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Challenge: The Eyes Have It! (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Federal Way, WA
Date: Feb 2, 2008
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60th sec
Galleries: Emotive, Persuasive
Date Uploaded: Feb 4, 2008

My daughter (Rai) in full "Eye of Horus" makeup. This took a while to get the right combination of makeup prior to the shoot, and she was a real trooper!

Used my Canon EF-25 extension on the 70-200. This is a Zero crop from about 10" away.

Lit with 3 AB800's to get the right glow.
I'm sure i'll get killed with lots of "it's blown out" comments... but stand back about 10' and look at it again.

The ankh reflected in her eye was a print-out pasted on black foam core, and hit hard with an AB from behind her head. It is literally right beside my lens-hood - we cut out a hole in the foam for the lens to fit through.

I love the way this turned out - it was exactly like I saw it in my head.

Not sure that people will make the Isis connection - this whole thing is an Egyptian theme, Isis was thought to be connected with the Ankh (Key of the Nile)... she was the Egyptian Godess of Fertility, and the mother of Horus. Maybe I'm putting too much thought into these things...

Sure wish this was advanced editing, so I could clean it up.

Hope it does okay!

Place: 13 out of 299
Avg (all users): 6.3761
Avg (commenters): 7.5333
Avg (participants): 6.1622
Avg (non-participants): 6.4803
Views since voting: 10182
Views during voting: 399
Votes: 226
Comments: 18
Favorites: 2 (view)

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02/14/2008 10:03:24 AM
Great image! For me, this is a top 5 image!

Thx for explaining how you did that reflection!
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02/13/2008 08:42:14 AM
This should have been a top 10. I had to come back to see how you got the reflection. Way to go!
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02/13/2008 03:40:09 AM
HooRai! Great shot! Excellent finish as well! Well done, Rob!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/12/2008 11:58:11 PM
Really well executed. Great detail.
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02/11/2008 02:14:58 AM
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02/10/2008 11:56:20 AM
How did you get the reflection in the eye? Very nice.
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02/10/2008 03:05:47 AM
I am assuming that the cross in the eye reflection is an addition to the orignial shot - if not, I'm very impressed. Without knowing otherwise, I have to vote a 7.
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02/10/2008 02:22:46 AM
Easily a top ten.
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02/09/2008 06:48:04 PM
The design in the eye is really cool on its own i think. The paint doesn't really add because the colors are distracting. This would probably be stronger either in black and white or without the paint.
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02/08/2008 01:03:07 AM
Very clever - love the hair, make-up and lighting. Wish the bottom foreground was a little more in focus, but still came in high for me.
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02/07/2008 11:49:14 PM
very interesting eye work here. Only negative for me is the hair. 7
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02/07/2008 11:30:22 AM
Excellent shot. Good reflection and body art. Good focus on the eye. Personally I'd like to see the entire eye rather than cropping out the right edge. It's a little blown out lighting in parts, but otherwise nice lighting. 8
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02/07/2008 10:49:16 AM
very nice and original! 8
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02/07/2008 01:56:24 AM
Intriguing photo. Makes we want to know the story behind it. The skin and hair colors are a little too washed out for my taste.
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02/07/2008 12:58:48 AM
Good close up here.......
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02/06/2008 06:14:19 PM
Cool make up and reflection, and focused well.
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02/06/2008 02:43:13 PM
Nice reflection
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02/06/2008 05:17:34 AM
Cool, really like this a lot. Spot on focus 8
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