
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02/11/2004 08:42:00 AM
Interesting work! Nice idea.... Great shot.
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02/10/2004 03:09:12 AM
I would have liked this one more if the left eye would have been more out of focus.
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02/09/2004 07:08:00 AM
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