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Baby's Blues
Baby's Blues
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Challenge: Portrait (Advanced Editing I)
Camera: Olympus C-720UZ
Location: Tully, NY
Date: Mar 14, 2004
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/25
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Mar 14, 2004

Maggie in front of a sheet.

1. Sheet is blurred with gaussian blur 4.0 radius.
2. Feather the edges of the selection.
3. Desaturate.
4. History brush the eyes back in.
5. Saturate the eyes and change the colors a bit to enhance the blues.
6. Clone and healing brush a bit to get rid of my camera noise in major areas.
7. Add border and brighten outside the border.

That's all. :) I love this shot. I hope it does well.

Statistics
Place: 23 out of 135
Avg (all users): 6.2673
Avg (commenters): 7.0645
Avg (participants): 6.0686
Avg (non-participants): 6.4435
Views since voting: 1556
Votes: 217
Comments: 41
Favorites: 2 (view)


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03/30/2004 11:36:18 PM
Beautiful rendering ... very successful and thank you for the extensive notes! It is something worth emulating. Your model is also very beautiful. I just don't understand why anyone could vote "1" for this shot. The techniques alone to arrive at the result are worth a lot of points (it shows though, over 70% of your readers showed they appreciated this). Congratulations.
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03/22/2004 08:56:18 PM
No, I understand. And I definitely thank you for the thoughtful and long comment. I do definitely appreciate those. I guess...when I make a choice in a photo, I've definitely done so for a reason. I didn't submit for about 3 months because I got kinda aggravated by making choices others didn't like. I am more focused on learning how to take a good picture rather than the likes and dislikes of my audience. I want an editor for that. ;) But thanks again, really. I do appreciate the effort.

M
03/22/2004 11:50:27 AM
I woud never say that I thought it sucked - I just didn't think it was necessary, and as you put it - a gimmick.

I gave it a 7 by the way - i don't punish shots for doing things that don't necessarily suit my personal taste. As i said - i loved the shot save that little detail.

good job Mav

Pedro
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03/22/2004 12:16:43 AM
Thanks achiral. It was about 50/50 on "The blue eyes rock" and "the blue eyes suck." I figured I'd separate from the rest of the b/w portraits with the color - but I guess those like Pedro think it's a gimmick. Maybe it is...though crab did it and got like a 6.8?

*shrug*

Thanks for the comments. I love this shot. Everyone here loves it. Mission accomplished.
03/22/2004 12:08:31 AM
Yay you (and yay maggie lol) Its good to see another photo in your top scores.

*looks at time. Oh shit I am still within first 5 minutes of this challenge ending. Will I get the 'predictable' speach again?* lol Oh well I am not the first this time lol

And by the way on the photo, I just read the comments on this photo. I have to say that I agree with your choise to make the eyes stand out like that, despite a lot of people disagreeing with it. The eyes are teh key to the sole, plus they are also the first thing you will ever look at in a photo on a person, so its only right that they be a main focal point.

Message edited by author 2004-03-22 00:17:40.
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03/22/2004 12:04:58 AM
fwiw, the blue eyes rock imo
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/21/2004 09:38:59 PM
Background really makes it!
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03/21/2004 06:00:06 PM
I love her eyes- this is gorgeous and she's just so cute- 9
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03/21/2004 03:45:58 PM
Nice childrens' portrait destroyed by artificial blue eyes. Please don't abuse a child like that...
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03/21/2004 02:20:11 PM
wonderful effect , even without the blue eyes this should go close.
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03/20/2004 03:39:50 AM
don't like the B&W combined with blue eyes, makes her look like an alien. Totally B&W would have been a great portrait.
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03/19/2004 09:36:10 PM
I like everything about this photo except for the colorized eyes. This portrait is so strong that it stands on its own without that gimmick I think. She does have beautiful blue eyes, but if you are going to make this a BW image I think you need to commit fully to it being BW.

