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Challenge: How to Change a Light Bulb (Expert Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Leica M240
Lens: Voigtlander Ultron 21mm f1.8
Date: Feb 21, 2015
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 2000
Shutter: 1/180
Date Uploaded: Feb 22, 2015

I'm hoping those who vote 1 for a nude will give me a 2. One for each! :-)

Seriously though, even I'm wondering whether this too gratuitous for DPC. We'd done some figure nude stuff before this and just moved on to this shot - there wasn't really a 'I know, I'll shoot this nude' moment.

This is a single image but with one side of the room mirrored and cloned to the other side; so it certainly benefited from an Expert edit.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 30
Avg (all users): 7.0500
Avg (commenters): 8.2000
Avg (participants): 7.1429
Avg (non-participants): 7.0303
Views since voting: 2493
Views during voting: 512
Votes: 120
Comments: 38
Favorites: 4 (view)


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03/12/2015 09:41:00 AM
Love the soft colours and lighting, congratulations on your well deserved yellow ribbon.
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03/07/2015 06:57:49 AM
Congrats and keep going, do what you do and it's fabulous. You inject originality and some real thinking with your work in here. As for the shot, I bet you at least toyed with the possibility of replacing either of the models with a male one. Even if it proved a bombshell too much to bear (negative scores are impossible though...).
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03/06/2015 11:31:06 AM
Well I could see two naked women, but I can only see elegance... that's what really matters.
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03/05/2015 03:27:07 AM
Originally posted by Lydia:

*hugs you in a non-heterosexual way*

Too early in the morning for this puzzle.

Fabulous image, Paul, congrats on the ribbon! I bet your neck hurts from the angle ;-).
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03/04/2015 07:12:50 PM
Originally posted by Paul:

... Sometimes I write what I think.



LOL! LOL again.

*hugs you in a non-heterosexual way*
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03/04/2015 05:14:40 PM
Originally posted by Lydia:

Originally posted by Paul:

Originally posted by Lydia:

I'm not at all into the whole lesbian thing, but the colors and light here are gorgeous. 9


I thank you for your generous vote but I certainly don't see any 'lesbian thing' going on here. It's just an extension of one figure nude into two figure nudes - it was the continuation of form, and in this case function, we were after. It's a tricky modelling feat to give great shapes under load like this. Some from this short set had more interesting angled poses but this one had the best 'lightbulb' hand and gave emphasis to the challenge theme. I could have done a similar shot clothed - it would have been different but probably still effective; it's just not how it worked out within the wider set, but I don't think the nudity (within the depicted context) says anything about sexual orientation. Why would it?


You're welcome for the vote. It wasn't generous. I vote on quality of the image and this one is well-done, as usual for you, Paul. :D

The lesbian comment was meant to be a bit humorous... because I would never get naked and ask another naked woman to change a light bulb with me. Ha!

But, now that you've started the conversation, and others have joined in, I've studied it more in view of your words.

If you take these women and flip the image in your mind... with the women now lying down on the far wall, in the exact same positioning, and they're horizontal instead of vertical on the bed or whatever they're standing on now... THEN what does that say? I'd say that two women in that position were being sexual together. Two women being sexual together makes them at least lesbian (perhaps bi-sexual... or whatever else people call themselves these days). Right?

I don't actually care one iota about their sexual preferences... They do appear to me to be two women in sexual positions alone together. Whatever that makes them be... ?? :D

Anyway... carry on... I didn't mean to offend with my silly quip. It's a silly challenge topic and I was just being silly in response.


I wasn't at all offended Lydia, thanks for your comments too! I always enjoy the perspective you share on my nude images.myou make me think. Sometimes I write what I think.

Thanks again

Paul
03/04/2015 04:18:18 PM
Originally posted by Paul:

Originally posted by Lydia:

I'm not at all into the whole lesbian thing, but the colors and light here are gorgeous. 9


I thank you for your generous vote but I certainly don't see any 'lesbian thing' going on here. It's just an extension of one figure nude into two figure nudes - it was the continuation of form, and in this case function, we were after. It's a tricky modelling feat to give great shapes under load like this. Some from this short set had more interesting angled poses but this one had the best 'lightbulb' hand and gave emphasis to the challenge theme. I could have done a similar shot clothed - it would have been different but probably still effective; it's just not how it worked out within the wider set, but I don't think the nudity (within the depicted context) says anything about sexual orientation. Why would it?


