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Cherry Ripe
by Alastair Norcross
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5th Place<br>Cherry Ripe<br>by Alastair Norcross
16-DEC-2008 Alastair Norcross

5th Place
Cherry Ripe
by Alastair Norcross

Boulder, CO

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Michael Puff19-Dec-2008 05:56
I was with Traveller on this, whitening the upper teeth was not a "done deal" in my minds eye. However, I think it was an excellent suggestion and your restrained application in editing is striking. -Michael
jnconradie19-Dec-2008 04:23
Hi Alastair... definitely better IMHO, but you should really post the one you prefer. You are the chief-in-charge of this piece of art, after all. :-) Regards Nico
Canon DSLR Challenge19-Dec-2008 02:10
Well, you guys are really pushing me. That's a good thing. Scott Kelby didn't have any useful advice for this, so I had to make it up as I went along. What do you think? I've put the second version in pending for comparison.
Canon DSLR Challenge18-Dec-2008 23:03
Hummmm.....I'm thinking on Nico's's not a done deal in my mind. Traveller
jnconradie18-Dec-2008 20:50
Alastair, this is good... very good. If you would permit me one comment of something I would have considered doing differently: to somehow get the upper teeth whiter... I think that would enhance the image even further. Just a thought. Regards Nico
Michael Puff18-Dec-2008 00:06
Alastair, that's exactly the book I would have used, LOL! Yeppers, I think it's a real improvement and well worth your efforts. Or, I could just quote Traveller and say "Zowie". -Michael
Canon DSLR Challenge17-Dec-2008 23:23
Yes, I think this noted....Zowie...!....LOL (and you got to learn something) Best Wishes, Traveller
Canon DSLR Challenge17-Dec-2008 23:10
As if this wan't senouos enough you had to go and soften the skin tones. Zounds.
Canon DSLR Challenge17-Dec-2008 21:41
By the way, the earlier version is now in Pending, for comparison purposes.
Canon DSLR Challenge17-Dec-2008 21:12
Thanks for the suggestions Michael and Traveller. They drove me back to my Scott Kelby Photoshop book to the advanced skin softening technique, involving no fewer than four layers! I think it looks a lot better. What do you guys think?
Michael Puff17-Dec-2008 20:25
"Cha-Cha Cherry" indeed! Very intense and delightfully red! I'll build on Traveller's comment a wee bit and say that I too find the skin tones a little harsh...perhaps some glamour retouching, but I can't suggest a specific technique since I'd have to resort to some PS books since it's not retouching I'm familiar with. Or, you could do nothing, LOL, since it's very dramatic as is. -Michael
Canon DSLR Challenge17-Dec-2008 06:00
Thanks Traveller and Nico. And she doesn't even like cherries, or wear lipstick usually! I had to buy some from the grocery store. It's even called "Cha-Cha Cherry".
Canon DSLR Challenge17-Dec-2008 04:18
Actually, Nico, at first I thought this was yours....but it is a little harsh around the lips....I think you would have smoothed this out a little. (no criticism intended)
jnconradie17-Dec-2008 04:12
I agree with Trav: I wish I'd done it! :-) Simple effective high-impact VERY red! Well done. Regards Nico
Canon DSLR Challenge17-Dec-2008 03:42
You got my vote! (and an autonomic Lovely shot, wish I had done it. Traveller