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...is some mistletoe
1st Place...is some mistletoe
molinski4611

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: All I Want for Christmas (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS for Canon
Location: Hudson, NY
Date: Dec 16, 2008
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Fashion, Nude
Date Uploaded: Dec 17, 2008

some bounce flash and a white sheet.

crop, dodge, burn curves.
sharpen.
border.

Outtake 1

Outtake 2

***Post Challenge***
Thanks everyone for all the comments.

This shot is handheld. I have my model on the floor with a sweeping bedsheet towards her bent knee.

I bounce once flash off a wall about a foot from the sheet to diffuse it and I have another flash bounced off the ceiling not far from her bent elbow.

I have a very old and small house. I was standing on a chair over her and held the camera as high as I could up against the ceiling (6ft). Took 15 exposures and hoped for the best.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 89
Avg (all users): 6.8895
Avg (commenters): 8.1111
Avg (participants): 6.6047
Avg (non-participants): 6.9845
Views since voting: 32518
Views during voting: 1129
Votes: 172
Comments: 50
Favorites: 28 (view)


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01/03/2009 08:15:44 PM
Originally posted by NstiG8tr:

Originally posted by Ja-9:

bow should have been bigger...don't really like these kind of pictures...sorry a little to much in my face...but your photo is clean and crisp


Ya know if a person don't like this type of photo why wouldn't they just pass it by and not even vote or comment on it instead of letting everybody know they don't like it.
Nice capture by the way.


This is exactly the reason I dont come in here that often anymore... if you dont comment they b*tch about it, if you do, they also b*tch about it!!!! The point of this place was to learn... hard to do that with a closed mind...

About the pic, wouldnt have picked it as a first place, but lighting and detail are beautiful. I agree the model looks a little stiff and nervous. Maybe have her turn her head to the side? I havent seen the out takes (i will in a minute), so disregard if her head is turned in one of them. In any case, congratulations on your ribbon!

I'm keeping my fingers crossed nobody will sacrifice me for saying something negative! (not)
01/02/2009 03:25:10 AM
I'm glad to see that your image is the center of controversy. This is a beautiful capture of a most beatiful woman. It is surprising to me that on this site this capture got first place in a non-nude challenge. There are a lot of conservative people on this site that will vote down an image because they don't agree with the nude content.

The point that the person below is making is that Ja-9's comment "bow should have been bigger...don't really like these kind of pictures...sorry a little too much in my face...but your photo is clean and crisp" is that its like me saying about a picture of a Christmas tree in a non-Christmas tree challenge "I don't really like pictures of Christmas trees cause I'm not Christian." The comment does not add anything technical to help the photographer out. It just gives an opinion about that persons views. Now if someone made that comment they would get hammered, for that comment, by the side that hammers photos like this. Well you know if you don't like violent movies or porn you probably don't watch them. But I agree with Mick. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Opinions are like arse-holes after all.

Congratulations on your first place winning image.

Ben

Message edited by author 2009-01-02 03:37:59.
01/01/2009 06:23:38 AM
Originally posted by NstiG8tr:

Originally posted by 3DsArcher:

Your kidding, right? We all wonder why someone gives us an anonomous less than favourable vote & doesn't tell us why. When someone comes along & expresses what they truely think, it should be encouraged not knocked back. If we only ever get good comments, we will never grow.

Congratulations on the blue ribbon.


No! I'm not kidding! There's nothing complimenting the photo except saying it's clean and crisp. The rest is just an expression of someones dislike of the content. I personally don't consider that to be constructive critisism.

Where is it written that all comments must be compliments? I'm not aware of any such rule. Ja-9 has a right to her opinion just like everyone else here.

I don't much care for this photo either. I love good nude photos, but I think they should be sexy and this just doesn't cut it. The model looks nervous and stiff and the pose is rather awkward.
12/31/2008 03:04:44 PM
I'm sure many married (or not) couples have done this classic idea of putting ribbons and bows on Him or Her. When I saw it was going to get a ribbon. Personally, I also like some of the adult female Elves I sometimes see with Santas, wearing red and green tights.

