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Murder on Montrose Way
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LevT


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Film Noir (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Performance
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR
Location: San Diego
Date: Aug 8, 2011
Galleries: Performance, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Aug 9, 2011

Big thanks to my models Irina and especially to Julia who spent about half an hour on the cold and uncomfortable floor. I guess this was my most complicated lighting setup to date - three strobes plus one speedlight!

ps. Thank you all for comments, votes, and faves! I would not call it my "Personal Best", but it is my new highest scoring photo (my previous highest score, incidentally also in a movie challenge, was nearly 4 years ago).

A lot of comments complimented me on setting this up. Actually, it was not all that hard. Nothing compared to the scale and complexity of 21.gif gyaban's monumental endeavors. It is basically lighting, my fedora, and my wife's trench coat. It took me about an hour or two to set the lights up on August 7 evening using a big stuffed ape (daughter's old toy) as a model, and then we invited a couple of friends the following night (which by the way was my wife's birthday and the night before my own), so she graciously agreed to play the corpse, and he pressed the shutter for me. Took another hour or so.

Johanna, in your comment, you are right, the smoke would've been nice. In fact I do have a few outtakes with the cigarette smoke, but in those shots Julia (the woman on the floor) was looking straight into the camera (bad direction on my part)... so this was the most convincing shot overall in the series.

a great birthday present for Irina and myself, I'd say. She got a kick out of 21_F.gif JuliBoc's comment calling her "the busty blond"... she was never called that before... perhaps because she is not a blond :)

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 106
Avg (all users): 7.8557
Avg (commenters): 8.8293
Avg (participants): 8.0656
Avg (non-participants): 7.7594
Views since voting: 4882
Views during voting: 508
Votes: 194
Comments: 103
Favorites: 19 (view)


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08/26/2011 03:46:29 PM
oh and you look badass too, lol!

Message edited by author 2011-08-26 15:47:33.
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08/26/2011 03:43:10 PM
Ah, forgot to leave a note on this one. It is an absolutely incredible image, Lev. An instant classic on DPC that will forever be remembered as one of the all-time greats! Congratulations on achieving this marvelous piece of work!

edit: Of course I gave this a 10!

Message edited by author 2011-08-26 15:46:43.
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08/23/2011 10:26:37 AM
I can only wish I could do B&W like that. Fantastique!
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08/18/2011 11:36:38 PM
Originally posted by smyk:

Very cool. You remind of the Cencer Man from the X-files.


First thought that came to my mind, "How did he get CSM to pose?" (For those that aren't familiar with the X-files, CSM-Cigarette Smoking Man...aka Cancer Man).

Fantastic picture. The main character looking like a known actor made me think it was from a movie.
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08/18/2011 08:33:12 PM
Congrats on BLUE! Excellently done.
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08/18/2011 07:34:06 PM
This is absolutely magnificent!! I'm finally home from vacation, so I can comment on images. This was so obviously the blue ribbon, there just was no doubt. Well done, wonderfully conceived, and what a fun story. Congrats on the blue! :)
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08/18/2011 05:47:16 PM
Great shot! Congratulations Lev!

ETA: Holy cow...I just saw the score!

Message edited by author 2011-08-18 17:47:40.
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08/18/2011 04:10:13 PM
Congratulations on the new PB and what a great bday present! You did a great job setting up the lighting. The sort of speckled light, the effect of light going through window shutters? adds to the mood.

Message edited by author 2011-08-18 16:12:11.
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08/18/2011 10:51:27 AM
This is just fabulous and I'm thrilled to see it ribbon. Was one of my choices! Congrats on another ribbon!
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08/18/2011 05:47:25 AM
Very cool. You remind of the Cancer Man from the X-files.

Could you share the lighting set up? I'm particularly curious about the shades.

Message edited by author 2011-08-22 09:12:32.
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08/17/2011 11:55:56 PM
I would die to have an image like this in my gallery. Amazing!!!!
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08/17/2011 04:06:52 PM
Ah Lev! You definitely look the part. Perhaps you should be in the movies... Could really pass for a studio still from one of those great old detective movies. Excellent work!