You're welcome for the vote. It wasn't generous. I vote on quality of the image and this one is well-done, as usual for you, Paul. :D

The lesbian comment was meant to be a bit humorous... because I would never get naked and ask another naked woman to change a light bulb with me. Ha!

But, now that you've started the conversation, and others have joined in, I've studied it more in view of your words.

If you take these women and flip the image in your mind... with the women now lying down on the far wall, in the exact same positioning, and they're horizontal instead of vertical on the bed or whatever they're standing on now... THEN what does that say? I'd say that two women in that position were being sexual together. Two women being sexual together makes them at least lesbian (perhaps bi-sexual... or whatever else people call themselves these days). Right?

I don't actually care one iota about their sexual preferences... They do appear to me to be two women in sexual positions alone together. Whatever that makes them be... ?? :D

Anyway... carry on... I didn't mean to offend with my silly quip. It's a silly challenge topic and I was just being silly in response.

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03/04/2015 02:47:19 PM
I am so proud of how far DPC voters have come! There was a time when anything depicting nudity would have been a very hard sell for a ribbon. I'm so glad this one got it's very well-deserved win! Congratulations!
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03/04/2015 01:42:09 PM
The human body is definitely a fantastic world to be studied by any artist. Many already did throughout the ages, and I am glad brilliant ones still go on. Of course, such approach has been (and obviously, still is) attacked for many reasons, among which, the supposed sexual references. Of course, two nude persons doesn't necessarily imply sex, it can be a way to find new shapes, angles, beauty. And even in the cases that actually depict a sexual situation, what would be so bad about it? Sex can be beautiful too, as a part of human life. Thanks for your continuous great work and inspiration.
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03/04/2015 01:34:00 PM
Pleasantly surprised that this finished where it did.

It was my choice for the Red, but I thought you would have had a lot of low votes due to the nudity. Very pleased to see that I was wrong.
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03/04/2015 12:24:31 PM
Congratulations, this is a wonderful image. I can only think that Lydia was having an off day.
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03/04/2015 10:46:36 AM
Originally posted by LanndonKane:

Originally posted by Paul:

Originally posted by Lydia:

I'm not at all into the whole lesbian thing, but the colors and light here are gorgeous. 9


I thank you for your generous vote but I certainly don't see any 'lesbian thing' going on here. It's just an extension of one figure nude into two figure nudes - it was the continuation of form, and in this case function, we were after. It's a tricky modelling feat to give great shapes under load like this. Some from this short set had more interesting angled poses but this one had the best 'lightbulb' hand and gave emphasis to the challenge theme. I could have done a similar shot clothed - it would have been different but probably still effective; it's just not how it worked out within the wider set, but I don't think the nudity (within the depicted context) says anything about sexual orientation. Why would it?


yeah, seriously...


In a sense, I believe you and agree with you Paul. These are women models, nudes, and although there is undeniable overt sexuality to the photograph, there is nothing to suggest lesbianism, no stereotypes, no modern love scene of a shot: simply art- or to prudes, "candy photography."

Message edited by author 2015-03-04 10:47:04.
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03/04/2015 09:09:15 AM
Originally posted by Paul:

Originally posted by Lydia:

I'm not at all into the whole lesbian thing, but the colors and light here are gorgeous. 9


I thank you for your generous vote but I certainly don't see any 'lesbian thing' going on here. It's just an extension of one figure nude into two figure nudes - it was the continuation of form, and in this case function, we were after. It's a tricky modelling feat to give great shapes under load like this. Some from this short set had more interesting angled poses but this one had the best 'lightbulb' hand and gave emphasis to the challenge theme. I could have done a similar shot clothed - it would have been different but probably still effective; it's just not how it worked out within the wider set, but I don't think the nudity (within the depicted context) says anything about sexual orientation. Why would it?


yeah, seriously...
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03/04/2015 07:30:09 AM
Congrats on your yellow, I'm happy my 10 didn't go to waste.
Can the SC do an investigation on people who always vote 1 on nudes? :)

(I'm not at all into the whole lesbian thing) Lydia's comment is really shocking, I'm going
to chalk it up as her trying to be funny and it didn't work.

