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Challenge: Ghosts (Expert Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Seattle, WA
Date: May 5, 2012
Date Uploaded: May 9, 2012

I spent much more time on this then I ever anticipated!
I knew right away I wanted to do a love story, and this is actually a continuation of a self portrait I took earlier.
[thumb]946457[/thumb Hopefully this scores better!

I tried to put a good deal of thought into the composition, although it still could be better I'm sure! I wanted the attention to start in the foreground and lead up the path to the cherry blossoms where the paths break and subtly form the base of a traditional heart with the trees and leaves forming the top of the heart. I chose this particular sky image of several because of how it worked with the composition I had in mind... I wanted the darkness in the sky behind him to represent his mourning, and the light from the moon to be the healing to come.

I'm not all together happy with everything, it was all a little rushed... and my PS skills are a bit rusty. Overall though, I am proud of the result and the story that is being told.

All together now:
-The hill, path, sky and trees were photographed at a local cemetery. The sky was taken early in the morning, and the sun was approx. where you now see the moon, as I wanted the sky to look as natural as possible.
-The portraits were shot in my house with a gridded beauty dish directly behind, and window light as fill light
-The moon was taken from my front door the night before the Supermoon.

Editing: Hours of editing- probably 8-10 hrs at least...
If I could start all over and put it together again before the deadline I would love to, but there just isn't enough time!

Place: 7 out of 63
Avg (all users): 6.6308
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 6.1944
Avg (non-participants): 6.7979
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05/18/2012 03:09:43 AM
Well done, Jamie!
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05/18/2012 01:09:55 AM
Very touching and very well done. Your PS skills are better than you give yourself credit for, but it is the imagination and realization skills that let you do this to begin with!
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05/18/2012 12:15:04 AM
Originally posted by snaffles:

If this is you with rusty PS skillz, girl, then some of the Expert ribbon hawgs better look to their laurels! WTG!

lol thank you... however I am the guy :) Thank you parents for the unisex (leaning female) name
05/18/2012 12:11:57 AM
If this is you with rusty PS skillz, girl, then some of the Expert ribbon hawgs better look to their laurels! WTG!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/17/2012 10:44:23 PM
Nice composition and tones. Expert processing - like it says.
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05/17/2012 10:09:37 PM
I don't know about the title but this is lovely strange.
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05/17/2012 08:45:53 PM
Very evocative and nicely done.
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05/17/2012 08:12:39 PM
Model's expressions are perfect. Composition is great. My top 3
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05/16/2012 04:55:47 AM
Nice effort.
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05/14/2012 07:06:39 PM
A touching image. The look in her eye is beyond sad.
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05/12/2012 05:20:31 PM
Wonderful story here. Not sure the paths are needed to tell the story... or at least not so dramatic that they are the focal point of the image. My eyes go to the sharpest, lightest place... and that's the fork in the path.

Still, it's an 8 from me. Well done.
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05/11/2012 09:18:47 PM
Very emotional shot. I would have liked a bit less motion blur on the girl head, but it remains a very good work. Love the expression of the models and the ligthing.
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05/11/2012 03:41:20 PM
Good job with this - the longing/remorse/sadness in her eyes gives this picture it's heart.
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05/11/2012 03:08:25 PM
Nicely done, great emotion.
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