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Jazz Silhouette
Jazz Silhouette
dbenson


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Silhouettes II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S1 Pro
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-70mm f/2.8D
Location: Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA
Date: May 13, 2005
Aperture: 22
ISO: 400
Shutter: 6
Galleries: Family, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: May 13, 2005

Photo was taken in totally dark room. Subject was standing 10 feet from rear wall and 6 feet in front of camera. I then turned on the cameras delay timer. During timer delay I positioned myself behind subject, on the floor.

When shutter opened, I burst a single flash up and slightly to the rear wall. This created the silhouette, and the bounce from the ceiling lit the top of the trombone.

Photo was cropped, spot edited to remove digital noise, 10% increase in contrast, and border added. There was also a hole in the wall near the bottom of the shot that I cloned out. (Very difficult to clone perfectly with gradient lighting.)

Statistics
Place: 9 out of 248
Avg (all users): 6.8680
Avg (commenters): 8.4516
Avg (participants): 6.9520
Avg (non-participants): 6.7840
Views since voting: 9165
Views during voting: 390
Votes: 250
Comments: 38
Favorites: 5 (view)


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09/08/2005 11:40:15 AM
I like how the hues here play to the "warm" tones - browns and golds. I do like the subject and the angle presented is interesting but it presented some challenges and some drawbacks. The trombone player remains in the shadows (which I understand was the challenge of the contest) such that more attention is focused on the trombone. The front of the trombone appears as a flat circle with no defining features - if just a little more light could have been shed just on that spot to show the curve of the metal inward to a darker opening where the music bursts forth from, it would have further defined the object as seperate from the head of the player. Not to mention if that spot was illuminated a little more it would give a better sense of depth. Also I would have liked to have seen more distiction in the fingers of the trombone player. They would still be in shadow for this is a shilouette but it would have been nice to see the fingers "dancing" upon this instrument as it is played such that it helps invoke the imagery of music played in the viewer's ears.
05/26/2005 09:35:56 AM
great! liked your border concept.good work.
05/25/2005 09:47:15 AM
Nice Shot!!!
05/23/2005 12:38:27 AM
Certainly a work of art and one of my favorites to ribbon. Congratulations on your top ten finish.
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05/23/2005 12:23:49 AM
Thank you all for your kind feedback. The competition was very strong this week with so many great photos. Looking forward to the challenges this summer.
05/23/2005 12:11:26 AM
Very nice! Congrats on your top-ten finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/22/2005 08:14:28 PM
An outstanding trombone study. Hope he plays as good as this image is. Bump.
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05/22/2005 09:37:38 AM
Great idea and interpretation, one of my favourites in this challenge, I hope it does well.
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05/21/2005 06:57:57 PM
Best in challenge, nice framing also, perfect lighting.10
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05/21/2005 05:53:56 PM
love the leading lines and the DOF. A narrower border might have helped just a little bit.
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05/21/2005 05:24:38 PM
Great shot. A nice change from the many sunsets.
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05/20/2005 11:57:22 PM
Image is great. I think the boarder takes away from the overall picture. Good concept.
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05/20/2005 09:36:31 PM
This is terrific! Great job here and I think the frame/border really enhances this shot.
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05/20/2005 07:41:17 PM
wonderful lighting - such a great misty atmosphere. one of my favorites this challenge
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05/20/2005 11:59:21 AM
Fantastic picture perfect for the challenge. Well done!
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05/20/2005 02:27:21 AM
Nicely done. One of the few examples of heavy border that's working in this challenge. I only wish the curve of the end of the slide were separated better...
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05/19/2005 04:55:44 PM
Excellent... I have to say I hate the border... if the image was the size of the overall frame I think you would do better... having said that, this is just my opinion. I really hope this does well.. on second viewing I am bumping up (for the picture and not the border! :-) )
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05/19/2005 09:27:26 AM
I really like this image with the person being a perfect silhoutte yet your lighting allows us to see the brass of the trombone. The only downside for me is your border overkill and I think it damages an otherwise great image. The gold trim is great but the black shouldn't be more than 4-8 pixels per side IMHO. Good Luck.
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05/18/2005 10:28:03 PM
Very tasteful and creative, a classic photo, very nice.
05/18/2005 11:48:12 AM
One of my 3 favourites. I have tried to find fault but its just about perfect - good luck
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05/17/2005 05:23:39 PM
I LOVE this!!!! I hope people aren't bothering you about the border (they usually do) because I really think it adds in this one. The thin yellow border brings out the brass. This appeals to me the more I look at it. Very well done. 10
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05/17/2005 07:52:43 AM
Very crisp lines on the silhouette wonderfull lighting. One of the few man made silhouettes in the challenge not just showing of the female form. (not that thats a bad thing). I absolutaly love the way the hron climbs out from the shadows. The only one of it kind in the challenge, Great shot. 10
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05/17/2005 05:57:03 AM
This is very nicely done in my opinion..allowing the light to catch parts of the trombone adds another dimension to what could have otherwise been just a "run of the mill" silhouette.
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05/17/2005 05:47:22 AM
Very well Framed and fits the challenge, I like the light on the trombone....9
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05/17/2005 05:15:18 AM
fantastic image
9
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05/17/2005 02:29:58 AM
lighting is to die for. i think this framing/presentation would work well for print, but i don't like it as a digital image. the thick black border detracts from the focus on the photograph.
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05/17/2005 01:26:37 AM
For me this picture is the best in the show. Perfect composition, worm colors and feeling, the border works well here! 10 from me.
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05/16/2005 10:53:58 PM
This is really nice, I love the gold of the trombone, and the border works nicely here too! 10
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05/16/2005 10:25:15 PM
Very cool how the trombone is just lighted and the rest is silhouetted. I like the border too, though I know lots of people will probably complain it's too wide, I think it's fine because the line isn't too terribly bright relative to the image itself, as I've seen too many times.
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05/16/2005 08:00:28 PM
Your inner frame seems too tight and crowding the image.
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05/16/2005 05:24:15 PM
Very nicely done. Great Silhouette with just a little detail. I like it a lot. Wonderful colors as well. <8>
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05/16/2005 11:54:47 AM
i love it, but you did not need to fram it. it was powerful enough on it's own :) 10
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05/16/2005 11:42:19 AM
Very nice transition form true silhouette to lit subject. (don't know how else to say that) Very nice lighting. Good background color choice. I thought I didn't like the border, but the more I look at it, the more I see that it works quite well with this photo.
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05/16/2005 05:06:00 AM
really gets to you it is a very nostalgic sort of image for me 10
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05/16/2005 01:42:24 AM
Really love th picture, but the frame is far to big and a distraction from an otherwise striking image.
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05/16/2005 12:54:27 AM
Boarder is too much.... I think its that pinstripe... very loud. I won't take off for your amazing photo based on my personal distaste for your boarder. 9.
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05/16/2005 12:41:37 AM
I don't care for the border but the subject and colors I like. - 6
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05/16/2005 12:17:49 AM
hmmmmmm I think this will get mixed reviews but I think it's fabulous and should win! 10
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