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Challenge: Nude III (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Black & White / Tint
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Location: home
Date: Aug 20, 2005
Aperture: 9.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 180
Galleries: Nude
Date Uploaded: Aug 21, 2005

This is exactly what the title suggests. It is a basic back lighting technique. The lights are arranged in typical v formation but in the back. The light then seeks the form. That is the model has a limited range in which to move. One seeks the formation of the arrow. The arrow always leads to the nostrils. This image is often avoided because of the nostrils. I avoid nothing as a rule. As you can see the head must be tilted. You can add more lights but then you change the flavor.

I was going to title it, "Arrow," but then I did not want to insult or lead the viewer. This is nothing more than an academic pattern.

Statistics
Place: 26 out of 118
Avg (all users): 6.0951
Avg (commenters): 7.1795
Avg (participants): 6.1848
Avg (non-participants): 6.0746
Views since voting: 8654
Views during voting: 1455
Votes: 494
Comments: 41
Favorites: 2 (view)


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03/06/2009 08:44:04 AM
I love the light and angles. Good job of using our available resources!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/28/2005 08:58:38 PM
Something about the way that your model's arms and legs are huddled so close to her body make her look a little too self-conscious. I'd prefer that she be looking at something less directly overhead, as her nostrils are rather prominent in her current position. The scene is nicely lit.
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08/28/2005 05:52:41 PM
Nice job. I like the lighting / tones.
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08/28/2005 02:59:44 PM
I love black and white nudes. I think the contrast and focus on the light and shadow brings out a lot of interest. Ok composition, though I think making it a little more funky (offcenter, diagonals, cropping) could give the shot more punch.
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08/28/2005 06:54:47 AM
Very nice lighting
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08/28/2005 12:03:18 AM
Nice lighting and composition.
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08/27/2005 07:21:53 PM
Very nice light, model looks very geniune in her expression 8
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08/27/2005 06:59:39 PM
I am glad this is black and white, I like that part of it. I don't like the pose. She looks VERY uncomfortable. I hope you do well in the challenge. Good luck.
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08/27/2005 06:36:14 AM
excellent study
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08/27/2005 04:16:06 AM
I like the composition and use lights. Good Picture.
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08/26/2005 11:18:25 PM
Very nice, classy shot. A slight lighting adjustment (softer light or hair light) might have been more flattering to your model.
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08/26/2005 08:26:35 PM
I like the clarity and honesty of this picture. The lighting is good except, to me, there could be a little more light on the deeply shadowed parts, just enough to define her shape. Overall a great job.
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08/25/2005 08:37:02 AM
this is wonderful! good job!
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08/25/2005 06:04:23 AM
superb manipulation of light source...nice n sharp....unusual pose...9
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08/25/2005 01:14:08 AM
Interesting pose. I don't find the lighting very flattering to the model, but maybe it wasn't meant to be.
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08/25/2005 01:11:49 AM
Nicely done. The lighting works.
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08/24/2005 10:40:00 PM
You've lit this in a pretty interesting way. The earrings add a nice touch. I would maybe like to see just a little splash of light on the ground so it doesn't look like you're floating. Nice photo!
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08/24/2005 06:57:43 PM
Excellent study. The lighting is very well done for it. I think that her earrings are distracting a bit. Good luck.
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08/24/2005 12:25:51 PM
Beatiful. Good composition and perfect light. 7
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08/24/2005 04:56:12 AM
Very good pose. I really like your composition. I like the tight framing, and then the space at the top of the photo works well with the model looking up to that space. Good job.
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08/23/2005 11:03:31 PM
fine line between okay and too dark, for me this is a tad too dark, just a little..
Revisiting. interestingto re-evaluate the total pic .
Surely one of the best studies in this challenge, real photography. Hope it does well, really do.
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08/23/2005 02:45:16 PM
May I be honest?

Absolutely lovely lighting and exposure, and though I like the "pose", i wish she was just a bit more angled to her right, and had her head kind of arched back more. The way it is - the deep shadow on her neck is exactly in the shape of an arrow, and appears to be pointing towards her nostrils, and try as I might, my eyes keep ending up looking there. 8.
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08/23/2005 11:43:26 AM
shadows work wonders in this photo.
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08/23/2005 11:07:32 AM
globally nice.. 6
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08/23/2005 01:45:52 AM
I'm not sure about all that nostril, but otherwise this is nice. Good lighting.
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08/23/2005 12:00:11 AM
Well done technically, but boring compositionally. 6.
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08/22/2005 11:00:27 PM
the only thing that bothers me is that I can see up her nose, maybe have her turn her head a little more to the side or turn her body a little more
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08/22/2005 10:41:43 PM
The skin tones seem to need a little more contrast, just a very little. Nice pose, nice lighting, nice earrings. Very nicely done, good luck.
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08/22/2005 09:47:35 PM
Good take on a classic pose.... Well executed.
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08/22/2005 06:57:18 PM
This is a classiv nude.
Great lighting, pose and cropping.
I find the earings distract a little, after all this should be nude.
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08/22/2005 05:04:32 PM
I believe this is a self-portrait. I'm impressed. The lighting is good as is the pose. 9.
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08/22/2005 03:42:17 PM
Interesting image, well lit, I'm not sure about her head position - up the nose isn't the most complimentary way to look at a models face.
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08/22/2005 03:27:32 PM
Excellent picture. Like the lighting and the pose
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08/22/2005 12:24:05 PM
Good shot. I like the tonal balance.
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08/22/2005 10:15:04 AM
Interesting take on the subject - well done!
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08/22/2005 09:07:06 AM
Magnificent light and well framed. This is so far the "perfect" shot. Pose, light....very professional. 10
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08/22/2005 02:49:32 AM
A+ lighting and pose. a very good study. 9
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08/22/2005 01:24:05 AM
Love this. Great light and shadows. Very beautifully done.
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08/22/2005 12:57:11 AM
Beautiful lighting, and model.
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08/22/2005 12:29:48 AM
Very, very well done. The quality of light and unusual pose fit your model wonderfully.
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08/22/2005 12:26:32 AM
Awesome. Looks like a live drawing pose. The lighting and contrast are perfect.The shadow down her neck is so pretty. This is purely a piece of artistic work!!
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