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Photographer by night, Stagehand by day
Photographer by night, Stagehand by day
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Challenge: Your Occupation II (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: Garage
Date: Dec 24, 2006
Aperture: 5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 60
Galleries: Black and White, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Dec 24, 2006

Another in-camera overlay, but the trick to getting my arm to cross over and have a white background took a couple weeks to let sit in my head before I figured out how to do it. First I took the shot on the right as it looks with my arm going over on the black. The second shot I pulled the dark sheet across the white curtain so everything was black and took the next shot with my white shirt on and camera. Since the shot with the white background was coverd with the dark sheet it popped through with out being blown out or faded at all and my arm going over was always in the dark sheet it also kept all its detail. In theory this could be done the same way with one shot, if you set your camera to bulb in complete darkeness and fired the flash for one shot, covered the camera so no light got in and moved the curtain over and then fired the flash again for the second shot.
Converted from raw, two levels layer to make each background either lighter or darker then masked out the other side. A gradient map to make the photo black and white and a channel mixer to set monochrome also. Then a hue/saturation layer to further brighten or darken specific colors. The next layer is a duplicate of the image set to 50% and then burned the left background blacker and dodged the right background whiter. And did some dodging on the screw gun to make it stick out. I also did some burning on my black shirt. Then I flattened the image and ran USM three times with these settings 150 .3 0 set to darken. then 150 .3 0 faded to 50% on lighten. Then USM 18 40 0(Luko USM technique, you should try it :)). Then did some minor cloning on my hair and face to even out hotspots. And then dodged my arms some more on the left to brighten them up. I think thats about it. Crop and Save for the Web.
I'll be on vacation South of Cancun (woohoo!) when this one ends and won't be back until the 6th or 7th so I will be curious to see how this one does. I really need to work on my lighting, Lol, I couldn't stand farther away because I only had about 7 feet to fit the backgrounds in and I started overlap onto different backgrounds if I stood farther away.
Thanks to ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' peete and ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' thegrandwazoo for some tips on the D200's overlay functions.

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 105
Avg (all users): 6.8033
Avg (commenters): 7.5862
Avg (participants): 6.5769
Avg (non-participants): 6.8646
Views since voting: 2614
Views during voting: 779
Votes: 244
Comments: 42
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05/16/2007 02:25:27 AM
i left a comment before, and i'll leave another.
this photo is really cute! love the expression!
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04/17/2007 11:33:19 PM
This is such a creative, cool idea, and very well executed.
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01/08/2007 04:38:02 AM
wow great efforts! I like that expression on the face, especially the "stage hand" one :)
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01/01/2007 09:35:48 AM
Great effort, dude. !!!
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01/01/2007 09:03:14 AM
Great shot and a fantastic idea, Joe! Congrats on top 10.
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01/01/2007 07:59:40 AM
Congratulations on top ten. I like the clever idea but I especially like your facial expression in your day job side! Not your favorite of the two I assume!
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01/01/2007 02:52:02 AM
Very clever and very well executed! For the record, I like the you on the left best. :-) Hope you had a great vacation!!
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01/01/2007 01:04:10 AM
How much do you rock!??! :)
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01/01/2007 12:54:39 AM
Grea finish, Joe! Congrats on the top ten!
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01/01/2007 12:25:08 AM
congrats on the top 10. I gave this an 8. Crossing the border is crucial for aesthetic interest as well as being a fancy trick.
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01/01/2007 12:20:06 AM
Sweet finish JOe. I really like the added dynamic of your hand intruding into the LH frame.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/31/2006 08:07:35 PM
Nicely done.
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12/31/2006 11:34:33 AM
Sweet shot man, both shots are setup very well. Nice work.
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12/30/2006 09:54:23 PM
I love it. Fantastic idea. One of my top 3. "10"
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12/30/2006 08:33:09 PM
Very good
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12/30/2006 08:28:21 PM
This is very well done. Top 5.
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12/30/2006 07:49:51 PM
cool shot!
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12/30/2006 07:24:13 PM
Very simple but really effective picture.
Nice composition, this pic really stands out from the rest!
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12/30/2006 02:12:28 PM
Love the contrast of black and white in the background and details.
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12/30/2006 11:40:57 AM
oh very clever!
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12/28/2006 11:11:04 AM
Great shot. Very cleverly done.
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12/27/2006 01:35:16 AM
Ok, I like this image, but unless your a twin is this really one frame? It is fairly nice. image.
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12/26/2006 11:15:49 PM
I know which you prefer. maybe you should leave your day job! great composition
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12/26/2006 08:38:25 PM
Rock on Dude!
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12/26/2006 05:52:59 PM
The expression on the stagehand is priceless. Great job.
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12/26/2006 01:43:04 PM
Very well done in every way! Clothing, background, expression, pose and technicals all great!
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12/26/2006 11:09:44 AM
great composition.. I like this
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12/26/2006 05:44:28 AM
Ha. You look a little wasted there. I wouldn't trust you with power tools. :P
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12/26/2006 03:00:25 AM
great way you've done this ... love the expressions ..
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12/26/2006 01:12:30 AM
well done composition
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12/25/2006 06:52:39 PM
nice set. I hope it is legal. 8
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12/25/2006 06:19:14 PM
Ha This is awesome! Great idea and execution of the title!
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12/25/2006 01:09:13 PM
Happy Holidays! 10
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12/25/2006 11:31:41 AM
Very well set up! B & W is perfect for this shot! Should be a top 10!
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12/25/2006 11:07:48 AM
great execution
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12/25/2006 09:26:22 AM
Great idea and execution. I am looking forward to seeing how long your shutter speed was. I'm gonna guess 1 minute and at least a dozen tries. Had it just been a side by side it wouldnt have been as impressive but your arm reaching over really adds a great final touch. Hope this does well for you. Bumping up to 8.
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12/25/2006 07:25:36 AM
when do you sleep??:) nice idea and composition
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12/25/2006 03:03:05 AM
Clever...well done.
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12/25/2006 02:19:20 AM
Very nice!!! you have to tell me how you did this, I have some idea but I am not sure that is the way you did it (8)
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12/25/2006 01:34:06 AM
This is great. Love the black white and then it in opposition on the other side.
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12/25/2006 12:48:27 AM
STAGEHANDS ROCK!!!! i too am a stage hand...great shot!!!
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12/25/2006 12:19:49 AM
great image...is it legal...I'd get this validated

I love the idea and the b and w choice
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