October 10, 2012

Sparkling Eyes Edit

Back to another week at the EditMe Challenge  :>)

My previous weeks have been full of soccer games and photos.
Lots of them!
High School Guys
High School Girls Senior Night
College Men at Huntington University
...and even sneaked in some fun time photographing friends (see Norah!)

The photo to edit this week comes from Rebecca Curtis,
a wife and homeschool mom
who loves capturing life's little moments and expressions.
Visit Rebecca at her website: Rebecca Curtis Photography
Here's my edit entry:

How gorgeous are her eyes!

Cropped in tighter, and slightly rotated.
Beginning sharpening.
Selective surface blur on skin.
Cloned out jacket applique and swapped out shirt color, to keep all focus on those awesome eyes.
Slight sponging on lips and eyes.
Dodge and burn to bring out eye detail and collar detail.
Selective surface blur on background.
Inverted highpass filter brushed on skin.
Resized and sharpened for web.

Here's the original photo:

Thanks for dropping by!
I'm going outside to enjoy the crisp autumn weather and colors...


  1. I like how you cropped and turned her head! Nice :) Thanks for editing my photo!

  2. Hey Karen! It's nice to meet you! Thank you for dropping by my blog earlier today--I love that you thought to crop it down to just her face! This edit would make for a nice triptych if there was a wall hanging of three grandchildren, you know? Nicely done!

    Your newest follower,
    Cathy Mini

  3. Gorgeous edit, you really made those eyes pop!!

  4. Beautiful Edit.. I LOVE how you lightened her eyes, the enhancement in tones and crop.. Bravo girlie.. This is awesome.. ;))

  5. Nicely done. I didn't think she could get any cuter, I was wrong!

  6. Really great edit! I really love the bokeh that you created.

  7. Amazing results! I'm in awe - those gorgeous eyes made even more so!

  8. I love the crop to bring her in closer. Great job my friend.

  9. Very beautiful! :) Great job!

  10. WOW .. you made is sooooo vivid in colours and clear.. wow... That was a great job!!

    My contribution is here:


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