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The Final Embrace
The Final Embrace

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Challenge: Free Study 2007-10 (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Location: My room
Date: Oct 29, 2007
Aperture: 4
ISO: 160
Shutter: 160
Date Uploaded: Oct 31, 2007

After challenge: The title came from my model. I couldn't think of anything that would convey some emotion. There really is no meaning behind it but I kind of liked it.

Second day with my strobist set up for lighting: Shoot through umbrella off to the left with an SB24 at 1/4 power and an umbrella off to the right with an SB24 at 1/16 power. Models are me and my girlfriend (who tends to show up in all of my pictures). Cheap black fabric for the backdrop. Flashes triggered with the V2 cactus and shutter remote triggered. Processed in Lightroom and resized in Photoshop. I like the processing but I'm not all that happy with the outline cast around the bodies. However, I couldn't get one without the other...oh well.

Place: 59 out of 521
Avg (all users): 6.3840
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 6.3646
Avg (non-participants): 6.4483
Views since voting: 1723
Views during voting: 339
Votes: 125
Comments: 20
Favorites: 10 (view)

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12/25/2007 12:09:30 AM
This is a great, emotional shot, and I think the title fits perfectly. They look like they (well, you) have a very tight grip on each other, like one of you is heading off to war, or moving across the country, or whatever. Maybe it's my own experience of something similar (we survived the distance and now have been married for 14 years!). I also really like the shapes of both of your bodies - interesting details that only come out under stress. My only suggestion would be to brighten the hair on both of you a bit to help separate your heads from the background.
12/01/2007 10:58:12 PM
I love this! SOOO emotive, awesome job
11/08/2007 10:44:59 AM
Dang! This is AWESOME!!! The processing is so fabulous. The composition and appeal are so interesting. Highly underrated. But everyone knows that.

11/08/2007 04:51:55 AM
If you ask me pick one photo from the full challenge, this would it. Loved every bit of it.
11/08/2007 12:10:39 AM
How did this not score higher? I know 59th is nothing to be ashamed of, but still I thought it would be better. I loved this capture. Very tastefully done. I didnt' really like the title because I like the idea of true love forever so I just ignored the title :-)

I forgot to say, this was one of my 10's.

Message edited by author 2007-11-08 00:15:45.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2007 05:06:15 PM
Good idea but I think it would be better with softer light.
11/06/2007 02:28:38 PM
Very sexy
11/06/2007 11:21:17 AM
This is a great photo and I will rate is a such, probably 8-9, but I'm curious about the title. Nothing in the photo explains or suggests anything final, yet the title states "The Final Embrace". Something to suggest final, a subtle prop in the frame but not in focus for example, would really help if you want to tell a story here. Great work... but the title has left me wanting even more.

Thanks for sharing!
11/05/2007 09:20:41 PM
Why final?
11/03/2007 06:56:39 PM
Why "final"?
11/03/2007 02:08:38 PM
wow, i really love this, amazing color tone
11/02/2007 12:42:20 PM
very very moving photo. i love it
11/02/2007 09:25:06 AM
this image is fantastic - the processing, lighting, emotion, etc all really are wonderful
11/02/2007 09:06:33 AM
I really think this is beautiful. I feeling this shot! Lovely coloring. 9 and a fav
11/02/2007 06:27:34 AM
Wow, even if it does look a little like an Athena poster! Bit too much negative space, I'd have cropped it tighter. Shame her back is slightly overexposed. There is something unsettlingly homoerotic about this though! Perhaps I would personally have liked an attempt to portray the woman with more softness or femininity as a contrast, but that's just me.
11/02/2007 12:19:53 AM
This is beautiful...I luv everything about it....10
11/01/2007 06:56:04 PM
what can I say other than lovely! A great capture of emotion
11/01/2007 01:28:52 PM
this picture could have been great but there is something that really disturb me with the guy's head
11/01/2007 12:27:15 PM
lovely image..oh! why final?
11/01/2007 11:02:28 AM
I really like the emotion here, did you cut out the background? I can see it around his arms and takes away from the image.

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