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Challenge: March Free Study (Advanced Editing I)
Camera: Nikon D1X
Location: Montreal
Date: Mar 21, 2004
Aperture: 9.5
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Black and White, Action
Date Uploaded: Mar 21, 2004

This was a fun shot to do!! I took advantage of DrJones' studio to do lots of stop motion shots.

I would also thank Martin for his patience modeling this tiring shot! :-) He did a great job!

Place: 11 out of 310
Avg (all users): 7.1551
Avg (commenters): 8.6190
Avg (participants): 7.1805
Avg (non-participants): 7.0926
Views since voting: 2450
Votes: 187
Comments: 29
Favorites: 7 (view)

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08/26/2004 11:48:08 PM
Funnily enough, I started a series that this one would fit into very well!

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This shot is very well captured, the black and white looks wonderful. I really love how the paper looks against the white background, definable but without drawing attention. The line you've managed to form are perfect!


Message edited by author 2004-08-26 23:48:21.
06/01/2004 07:02:52 AM
I saw this on the site favorites...i had forgotton which challenge it was in and was trying to get it onto my favs. Great shot, 10+!
04/14/2004 09:30:03 AM
*** Greetings from the Critique Club ***

Glad I got this pic to comment on, it's a good one indeed.

Since it's a free study, it fits the challenge very nicely. Furthermore, since you could do what ever you liked, coming up with such an original idea really shows what the free studies are all about, this one sticks out.

You've done a good job on the composition on this one, the space between his feet and the bottom of the frame, and the space on the right gives the viewer the impression he's in mid air and going very fast! Must have been very hard to catch the right moment on this one (I presume he's really jumping), you really did a good job (must have been fun to work on this as well). White background gives the photo a kind of surreal feeling, and was a much better choice IMHO than with a "real-looking" background.

Now there is a challenge, catching the texture and tone of the suit, case and paper with a totally white background and probably a very well lit background, you did a great job on it. Two or three pages of paper might have been one tone darker to seperate it from the background, but considering the conditions it's done very nicely. Dark suit show great detail and texture, and you can see every bend on the pages as well! I'd love to see the setup on this one, I could learn a great deal of it.

Camera work
Great stop-motion, no blurring what so ever, and everything in focus as well (shows what good lighting can do). Job well done.

This is probably the only thing I can critisize, there are a bit of "jagging" where the dark suit contrasts with the background. Your jpeg is as large on the longer side of it, but the image is only 60kb. Maybe if you would have saved with less jpg compression you would ged rid of the jaggies. Good B/W, nice contrast, everything else is perfect.

Title and Info
The title is very descriptive, and gives the image a bit of story around it in only 4 words, simple and effective. Info you gave is also good, but for photo-nerds like myself it would be fun to see the lens used (and at what focal length if zoom), and better yet on a unique (at least on DPC) setup like this it would be fun to see snapshots of the studio and session to see how things are done (not neccesary, just would be a fun bonus)

Overall (my opinion)
Super job, fun shot, an excellent idea for free study. This whole thing has been more a compliment than a critique... I think the march free study had a lot of great shots, and this was one of the better ones, could have finished 1st if you had asked me.

Best regards, Tyrkinn
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/07/2004 11:32:23 PM
Great concept and timing! Could be a tiny bit sharper, but close enough! 9
04/07/2004 09:26:55 PM
i love this! hilarious and fun. the composition and high-key feel are excellent. good idea and nice work.
04/06/2004 08:32:15 PM
Fun Picture. Great job. Very Original. 10
04/06/2004 05:48:44 PM
Fun picture, but I'm distracted by jaggies around his leg and feet. I like the composition and humor!
04/06/2004 11:38:18 AM
Nice action. BUT...without having any visual connection to the backing, I can't feel/ see any perspective. Good composition. Oh, I'm confused about how to vote this. .... .... .... .... 7
04/06/2004 11:34:03 AM
Very striking, high-impact image. Well put together, I hope you let us all know how you did this. 10
04/05/2004 11:01:15 PM
Definitely the winner here. If not, I'll be shocked. :) I'm quite curious to know how you pulled it all off.
04/05/2004 06:03:55 AM
wow this is great shot, indeed! I'd like to know how you made it after the challenge... How many attemped? very cool shot... Good luck.
04/05/2004 02:13:15 AM
Fun shot - must have been hard to do, too. - 8
04/04/2004 03:16:33 PM
Wow! Not quite sure how you pulled this one off, but this is terrific! Nice job!
04/03/2004 02:59:04 PM
The stark contrast helps this photo convey a vivid message. I personally find the lack of a floor a bit disconcerting.
04/02/2004 09:34:51 PM
After sifting through 300 or so "snapshots", its nice to finally see an excellent piece of photographic work. Well done and a 10 from me.
04/02/2004 07:56:22 PM
Very good shot...i would have liked to see it at an angle from which you could see a little bit more of his expression.
04/02/2004 12:01:20 PM
Excellent 'stock shot' (forgive me if that's insulting, but it's an art form in itself!). Everything is perfect really, apart from some loss of detail in the sheets of paper in the middle. Quite unusual though for this site. Good one.
04/02/2004 10:54:55 AM
Wonderful shot! 10
04/02/2004 08:48:15 AM
great shot
04/02/2004 07:57:26 AM
Can't wait to read the details on this one! Orginal, fresh and clever.
04/02/2004 04:20:44 AM
looks like he wants to spank somebody. Funny picture. Like the simplicity in colours as well. 9
04/02/2004 01:15:29 AM
How did you get white background,nice action shot 6 !
04/01/2004 02:37:15 PM
I like this a lot, nice job on the blank background. How many times did you have to pick up those papers? ;) 9
04/01/2004 11:52:20 AM
04/01/2004 09:50:01 AM
hehehehehehe.... ;-)
04/01/2004 07:22:21 AM
This is really comical. I love it. My only gripe is some of the papers are blown out but it's so cool that I really dont care that much. Unfortunately for you I can only comment. No vote. You'd get a 10
04/01/2004 06:16:20 AM
Awesome setup, nice background. Good job! 8
04/01/2004 01:25:23 AM
Very well done. The lack of context (background) is actually helping make this a better photograph. Good stuff. . . Wish there was a bit of better lighting on the paper just by the briefcase, but so what. It's a good -- no, very good -- photograph.
04/01/2004 12:50:45 AM
This made me giggle!

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