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Intense 7

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Challenge: Numbers (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 10 Faces
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: Asheville, NC
Date: Sep 13, 2008
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: unk
Galleries: Sports, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Sep 14, 2008

Bethel midget just before an intense game. They were playing one tougher teams (historically) in their league, and were getting ready to go on the field.

They won 26 - 8. This young man is a quarterack and running back, and contributed at least one touchdown and several yards.

Post processing --

brightened/lightened the eyes a touch
cloned out a couple of blemishes
clarify a couple of times (gives the effect of d/b)
noise reduction
did something with another layer (soft light/hard light/multiply or soemthing).
brightened the eyes a bit

Several have asked me how I got this effect. Since "I don't remember" isn't especially helpful, I tried to recreate it.

Here is the original, only resized (shot in jpeg.)
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The first thing I did was crop it. I would have liked to have less space on the right and more on the left, but someone stepped between us just as I snapped, and I got their arm there.

Duplicated a layer, did a "screen" pass on it.

Created another layer and lightened the eyes and whites of the eyes.

Removed two small blemishes on the forehead.

At this point, I did another layer, and a combination of multiply and hard light is getting similar results to this.

Ran through a noise reduction program (imagenomic)on default settings and played with the white balance to warm it up some.

Then just a touch more clarify. Resize, and noise reduction again.

It is not exact, but it is pretty close.

Oddly enough, except for the layers with modes other than normal (screen, etc.) this is basic-legal. It is probably even possible in basic, but I haven't tried, yet.

Place: 9 out of 126
Avg (all users): 6.2000
Avg (commenters): 7.8889
Avg (participants): 5.9815
Avg (non-participants): 6.3553
Views since voting: 2143
Views during voting: 258
Votes: 130
Comments: 23
Favorites: 2 (view)

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09/25/2008 10:55:58 PM

Greetings from the Critique Club

First Impression

Wonderful processing. Looks somewhere between a photo and a painting at first glance. There's a story here to be told that as a viewer I want to know more about.

Looking Deeper

Compositionally the subject and surrounding items fit together nicely. There are some triangular shapes that make this image comfortable, even if the viewer doesn't realize it. His face and head are roughly a triangular shape, the area in the upper right, and the upper left. Why do I mention this? Diagonals and basic triangle components in a comp are naturally pleasing to the eye, yet add a dynamic that will keep any photo from being static and uninteresting. At least that's what I read somewhere once. :-D Actually seems to work.

Even though the processing is substantial, you've kept a high level of detail. I really like the light highlights in his hair. Good tones (color temp) throughout. Possible minor nit is his proximity to the left edge of the frame and that he's looking out - some may frown on that in that he's taking the viewer out of the frame. Personally, I think it adds a touch of mystery to it...what's he looking at, etc...

The difference between the original and the post version is pretty substantial. The end result is very, very good. Congrats on a job well done!
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09/24/2008 09:17:10 PM
Love this. Your post-processing is very original -- I can almost identify you by it.
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09/24/2008 02:41:13 PM
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superb, intense, dramatic...
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09/23/2008 11:55:08 PM
For the Numbers challenge,

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Note: This rank was given after the voting period was over.
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09/22/2008 07:16:10 PM
Great shot Karma and congrats on a top 10 finish :o) Love the editing here, nicely done :o)
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09/22/2008 12:51:55 PM
This is so awesome! The rich tones are fabulous! Congratulations on 9th place
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09/22/2008 12:02:59 PM
I really like the processing on this. Congrats on top ten.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/22/2008 08:55:45 AM
Great photo. One of my top pics.
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09/22/2008 06:02:57 AM
This is awesome. Very powerful, very intense, and I really like the processing. But as a member of the SC, don't you think you should remember better than "did something with another layer"? :-) (That cracked me up.) Great shot and congrats on the top ten!!
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09/22/2008 03:01:35 AM
Gave you an 8 for this....great image, great expression, congrats
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09/22/2008 02:44:23 AM
Intense indeed! Congrats on top ten, Karma. Very well done, dramatic portrait.
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09/22/2008 12:17:31 AM
Beautifully processed!
Congratulations on the top 10!!!
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09/22/2008 12:17:20 AM
This is definitely the one I remember from looking at all the entries. Very strong.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/21/2008 09:56:35 PM
I like the processing. Really helps enhance the intensity of his stare.
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09/19/2008 05:58:20 PM
Undoubtedly my favorite. Everything from the photo to the processing and everything in between clicks. Should Ribbon!
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09/17/2008 09:38:35 PM
great post-processing - I hope you share how you did this
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/17/2008 03:23:49 PM
Great shot - nice colors - might be cool if nothing were behind him though
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/15/2008 05:19:48 PM
This is a nice portrait, full of character and with good colour and contrast. I think a tighter crop would work better though.
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09/15/2008 02:19:04 PM
Great candid shot... excellent pp work... good title too..
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09/15/2008 10:02:44 AM
Fantastic shot
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09/15/2008 08:13:44 AM
Fantastic portrait shot, really clear and sharp.
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09/15/2008 08:11:43 AM
great editing to bring the best out of this image 8
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09/15/2008 05:03:33 AM
What a great portrait. Could be a film poster or, for some reason, the saturation/skin tone reminds me of a stamp. If I was being picky, I'd like to see more team-mates in the background - not sure what it is behind his left shoulder. 8
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