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Challenge: 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2012
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Date: Feb 9, 2012
Date Uploaded: Feb 9, 2012

Model: Peggy Abrams

At the end of a long day of shooting on the Santa Monica Pier, I took a break from editing to check the upcoming challenge titles on DPC and realized this might work for the 50 ways challenge.

I had proposed the idea of the shower to Peggy while we were doing our reconnoiter of the place, suggesting that we do it at the end and that she get all wet, having all the shower heads going at once. She was totally for it. Of course, with the sun in full force, I'd need a pretty powerful fill, which an off-board flash might have provided. But I've had notorious poor luck with them and have always wanted to try studio heads on location. Of course, powering them has always presented a problem. Until now :-)

I am particularly delighted with the result because I got to test drive a new piece of equipment - my mini-vagabond portable power pack. I brought one of my cheapie studio heads to use with the pack. It worked like a champ. After getting the lighting just right, the settings correct, rehearsing the poses, the order of poses we'd try, etc. we were ready for some shots. She pressed the button on the shower and nothing came out. She pressed another, and then another, and none of them produced ANY water. [Apparently, they turn the water off during the winter (it was 80 degrees, and obviously there was danger of the pipes freezing....), and the water we did get early on was whatever was left in the pipes.] We did not get a single planned shot. This was one of the very earliest test shots, which fortunately still had water. And I thought her expression and body language was priceless.

convert from raw
correct perspective
crop
tonal contrast
CEP glamour glow
hue/saturation
dodge and burn
clone out stray hair
save for web

What an awesome surprise!!! I'm so grateful for your marvelous comments and generous votes. I seriously did NOT think for a moment this would ribbon. Top ten, maybe...

Peggy is over the moon about this. And we're both endlessly amused by the irony of the Universe: she sent out her divorce papers the morning of rollover...

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 68
Avg (all users): 6.5000
Avg (commenters): 7.6000
Avg (participants): 6.1389
Avg (non-participants): 6.6413
Views since voting: 4414
Views during voting: 299
Votes: 128
Comments: 53
Favorites: 3 (view)


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02/22/2012 07:01:06 PM
This image is just so good. I keep coming back to it. Think I will add it to my favorites :)
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02/19/2012 05:17:14 PM
Very nice capture
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02/18/2012 05:58:36 PM
Congratulations Johanna! Excellent take on the challenge.
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02/17/2012 10:36:58 PM
Congratulations on yet another ribbon! Great idea and light and thanks for sharing the story about the shoot...
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02/17/2012 08:19:34 PM
THis is awesome. Reminds me of one of my wedding photos to be honest. Great story, perfectly executed.
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02/17/2012 05:53:15 PM
I figured this was yours! Great shot! And the universe is quite perverse, isn't she? (I figured it has to be a she... :)
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02/17/2012 05:33:33 PM
don't know why I didn't suspect this was yours. nice job.
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02/17/2012 05:06:38 PM
Congrats girl...love the story!
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02/17/2012 02:29:06 PM
Your hard work is paying off, Johanna! Congrats on this lovely image.
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02/17/2012 01:16:27 PM
I can always count on you!! Congrats.
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02/17/2012 12:06:38 PM
Your photo comments are always appreciated as I learn so much from them. There is a lot of beautiful color and texture in this shot. Congrats on the ribbon!
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02/17/2012 11:45:48 AM
Great stuff,Congrats to you.
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02/17/2012 10:34:10 AM
excellent shot and processing. congrats on another ribbon for you growing collection!
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02/17/2012 09:47:08 AM
Another of your fantastic, creative, artistic shots Johanna. Congratulations on the ribbon.
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02/17/2012 09:20:04 AM
Well done sweets, this is a fantastic shot!
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02/17/2012 09:18:01 AM
First time I look at this challenge and recognized your "hand" from the thumbnail! Heartfelt congrats for a great job (and a good story) . Too bad that I could not add a 10 here.
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02/17/2012 09:11:50 AM
Congrats Johanna. Frozen pipes, ha.
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02/17/2012 08:51:52 AM
Beautiful photo. Congrats on the ribbon.
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02/17/2012 08:35:06 AM
Lovely shot. Gorgeous tones and just the right mood. Great job by you and Ms. Abrams. Look at all of the ribbons you have racked up over the last couple months.
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02/17/2012 08:34:24 AM
Congrats, Johanna! Great idea and you obviously got it right!!
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02/17/2012 08:24:59 AM
9 from me too. A 6.5 ribbon! Wd Johanna!
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02/17/2012 08:20:33 AM
Great model, wonderful exposure. you are striding for sure.
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02/17/2012 07:57:49 AM
The tones here are sublime. Congrats!
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02/17/2012 06:07:40 AM
Really nice image. You did great with such a strong sun! You wouldn't even notice it!
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02/17/2012 05:06:46 AM
What a great concept. Very creative, and beautifully done. Congratulations on your ribbon!
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02/17/2012 03:31:05 AM
Gorgeous image. Big congrats on the ribbon, Johanna ((Hugs))
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02/17/2012 02:52:00 AM
congrats Johanna! Well done!
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02/17/2012 02:47:41 AM
Congrats Johanna, this was a full 10 for me.
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02/17/2012 02:40:54 AM
WTG Johanna!
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02/17/2012 01:39:41 AM
Sorry to hear about the divorce. Congrats on the ribbon!
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02/17/2012 01:37:00 AM
Ohhh!!! my friend... another ribbon. Big congratulations, Johanna. Well deserved.
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02/17/2012 01:20:17 AM
Congrats! Awesome shot.
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02/17/2012 12:44:33 AM
This is just... so... YOU!

