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Challenge: Nude IV (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Sigma 24mm f/1.8 EX Aspherical DG DF Macro for Canon
Location: Su-su-sudio
Date: Jan 28, 2007
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Abstract, Nude
Date Uploaded: Jan 28, 2007

Wanted something relatively abstract and anonymous but leaving no mistake as to the subject matter... going for quite a classical nude but with unusual lighting.

Specifically, one wireless flash, set to quite a wide zoom, with a red gel firing into a large white diffuser behind the model, and another from the front of the model, zoomed in quite tight, with a blue gel. I liked the interplay of the soft orange glow on the curves combined with the harsh blue front-light that adds definition and texture, and where the two combine a fairly average white light results. In reality there was a spot of reflected fill-in from the master unit as well, that wasn't entirely intended, but prevented the shadows on the model from getting too deep.

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Trying to make a feature of the circular diffuser, without going for the cliche of having the entire circle in - just enough of the corners to deliniate its shape, while maintaining a dynamic composition. I guess the voters will decide if i succeeded or if the dark corners are just distracting.

Editing:
Of all the outtakes, this needed the least postprocessing - just a bit of dodging and burning to separate the diffuser from the black background a bit better. No crop, resize, sharpen.

Statistics
Place: 49 out of 121
Avg (all users): 5.8726
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.4390
Avg (non-participants): 5.9640
Views since voting: 8705
Views during voting: 1207
Votes: 471
Comments: 20
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12/03/2011 05:04:34 PM
beautiful
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/04/2007 07:22:06 PM
Nice use of lighting.
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02/03/2007 11:44:12 PM
Would have been awesome with even lighting. The hot spot doesn't do it for me.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/03/2007 01:56:14 PM
Nice!
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02/02/2007 05:02:47 PM
that is a cool background! i like the fact that that light has a different color, gives it a bit of a mysterious feel.
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01/31/2007 06:01:56 PM
Nice idea and well executed. I think this would work better as a B&W image as there seem to be different light sources here with different colour temperatures. The B&W would hide this. 7
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01/31/2007 01:24:26 PM
This is definitely a unique shot, but honestly I'm not a huge fan of it. I can't really explain why, but I think it may be the mix of light temperatures. You have warm tones in the background and rimlight, but a cooler light source lighting the front of the model.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/31/2007 05:14:03 AM
would have been much nicer without the hard side lighting and a mor symmetrical crop
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01/30/2007 08:36:07 PM
Excellent.
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01/30/2007 03:39:29 PM
The body is at a nice angle but for me the lighting on the body is a bit flat (just my humble opinion) :o)
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01/30/2007 01:14:59 PM
Interesting composition. I like the coloured accents from the lighting.
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01/30/2007 12:55:54 AM
The light in the background is odd and a little distracting - and the shadows it casts on the body aren't very flattering.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/29/2007 11:44:30 PM
wow, very pretty body...nice composition
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01/29/2007 12:19:16 PM
A Very different capture because of the big light in the backdrop. Maybe the light on the body shoul have been less
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01/29/2007 10:49:39 AM
awesome what did u use for the light in the background?
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01/29/2007 06:49:54 AM
Wonderful model and nice pose and framing, not real keen on the lighting though.
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01/29/2007 06:21:10 AM
beautiful framing.
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01/29/2007 05:33:10 AM
nice touch with the light...
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01/29/2007 03:31:09 AM
lovethe tones and the idea 9
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01/29/2007 01:43:12 AM
outstanding lighting & placement - very well done
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