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Shhh, Woody...just dance
Shhh, Woody...just dance

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Challenge: Woody III (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D7100
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor -S DX 18-105 f3.5-5.6
Location: Chateau Snaffles
Date: Sep 17, 2014
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1 second
Date Uploaded: Sep 17, 2014

I have a problem. I have only two woodies and the guy woody is relatively flimsy. The female woody is as strong as all get-out, so she's Barbie's dance partner. And as woodies are, well, wooden, I wanted a more representative and expressive partner for this scenario. I like this result, I find it has a tenderness to it that other shots didn't capture.

So enter Barbie. Normally I do horrible things to her, but this time she got off easy esp with a custom-made dress and freedom from terrible heels! But this Barbie has flexible legs in particular and is able to more or less support herself.

Posing them so the dancing looked dramatic yet realistic was the hard part. Inspiration for lighting for this shot is partly due to a scene from one of my favourite movies,Strictly Ballroom.

Set is a glass chessboard set over some shiny stuff which is kindasorta showing through the floor. Surrounded 3 sides of a table with black velour and after much mucking around with lights to get the effect I wanted - backlit esp the dress but not in silhouette - I got this. BG light is a headlamp led snooded diffused and set to illuminate the floor and dress; I positioned a single white LED above (glass-topped table so I could shine it through) and aimed it mostly at Barbie's face. Used a flash to light the backside of woody.

Camera on tripod, flash up and relatively weak at 1/168.

pp: shot RAW, straighten, crop, brightness/contrast, vibrance/saturation, minor cloning, dodge, resize, sharpen, save for web

Post-challenge: Well can't say I'm disappointed with the final placing!

Place: 5 out of 41
Avg (all users): 6.7746
Avg (commenters): 7.7778
Avg (participants): 6.4783
Avg (non-participants): 6.9167
Views since voting: 1396
Views during voting: 206
Votes: 71
Comments: 18
Favorites: 4 (view)

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09/29/2014 04:32:59 PM
So creative and fun! Congratulations on the front page!
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09/27/2014 09:28:25 AM
Congratulations on your HM finish. Back lighting worked so well and love the title.
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09/26/2014 09:18:02 AM
Congrats on the HM Susan; one of my favs.
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09/26/2014 12:24:09 AM
Looks who's my neighbor! WTG Susan!
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09/26/2014 12:22:45 AM
Awesome, Susan.
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09/26/2014 12:17:51 AM
Congrats on the HM, Susan. Lovely work.
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09/26/2014 12:16:08 AM
This was in my top two. Great idea and superb implimentation. The floor, the pose, it's all great. Congrats on the high finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/25/2014 06:05:51 PM
Nicely posed and lit. That Barbie chick is a different species, you know. This may not work out long term.
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09/24/2014 02:26:33 PM
Striking! The immediate appeal to the dancing fool who lurks within...
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09/21/2014 10:39:32 PM
Great idea and perfect light for it!
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09/21/2014 08:56:55 PM
Well done!
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09/21/2014 01:09:14 AM
Nice concept, and the backlighting is pretty cool. Well done.
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09/20/2014 11:08:07 AM
One of my favorites!
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09/19/2014 10:59:23 AM
Top 2
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09/19/2014 09:27:02 AM
Oh! Too adorable! And so well photographed! I love this!
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09/19/2014 08:19:47 AM
The backlight probably should have been up higher... The way it is draws the eyes down to their feet. Good concept.
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09/19/2014 02:57:56 AM
The forbidden dance! :) Awesome!
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09/19/2014 02:01:14 AM
Ooh, la la! Love the lighting.
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