ETA: to actually get your name right. Oops!

Message edited by author 2011-08-17 22:00:18.
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08/17/2011 03:12:11 PM
Spectacular image, Lev! Well deserved blue!
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08/17/2011 02:13:05 PM
Fantastic photograph Lev and a very worthy Blue. Wonderful.
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08/17/2011 01:11:15 PM
Originally posted by sherpet:

WONDERFUL IDEA - WONDERFUL SET-UP - WONDERFUL IMAGE - WONDERFUL RESULT - WELL DESERVED

This is one of the reasons why I want to come back to DPC even if I cannot take photos anymore I can at least look at them and also SCORE when I get the chance to become a full member again .....

Miss you all from shez xox

PS...... WHO the silly billy who gave this AWESOME IMAGE a "1" YES a ONE
YOU must be ASHAMED or PLAIN STUPID.....Sorry if the truth hurts


No, they shouldn't be any of the above. There are plenty of reasons anyone might score this a one, and none of them are invalid. They may be antithetical to YOUR way of viewing DPC, the world, or whatever, but they are valid none-the-less.

Every score is personal, and every score counts. It reflects more negatively on you, than the the person giving a 1, when you react in this way.
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08/17/2011 12:56:03 PM
Oh well done Lev. Wonderful image.
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08/17/2011 12:37:16 PM
Really well done, Lev..... This is my new mental pic of what a Film Noir shot should look like. Congrats on your blue and a truly stellar image!
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08/17/2011 11:32:00 AM
I can almost hear a monologue going over this image.
What a shot. Congrats.
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08/17/2011 11:28:57 AM
Congrats Lev. I knew it was a winner in spite of my reservations about the banding.
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08/17/2011 11:16:41 AM
Nice Lev! Congrats on a very fine image. Oh, and the win too ;)
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08/17/2011 10:03:56 AM
Superb image,Congratulations.
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08/17/2011 09:54:06 AM
great set up,superb lighting, and perfect execution- painting and acting and telling stories with the camera. congrats.
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08/17/2011 09:14:00 AM
Sooooooo amazing Lev. Straight from a movie. Absolutely fabulous work on the lighting. Congrats on the blue!
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08/17/2011 09:04:52 AM
Way to go. Congrats!!
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08/17/2011 08:54:35 AM
Congrats on the blue! My top pick.
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08/17/2011 08:45:37 AM
Great attention to detail, wonderful image. Congrats on the blue, Lev.
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08/17/2011 08:27:00 AM
Perfection, Lev! Congrats on the BLUE!
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08/17/2011 07:02:18 AM
Masterfully done!! I completely missed this during the voting period, bizzare! Incredble lighting.
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08/17/2011 06:05:19 AM
Unbelievably fabulous. The setup is fantastic, as well as the BW processing. But the lighting is what is beyond brilliant. Many congratulations on your Blue.
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08/17/2011 05:50:28 AM
Yeah, well I unfortunately never got around to voting or commenting, but this was certainly the standout, and it's an awesome image that took a lot of creativity and excellent execution to get this fabulous result. Best of all, it seems like you had fun with it. Happy Birthday to you both!
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08/17/2011 04:39:02 AM


WONDERFUL IDEA - WONDERFUL SET-UP - WONDERFUL IMAGE - WONDERFUL RESULT - WELL DESERVED

This is one of the reasons why I want to come back to DPC even if I cannot take photos anymore I can at least look at them and also SCORE when I get the chance to become a full member again .....

Miss you all from shez xox

PS...... WHO the silly billy who gave this AWESOME IMAGE a "1" YES a ONE
YOU must be ASHAMED or PLAIN STUPID.....Sorry if the truth hurts



Message edited by author 2011-08-17 04:42:32.
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08/17/2011 04:37:20 AM
Well deserved blue. The lighting in this image is great!
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08/17/2011 03:37:09 AM
It's been a long, long time since I've been utterly floored. You've succeeded here.
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08/17/2011 03:14:56 AM
Hi Lev,
Congratulations on a great photo. Love it! And Happy birthday to you and your wife!
I thought I recognised you in the photo.
Cheers Peter
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08/17/2011 02:29:36 AM
Congrats Lev, absolutely deserved blue and score; outstanding shot.
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08/17/2011 02:19:03 AM
Outstanding Lev. You really nailed the spirit of Film Noir with this winner. Congrats!

