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Paul

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: 30 Seconds or More II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: My favourites
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark III
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Stockport
Date: Dec 29, 2012
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 30s
Galleries: Nude
Date Uploaded: Dec 30, 2012

No strobes - just a constant light and a committed model.

I asked her to be completely dead pan with her expression - I wish I hadn't made that choice now...

Really hard to get a good image with this technique - I should have defaulted to strobes but felt that would be three exposures by a different (though of course legitimate) route. I wanted to give it a shot without strobes.

Post ribbon:

Very surprised this got the Blue (or any ribbon) - Thanks!

The comment below about what sort of expression do I wish I'd got. I have no answer and this one was very deliberate - the model delivered as asked and I should be happy.

Capturing it was tricky but fun. The model thought it was like a party game:

Dim room
Dark background
Dark floor
One 'redhead' constant light with barn doors
Camera on tripod, manual focus
30 second exposure.

1. Model poses, I shine the light on her
2. I press the shutter, start iPhone timer
3. On 9 seconds I shout go, she moves to the middle undresses and puts her dress on the chair, continues to move around until I shout go again. Meanwhile I have moved the light source on to her
4. On 19 seconds I shout go and she moves to the right of the image a makes a mirrored pose until the shutter closes, in the meantime I have moved the light to follow her.

It doesn't sound a lot to do but at one point, I was so busy fiddling with the iPhone, shouting and moving the light that I forgot to press the shutter!

Also, because the middle zone needed more light light for the moving model to show up, I had to vary the time the light was switched on for each zone - probably 4 seconds on the left, 7 seconds in the middle and 6 seconds on the right - or something like that. This is in addition to the ambient light in the room and was easier than trying to mess with the exposure once set up.

It's not quite as clean as I would like but I can hardly complain.

Thanks for the votes and comments.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 63
Avg (all users): 7.2647
Avg (commenters): 8.6429
Avg (participants): 6.8750
Avg (non-participants): 7.4271
Views since voting: 9461
Views during voting: 572
Votes: 136
Comments: 54
Favorites: 26 (view)


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03/12/2013 09:43:49 PM
still one of the most genius images on this site.
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01/16/2013 11:39:14 AM
Well done. I really like this.
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01/15/2013 10:17:02 PM
Congrat's....well done. The middle image is haunting!
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01/14/2013 06:34:21 PM
congrats Paul! nice concept, I love the middle "panel"
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01/14/2013 11:30:37 AM
Originally posted by LydiaToo:

Very well done, of course. Congrats on a nude ribboning here! :D


+1 Hope you gave her a print of this too!
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01/13/2013 02:14:26 AM
Originally posted by rooum:

Great image Paul. Love the ghostly figure in the centre as well.


yeap
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01/12/2013 11:24:04 PM
That's pretty bizarre :-) Well done!
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01/12/2013 09:35:48 PM
I wondered - fascinating in conception and result. Congratulations on the blue, Paul.
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01/12/2013 10:56:34 AM
Congrats! So well deserved!
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01/12/2013 10:05:42 AM
As always mate................awesome....!
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01/11/2013 06:25:21 PM
You are so clever. Thanks for explaining your process. Love that there's some action in this scene.