Your crop is so good here with the nice diagonal lines and the expression on her face is marvellous. I bet the color version is a beauty as well.
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03/19/2004 11:12:18 AM
The halftones are wonderful but the blue eyes are fantastic. This picture can only be fully appreciated when enlarged so the young persons eyes capture you. Very good work and creativity. Just the right amount of color.
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03/18/2004 04:39:59 AM
Really a lovely photo. Leaving the eye blue is the perfect accent.
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03/17/2004 11:27:37 PM
very nice shot...I like the blue eyes left colored, gives a nice feel to this shot...she looks very relaxed and happy
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03/17/2004 08:53:45 PM
Pretty good... you should have lightened the rest of the shot so the blue eyes would stand out a little more.
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03/17/2004 04:30:03 PM
It's the look and the smile more than anything that arrests the eye, one wants to be part of the world of that reaction. I don't usually like it when people make the eyes color and the rest of the photo monochrome but it's okay here. Nice framing. - 8
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03/16/2004 07:35:42 PM
Very Pretty young lady. BOL
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03/16/2004 07:17:14 PM
An attractive portrait ruined for me personally by the selective desaturation which takes away from the subject's humanity.
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03/16/2004 03:55:20 PM
A great capture of the subject's personality - something every portrait should strive to do. I like the tones and the lighting.
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03/16/2004 12:46:02 PM
Super job! You've captured a lovely expression, did a wonderful job converting to black and white while preserving those baby blues, and framed nicely too. Personal nit about the frame is I would rather that the outside frame be solid, not see through. Does that make sense? But a stunning portrait in any event.
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03/16/2004 07:36:23 AM
She's too cute to be messed with. Loose the color or shot it all.
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03/16/2004 04:33:16 AM
Very good, great smile.
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03/16/2004 02:12:22 AM
Beautifullytaken and a beautiful child I love the eyes and the pose Perfect!
A winner I think
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03/15/2004 10:05:32 PM
Such a personality!!!! Wow she is loaded with it and you've put it in a photo! Well done a good entry.
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03/15/2004 09:43:15 PM
wow! this is awsome...another fave of mine in this challenge...gave you 10 for this...
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03/15/2004 08:53:25 PM
I don't suppose I'll be the only one to say it, but this one could have done without the blue eyes and the translucent border. Both are tricks that average photographers use to try to fool the viewer into thinking it's something unique. well friend - this picture didn't need that. aside from those effects, it's absolutely perfect. she's just an angel with loads of camera appeal. the technicals of the phots are great as well; soft lighting, no harsh shadows, nice desaturation, nice crop...and that grin! awesome. it won't score as well as it should have. make this into a regular duotone and frame it proudly.
(no offense intended - just shooting from the hip)
Pedro
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03/15/2004 07:30:28 PM
oh yeah! This is an all time great expression! I can tell this girl will break some hearts down the road!
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03/15/2004 06:58:47 PM
I would have liked to see this one before any editing was done.
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03/15/2004 05:47:04 PM
That is what i was planning to do, just there wasn't anyone around cute enough to use as a model! Well done though, i like it
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03/15/2004 05:07:22 PM
Lovely photograph of a very charming you lady. not certain about the colouring in the eye's and I would have given it some more contrast, but the smile on her face is wonderful. well done
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03/15/2004 03:10:21 PM
Nice B&W.. Like the blue but would probably look as good all B&W.
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03/15/2004 02:54:51 PM
worth 6 imop,but would have gone to 7or 8 if you had left the eyes alone
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03/15/2004 12:36:23 PM
A pretty portrait which I would like a lot more without the selective desaturation. Overall it feels a little grey to me though - the whites/ highlights aren't looking white enough. Lacks contrast I think.
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03/15/2004 11:21:21 AM
Well composed shot of a beautiful girl. Her personality really comes through with your use of grayscale and blue eyes.10
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03/15/2004 10:43:13 AM
good shot, I just don't care for the spot color
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03/15/2004 09:50:38 AM
Wonderfully done...love those baby blues! 10+
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03/15/2004 09:12:36 AM
You are not alone using the blue eye "trick". Without it, this is an appealing portrait, nicely lit and well focused, the pose with a slight tilt makes the composition and the hat is great. Do the blue eyes add or detract? Your choice!
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03/15/2004 06:20:53 AM
the blue accents are a bit freaky, to me... otherwise ths is a nice shot. It could maybe use a little more contrast, too.
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03/15/2004 02:43:47 AM
I feel this picture would look better without the eyes coloured
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03/15/2004 12:43:41 AM
This is awesome. Love the selective desaturation. Love the border (for a change). Love the tones. Hope the model got a good treat!
TC
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