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Challenge: Sweets (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2012
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: Feb 22, 2012
Date Uploaded: Feb 23, 2012

Model: BarBara Wilder

This is the same model I used for my underwater shoot. She's a joy to work with, and we wanted to work together again. As soon as this challenge was announced, I knew what I wanted to shoot. My original intent to was to do an interpretation of Herb Alpert's Whipped Cream album cover. As with most of my interpretations, it really doesn't look anything like the original, but I'm pleased with the result.

This was a rather "craft-heavy" shoot, and I had a lot of fun creating the cake hat. I also did a lot of research to see what I should use for the "whipped cream", and pretty much everyone said shaving cream because whipped cream just melted too fast. I decided to use both, with the whipped cream reserved just for the portions near her face and of course, anything she put in her mouth!

I first set down a sheet of plastic over which I'd be creating the scene, to make clean up easier. This ended up being a plus and a minus, as clean up WAS a cinch, but my full body images (which were really cool as they had candies strewn around the feet) were unusable as I could not satisfactorily edit the plastic portion. Before creating the outfit, I set up the lights as close to what I wanted as possible, in order to maximize shooting time with my creams. Then I constructed her "wardrobe" while she was sitting in place. This is about 10 yards of pink and white tulle, tucked and clamped in strategic places. At one point, I absentmindedly licked one of my fingers, thinking it was whipped cream. It wasn't....

I shot two different versions: one with the hat, and the other with just a big glop of cream on her head, as in the original. But the hat won out :-)

Thinking I might need a LOT of shaving cream, I bought 8 cans, and ended up using just one! Anyone want some shaving cream...???

convert from raw
crop
tonal contrast
topaz detail
d&b
blur bg
layer for shading
brightness/contrast
vibrance
tiny bit of cloning for hot spots
save for web

Oh MAN... Lost .5 at rollover!!! So happy this went over so well. Thanks for the marvelous and greatly appreciated votes and comments. Yes, we had a blast.

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 69
Avg (all users): 6.9923
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.5610
Avg (non-participants): 7.1910
Views since voting: 2544
Views during voting: 355
Votes: 130
Comments: 31
Favorites: 3 (view)


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08/07/2013 03:27:52 PM
This is fun and it is clear you both had fun during the shoot as well :)
Damn, you're good
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03/09/2012 05:54:10 PM
I just love this...it has sooooo much happiness surrounding the image. Well done on 4th place girl!
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03/05/2012 02:20:02 PM
So well done, this and when you're ready for a visit to SA, let me know. We'll gladly accommodate you.
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03/03/2012 12:07:16 AM
Excellent, fun and lively shot, Johanna. Congrats on the HM. Sorry I didn't contribute to your placement as I only managed to vote on about half (internet trickle).
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03/02/2012 08:55:01 PM
YAY for you!! You aren't going to belive me but when I saw this I thought of Herb Albert, and the cover, which I still have!!! I actually dug it out ... he has more whipped cream LOL

What a GREAT Idea!! Congrats on a Great Score!!
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03/02/2012 05:00:35 PM
Congrats on the HM Johanna!!
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03/02/2012 02:30:07 PM
Magic Magic Magic and original Johanna. Not just the exhausting and pro props but the light on them flowers and boosterflies! What fun! My old man drove us crazy with Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass LP's at dinner time. I remember a song called Tijuana Taxi, that got faster and faster and I ran around the couch like a touched Chihuahua on speed...as the song gained momentum... hehe thanks for rekindling the memories.
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03/02/2012 12:24:17 PM
Nice one,Congratulations.
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03/02/2012 11:00:11 AM
Congratulations on the HM!
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03/02/2012 08:51:03 AM
I love this, it's gorgeous. Excellent work, Johanna. Congrats on the HM.
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03/02/2012 06:36:08 AM
Never guessed this was yours!! Yet it makes so much sense... :)

Congrats on the HM!
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03/02/2012 03:55:44 AM
Doesn't look like one of yours, well done.
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03/02/2012 02:35:44 AM
Congratulations! Nicely done.
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03/02/2012 12:38:13 AM
Great Johanna! Congratulations on the 4th place!
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03/02/2012 12:29:20 AM
Congratulations, Johanna. A very upstanding entry. I knew how tough especially to decorated that hat with soft icing cream bcoz my wife operated a cake shop. This is an excellent advert shot. Well done!
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03/02/2012 12:14:47 AM
Why am I surprised that this is yours? LOL!

Congrats, Johanna!
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03/02/2012 12:07:41 AM
LOL at the licking your fingers part. Looks like this was a blast to shoot! Glad you guys had fun!
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03/02/2012 12:07:13 AM
This was YOU? I had no idea...
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03/02/2012 12:07:13 AM
This was YOU? I had no idea...
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/01/2012 08:23:39 PM
What a gas, LOL!
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02/29/2012 10:02:17 PM
I'm going to be completely honest with you, adventurous photographer, the first thing I said when I stumbled upon this astonishing exposure of yours was: "Holy s***"

And in my book, that earns you some pointage.

Although, I do have to say, upon closer inspection, there appears to be some sort of processing discrepancy around the subject. Very odd.
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02/29/2012 01:33:09 PM
LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!! Looks like you BOTH had fun with this! I want to see her footies in either pink or striped muck boots filled with more yumminess! this is the only one that makes me want to stuff my face!
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02/29/2012 12:22:09 PM
Nice one.
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02/27/2012 10:12:08 PM
This made me laugh; your (or the model) are very brave. Cute.
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02/26/2012 01:06:29 PM
Nice... a little fill light from the subject's left would be nice to light the face.
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02/24/2012 02:42:01 PM
Oh. My. Word.

HILARIOUS!


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02/24/2012 02:01:59 PM
10/10 amaaaaaaaaaazing i like it
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02/24/2012 10:10:04 AM
That one really put a big smile on my face! Lovely!
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02/24/2012 09:26:06 AM
Wonderful shot! Love the idea. Model has a perfect look on her face! Awesome job
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02/24/2012 01:11:59 AM
oh wow, what a mess!! great shot, true commitment there!
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02/24/2012 12:26:33 AM
Looks like fun...great colour 8
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