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A Midsummer Dream
A Midsummer Dream
LalliSig


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Dreams II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
Location: Kjalarnes, Iceland
Date: Jul 10, 2007
Aperture: 2.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jul 10, 2007

I had a shot like this in mind all along for this challenge, have been shooting a quite a bit of photos like this the last couple of weeks (when I say like this I mean against the sun) so I wanted to see how the DPC voters would like it. I guess poorly since I have noticed that high key images donŽt really do as well here but hopefully IŽll be pleasantly surprised.

Only used ambient lighting for this, the sun is almost directly behind her.

Post processing was not much, raw conversion, used unsharp mask with a low % and high radius to boost local contrast, levels to brighten the midtones in the shot just a tad. Then Used gaussian blur to create the softfocus effect, the first time I have ever used softfocus since I really detest it usually, kindof like I detest selective desaturation. Well, gotta try it sometime and I figured why not now. Only wish I could clone out that flare spot on her stomach but other than that 100% happy with the look of this image.

Statistics
Place: 24 out of 182
Avg (all users): 6.2113
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 6.1373
Avg (non-participants): 6.2378
Views since voting: 2830
Views during voting: 475
Votes: 194
Comments: 27
Favorites: 2 (view)


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07/19/2007 03:03:16 PM
this is very nice. very well done buddy
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07/19/2007 10:40:29 AM
Originally posted by navyasw02:

holy crap, that's a sharp photo. was it close to that sharpness without the unsharp mask?


Hehe, funny you should say this as it´s probably the least sharpened photo I have sent in all year, but yeah, I mean a 85mm prime and a Canon 5D does yield some pretty sharp photos to begin with... :)
07/18/2007 09:53:56 PM
holy crap, that's a sharp photo. was it close to that sharpness without the unsharp mask?
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07/18/2007 05:18:23 AM
Extremely underrated for such an excellent shot, guess the voters care more about highlights than they do about atmosphere.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/17/2007 04:16:51 PM
good except it looks like her face is half cut off
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07/16/2007 11:14:56 AM
This will have a ribbon by it soon... 10
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07/14/2007 02:42:34 PM
Smells of an Elsapo ... pretty, but a little too blown out on the left.
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07/13/2007 10:07:41 PM
i think that this image is gorgeous. i'm sure you'll get hung on the cross because it's over exposed, but it's obvious that it's done purposely. love it!! 8
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07/13/2007 09:07:54 PM
Yes, now she is a true dream!! (well, as least in my dreams)
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07/13/2007 04:09:39 PM
very nice high key photo. Just a couple of constructive thoughts from someone who doesn't really know anything....I don't mind the blown sky, but I would have liked to been able to see the flower in her right hand. The bleeding of harsh light onto her face is distracting. I would like to have seen more space in front of her (crop closer on the right) for her to gaze into....and maybe a little more space overall around her.

The photo has great impact though and negates a lot of those nitpicky things above....8
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07/13/2007 02:54:00 PM
I like how you used the overexposure to your advantage. I think it really adds to the dream state of the photo. Great ph oto. My only complaint would be the lens glare you have righ tin the center of her stomach.
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07/13/2007 11:15:10 AM
BEAUTIFUL exposure! i hav been trying to capture something like this but have definitely not been suggessful with this kind of lighting, just gorgious
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07/13/2007 09:50:45 AM
Normally, the washed out/overexposed background would be a negative, but here it does give a dreamy impression that, combined with the model's beauty, is appealing. Nice job!
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07/12/2007 08:00:39 PM
Contrast is a bit too sharp, but photo/model is very pretty.
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07/12/2007 06:33:24 PM
nice lighting and pose
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07/11/2007 09:19:16 PM
seems a bit over exposed. That does not really enhance the "dreamlike" quality for me.
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07/11/2007 05:38:51 PM
The background is just a little too overexposed.
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07/11/2007 04:53:15 PM
A beautiful redhead, i think i've dreamt of her too.
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07/11/2007 04:37:20 PM
You know, that looks a lot like my midsummer dream :)
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07/11/2007 04:24:36 PM
Wow...what a dream.
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07/11/2007 03:41:10 PM
beautiful girl! tops a little blown for me /8
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07/11/2007 01:32:58 PM
its a little overexposed. pretty model
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07/11/2007 01:02:53 PM
The lighting is beautiful.
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07/11/2007 07:31:41 AM
Nice shot.
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07/11/2007 12:41:34 AM
Very good photograph. I like the backlight, shallow depth of field, and choice of dress (color and dots). Model is beautiful and projects a natural joy.
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07/11/2007 12:30:55 AM
Think the high key effect is a little over the top. Just a tad, but its my opinion. Otherwise a lovely shot and what a gorgeous model.
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07/11/2007 12:08:03 AM
not a can of the processing here with it so bright right on her face. I realize you were going for a dreamy effect but I find it over the top. THe shot is beautiful as well as your model.
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