Did I go too far processing this shot?

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Adam Bluhm
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Did I go too far processing this shot?
Dec 9, 2008

I guess this could be extremely subjective. Some could even say that "you're never wrong" with your interpretation, but I still want your opinions.

This was semi experimental for me despite the fact that I'm sure this style has been done a million times by others. I wanted to capture my nephew's stare and draw your eyes to his. Not cloning out his mess was also by design. I also wanted to give the image a 'burn' appearance without going too far overboard. I still want it to be at least a little believable. I still feel like a novice in Photoshop to some degree.

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