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3rd PlaceShy

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Challenge: Nude (Classic Editing*)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S602Z
Location: My Living Room
Date: Jul 6, 2003
Aperture: F 2.8
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/15 s
Galleries: Performance, Nude
Date Uploaded: Jul 10, 2003

Added after the challenge:

Shy Nude: Explained

I did not write any comments in the description of my photo for the Nudes Challenge, so here goes:

My model is actually sitting on the floor on a black backdrop, with her feet outstretched in front of her. My camera is setup on a tripod in front of her, above her head, aiming down at her. She was actually mostly dressed, but the idea was to hide the privates anyway, so it didn’t really matter, since the idea was to only imply nudity. Also, it made her feel more comfortable, as this was our first “nude session” together.

Lighting was very simple, one light (60 W) off to the left, about the same height as my camera, aiming down.

We tried several poses with the hair like this. Hands on legs, hands down in front of her legs, but settled on this one because of the nice lines it created, and the shape of her shoulders. Her non-symmetrical feet were an oversight on my part. I’m still learning…

In Photoshop, I adjusted levels, converted to BW, very little cropping. I sent the photo to Neatimage to clean out the noise that was left, and to soften the skin a little. Back to PS to burn the skin a little, and dodge the hair to bring out the curls and highlights. Resized. The border required a little more photoshopping, but mostly involved creating a duplicated layer of the feet to sit on top of the layer with the border. I tried several different types of border in this style, but settled on this one because it gave the non-symmetrical feet some purpose. Once the border was added, the pose changed. It suddenly looked like it was taken head on, and that she was somehow standing like that.

Now came the hard part: convincing the model to let me submit the shot for the challenge. The model is, as the title implies, VERY shy. After much discussion, and convincing her that not very many people would even see the shot, she agreed. On Friday morning, she called me and had freaked when she had seen the shot posted for voting, on DPC. She freaked because it was the FIRST shot that came up on the voting page. When I told her that the shot has scoring above 7.2 she freaked even more, since she realised that the shot might win, and would therefore appear on the front page, for the better part of a week. She got used to the idea over the course of the week. She is almost OK with it now.

Finally, I mentioned to her that some people had requested that I make this print available on DPC Prints. I asked her opinion, knowing what the answer would be, and she cringed at the idea of a total stranger having her “nude” hanging on their wall. I have to agree, that it would be a little odd for me as well. After all, MY MODEL IS MY WIFE. She agreed that we could make one print, for ourselves, but has not yet figured out where we would hang it. Over the mantle, perhaps? ;)

Anyhow, that is my “nude” story. I thank everybody who commented. Your comments are VERY much appreciated.


Place: 3 out of 58
Avg (all users): 7.3967
Avg (commenters): 7.8611
Avg (participants): 6.9804
Avg (non-participants): 7.5564
Views since voting: 29957
Votes: 184
Comments: 51
Favorites: 35 (view)

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04/14/2007 07:59:28 PM
I love the 3D effect created by her toes protruding past the surround.
06/13/2004 09:17:06 PM
Good work.
04/26/2004 11:21:41 AM
Check out this Stephen Lupino's photo
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02/26/2004 08:30:57 PM
well done
07/21/2003 06:48:49 PM
Very beatifull work. Simple and clean. Congratularions!
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07/21/2003 09:31:01 AM
Moved to photo comment, once I figured out how.

Message edited by author 2004-01-30 16:47:33.
07/20/2003 07:26:06 PM
I think this should have been titled..."Hello in there." JUST KIDDING!! I like this pose, the lighting and the over all mood.
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07/18/2003 12:28:43 PM
Very nice! Congrats!
07/18/2003 08:44:04 AM
Nice photo! One of my highest rated this week (wonder why) :) The only thing that bothered me was the non-symmetric feet.
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07/18/2003 07:45:50 AM
good job. i actually thought this was joebar's picture. check out "Spooky"
07/18/2003 12:50:04 AM
had i the courage to do nudes--this is the sort of thing i would do! love the pose and composition--'specially love the perfect lines formed by her body. lighting is superb. congrats!
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07/18/2003 12:32:25 AM
congratulations, Mario! beautiful photo!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/17/2003 11:30:45 PM
This image is my only 10 for the challenge! The composition is exceptional, as is the lighting , focus, etc. It is modest, yet interesting, but still naked! The limited digital art works very well here. I predict your image to win this week. Good luck and I hope it happens!
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07/17/2003 12:12:30 AM
Ok this is my favorite photo this week. I love the symmetry of her shoulders and legs. The title says shy and having her hide her face and using her hair to hide her other unmentionables in this way complements the title perfectly. I love the sharpness of the photo and the ingenuous way of having her feet come out of the frame, which also complements the overall picture. I wish I took photos like this, perfect lighting, perfect focus, blah blah blah, I could go on all day. Well done a true blue ribbon! 10

