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Challenge: Shadows III (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: Woerden, The Netherlands
Date: Jun 11, 2006
Aperture: 14
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Emotive, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jun 11, 2006

Shot a good friend of mine who patiently endured my cosmetic 'vision'. Wanted to go for that typical 40s film noir look, and think I succeeded pretty well.

Hardly any post-processing.

Converted from RAW
Converted to grey scale
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Wow, thanks everyone for regarding me so high. I never expected it to do so well. I had this image in mind quite late in the challenge, but when I did, it more or less resembled this shot from the start. Did some shopping in the local prop shop to come up with the typewriter and telephone (at the very bottom of the photo) and razed my parents house for the other paraphernalia.
Only after finishing the shoot I realised that I had a shot that would do very well on DPC. After the first few votes I almost hoped for a ribbon, at one point my score was somewhere aroun 7.5! Still, 6th place for a 4th submission is nothing to sneer about! :)

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 154
Avg (all users): 7.0426
Avg (commenters): 8.4444
Avg (participants): 7.0000
Avg (non-participants): 7.0727
Views since voting: 3514
Views during voting: 331
Votes: 188
Comments: 49
Favorites: 4 (view)


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02/22/2007 12:37:00 PM
nice bw conversion...very film noir! :)
06/23/2006 06:49:25 PM
---Greetings from the Critique Club!---

First impressions - Really cool shot!

Meets the challenge - very very well.

I really like the fact that the shadows are not the subject, but the picture would not be as strong without them. The other strong aspect of this shot is the attention to detail. You have that '40s look in every thing from the typewriter to the clothes. The cigar and liquor are nice touches too. Personally. I voted this image higher than any image above it. It might have lost a vote or 2 on the fact that the shadow is not the subject. Some voters may have been strict on that.

The composition is flawless. The eye moves across the entire image allowing the viewer to take in all the detail.

Any score 7+ is rare. You should be very proud.

If there is a negative in my mind it is the wide border. I like borders, but less is more IMO. I would not have taken off for it.

It's hard to find fault with such a strong entry. I hope this was helpful anyway.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

David
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06/19/2006 09:25:30 PM
Loved this at first sight. An image that stays with you. Congratulations on your top 10 finish.
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06/19/2006 06:08:13 PM
Congratulations on your top 6 finish, very good shot!
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06/19/2006 05:03:31 PM
I think you deserved a ribbon. Congratulations on a great photograph!
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06/19/2006 04:43:39 PM
beautiful picture, tones and light are so well balanced.
had een lintje verdiend! (deserved a ribbon)

Message edited by author 2006-06-19 16:53:12.
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06/19/2006 02:39:17 PM
Congratulations. It was worth all the effort put into making the photo happen. Nice work.
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06/19/2006 08:46:00 AM
I thought this one was the winner. You never know DPC taste. This is an excellent image in every respect.
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06/19/2006 04:22:40 AM
Absolutely awesome shot. Congratulations on your top ten finish.
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06/19/2006 01:49:01 AM
This deserved a ribbon.
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06/19/2006 01:45:12 AM
I gave this a 10 and really do think it should have ribboned.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/18/2006 11:48:15 PM
perfect noir. every detail counts. perfect pose by your model. 10.
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06/17/2006 11:06:36 PM
Most excellent.
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06/17/2006 11:02:42 AM
Nice! Love the stripes from the shades - gives this an interesting feel.
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06/17/2006 01:04:37 AM
nice lines!
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06/16/2006 09:49:03 AM
Wonderful shadow shot!
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06/15/2006 04:17:09 PM
here's your winner right here. if not, it should be. 10
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06/15/2006 09:29:46 AM
Gorgeous Sepia tone.
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06/15/2006 07:57:05 AM
Wonderful exploration of the the effect of light, and specifically shadow, on mood. And the mood is unmistakeably Philip Marlowe. A less obvious but still important contributor to the image's success is the fact that several elements are slightly unresolved ... the part-cropped lamp, the dark object encroaching on the top right hand corner, the odd shape at the near edge of the desk, and the irregular little spills of sunlight beneath Marlowe's chair ... all add to the mood of edginess and tension. Terrific props, perfectly deployed (the proof is that they don't look like props at all). 10.
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06/15/2006 07:00:09 AM
Awesome...love the tired feeling this image gives.
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06/14/2006 07:44:40 PM
Looks very old fashion, which I like a lot.. Nice to choose bw for this one, like the fact that this is a picture of "something" and it INCLUDES shadows...
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06/14/2006 06:49:18 PM
excellent!!
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06/14/2006 02:39:03 PM
Way to set the mood with light!
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06/14/2006 01:07:23 PM
Fab tones! So very noir indeed.
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06/14/2006 12:35:51 PM
Best I've seen so far, looks like it was shot in another decade.
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06/14/2006 07:48:18 AM
Very effective - well done
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06/13/2006 10:03:07 PM
Fresh and dramatic. Well done.
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06/13/2006 08:44:44 PM
good image...excellent angle for this shot..gives a 1940s feel.
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06/13/2006 06:47:27 PM
Very nice mood. It definitely captures the mood your title is aiming for. Great exposure.
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06/13/2006 03:37:51 PM
well done very interesting
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06/13/2006 01:34:12 PM
beautiful. nothing I can add. 10 Ah-ha. yes I do. Mickey Spillane. there-I'm done. Just had to look again. Should win. :)
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06/13/2006 09:59:36 AM
very good, you captured a real 50's detective look here 8
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06/13/2006 08:17:33 AM
excellent, 10 ... one of my favorites ... congratz :-)
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06/12/2006 09:58:27 PM
Very nice with enduring good play of contrast. Bump.
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06/12/2006 09:52:53 PM
You captured the mood perfectly. One of my favorites
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06/12/2006 09:09:10 PM
"As soon as she walked in here, I knew...she was a damsel in distress...."

sorry couldn't resist :) This is awesome! It's my fave so far in this challenge...:)
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06/12/2006 07:36:20 PM
Nice typewriter! This all works very well to portray a time before.
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06/12/2006 07:26:21 PM
Beautiful composition, attention to detail and lighting. The duotone works really well here. 8
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06/12/2006 07:09:18 PM
I like what the picture gives off.
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06/12/2006 03:53:01 PM
this is one of my favourite three of the challenge. the set-up is excuisitely cool and pays suitable homage to the film genre. shadow is very much an inegral part of this picture, and it's feeling. it's beautifully mooded, massievly enhanced by the tones of sepia you have used. lighting is brilliant. very easy ten, and certainly a ribbon contender. you rock.
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06/12/2006 11:11:47 AM
Love the feel of this!
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06/12/2006 10:42:38 AM
Really good. Love the old Underwood typewriter. Or is it a Royal? Perfect title. I saw it and immediately thought of Guy Noir, the PI on Prairie Home Companion.

Great post editing. Bumping up. This is the best of the challenge. 10
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06/12/2006 10:21:13 AM
Awesome capture of shadows.
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06/12/2006 09:00:23 AM
Many striped shadows here, maybe just a little to busy.
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06/12/2006 08:32:59 AM
Noir et plein de charme...
Like a scene from a detective movie of the 50's , I love how you have recreated the atmosphere , the face hidden by the shadows only adds more mystery.
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06/12/2006 02:51:27 AM
Lotsa shadows here, nice pic! "I had finished cutting my mails, and was just about to clean them, when the phone rang ..."
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06/12/2006 01:13:41 AM
Excellent... This really stands out in the crowd. Great job.
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06/12/2006 12:19:19 AM
love this one... has a 'private investigator' feel
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06/12/2006 12:16:26 AM
very nice lines
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