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STOP...in the name of love
STOP...in the name of love

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Single Light Source II (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: My bedroom
Date: May 25, 2006
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/5
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: May 26, 2006

i covered myself with mud and baby oil, and then sprayed myself with water

Place: 69 out of 238
Avg (all users): 5.9098
Avg (commenters): 7.3636
Avg (participants): 5.6711
Avg (non-participants): 6.0112
Views since voting: 732
Views during voting: 350
Votes: 255
Comments: 13
Favorites: 1 (view)

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06/08/2006 12:43:03 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club:

You have a very interesting image with much to see and many questions to answer. I want to know "Why the dirt and grime?" "Is the sweat turmoil or strenuous work," and "Why am I being stopped?" The model is appealing and adds to the "Wow" factor of the photo.

Technically, the choice of lighting, colors, dof and perspective work well for the emotion of the image. There is some blurring on the lowered sleeve that is minimally distracting.

The areas that I feel could have decreased the image are the tight crop on the top of the head and the positioning of the hand. Both are parts of the composition. The arm and hand, clearly in the sharpest focus, create a leading line that carries the eye right out of the picture, past the anguish of the face, which IMHO is the strength of this shot. Bringing the hand down, to the right and facing it more toward the viewer would have strengthened the composition, creating a leading line directly to the face, while supporting the emotion.

Because the face feels so important, I feel there needs to be more space on the left of the eyes. The closer something is to the center, the more our mind perceives it to be important. By having the crop so tight, the face feels as though something is missing.

Meeting the challenge: Clearly there is a single light source. Whether it is artificial or not is difficult to tell, but appears that the voters assumed it was. The lighting on this shot is easily a strength and creates much of the impact.

Overall, an emotional shot with clear appeal that could be enhanced with small compositional changes. Well done.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/06/2006 09:49:10 PM
Dramatic and effective. Very good!
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06/06/2006 06:36:12 PM
Oh, wow, can I hope this for a ribbon?
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06/05/2006 04:46:59 AM
excellent shot and title...hope you do well with this
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06/02/2006 01:32:29 AM
Don't quite understand the
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06/01/2006 10:42:11 PM
i wish the title was different, but nice shot, nice emotions on the face
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06/01/2006 09:45:28 AM
The portrait is quite interesting without being too pretentious. It's an understatement, quite subtle.
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06/01/2006 03:06:35 AM
I get the feeling he has been burned by love. Good job if this is the feeling you were trying to evoke. Technicals and composition are well done.
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05/31/2006 08:09:49 PM
Don't understand the title but love the pic.
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05/31/2006 07:43:15 PM
like the pic ,not the title
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05/31/2006 07:38:35 PM
very emotive pic, the lighting is just right.
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05/31/2006 08:46:33 AM
Great. I love the composition and the dirt on the hands. It is truly wonderful.
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05/31/2006 04:15:23 AM
Very natural expressions. I really liked the lighting. Goodluck.8.
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