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West meets East
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Challenge: Asia (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-450D Rebel XSi
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Location: Edinburgh, my bathroom!
Date: Dec 28, 2008
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/64
Galleries: Emotive, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Dec 28, 2008

Quite nervous about submitting this one... last time I used a self portrait in a challenge it failed spectacularly!!!

At least this one is in focus.....

I took several hundred pictures trying to get this look right.... and lots of makeup! And flour!!!!!

I'm still not a 100% happy with it... as I edited in GIMP, and I would normally use Corel.

Well.. here goes nothing anyway! I never know how DP folks are going to vote ;)

EDITING PROCESS (not in order!):

Colour balance
And I think that was it......

Place: 104 out of 106
Avg (all users): 4.3397
Avg (commenters): 4.3333
Avg (participants): 4.3023
Avg (non-participants): 4.3540
Views since voting: 742
Views during voting: 328
Votes: 156
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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01/22/2009 06:25:06 PM
i like it,, tis kool
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01/09/2009 10:34:52 AM
Critique Club

First impression...dramatic

Composition is interesting with head on a diagonal. This resulted in three diagonal sections to explore. The focus is and seemingly too soft even for a soft focus portrait. Typically the eye will be well focused contrasting with soft features elsewhere in the face. The soft eye really detracts, yet remains expressive.

Color and contrast appear to be flat, taking away from the impact of the wonderfully dramatic expression. This is accentuated by the flat lighting.

With respect to the challenge, I believe the technical limitations of the photograph outweighed the emotion and brought the score down. Some of the voters commented on the makeup as well. Overall, I like the idea, and feel the emotion, but the technicals need work.

Keep shooting!


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01/06/2009 01:11:31 PM
well, not quite in focus, but a good idea. i like the models head angle, but i might have moved back a bit to capture some o the neck
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/04/2009 11:35:57 PM
The soft focus and harsh light do not work for me here. Perhaps it's the lighting, but it appears her makeup is a bit blotchy. I think that this concept could work with different lighting.
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01/03/2009 04:37:01 AM
The makeup looks cakey and unevenly applied. Also, this photo doesnt capture the model with much expression.
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12/31/2008 08:00:19 PM
nice shot...
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12/31/2008 12:56:21 AM
Lighting is a little flat/harsh. Looks to be an on-camera flash job. Try and get light from an off-camera source if possible to give the subject a bit more depth. Also, try to keep focus on the eyes; this seems to have meandered towards the hair a bit.
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12/29/2008 09:35:46 PM
Not too sure what you are going for here? Perhaps a little too close and the lighting is a little flat.
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12/29/2008 12:00:04 PM
I didn't enter, but I had thought about it and this was exactly my concept... I didn't have the makeup around the house for it. I think you did a good job with the eye makeup as it de-emphasizes the lashes (which Asian women do not have as fully) and the lips are done quite well. Composition is very dramatic and the stare of the model is engaging. Lighting and focus could be improved to make this even better.
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