Dave
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08/17/2011 01:58:38 AM
Congratulations Lev. You did deserve to win the blue. I like your hat; I have one just like it.
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08/17/2011 01:36:16 AM
Magnificent effort, Lev. Congrats on a truly deserving blue. The only thing that could possibly have made this better would have been a thin thread of smoke from the cigarette.
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08/17/2011 01:22:22 AM
I am so happy you won, this is just an amazing shot, and so much thought and work went into it! YAY FOR YOU!!!
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08/17/2011 01:07:23 AM
Yep, this was the standout. Congratulations.
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08/17/2011 12:45:19 AM
Congratulations Lev! What an outstanding image.
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08/17/2011 12:38:16 AM
and you are laughing.
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08/17/2011 12:35:20 AM
Freakin' awesome Lev! Congratulations man! : )
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08/17/2011 12:32:35 AM
Very nicely done - congrats!
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08/17/2011 12:26:48 AM
Lev!!! Congratulations! Beyond awesome and into the realm of FABULOUS!
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08/17/2011 12:15:46 AM
Nicely done. Congratulations!
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08/17/2011 12:14:02 AM
Congratulations - I knew it would ribbon - 34 ten votes - you can retire now :)
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08/17/2011 12:11:12 AM
Way to go, Lev! One of my top picks in an extremely competitive challenge. Awesome image and a score that reflects that.
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08/17/2011 12:07:29 AM
Whoa! That's excellent! And the score reflects it, 7.8+... WTG, Lev!
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08/17/2011 12:06:03 AM
Just spectacular Lev, congrats.
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08/17/2011 12:05:34 AM
Congratulations, Lev, well deserved!
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08/17/2011 12:03:57 AM
Best shot of the bunch! As I already said, I'd be extremely disappointing if this did not get Blue. Well executed and congrats again!
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08/17/2011 12:03:40 AM
Well done Lev. Wonderful scene.
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08/17/2011 12:02:41 AM
Hooray!! Congrats on a well deserved blue!
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08/17/2011 12:02:07 AM
Woahh... Dark, depressing... Awesome!
Congrats on blue
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/16/2011 11:52:25 PM
Awesome
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08/16/2011 09:51:01 PM
Hmm...looks like Lev. Strong mood, beautiful light. I can see this at the top. 9
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08/16/2011 09:15:25 PM
Straight out of a movie set. The dramatic lighting, the triangular composition, the way the light picks out the lady in the background.... Fabulous effort. 10
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08/16/2011 06:34:48 PM
Classic film noir love the subtle shadows, not sure about the woman in the background or the shoes
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08/16/2011 05:56:41 PM
absolutely, totally Noir!
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08/16/2011 04:51:50 PM
Looks like a lot of time and effort have been put in to this shot, one of the stand out shots for me, hope to see it on the front page.
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08/16/2011 04:37:38 PM
Lev, no fair! Do you own a movie studio??? I love the smiling corpse.
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08/16/2011 04:11:46 PM
A 10 from me here
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08/16/2011 01:55:22 PM
What's there to say other than a perfectly executed shot displaying classic film noir - 10
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08/16/2011 10:46:13 AM
Has to somewhere near the top,love everything about it.
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08/16/2011 04:10:13 AM
Excellent light/shadow/expression/focus on the man. Great job altogether.
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08/16/2011 12:05:53 AM
Here's a ribbon
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08/15/2011 11:26:27 PM
Hmmmm, I just saw this one "elsewhere" (minus the border thingies). You look quite good as a noir character. My "gripe", the pictures in back on the shelf look too modern.
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08/15/2011 04:02:47 PM
Holy moley, this is just incredible! Really could be a still taken from any crime movie of the period.