That's agreat pose, the winding ribbon reminds me of a sweet, Candy Cane!
Also balanced symetrically, elbow/heel on one side hair/knee on the other.
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12/30/2008 08:55:34 PM
i am very happy that you scored so well with this. with photos like these either you do excellent or you fail miserably. she is a beautiful model, and you have a great setup. i would love to try something like this someday, i just have the small issue of all my freinds/potental models are under 18(me too) so i dont know if i could get away with it. anywas, great job, and dont listen to all the crap im guessing you're getting from people about it.
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12/30/2008 06:09:33 PM
Originally posted by 3DsArcher:

Your kidding, right? We all wonder why someone gives us an anonomous less than favourable vote & doesn't tell us why. When someone comes along & expresses what they truely think, it should be encouraged not knocked back. If we only ever get good comments, we will never grow.

Congratulations on the blue ribbon.


No! I'm not kidding! There's nothing complimenting the photo except saying it's clean and crisp. The rest is just an expression of someones dislike of the content. I personally don't consider that to be constructive critisism.
12/30/2008 09:44:43 AM
I guess great minds think alike, huh? Both yours and Qart's shots are great! I like your outtakes too, but I think you chose the right one. Congratulations on your first blue ribbon :)

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12/30/2008 05:04:48 AM
Originally posted by NstiG8tr:

Originally posted by Ja-9:

bow should have been bigger...don't really like these kind of pictures...sorry a little to much in my face...but your photo is clean and crisp


Ya know if a person don't like this type of photo why wouldn't they just pass it by and not even vote or comment on it instead of letting everybody know they don't like it.


Your kidding, right? We all wonder why someone gives us an anonomous less than favourable vote & doesn't tell us why. When someone comes along & expresses what they truely think, it should be encouraged not knocked back. If we only ever get good comments, we will never grow.

Congratulations on the blue ribbon.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/29/2008 06:02:31 PM
This was my favorite of the challenge, and I'm glad it won the blue. Congratulations!!
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12/29/2008 05:46:59 PM
Wow, what a cool shot. Lovely model, very gutsy girl! great concept, I knew this would finish high. Well done.
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12/29/2008 05:18:17 PM
Originally posted by Ja-9:

bow should have been bigger...don't really like these kind of pictures...sorry a little to much in my face...but your photo is clean and crisp


Ya know if a person don't like this type of photo why wouldn't they just pass it by and not even vote or comment on it instead of letting everybody know they don't like it.
Nice capture by the way.

Message edited by author 2008-12-29 17:19:06.
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12/29/2008 10:05:25 AM
Knew this would win as soon as I saw it. Great shot and a gorgeous girl, big congrats on your Blue.
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12/29/2008 09:24:56 AM
Great shot!
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12/29/2008 06:10:02 AM
Originally posted by kcbender:

Great How did you hold the camera steady?


With a 'tripod' obviously! :)
12/29/2008 05:33:59 AM
Beautiful image and a well deserved blue ribbon!
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12/29/2008 04:34:04 AM
Wow, georgeous photo and model. Congratz on your first ribbon.

I love both of your outtakes as well.
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12/29/2008 02:40:59 AM
I love the bow! Now take it off right away!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/29/2008 01:43:03 AM
Congrats, well deserved! You made the right choice!
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12/29/2008 12:37:47 AM
Excellent nude-art... Very nicely done ;)