Congrats on the blue!
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01/11/2013 04:07:17 PM
Really nice work.
Creative, imaginative and skillful !
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01/11/2013 01:43:43 PM
love it, brilliant :)
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01/11/2013 12:56:16 PM
Very well done, of course. Congrats on a nude ribboning here! :D
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01/11/2013 12:29:02 PM
Congrats on the ribbon (actually, I really liked her expression). Great image.
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01/11/2013 11:36:16 AM
I would put this in my top 25 I've ever seen on this site. Don't ask for exact placement because that fluctuates, but this is fantastically interspectacular.
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01/11/2013 10:26:52 AM
Great image Paul. Love the ghostly figure in the centre as well.
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01/11/2013 09:46:21 AM
This was my lone 10 vote. Well done overall. Reminds me of Francesca Woodman.
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01/11/2013 09:19:44 AM
Crongrats well deserved.
I was worried the uptight crowd would vote this down.
Don't second guess yourself on this you you hit it out of the park.
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01/11/2013 09:02:33 AM
creative and vwd, congrats on the much deserved blue
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01/11/2013 08:20:09 AM
The dead pan is what makes the shot, imo. It was the perfect choice. I also think it's much more effective this way than with strobes. Perfect as is!
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01/11/2013 07:46:44 AM
Congrats Paul!!
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01/11/2013 06:10:08 AM
Fabulous - glad to see this ribbon.
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01/11/2013 04:18:10 AM
Excellent shot, and I think you made a good choice with the expression (what other expressions were you thinking of doing instead?)
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01/11/2013 04:09:43 AM
Congratulations,so glad to see this win.
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01/11/2013 03:52:09 AM
Shows the three 'C's - Confidence, commitment and capability. WD
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01/11/2013 03:48:17 AM
So good! Congrats
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01/11/2013 03:15:50 AM
A very creative shot. I like the expression and use of a constant light source, it really creates the mood of the shot. Congrats on the well deserved blue!
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01/11/2013 03:04:28 AM
I'm happy this got blue. Huge Congrats
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01/11/2013 02:47:45 AM
Congrats on your deserved blue, very creative. And good to see one can place high with nudes again on dpc - and not even get a single 1 or 2 vote
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01/11/2013 01:42:10 AM
Incredibly creative. A well deserved blue.
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01/11/2013 01:02:40 AM
Congratulations! Excellent concept and execution. Your model has replicated her pose extremely well.
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01/11/2013 01:01:45 AM
What happened to my comment?? This is splendid, Paul. I think the deadpan works perfectly with the ghostliness of the imag. Welcome back :-)
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01/11/2013 12:56:23 AM
Well done finish. Good start too. One of my favorites.
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01/11/2013 12:45:48 AM
Super idea and execution. WD.
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01/11/2013 12:24:37 AM
Congratulations Paul! I think this came out great and is very worthy of the blue.
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01/11/2013 12:10:54 AM
Beautiful - reminds me a little of Francesca Woodman.
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01/11/2013 12:09:19 AM
hats off sir.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/10/2013 11:48:38 PM
Magic. This is so expertly crafted and thought out. Love it
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01/10/2013 11:51:24 AM
Top ten,has style .
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01/10/2013 06:19:39 AM
A well planned before, after and an in-between element. Very well done.
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01/09/2013 04:32:53 AM
Fascinating idea and well captured.
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01/08/2013 10:09:26 PM
well shot, well thought out and executed!
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01/06/2013 09:10:39 AM
I bet this took long time and many tries. the model position is almost the same on both sides. I like it. congratulations.
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01/05/2013 09:41:14 PM
I love the magician's box here!
(oh yes, no stockings!)
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01/05/2013 04:34:09 PM
IMO it would be better to use the title to tell a story than to show how long the exposure was. It could be a wonderful idea. But I appreciate the effort :)
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01/05/2013 08:11:52 AM
This is great work. I do wish when she was on the left she were in better focus, but I do like it nonetheless.
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01/05/2013 12:28:29 AM
Nudity can be a low scorer in DPC land but I hope this one does well. Very tasteful and a nice a nice take on the challenge. I would love to know the process behind capturing and the post processing of this image.
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01/04/2013 06:36:18 PM
Very good triptych - a great idea and one that is unique to this challenge that's for sure. I might have opted for a little more color, but that's me. This should challenge for a top three spot for sure. A ten for technique and a ten for execution.
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01/04/2013 07:46:31 AM
Cool shot and a great idea.
One of my top picks.
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01/04/2013 06:24:07 AM
Wonderful concept, fantastic use of light painting, beautiful model...i just wish that the image on the left was a wee bit sharper to balance the model's pose on the right.
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01/04/2013 03:27:50 AM
great idea...and quick strip
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01/04/2013 03:19:00 AM
10. and a fave. genius idea, excellent exposure, perfect (and intriguing) expression and pose (poses) on the model, processing rocks like usual. this is a level above the others. great work.
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01/04/2013 12:07:39 AM
This keeps me lingering. Great use of the title
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