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Tiger Eye Photo Contest Finalist
Tiger Eye
Tiger Eye
This guy model of mine had the most AMAZING eyes. I wanted to focus on this feature that just really stood out. He was a great model to work with. :)
Let me know what you all think :)

© Melissa  L. Zavadil
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Roger Bernabo
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member since: 7/13/2004
    I like your composition and lighting, possibly if he had turned ever so slight the pierced lip would have produced more drama

2/28/2006 6:36:18 PM

kerby lee pfrangle
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Very pretty colored eye. Nice looking young man. Like the dark background makes him standout. Kerby

2/28/2006 7:25:55 PM

Jessica Hughes
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Wonderful emotive portrait. You're right, he has stunning eyes. You've captured them well.

2/28/2006 7:29:33 PM

Tonya R. Boles
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Great capture, love the eyes. The blue earring kind of pulls your focus away from them though..But a great shot.

2/28/2006 7:56:46 PM

Dale Ann Cubbage
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Definately a striking portrait. Love the tones in it, dark and moody. And the selective color on the eye really works great, but I think the blue earring is distracting too. But I love the crop and overall look of it.


2/28/2006 8:45:06 PM

Debby A. Tabb
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This is really nice work!
I really love it.

2/28/2006 9:58:31 PM

Sandy E. Homer
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I love this picture; I love the colors and composition. I like the blue earring. It adds to the effect. I personally think it make this very interesting picture even more interesting to look at. Wonderful!!! This is one for both of your portfolios.

2/28/2006 10:55:16 PM

Melissa  L. Zavadil
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Thanks for all your comments. I really appreciate you guys taking the time. I really feel that the earring adds interest. I really wanted to glorify the interesting aspects of this person and personally did not feel that the earring distracted but added a lot to the overall image. I also felt that the diagonal flow of the two played on one another quite effectively. I did leave the lip ring out on purpose mainly to keep the eye focused on the eye and the earring. I felt that adding the lip-ring was/would take away from the rule of thirds in both composition and the way the eye flows through the image. But, thanks!! it is really interesting to hear the different comments and how people perceive an image :) :)

3/1/2006 3:30:16 PM

Dale Ann Cubbage
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Congrats, Melissa! I'm glad you didn't let us sway you in changing the blue earring. It does add visual interest. And quite well, it got you this fabulous finalist! Congtrats!


3/22/2006 12:23:36 PM

Jenny Bosmans
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Congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Melissa!!

3/22/2006 1:03:32 PM

Alisha L. Ekstrom
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WOW!! Congrats Melissa! AWESOME!!!!!

3/22/2006 1:28:48 PM

Sylvia Rossler
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Big congrats again Melissa :O)

3/22/2006 2:01:04 PM

Erica Murphy
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Congratulations Melissa!! This portrait is stunning!


3/22/2006 2:42:48 PM

Rhonda Smith
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Congrats Melissa... great portrait and great finalist.. Bravo !

3/22/2006 5:09:44 PM

Milan Banik
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great shot Congratulations !

3/23/2006 12:52:41 AM

Cindy D. Vaughan
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Congratulations on your finalist Melissa.

3/23/2006 7:22:08 AM

Susan T. Evans
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Congrats Melissa and he sure does have a unique eye.

3/23/2006 9:03:26 AM

Nicole Grimsley

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Congrats!! Good luck to you, dear!

3/23/2006 10:36:10 AM

Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Congratulations on your great finalist!! Nice expression and crop!

3/23/2006 4:22:45 PM

Sharon  Day
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Congratulations, Melissa!!!

3/23/2006 4:41:29 PM

Susana Heide
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This is awesome! You're GOOD Melissa!!! Belongs in a fashion magazine! Many CONGRATS!

3/23/2006 7:04:04 PM

Tiffani S. LaNeave
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Hey Melissa! Just wanted to give you a HUGE congrats for this awesome finalist!!! I love how you've used selective coloring to bring out all the things that make this guy unique and interesting! VERY well done!

3/23/2006 9:34:31 PM

Kenneth Mucke
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I actually think that teh earing ads another dimension to the image...I think it works great and is a great contrast to hiw eyes...Wonderful shot

3/23/2006 9:37:59 PM


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He is definitely easy on the eyes!

4/7/2006 11:15:27 AM

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