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Challenge: Free Study 2009-04 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron AF 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical(IF)Macro
Location: my backyard, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Date: Apr 4, 2009
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/90
Galleries: Portraiture, Children
Date Uploaded: Apr 26, 2009

I'm curious for feedback on this image. I personally love it but it has some non-typical portrait qualities... messy hair, heavy post-processing with faded highlights and brown tones. I'm guessing a few will like it but most won't care for the post processing.

Post Processing
Lightroom 2 - white balance, exposure, recovery, fill light, blacks, brightness, contrast, negative clarity, vibrance, saturation, curves, selective desat, vignette, crop

CS4 - Dodge & burn, sharpen, size for web

Place: 46 out of 435
Avg (all users): 6.2676
Avg (commenters): 6.7500
Avg (participants): 6.1923
Avg (non-participants): 6.4737
Views since voting: 1205
Views during voting: 255
Votes: 142
Comments: 7
Favorites: 2 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2009 04:42:45 PM
Powerful shot - very nice.
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05/04/2009 09:57:10 PM
I find this portrait absolutely compelling, I think it's a combination of the gaze, those brown tones, and especially those eyes. My only nitpick is the blue reflection on her chin, a brown brush in color mode can take that out (unless you you like it of course).
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/04/2009 04:25:11 PM
It's ever so hard to recognize, that moment when we turn with a smile into the faces of our children, and are suddenly confronted with the feeling that this child will not be a child for much longer. That moment when they gaze back with a knowledge and an understanding that wasn't there before. That moment when a flash of the person they will become surfaces in their look, and competes with the youth that they are.

It's hard to know exactly when that moment will occur, but in every parent's life, that time does come, and it'll hit when you least expect it, and it'll hit fast and hard, and many times it'll pull a gasp of shock from the depths of your heart and soul.

It's ever so hard to recognize that moment, when you finally realize that your child is emerging from her cocoon, and there's an adult sitting there, behind her eyes, sizing up the world around her, and waiting for her chance to shine.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/03/2009 05:37:32 PM
Very different and unigue - a vision of beauty and grace - a solid image that is crisp, sharp and properly framed and composed - a technical success in every way. From an artistic standpoint, it has significant impact being richly colored with excellant detail. This image would have worked as a black and white as well. A perfect demonstration of the power of properly controlled light and focus. Well done.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/02/2009 10:18:32 PM
I do not care for the processing here. She looks washed out in her lips and various parts of her face and neck. Beautiful eyes that you captured well. I wish it was more natural processing.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/01/2009 09:02:44 AM
I love the tones of this image, they match the girl perfectly. Great shot!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/01/2009 02:12:21 AM
Haunting expression and strange color scheme. This is unsettlingly beautiful.
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