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Black Iris

By cattyal  
I had a wander into town this afternoon and en route picked up a bunch of fake black iris and then when in town I also picked up a white swimming cap.

The cap means it's far easier to tuck my hair out of the way - even if I do look ridiculous Smile

This mask doesn't get used often - it's far too small and I gave in and cut a chunk out from under the chin so that I could actually get it on my face. The flowers now hide about an inch of my real chin which sticks out from below the mask! Either the mask is tiny or my face is long.....

I've a couple of variants - I think I prefer the direction of my eyes on this one but can't decide on which B&W treatment I prefer.

Tags: Digitally manipulated Portraits and people

Voters: costas, miptog, tazisdylan and 18 more

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miptog 14 3.6k 63 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2010 7:05PM
V3... its spooky.. but in a nice way

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tazisdylan 10 1 10 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2010 7:07PM
V1 for me without a doubt. I totally agree with you on the eye position of this (and V2) but the ivory smoothness of the mask in V1 wins it for me.

Great pic. Well done.
saeidNL 9 3 Netherlands
20 Feb 2010 7:11PM
What a wonderful set of images, all very beautiful indeed .V3 is for me .
katem 13
20 Feb 2010 8:23PM
I like v3 , nice
twordley 13 360 England
20 Feb 2010 8:27PM
V3 should have been posted in its own right, brilliant image
cattyal Plus
14 8.9k 6 England
20 Feb 2010 8:39PM
Damn - I never choose the right picture to upload first!!!!! Ok - I'll upload V3 again another day and see what happens Wink

Thanks everyone - as always your comments are appreciated....
johnnyboy114 11 231 106 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2010 8:42PM
I like this a lot....really love the set...probably some of your best shots...really well controlled light and nicely done. I reckon V1 is the most striking, although you could have put any of these up and got a good reaction...lovely
kaybee 15 6.8k 26 Scotland
20 Feb 2010 9:58PM
Okay - now you are going to hate me.............................
I like the detail in the irises in No3 but with the extra shadow on the mask in No4

Jestertheclown 11 8.0k 252 England
20 Feb 2010 10:03PM
V1 for me but only by a whisker over V3.
What a difference a small amount of eye movement can have. The two images are so similar and yet imply completely different meanings.
kaybee 15 6.8k 26 Scotland
21 Feb 2010 10:13AM
Yep - that is is.....................................
JackAllTog Plus
10 5.7k 58 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2010 1:13PM
Erie and soft at the same time - nice.
cattyal Plus
14 8.9k 6 England
22 Feb 2010 10:08PM
Thanks folks - I'm gradually getting to grips with the lighting - actually it's not as hard as expected - just trial and error and eventually I start remembering the best strength and angles.

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