Congrats
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12/29/2008 12:33:55 AM
Congratulations, Michael. I'd add "welcome to DPC" except I see you've been registered sincd 2004!
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12/29/2008 12:23:33 AM
wow i cannot believe a shot like this got the blue on this site in a non nude challenge! good work!
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12/29/2008 12:10:02 AM
Congratulations on the blue. A very worthy winner and my pick for the challenge. Nicely done!
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12/29/2008 12:06:05 AM
Nice work...congrats.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/28/2008 07:05:26 PM
Well... all i want now is some wind. :))
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12/28/2008 04:41:09 PM
Nice shot
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12/28/2008 03:07:50 PM
OMG OMG! How did you know??? :P
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/28/2008 03:05:33 PM
Great shot. You have a sure "ribbon" here.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/28/2008 02:01:27 PM
Great How did you hold the camera steady?
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12/27/2008 02:31:15 PM
don't like the interrupted border, other than that great work and lovely model
12/27/2008 11:38:16 AM
sighhh..... (10)
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12/27/2008 10:15:13 AM
bow should have been bigger...don't really like these kind of pictures...sorry a little to much in my face...but your photo is clean and crisp
12/26/2008 11:38:04 PM
Yup....i'll have some too please... :O) Nice photo and model!
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12/25/2008 07:25:34 AM
Simply beautiful.
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12/24/2008 04:03:44 PM
Very nice and classy!!!
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12/23/2008 09:46:27 PM
Awesome Can I unwrap the present :) PLEASE
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12/23/2008 07:35:36 PM
Tastefully done and a beautiful image. Can't think of a thing that could improve on this!
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12/23/2008 05:12:06 PM
Very well done image. I imagine you will get some flack from the more conservative in the crowd. This image really works, regardless of the subject. I like texture of the sheets, and how they fade to white, even the border where it makes room for her foot at the bottom, is a nice touch. 10
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12/23/2008 04:09:37 PM
There seems to be a theme here... Though she is gorgeous, I find the lighting oddly flat.
12/23/2008 02:35:37 PM
I have so many one-liners for this, I can't choose, so I'll just hit you with them all:

- To quote Mr Potato Head from Toy Story II, "I'm a married spud, I'm a married spud".
- Somebody get the freaking mistletoe!
- Part of me says 10, and part of me says 7... I compromised and voted 10.

Seriously, though, it's a great shot - nice lighting and color balance, and humorously meets the challenge. I wish you luck!
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12/23/2008 02:25:51 PM
Miss Magneto, is that you?
12/22/2008 07:27:20 PM
You know, I find it hard enough to get people to pose for me fully clothed!
I was going to say "hats off to you" but that would mean taking even more clothes off!
Nice image, well shot, has a certain charm.
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12/22/2008 05:58:08 PM
nice stratigic bow placement
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12/22/2008 03:13:07 PM
Boy you really opened the door for some bad jokes with a title like that!! A lovely portrait, and lovely model non the less.
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12/22/2008 01:10:18 PM
A beautiful model and you photographered her very well. The white background is perfect for this type of image.

The ribbon draped around her really works well - but the bow does not work for me at all - it what my eye is first drawn to. This is a shame as I think it gives the image a more overt sexual feeling than the sensual feeling the rest of the image gives. I wonder if a slightly different wrapping of the ribbon so that you could cover her with that instead of the bow could have worked a bit better.
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12/22/2008 09:50:16 AM
Very well done. Between this and the two you posted earlier, I think you chose the best for the contest. You avoided blowing out the white background, and the model isn't that bad either.

Any more from the series? ;)
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12/22/2008 04:17:54 AM
Now you can't go wrong with a shot like this eh lol. Is the blending out of the boarder at the bottom intentional?
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12/22/2008 04:01:50 AM
good shot, I like the realistic color of the skin. not bad the idea of the frame that vanish near the foot.
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12/22/2008 01:24:36 AM
lighting is pretty strong and that bow is dangerously close to presenting a little too much but I really do like the arrangement of the ribbon, her pose, and how the sheets blend in so well. Good job.
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12/22/2008 01:14:47 AM
dont we all!
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12/22/2008 12:23:52 AM
.. and a bigger bow
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