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Old 04-21-2006, 03:30 PM
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My goal was to keep the photo as realistic and recognizable as possible. Therefore, I didn't do any plasticizing of skin or manipulating of cheeks, chins, etc. I worked hard to keep pores visible but did tone them down a bit. I added a touch of blush, eye makeup, and lipstick, with a touch being the operative word. I removed what I later learned were the dress straps and went for the black as they were easier . Of course, levels were adjusted to the numbers rather than to the eye, which changed skin and hair tones. On my monitor, it at least looks real.

The thing that bothered me most about the whole picture was the background. Having changed many a diaper in my time, I couldn't justify leaving the background the original color. Forgive me if I went too far; but I'm sure mothers will agree as to the change (I hope). The image is sized exactly to 800x600 pixiels.

Regardless of the outcome, the journey was worth it.

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Old 04-22-2006, 08:13 PM
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I wanna tell ya, voting for this contest is going to be more work than entering it! WOW, 74 entries with more than 1/3 (26) from brand new members. I sure hope we see and hear more from all these new members elsewhere on the forums.
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Old 04-23-2006, 03:43 AM
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Red face Just realized missed entry deadline

Since I worked on this for a while and am new to the site I would like to post the image for the contest, realize it wouldn't be qualified to compete but would appreciate any constructive critism.


Guess I will pay better attention to deadlines from here on out, oh well live and learn
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Old 04-23-2006, 09:19 AM
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wow, so many entries and so hard to choose... I wonder who is going to be brave enough to be the first one to vote... anyways all the best to everyone...
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Old 04-23-2006, 11:19 AM
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Seems Aylaah was the first to vote.

Not too sure that's appropriate, as her opinion must surely influence the vote.

Perhaps it would have been better to have withheld it till the end.

To avoid influence of this kind, I try never to look at how others vote before I've voted myself. (Obviously I've broken that rule this time, however I didn't note who she'd voted for, so hopefully it won't influence my choice).
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Old 04-23-2006, 01:19 PM
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Please post the votes in the voting thread...do not PM them to me. That was a typo on my part (copied an old contest and didn't catch that change). So far no one has PMed me.
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Old 04-23-2006, 09:27 PM
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I agree with Gary about the voting. Maybe Aylaah would be willing to remove her votes until the rest of the voting has been completed, so it doesn't influence others too much?
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Old 04-23-2006, 10:15 PM
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I can do that if you like, I assumed people would have gone through and worked out their votes before entering the voting thread though. My choices are also probably based on slightly different criteria, since I know what I look like at my best, and you all don't, lol.

But if it seems like I would sway others, then I'll take them off and put them back up on the last day if you like.
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:13 AM
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Slideshow

I've made a photo album of all the entries, in case it is useful for people making their decisions. http://www.tv83.net/retouchpro/April06Entries/

Please I'd appreciate it if this link *WAS NOT* posted on other sites. Thanks.

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Old 04-24-2006, 01:49 AM
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Thanks Caitlin, you've saved me a lot of downloading this morning.

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I'll take them off and put them back up on the last day if you like.
Hi Aylaah, thanks, might be best. It may be I'm worrying needlessly, but after seeing how seriously some members took last months contest, anything that members may think influences voting should be avoided.
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