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The Pianist
The Pianist

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Challenge: Backlighting IV (Basic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSLR-A100K
Lens: Konica Minolta 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 MZ
Location: Home
Date: Nov 22, 2008
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1.6
Galleries: Portraiture, Music
Date Uploaded: Nov 23, 2008

I thought about this challenge for a while, and finally decided that I would enter something...

This turned out to be an interesting shoot. I had the backdrop taped to the wall, and just above the backdrop is the strobe light. I used a home-made snoot made out of the same backdrop to direct the light at the model, which happens to be my dad.

In the end, this is the one I decided to work on and submit, and hopefully it doesn't do too bad in this challenge.

Shot RAW and did most of my editing through Lightroom. The process was:

-Up recovery by a bit
-Add fill light
-Up the blacks
-Decrease brightness
-Up the contrast
-Up clarity and decrease saturation, while maintaining a little bit of vibrance.

Then took it into Photoshop and gave it an unsharp mask, crop, and finally saved for web.

Thanks for viewing!

*Post Challenge* Thanks for all the votes everyone! Very happy with a top 10 finish and a new personal best!

Place: 9 out of 239
Avg (all users): 6.4506
Avg (commenters): 7.4000
Avg (participants): 6.2778
Avg (non-participants): 6.5370
Views since voting: 2104
Views during voting: 253
Votes: 162
Comments: 8
Favorites: 5 (view)

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08/13/2010 07:25:01 AM
Excellent lighting and the color is great.
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12/17/2008 02:04:26 AM
Nice one! The lighting is great.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/01/2008 03:40:52 AM
I like the emotion you've captured. Lovely and subtle.
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11/30/2008 02:22:45 AM
Great shot! Where was this taken?
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11/29/2008 12:33:19 AM
Nice composition and atmosphere. 9
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11/28/2008 08:53:26 PM
what is being backlit, cause it seems as if the light is coming in from the top
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11/28/2008 02:21:37 PM
Great atmosphere
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11/26/2008 04:24:22 PM
I love the outline of light on the hat and face, as well as the way it highlights the character in the hands. Very moody. One thing that could have been cool would be to include a lit cigarette in his mouth. Backlit smoke could really add to the atmosphere (of course this would be silly if this piano player doesn't smoke, but it it's a model, it would add to the mood.) One of my favorites so far!
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