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Challenge: Window Framed (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Sigma 15-30mm f/3.5-4.5 EX Aspherical DG DF for Canon
Location: Millersville, PA
Date: Apr 23, 2006
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Studio, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Apr 23, 2006

This is by far the most complex setup I've ever done. I shot with a roll of white background paper against the wall, and also hung some paper from the bottom of my window frame. I used two small lights with umbrellas to blow out the background, and my big light with the softbox in front. I folded back the nylon from the softbox to put strong hard light on the paper hanging from the window frame and a softer light on the window frame and me. I also added a reflector on the floor to bring in extra light and help blow out the paper in the foreground. The window was hung from the ceiling with fishing line. I sat on a chair behind the paper, and set the wine on a makeshift table also behind the paper

Place: 81 out of 180
Avg (all users): 5.4979
Avg (commenters): 6.3158
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Avg (non-participants): 5.5823
Views since voting: 802
Views during voting: 425
Votes: 243
Comments: 23
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05/06/2006 10:24:23 PM
::: Critique Club :::

Hi, my name is Kari and from the critique club.

I hate getting the site council pics .. but here ya go :)

First Impression - the most important one:
Love the concept .. looks a little unnatural/uncomfortable.

This is nicely done, the use of the different panes is ok ... but could have been played further by having the hand fully in the first bottom pane. The model (I know its you) looks uncomfortable ... don't know why as you have photographed yourself before ... oh well.

Meets the challenge.. and how does it ... just hang the window from the ceiling .. this is a unique take on the challenge .. at least you got no reflection.

Technical (Colour and light):
Love the colours ... black and white I think may have been overkill ... the strong colours against the white really do work.

To grow its vote?:
Couple of things .. think of yourself as a model when you are ... and what the photographer would say ... loosen up .. relax ... also try several different crops .. this may have worked better using the actual frame as the crop ...

I think this is a good shot .. this is also out of the box .. so keep thinking that way.

If you've got any questions about this critique, please feel free to contact me via the PM system.



Message edited by author 2006-05-06 22:25:58.
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05/01/2006 02:08:29 PM
This is an interesting idea. Lots of possiblities as to what is framed by the window. Funny, when I first saw the thumbnail I thought it was a gun being pointed at the bottle?

Message edited by author 2006-05-01 19:23:59.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/30/2006 09:35:45 PM
Not really digging the WHITE in this image, that and the guy looks uncomfortable and very set up. Like the lighting on him though.
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04/30/2006 08:47:23 PM
eh... wish the whte wasnt blown out...
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04/30/2006 05:34:00 PM
i like the brightness
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04/30/2006 05:16:20 PM
Nicely executed lighting.
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04/30/2006 10:28:43 AM
MMmm I don't like the wide white frame. Nice shot though
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04/29/2006 09:28:15 PM
This is a nice effort, but I think the white background is a little too washed out. Makes it hard to see the details such as the stem on the glass. Over all, though, it shows some thought and expression. It is especially good if you are both the photographer and the model.
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04/29/2006 09:08:32 PM
I like all of the white. Nice picture
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04/29/2006 03:52:34 PM
Nice high key shot. The guy is a bit stiff, but still, nice lighting.
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04/29/2006 11:34:36 AM
Seems slightly over-exposed, no detail around the glass. Nice shot tho, nice and clean.
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04/29/2006 11:25:28 AM
lol, great high key photo.
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04/28/2006 10:05:05 PM
his hand looks awkward... image might be more effective in b&w
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04/28/2006 05:31:08 PM
c'est la vie. Tres bien idea, well executed, but missing some "spice" to make it memorable.
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04/28/2006 05:02:32 PM
Nooooo... could this possibly be... the one... the only... clubjuggle? LOL!!!
If not, you have my appologies. If so, then I still think it is a terrific photograph despite the distracting human figure in the composition. ;) Great technicals on this one. Interesting use of white space, excellant color and sharpness.
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04/27/2006 07:12:27 AM
clever...this is good...lacks a little pizazz, a little flat, but great work
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04/26/2006 03:47:07 PM
A bit too light.. doesn't immediately come to me like he's a Frenchman ;-) Like the idea though!
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04/25/2006 09:12:15 PM
Nice job with the lighting although the rim of the glass has disappeard on my monitor. Nice color choice on the shirt.

I dont profess to be expert on photographing wine, but a helpful tip was given to me which said to heavily dilute the wine with water to allow some light to pass. but who wants to spoil good wine? :)
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04/25/2006 01:44:45 PM
Nice set up, wish the outside wall had some colour other than white, it might make the photo pop a little more. Still a good job.
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04/24/2006 11:53:49 PM
Nice shot
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04/24/2006 11:31:03 PM
Simplicity, at its best.....
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04/24/2006 12:27:40 PM
I really like the high key thing you have going on here. Nice.
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04/24/2006 04:52:13 AM
très Francais!
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