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Challenge: Light II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-450D Rebel XSi
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Date: May 3, 2009
Aperture: 9.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 2.5 sec
Galleries: Abstract, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: May 3, 2009

model: Julian Park

this is my second set of pictures using an off camera flash ever so i was a little nervous going into it. i originally wanted to take the picture in an open field but since i live in a city that's pretty much impossible, so i settled for the last flowering tree we have outside my dorm room. the flash was clamped to my umbrella pretty low (hence the angle) and at 1/16 power plus some sidelight coming from a lamp post outside a building to my right.

this was the last photo of the batch and it worked out perfectly and turned a abstract photo into a conceptual one for me. i really got a feeling of a modern day Buddha sitting beneath the Bodhi tree, enlightened. hence the title.

-color balance
-clone out leaves and flowers on the ground, light in the tree & the corner of my cybersync on his face
-curves for the dark background
-curves for the umbrella and Julian
-dodge and burn
-2 USM passes
-convert to jpeg

guess score: 5.25? lets be optimistic


i cant believe that this did so well this is absolutely extraordinary to me. thank you so much for all the kind votes :)

Place: 9 out of 156
Avg (all users): 6.6011
Avg (commenters): 7.4286
Avg (participants): 6.6667
Avg (non-participants): 6.5714
Views since voting: 2115
Views during voting: 317
Votes: 183
Comments: 15
Favorites: 4 (view)

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02/18/2011 12:18:32 AM
Clever take. Gives the viewer lots to look at.
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07/27/2009 04:22:17 PM
Nice idea and night shot.
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07/21/2009 11:04:20 AM
This is a unique way to light a shot. It's sort of like painting with light, but with the source in the shot. Composition is great, and I agree that not having the model's face in the shot is good. It's interesting that the tree trunk looks almost like a person with arms lifted.
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07/21/2009 09:58:38 AM
Cute. I gave it a 6.
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05/20/2009 11:10:31 PM
Awesome photo here.....shez
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/12/2009 07:40:07 PM
Very creative.
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05/12/2009 12:08:30 PM
By far the most creative shot I've seen in the challenge. While the highlights on the top of the umbrella are a bit hot, I think it's worth it for the awesome overall exposure you got. :) Also, great choice on the uber-colorful shirt! I think it really tied the shot together. 8 from me.
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05/10/2009 03:32:28 AM
I wish it wasn't so obvious this was a photographic umbrella. I love the colors and the side light. Very nice. If you had more freedom with the editing I would love to see the support lines on the umbrella lightened or something. Still, very well thought out shot.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/07/2009 08:18:28 PM
Love it! It works because you can't see the persons face.
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05/06/2009 09:10:56 PM
Pretty and a great idea. This would of worked in either challenge. :)
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05/06/2009 03:21:00 PM
Very creative, and pretty, and I like the composition. Great work.
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05/06/2009 12:42:08 PM
nice shot, great idea
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05/06/2009 11:22:22 AM
Easy to focus on your subject.
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05/06/2009 09:48:15 AM
Love that. This is really terrific. Gave one 10 and this a 9.
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05/06/2009 12:32:58 AM
cool concept
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