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A Study in Colors
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Alexkc


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Challenge: Primary Colors II (Minimal Editing I)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D600
Lens: Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD for Nikon
Date: Mar 13, 2014
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 100
Date Uploaded: Mar 13, 2014


[Mar. 20th, 2014 05:56:08 PM]

Yes, Mondrian is what (and who) I had in mind for this challenge. It was the day before rollover and I was with Alessia, my niece. I was helping her with her graduation paper - next week she will get her degree in foreigner languages (I got the same in 2001) and I mentioned the Primary colors challenge: "I wanted to submit an image with bodypainting and Mondrian style but it's been a tough week taking photos for a magazine and moreover who can I find for a task like that?!". She immediately asked: "me!". I didn't even ask her since I knew she was busy with her university stuff. But she absolutely wanted to try. She helped me getting a few ribbons, but never able to get a blue and this is a sort of "spot" in her DPC career.

The following day we began painting at 1 am. (rollover at 5am. now). Her mother Anita and I did the job - red and black lines for me, blue and yellow for Anita. It took almost 2 hours to finish.

I knew that at least I didn't have to waste time to edit it in the end :)

I used two studio flashes on the sides but not symmetrical - I wanted to draw the shapes of the muscles - and a special for the BG. I had another one to outline her body but it decided not to collaborate. Except for her hair, the image works better like this.

I set my camera to boost saturation and contrast and I like very much what I got without editing it.

Now fingers crossed - this time a blue would mean so much to me and Alessia :)

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Thanks everyone for the great comments! I know it's not my first ribbon but it's surely one of the sweetest I got!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 49
Avg (all users): 7.4432
Avg (commenters): 8.4286
Avg (participants): 7.0571
Avg (non-participants): 7.6981
Views since voting: 1816
Views during voting: 248
Votes: 88
Comments: 32
Favorites: 4 (view)


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03/26/2014 02:54:27 AM
Really cool and fun shot. Congrats on the blue.

Dave
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03/22/2014 05:04:21 PM
Who needs expert editing? Even with minimal editing you can create wonderful photos. Congrats with the blue!
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03/22/2014 02:07:25 AM
Congrats!! I loved this image and had it picked for the blue (10)
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03/21/2014 10:48:54 PM
Congratulations, my friend. Wonderful image.

And you can write as well as photograph and for that i award the Purple Prose award.

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03/21/2014 07:32:42 PM
Always glad to see your stuff on the front page, Alex. Great image and story!
Congratulations!

Message edited by author 2014-03-21 19:33:51.
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03/21/2014 11:25:39 AM
Originally posted by tanguera:

I like how you used the work "special" :)


There's always interesting to learn from you Johanna :)
03/21/2014 11:17:22 AM
I like how you used the work "special" :)

Congrats on the ribbon I told you you'd get
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03/21/2014 10:07:26 AM
Dedication to your craft. It shows through every time Alessandro! Congratulations on yet another Blue!
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03/21/2014 07:08:14 AM
I have been absent - to much but it's nice to log on and see not much has changed.. Still shooting DPC ablaze. Well done Alessandro
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03/21/2014 07:06:05 AM
Awesome work as always brother! Congrats on the win!
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03/21/2014 04:48:16 AM
You missed a spot, right there on the yellow fingers.
:-) Congrats Alex!
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03/21/2014 03:01:39 AM
Congratulations1 What a great shot, great model and great painting job. It was obvious where this would finish!
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03/21/2014 02:19:27 AM
That's a cool back story behind the picture. Congrats on the blue.
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03/21/2014 12:31:05 AM
Well done!

A fave for me, no doubt!
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03/21/2014 12:16:01 AM
Oh, ho hum Alex. Another one. Aren't you getting just a *little* tired of Blue ribbons?

;)

Ah, you know I'm joking friend. Well done. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/20/2014 11:09:48 PM
Very well done.
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03/20/2014 04:03:57 PM
My favorite in the challenge!
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03/20/2014 04:00:33 PM
Lovely living art. Well posed, admirably decorated a la Mondrian. The textures add to the depth of the image. The lighting is also well done. I like how the slightly off-center pose and unlevel hands give dynamism to what could have been a static scene.
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03/20/2014 03:27:39 PM
great light, pose and body paint !
10
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03/20/2014 11:24:18 AM
Love this one but I wouldn't want to be her
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03/20/2014 08:57:15 AM
This will do for me.
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03/19/2014 06:41:33 PM
this is very interesting, i like how texture is very visible in the paint
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03/19/2014 05:28:53 PM
Stand alone top pick. Great concept and execution. 10
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03/19/2014 09:15:09 AM
A living Mondriaan, very creative take on this challenge. And kudos to your model, must have been quite some work getting her like that.
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03/19/2014 05:11:56 AM
I am often surprised with what entrants do for challenges. She is a very cooperative model! I'm imagining the process involved in getting ready for this and with the soap suds colors later. That would be an interesting series to shoot...the colors running off the body. Great effort!
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03/18/2014 08:49:57 PM
Very original. What incredible work went into this shot with a striking result.
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03/18/2014 05:15:57 PM
Very cool.
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03/16/2014 10:20:25 PM
cool idea -
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03/15/2014 11:48:39 PM
yep another medal contender but theres stiff competition out there
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03/15/2014 09:56:29 PM
Of course this is best in show, great lighting and creativity make this pop, far ahead of all other entries. Congrats!
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03/15/2014 07:16:58 PM
Lot of effort in this one. Colors are vibrant. Added element of... Piet Mondrian.... Nice work on minimal rule set.
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03/14/2014 02:45:21 PM
Best in the challenge.
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