Oh please make this available as a print I would love to have one.
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07/16/2003 04:05:05 PM
Great lighing and composition. One of the few cases where a frame is used well - it give the picture a further dimension, the model is being viewed either from above or the front.
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07/16/2003 07:45:00 AM
Like the border effect. The concept of this pic is not portraying shy to me at all. I'm not particularly fond of this photo for this challenge.
07/16/2003 01:10:06 AM
Excellent. I think you have a blue ribbom with this one.
07/15/2003 10:24:56 PM
quite nice. I did a self portrait somehow similar to this...but different ;) Good job and good luck!
07/15/2003 03:51:03 PM
okay....as a DPChallenge Submission.... it really work...
07/15/2003 07:54:00 AM
One of the best shots of this week. No doubt, it´s a great job. Congratulations.
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07/14/2003 10:50:23 PM
Good image. The symmetry is intriquing. And this border actually works for this image!
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07/14/2003 02:26:52 PM
I like the framing. Clean lines
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07/14/2003 12:28:42 PM
i realize that you've probably heard about the border a million times by now, but i don't think that this photo needs one at all. -6
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07/14/2003 12:13:36 PM
This is a great idea and a wonderful image. I like the tones and the symmetry, and the feet coming out of the border was a really nice touch too. It is almost like the person is coming out of the photograph. I'm not sure there is anything I would change or see negatively. I could see this hanging on a wall.
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07/13/2003 09:22:27 PM
This looks a lot like one of the photos I have on my favorites list Spooky by joebar. Very nicely done! I love the feet coming out of the frame... I'm guessing she was on a chair? I'm not sure someone could stand that way... but maybe. I love your black background and your lighting...very symmetrical and nicely done image. The only thing that somewhat bothers me about this photo, is the fact that all of your sides of your frame are equal except for the top one... not sure why you chose to do that? It bothers me quite a bit, and it detracts me from the photo, unfortunately I have to drop a point off for it... but it's still a 9 :-) Nice job!
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07/13/2003 03:28:16 PM
I like how the framing was done. The pose is nice and the shot turned out well. If the feet were symetrical it might have helped, especially since the frame draws attention to them. Nice work.
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07/12/2003 06:06:15 PM
Strong image, unusual pose, well done!
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07/12/2003 02:05:49 PM
I pretty much like everything about this image.. technical and subjective..
I don't like how her right foot doesn't touch the border like the left one does, and I think she should have removed her ring(s). The body position creates neat geometrics. overall good work.
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07/12/2003 11:37:33 AM
Well done. This is in my opinion one of the top 3. I especially like the integration of the picture with the border.
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07/12/2003 09:45:04 AM
Great shot, very sensual
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07/12/2003 12:54:31 AM
I really like the strong sense of shape and symetrical nature of this shot. The exposure is also quite good with great shadow detail around the hands and great texture in the hair.
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07/11/2003 07:06:16 PM
Very nicely done! I lke the contrast brought about by the grayscale. Critiquie: Symetry seems to be the theme from top to.... almost the bottom. Everything is so symetrical until you reach the feet.
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07/11/2003 06:53:39 PM
great photo, i think color would add on impression it makes
07/11/2003 06:05:41 PM
Great pose and very good use of a simple editing trick. But the grey halo around all the black areas (compression artifact?) is a bit distracting.
07/11/2003 05:51:49 PM
I've seen a simliar posing before but this is as great too! 8
07/11/2003 04:47:19 PM
sorry seen this before....
07/11/2003 03:41:15 PM
Marvelously lit, imaginative composition. The feet poking out if fun/funny. But I do think it would work terrifically without that effect too.
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07/11/2003 03:38:44 PM
Stunning! The lighting, composition and balance are fantastic. I like the use of her hair as a focal point! Great job!
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07/11/2003 01:04:41 PM
Nice boarder affect..
07/11/2003 11:11:16 AM
Great photo, but I don't care for the feet not being equally spaced from the frame. You pic is real symetric, so they should follow that theme. 8
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07/11/2003 10:56:06 AM
I like the "stepping out of the frame" idea. I'm sure you'll get an equal number of people who say they hate it... but what're ya gonna do? :) I may have liked a little more space between her toes and the bottom of the shot, though. - 8
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07/11/2003 10:40:27 AM
Very strong shapes in this - and excellent pose to protect modesty whilst still conveying "nude".
I don't like the way that the border is slimmer at the top - I would prefer it to be uniform width all around, even though that's quite wide because of your decision to have the feet "fall out" of the border.
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07/11/2003 10:28:33 AM
Cute idea and well done. I like this very much. Crop is a bit tight at the bottom but I think you've done a nice job.
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07/11/2003 08:18:57 AM
neato. love the feet overlapping the edge of the frame . Maybe soften the edges of the feet a bit. Love the symmetry. Jacko. 10
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07/11/2003 08:11:00 AM
good composition, like the feet going out of the frame
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07/11/2003 07:55:33 AM
The border is a neat affect but I find it distracts the eye from the subject.
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07/11/2003 05:23:32 AM
Interesting shot... nicely composed, I like the way her upper arms and shoulders mirror her thighs. Lighting is possibly just a little harsh for my taste. I like the way the feet break out of the frame, but I think there is too much tension in them... the ankles need to look smoother I feel. 9
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07/11/2003 05:13:52 AM
love this image.. flesh tones are great.. texture in hair is spot on and I like the pose too..I like the symmetry.. so only possible quible.. it would have been good to have the feet in the same position as each other.. my only 10
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07/11/2003 03:48:36 AM
The border kind of works, but pulls the entire attention away from the picture itself.

It looks as though she is a readhead and has freckles on her arms. If this is the case, I would like to argue that you have wasted a model with infinite potential - get in close, show her characteristics.

When that has been said, I must say that you have chosen an unconventional way to hide her nude parts - which is cool. Not at all sure about the lighting, though.
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07/11/2003 02:23:08 AM
i like the border work, but it needs a little fix on the masking around the feet. Interesting pose as well, and lighting, etc.
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07/11/2003 12:35:33 AM
very sexy. love what you did with the border, even though many will chastise you for it. I think it's very appropriate. lighting is a little strong on the left, so it throws the balance off a bit. I like it.
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