Perfect lighting, huge tonal range,bags of detail and I just love the composition. Superb image, this has ribbon all over it for sure!
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08/14/2011 10:39:12 AM
super Film noir image, hope to see it on the front page.
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08/14/2011 01:28:33 AM
This is brilliant. The lighting is very well done and so are the poses of the models. It looks just like a film noir still. I hope this ribbons. Nice touch with the border, too.
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08/14/2011 01:24:15 AM
Ribbon. I feel like I'm looking at a production still. Great casting and wardrobe.
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08/13/2011 03:47:19 PM
Very nice image. I don't care for the border, however.
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08/12/2011 11:39:21 PM
This is very good. Lighting and subject matter is perfect for the challenge. My only nitpick is the image is a little cluttered for a scene from that film era otherwise perfect.
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08/12/2011 01:09:17 PM
Perfect
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08/12/2011 10:14:19 AM
Wow, amazing
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08/12/2011 06:17:30 AM
winner...
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08/12/2011 03:55:50 AM
bluey!
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08/11/2011 11:27:50 PM
ribbon
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08/11/2011 10:04:50 PM
Beautifully composed and lit.
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08/11/2011 09:30:51 PM
One of the best in the challenge IMHO - nice set up!!
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08/11/2011 03:12:02 PM
Brilliant! The woman in the background is the icing on the cake. You have everything here: the striped shadows from the blinds, the shadow from his hat across his eyes, the costumes, the busty blond, the cigarette, great composition, excellent poses, high contrast. 10
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08/10/2011 10:20:47 PM
Beautiful lighting, detail and tones; my pick of the challenge.
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08/10/2011 09:58:22 PM
This makes me nuts. What's the banding on the top and bottom all about here? It's such a well thought-out shot and cleverly executed that it's an easy 9 but I find the affectations of the added borders very distracting. I really want to understand that decision so maybe I can see the light. I'm giving a reluctant 7 for capturing the noirish spirit with a bit of tongue-in-cheek in the proper aspect ratio (excepting borders).
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08/10/2011 06:18:33 PM
Clearly the winner. Not only are the characters, chiaroscuro, and costumes exactly redolent of a 40s-era movie poster, but the photo is expertly done, setup and post. You so obviously really understand the use of light back then. Really the best in this challenge, by far. This could easily be mistaken for a still from a movie of the era. 10
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08/10/2011 05:09:09 PM
Well golly. *click... click... click...* And then BOOM! Here's our blue ribbon!


Perfect.
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08/10/2011 01:28:55 PM
This is my pick for blue. Perfect on all accounts. Outfits, lighting, mood, tone, everything. Very awesome!
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08/10/2011 11:27:49 AM
Looks like Dick Tracy.
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08/10/2011 10:59:12 AM
perfect set up, love the story in the shot.. and great set up for the shadows..
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08/10/2011 09:36:12 AM
My choice for the blue. Very well done in all aspects.
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08/10/2011 09:32:53 AM
Well composed, great costumes, lighting, setup... I feel like this is a scene from an actual movie. Great work, 10!
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08/10/2011 09:32:34 AM
EXCELLENT love the shades re the blinds and the light and shadows.
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08/10/2011 08:45:12 AM
Very elaborate setup, top quality
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08/10/2011 07:42:41 AM
classy - this would be my pick for the blue
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08/10/2011 06:42:08 AM
And this is a scene from which movie? Are you sure you're not a photographer on movie sets? :)
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08/10/2011 03:50:39 AM
like a still from a real movie - excellent props and location. wish there was a tad more light on the lady in the back. the bold border was unnecessary here.
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08/10/2011 02:36:12 AM
very nice. I really like the cinematic feel in this photo, great lighting and composition.
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08/10/2011 12:55:29 AM
If this doesn't win I'll eat my fedora
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08/10/2011 12:36:17 AM
4th photo I've viewed, but would have to say they can't better than this, it's shot like a PRO. 10.
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08/10/2011 12:29:49 AM
This tells a great story 9
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08/10/2011 12:16:52 AM
My first 10, you did some major planning and stunning carrying out of lighting (does that make sense?) Just fablous, I feel like I'm watching Turner Classic Movies!!!
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08/10/2011 12:16:33 AM
whoa! 10
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08/10/2011 12:11:51 AM
My only 10 so far! Fantastic job!!!
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