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  #124 Monochrome (Gray Scale or Toned)
Entry 18 of 33
z1200 Portrait       ©2013 Jade O.
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       18th place, 57 points
1/160s, f5.6, ISO 80, 35mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: 2 image Layers, then a little of this, and a little of that, most of which I can't remember.

(cut, edge detect, I think, selected burn, duplicate and overlay layering, guassian blur, levels, but no crop, desaturate, among others)
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Jade O.
Mar 12, 2013
    Thank you all for your comments and votes. Each one is appreciated.

Mar 11, 2013
    Way to go out on a limb and think outside the box Jade. Like I said before, for me the face is done well, it's the hair and shirt that put me off.

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Mar 11, 2013
    A most unfortunate person, or an edgy treatment! I like the boldness here.

Jade O.
Mar 11, 2013
    Michael, We're all less than perfect but this was, artistically speaking, metaphorical in presentation only. Ref. the eyes - see note to Steve below and no, not disfigured at all -- his actual skin is healthy and youthful.

Steven Sobel I wondered about the eyes but I wanted you to look hard to try to read them - I toyed with the mask concept and cracked skin concept but came up with this (orange peel actually - the photo of the peel was still on the orange which accounts for the curving lines around the face). So I received at least one vote! I wasn't counting on any but I wanted to do something unique.
Edited on Mar 11, 2013

Mar 11, 2013
    Interesting. I presume he is not, in fact disfigured but his expression is exactly that of someone who is. What I mean is that he does not look as if he enjoys the camera's attention. I find myself wanting to see more of the eyes so I can understand this better. Kudos for taking a different road.

Steven Sobel
Mar 11, 2013
    I suspect this will a love it or hate it photo for many, personally I love it, nice relaxed pose and the processing does add interest. I like the sharper areas in the "mask" area and shirt, don't like so much of the blurry areas like the hair and the chin/neck area. Maybe brighten the eyes a bit too. Very high in my favorites!

Jade O.
Mar 9, 2013
    fc Actually he was texting while on a bus and....

Mar 8, 2013
    awesome pp work here and good result with highlights in the eyes. wonder what the sitter thought after the effort put in. lookslike he got close, to close to some tnt

Jade O.
Mar 8, 2013
    Thanks, Lo. I've sort of warmed up to it myself.

Mar 8, 2013
    Kudos to you for experimenting! The effects are quite stunning and almost frighteningly alien. The variety of textures really comes through in B&W.

Jade O.
Mar 8, 2013
    SGJ - Thanks. This was pure experimental for me and I thought I'd put it out there for some feedback. I personally thought I'd overdone it but it's grown on me since.

Steven T - I sometimes have to push the envelope in my day job so I wanted to try that here leaving it to the viewer to come up with their own reaction and comment. I expected it would not be warmly received and wondered if it would garner any votes at all so I appreciate you're taking the time to give me your feedback since comments are all I was hoping to achieve. [Edit] I would add that for me it calls into question my perception of what is "desirable" both in photography and in a person's appearance. Asking "Why this presentation?", I suppose, is part of the purpose since the obvious rhetorical answer is "What is it that one finds so wrong with presenting a portrait this way?" Why does it make you uneasy? What difference is there between deliberate disfigurement in art vs. deliberate disfigurement in reality (eg. tatoos, or piercings.)

doto - I felt as you did but I wanted it to be very obvious that I wanted to put this one in your face so to speak. I think there is a place in the visual arts for work which makes active demands of the viewer beyond mere passive observation - I don't think many would just give this a passing glance which was in part the point of pushing the limits.
Edited on Mar 8, 2013

Mar 8, 2013
    First Impression - 4/5
Contrast - 4/5
Composition - 4/5
Tone / Texture - 4/5

Interesting image. In my opinion, I feel it would have been a stronger picture if the texture had only been applied to the face.

Steven T
Mar 8, 2013
    Disturbing. I have a strong reaction to viewing this - but not really a useful one. If the purpose of the photo is to shock - then it works - but why?

Mar 8, 2013
    This one has potential, but IMHO the processing is overdone and does not favour the subject, I suppose it was intentional, but it's too much for me.

Jade O.
Mar 7, 2013
    Ah..., yup. It's supposed to be over the top. The challenge was to stand out from the crowd, to challenge your comfort level, and to get you thinking...


Good so far!

The hair, shirt, and background were all "wiped out" to force you to that face - not that you'd have trouble getting there on your own but extreme was the theme.
Edited on Mar 7, 2013

Mar 7, 2013
    ...looks more like a little of this and a LOT of that...
great idea. captivating stare. the hair is putting me off though. not sure yet where this will go with my voting, but appreciate the work you put in to it.

Mar 7, 2013
    Ummm...bizarre. A bit over the top for my taste but to each their own right? The hair and shirt is wiped out with the post work. I think you have something here, I just don't care for the post processing.
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