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American Beauty
American Beauty

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Challenge: Anything But Landscape (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: My Studio
Date: Jul 7, 2008
Aperture: f/9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Nude, Studio
Date Uploaded: Jul 13, 2008

This is a model called Charley (www.charleya.co.uk) she's actually British but I wanted to keep the title as a reference to the film.

It's done in my studio with a red fabric on the floor and some fake rose petals for the "American Beauty" effect.
Lighting is from a single bowen strobe with barndoors.

Post processing was minimal with some hue/sat adjustments, levels, NI, USM, minor blemish cloning. That's it I think

Place: 42 out of 247
Avg (all users): 6.2830
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.9600
Avg (non-participants): 6.5714
Views since voting: 13433
Views during voting: 732
Votes: 159
Comments: 16
Favorites: 11 (view)

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11/02/2008 06:47:08 PM
This is a fantastic take on American Beauty. Provocative, yet simplistic and touching as well. Nice job.
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09/13/2008 08:27:39 PM
WOW...za. Great composition,lighting and beautiful model. Love her hair against the red.
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07/22/2008 11:50:15 PM
I was trying to stop drooling long enough to find something about this i didn't like.
Her fingernails are a weird color.
I love the movie reference and the photo is simply jaw-dropping.
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07/21/2008 10:31:15 AM
You were right Lydia. Didn't notice the knee. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/20/2008 08:24:51 PM
I'm sure not many guys will notice, *grin* but her knee is cut off. Would be much better if she were 'whole'. Good lighting.
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07/20/2008 03:50:33 PM
great choice of background, the red is perfect
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07/19/2008 10:12:31 PM
Tells you something when a healthy, heterosexual male's eyes are first drawn to the lopped off knee rather than any of the other bits and pieces of the model... The lighting is quite nice. Not sure about the blue fingernails.
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07/19/2008 02:15:40 PM
wow, provacative. The pose, composition, and colors of this are great. The only thing I'd like better is if the hard shadows by her arms and legs were gone.
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07/18/2008 12:53:37 AM
Well done
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07/16/2008 09:21:33 AM
I'll say.. wonder how many guys were tilting their heads to the left
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07/15/2008 06:30:54 AM
I like the shooting angle, her expression and pose, although it makes her look a bit skinny. Don't like the purple nails...
Crop at right is quite unfortunate, lighting could also be improved.
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07/15/2008 06:20:51 AM
Nicely done. Pretty, soft and appealing. The fingernails are a bit out of place I think.
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07/15/2008 01:07:13 AM
Indeed she is. Great lighting! 8
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07/14/2008 09:18:54 PM
Skin tones Excellent
Colour Excellent
Lighting Excellent
Model very pretty and great figure
Top professional job here 10
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07/14/2008 04:54:20 PM
her faces looks a little too red maybe? good lines and colours otherwise.
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07/14/2008 09:49:02 AM
cant comment 8
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