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Challenge: Leap Day: In The Style Of: Natsumi Hayashi (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Studio with People
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
Date: Mar 7, 2012
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 25
Date Uploaded: Mar 6, 2012

Wow, what an amazing week :)

My first ribbon this year. I thought there was a curse on it! But maybe the curse is on my top scores - I thought that a 7.6+ could be enough to win, but I was wrong.

At the end of the first day I almost had 100 votes, so my 7.7+ score was not due to early voters. I was lucky to be away so I didn't consume the update button. After 20-30 votes the score has never gone under 7.50. Very few hours before rollover my score was 7.67 and then it dropped just a little but enough to lose the first place.

This is one of the most difficult images I've ever done. I thought of this shot for the entire week. A few hours before rollover I had no idea how I can do it. I had the lights set up, the model (my niece), the canvas (it's a photo I had taken in Seville a couple of years ago) and the general idea, but I couldn't find a way to convey the idea of levitation without using expert editing ruleset.

Then something changed. I suddenly understood how the Japanese photographer got those images (or at least I found what I was missing): that kind of shots was impossible with a simple leap the face can't be relaxed and above all the feet can't stay in that position for a long time and during a regular jump. She uses double exposures, or if she doesn't, she uses magic :)

But what interested me was the position of the feet. So I assumed that the only way in advanced to get it, was having her on a chair. All was covered with a black background and behind it there was Davide, her boyfriend, who helped her to stay in equilibrium.

This was not enough. Doing everything in black was easy but it couldn't work. I needed something to convey the concept of depth. So I thought of the baseboard. It's not on the wall it's fake. It's between the tripod with the canvas and the girl. So there's a sort of optical illusion that works in deceiving the viewer. I should've used this concept for the Fool the viewer challenge (where I used the same model).

I wanna thank Alessia and Davide we needed 3 hours to get it and it was very late at night! You're great! ^_^

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 86
Avg (all users): 7.6364
Avg (commenters): 8.8750
Avg (participants): 7.0870
Avg (non-participants): 7.7816
Views since voting: 4914
Views during voting: 585
Votes: 220
Comments: 40
Favorites: 5 (view)


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03/15/2012 10:28:42 AM
Originally posted by snaffles:

Great work Alessandro! I knew I'd see this on the front page. And buried in one of the threads here and also on Natsumi's site is an explanation of how she gets her shots, and from the sounds of it she only does one capture. Mind it IS tough keeping the face relaxed while jumping, but it can be done :-)


Thank you Susan and thank you everybody out there for commenting and voting and congrats to Mike for the blue :)

I'll search for the explanation of her shots. In any case my shot was almost impossible with a leap. It could be dangerous for her, for the canvas and for my house (and for me after the return of my wife ^_^)
03/15/2012 08:49:53 AM
Great work Alessandro! I knew I'd see this on the front page. And buried in one of the threads here and also on Natsumi's site is an explanation of how she gets her shots, and from the sounds of it she only does one capture. Mind it IS tough keeping the face relaxed while jumping, but it can be done :-)
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03/14/2012 05:10:45 PM
Great job Sir!
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03/14/2012 01:34:18 PM
Wonderful job, Alessandro!
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03/14/2012 12:37:34 PM
I'm glad all your hard work paid off, congratulations on the ribbon!
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03/14/2012 12:16:01 PM
Nice work,Congratulations.
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03/14/2012 12:09:12 PM
Well, now I am truly glad I did not enter as that I had an idea similar to this. Congrats on the ribbon! Fabulous work and hat's off to you with the patience and persistence it took to get the shot. The colors, the lighting, and the mood of the this shot is just pure art.
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03/14/2012 08:43:15 AM
Originally posted by Jutilda:

Really awesome. She reminds me of Alanis Morrisette.


Yes, not only in this picture :)
03/14/2012 08:41:06 AM
Your hard work paid off Alessandro. Very well done with planning and taking the time to understand how to execute the process. Congrats on a great score and ribbon!
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03/14/2012 08:38:22 AM
Really awesome. She reminds me of Alanis Morrisette.
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03/14/2012 06:27:59 AM
Very nicely done Alessandro! I knew this was yours as soon as I saw it. Great stuff! Congrats on the ribbon!
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03/14/2012 03:53:06 AM
good stuff, and thanks for the explaining it so well.
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03/14/2012 03:21:43 AM
You are SO on a roll! Congrats on the ribbon.
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03/14/2012 01:45:57 AM
Great effort! Well executed, well deserved! Congrats!
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03/14/2012 01:45:51 AM
The dress sort of ties everything together for me. It's so one dimensional, but not trying to be... just like a painting.
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03/14/2012 01:35:18 AM
The lighting is Great..Awesome execution....Congrats!!!
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03/14/2012 01:03:29 AM
Congrats Alessandro!!. Great work and hard work at that and good thinking as well. Love it when you do well
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03/14/2012 01:02:51 AM
Congratulations, brilliant work. I love this.
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03/14/2012 12:42:48 AM
One of your very best work yet, Alessandro! Love her expression and pose. There is a great flow in this image. It was such a close finish that I think a tiny thing like the background's wrinkles not being ironed out may have cost you the blue here.
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03/14/2012 12:05:30 AM
Cong amazing my best 1
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03/14/2012 12:03:42 AM
Awesome!
Congrats Alessandro on red. A great shot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/13/2012 05:47:11 PM
Your imagination is just so great. Wonderful job.
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03/13/2012 12:32:08 PM
This looks like in the style of tanguera. A bit too dark on the near side of her face - maybe even overall. Wish the red in the picture popped a bit more. Very nice positioning of the arms / hands & legs / feet.
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03/13/2012 02:19:01 AM
Great shot, addresses the challenge wonderfully. I love the rich colour provided by the painting, and the dramatic lighting. One of my two 10s, hope to see it ribbon.
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03/12/2012 02:45:48 PM
Perfect. the lighting and jumping style are spot on.
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03/12/2012 04:18:06 AM
No doubt will do well.
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03/11/2012 04:06:00 PM
Ribbon worthy.
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03/11/2012 11:04:48 AM
Excellent job. Great lighting too.
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03/09/2012 11:12:24 AM
I'm prejudice...I'm a painter...... looks like she's contemplating traveling down the tunnel to see the Wizard..... :-)
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03/08/2012 10:51:34 AM
This is one of my favorites, I can't figure out what she is doing with her right hand, it just looks un-natural
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03/08/2012 09:07:18 AM
Holy cow. THe lighting and the perfect stop action is astonishing.
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03/07/2012 10:39:05 PM
One of my favorite in this competition. Really well done. Good luck! 10
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03/07/2012 05:50:08 PM
amazing my best 1
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03/07/2012 04:48:42 PM
Very nice - the model has managed to look as though she is genuinely engaged in a different activity - while happening to hover :-)
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03/07/2012 03:37:50 PM
Lovely capture. If you did this by jumping only, I'm very impressed. You've got a very talented jumper. I'm guessing you used a suspension of some sort to get this one? Very nice illusion. This will do well.
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03/07/2012 03:29:52 PM
This is a lovely shot. Love the idea captured here. The lighting is a little off, but overall, this is great!
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03/07/2012 12:22:29 PM
Front page, I think, although the total absence of detail in areas does have an impact
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03/07/2012 10:12:37 AM
Fabulous!


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03/07/2012 05:00:38 AM
And my 50,000th vote goes to... YOU! :) Very fitting to use it on such a masterful image.
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03/07/2012 02:25:29 AM
best yet excellent, 10 love the light
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