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  #88 Black and white
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Heather       ©2010 Jade O.
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       10th place, 82 points
1/14s, f3.6, ISO 200, 178mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Desaturate, Layers, Resize, Sharpen, Dodge, Burn       Extra Info:
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Sep 15, 2010
    Congrats again Jade!! nice this finished TT, I've seen your .gif and it's impressive (again) the PP process you've aplied, another masterwork! :-) :-)

Sep 14, 2010
    Jade - I left an answer for you in your last minute challenge - That was fun. I will take a look at the forum later. Cheers.
Edited on Sep 14, 2010

Jade O.
Sep 14, 2010
    Thanks Michael. I actually didn't apply a Smudge tool anywhere but I know what you mean. The trick for me was to get the eyes lightened and the face darker whereas in the original (outtakes) the eyes were shadowed and the cheek lighter. The outtakes show the progression from original to final in 11 steps.

Sep 14, 2010
    Jade: I wondered where your entry was LOL. I should have known - Congratulations on trying something different (although that is not new for you). Since it is you I will try harder - I think it is the smudged nose and the long smudge from her nose upward to the cap that I disliked. Having said that, I must emphasis that I do like the overall effect and could not have done it nearly as well. The big plus for me is her eyes (I know how much you too, like to see them in a photograph). Congratulations on moving your art forward.

Jade O.
Sep 14, 2010
    Thanks Billy and thank you all for your votes and comments. Each one is sincerely appreciated.

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Sep 13, 2010
    Extreme PP but I like it :-) has created almost a comic/drawing-esque effect, and I love the most how her eyes are rendered, so full of life!
TT for me after a very difficult voting time, well done!!

Jade O.
Sep 13, 2010
    Michael, I appreciate your comment especially because you detailed a bit of the hate part. I wanted different but never imagined daring (I leave that to Alberto, LOL!). This IS original but my feel was it would not do well since (i) it is different, and (ii) there is a segment in the forum who rate any obvious PP image lower - the so called 'purist' group (iii) there are those who have a bias toward rating a non-PP image higher (I may be one myself but it may help explain why some provide no PP info.) and (iv) the subject is not different (ie. is ordinary) though the presentation is. I wondered if too many thought it looked like a PP artistic plug-in/script-fu or a pencil sketch (though I think it looks more like a photograph) but I cannot know since I have no comments by those who did not vote for this one or at least no negative comments/constructive criticism except for yours. I'm intrigued by "the lack of detail" comment (surely you can't mean the two piercings visible in the earlobe, the moles on the otherwise smooth skin, or the stadium lights reflected in the eyes?) Do you mean the lack of detail ie. sharpness?
Edited on Sep 13, 2010

Sep 13, 2010
    Very daring entry. I have a love/hate reaction to this shot. Hate that I can't see more detail but love what you have accomplished. In my tt for sure. Congratulations on a very original entry.

Jade O.
Sep 12, 2010
    Thanks, Lo. Look for the how done in outtakes. My first try at this.

Sep 12, 2010
    I'm not usually a fan of PP, but you've taken a beautiful photo, and you've added a softness that I find appealing.

Jade O.
Sep 11, 2010
    Thanks, Roland. I really spent time on this one -- my first attempt at this kind of image. A true learning process. I really like the result so I am pleased to see at least someone else does as well! (Translucent also applies to the ear - photo real until I realized you could see the hair through parts of it - so at least one thing I more I would tweak!) The tough part for me was making the eyes, which were in the shadows, the brighter part of the face - I basically created a negative of the image, then restored the now dark areas to light - you will see not entirely successfully - the white of her left eye is still partly in negative mode. I'll post in outtakes.
Edited on Sep 12, 2010

Sep 11, 2010
    A wonderful result. I especially like the light around the eyes, and the translucent quailty of the face.
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