Message edited by author 2015-03-04 07:30:43.
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03/04/2015 03:38:10 AM
i need a few bulbs changed over here, nice one
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03/04/2015 01:52:54 AM
Congrats on the third place :) Beautiful&Soft all around lighting on a gorgeous subjects with the high keys perfectly placed.
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03/04/2015 12:59:46 AM
Originally posted by Lydia:

I'm not at all into the whole lesbian thing, but the colors and light here are gorgeous. 9


I thank you for your generous vote but I certainly don't see any 'lesbian thing' going on here. It's just an extension of one figure nude into two figure nudes - it was the continuation of form, and in this case function, we were after. It's a tricky modelling feat to give great shapes under load like this. Some from this short set had more interesting angled poses but this one had the best 'lightbulb' hand and gave emphasis to the challenge theme. I could have done a similar shot clothed - it would have been different but probably still effective; it's just not how it worked out within the wider set, but I don't think the nudity (within the depicted context) says anything about sexual orientation. Why would it?
03/04/2015 12:29:20 AM
Did they get lucky? with the Bulb of course, suggested this to the wife, but old age and arthritus stopped us in our tracks

Message edited by author 2015-03-04 00:30:50.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/03/2015 10:28:41 PM
Save it for penthouse
03/03/2015 08:19:59 PM
Ribbon. 10. I love the soft, high key look.
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03/03/2015 04:58:31 PM
I don't know what's going on here....But I intend to find out.
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03/03/2015 04:31:38 PM
I have heard of a bare bulbs but not bare bulb changers. Exquisitely lit and posed.
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03/03/2015 04:08:49 AM
well put
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03/01/2015 12:30:14 PM
Beautiful and very different.
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02/28/2015 09:28:52 PM
I am wondering how the conversation with the models went..."You want us to do what?"

I like the perspective and lighting, and the idea is interesting. Two lovely women in a nude shot doing a mundane household chore. Not to mention it is the best way I have ever seen to change a lightbulb.

You are probably going to get hammered for the nudity though, especially with two women.
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02/27/2015 09:23:33 PM
I'm not at all into the whole lesbian thing, but the colors and light here are gorgeous. 9
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02/27/2015 05:49:34 PM
Well that's one way :) I actually love this. I'm a sucker for the soft, ethereal glowy feel.
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02/27/2015 01:49:26 PM
If I was a man this would be the perfect photo, but because I am not, not my kind of photo, however, I do have to say this was done in very good taste, no offense in my end at all.. very nicely done
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02/27/2015 11:33:09 AM
This has to be that Paul person. 9.
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02/26/2015 05:49:50 PM
LOL

nude police alert

I'll love it

10
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02/26/2015 03:48:38 PM
brilliant.
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02/26/2015 08:13:18 AM
ok Im going to let my caveman come out a little here and just say Hell Yeah, thats f&%*ing Hot!!!
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02/25/2015 05:07:08 PM
LOVE this one. Absolutely gorgeous tones.
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02/25/2015 05:00:46 PM
OK...slightly unusual idea, nice lighting, a little too stagey for me, but I'm sure all the guys are hitting the 10 button.
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02/25/2015 11:03:32 AM
Best in show award, congrats, nice concept in this difficult challenge. The high key was a good choice, the lighting second to none. Well played.
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02/25/2015 10:08:40 AM
wonderful light
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02/25/2015 08:39:36 AM
I like the high key- great color and exposure. A point is added for the simple fact that getting 2 women to do something this silly ...
The crop doesn't do it for me and I'm not entirely fond of the POV ... Being that the bar is set pretty high since this seems like a pretty professional shot to being with I pick it apart with that in mind. So if I were to start at 10, I'd come down to 8 based on the uninteresting POV and undesirable crop.
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02/25/2015 02:23:23 AM
I have 4 that need replacing can I book you both for monday morning?
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