I love it all, Johanna.
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02/17/2012 12:43:29 AM
Well deserving. Got a 9 out of me. Your gettin' good!
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02/17/2012 12:35:11 AM
Congrats Johanna! I love your quirky sense of humor...LOL
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02/17/2012 12:31:00 AM
Congrats Johanna; your images always make me smile. Well deserved.
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02/17/2012 12:25:34 AM
I thought this was yours, should've been braver and said so... Peggy Abrams... humm wonder if she's related, my last name is Abrams.... She must be a Stellar Gal!! LOL

Congrats on the ribbon!! You is ROCKIN' DPC!!
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02/17/2012 12:20:28 AM
Really deserving of a ribbon. Congrats!
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02/17/2012 12:18:03 AM
Great concept and execution! Congratulations Johanna!
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02/17/2012 12:15:35 AM
Well done J. You'll need a cold shower now.
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02/17/2012 12:12:00 AM
Another ribbon, woo hoo, I did not vote.

Message edited by author 2012-02-17 00:12:27.
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02/17/2012 12:04:20 AM
Another beauty, congrats.
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02/17/2012 12:02:50 AM
WTG Johanna! That makes two ribbons so far in 2012!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/16/2012 08:05:06 PM
I've been chuckling at a lot of the entries in this challenge; many of them seem to revolve around humour. This one made me feel sad because she looks really lost and heartbroken IMHO. Really nice job of creating a mood.
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02/16/2012 09:53:55 AM
Well done, now that's a lovely thought.
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02/16/2012 09:34:44 AM
I can't hep but imagine the scene she just created storming out of their 50th gala.
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02/15/2012 09:18:21 AM
Interesting and sad.
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02/12/2012 08:56:37 AM
Powerful image. IS she washing away the failure or the blood from murder? Very nice.
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02/12/2012 03:42:45 AM
this shot really captures my attention with mystery and questions. i like the centered crop, works very well with this wall. so much to like here. good luck.
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02/10/2012 06:28:23 PM
Really weird... but also really interesting. 8 :)
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02/10/2012 11:06:02 AM
I like the general idea, reminds me of South Pacific 'Gonna Wash That Man Right Out', that's probably deliberate? I'm not keen on this kind of soft-focus look processing, just personal taste though.
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02/10/2012 10:20:15 AM
Oh this is GOOD!!!!
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02/10/2012 12:33:01 AM
Interesting. I am puzzled, which is always a good thing. 8
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