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Desperately Pursuing Companionship
Desperately Pursuing Companionship
kandykarml


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: DPC Cinema II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
Location: Santa Maria, CA
Date: Oct 17, 2009
Aperture: f/3.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 250
Galleries: Fashion, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Oct 18, 2009

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This is my friend Danielle.. She and I were just playing around having fun.. She loves to have her picture taken so we set up my studio lights at her house and she dressed up and we did a bunch of different shots.. Took me forever to figure out a title.. I predict a 5.4...

[Oct. 20th, 2009 10:33:11 PM]

I KNOW it's soft.. I would dare to say, that is my style. Plus, this image is meant for print, not just DPC (OH, gasp, did I say that) so I can't wait to post the original and a tighter crop so the people who think I overshopped her face can give me their opinion again.. I don't think they are wrong, but I would like to give them a chance to see where the image started and then what the detail actually shows.. Can't really see much of any detail at this file size.

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Statistics
Place: 9 out of 82
Avg (all users): 6.4276
Avg (commenters): 7.1429
Avg (participants): 6.0769
Avg (non-participants): 6.5566
Views since voting: 2328
Views during voting: 567
Votes: 145
Comments: 27
Favorites: 1 (view)


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11/05/2009 01:37:03 PM
Originally posted by Dirt_Diver:

She looks like a sex doll or something.


She is a doll and the sex companionship is what's expected here (based on the title if I have to spell it out)...or have you forgotten after kid #2? lol
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10/29/2009 09:48:43 AM
Your editing is excellent! I really like how you've brought not only softness to the picture, but warmth as well. And it does not hurt that your model is gorgeous to start with. :-) Really nice work here! Congrats on the excellent score and placing and a new shot in your top row.
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10/28/2009 07:31:40 AM
Lovely model, great lighting...the "soft" processing was a nice touch. I agree with Robert...the title makes this great, a Romantic Comedy waiting to happen.
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10/27/2009 01:26:11 AM
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Hehehe! Glad this did well, it's almost like a totally deadpan satire. I mean, it's super-smooth boudoir, of course, but then the TITLE.

Maybe you could have posed her in a RV and titled it "Desperately Pursuing Clark"? ROTFL

Good work!


LOL... That's hilarious...

Message edited by author 2009-11-20 21:16:20.
10/26/2009 08:26:14 PM
Originally posted by AmeedEl-Ghoul:

Hi Kristine and greetings from the critique club, :) Just kidding, I am not a member of the critique club, I really would like to give my opinion in here.

First of all, the softness that you are worried about, I simply love it, I don't care what the rest say, I love the dreamy effect, and if was intended then you achieved it perfectly.
3 things I don't like '' hiding behind my desk ''

1- The distracting background, she is beautiful, you chosen the style that matches her beauty, just too many darn distracting subjects in the background, the white thing back left, the tableau top right, I'd either remove them, or control the light more that they are dark. Or simply '' if not in a challenge '' burn and darken them to the maximum.

2- Th shoes, I think it would be more sexy to have her bare foot.

3- And last, he smile, I am not sure if a direct eye contact and smiling achieve the mood. I'd rather her looking camera left down with a serious expression on her face, or look at the camera with a serious expression.

This is of course my 2 cents, I hope my critique is taken in a positive way, the only reason I commented on this picture is because I simply love what you did with it. and btw it is the only picture I commented on at this challenge, very well done and keep up the good work, you are at the right way :)
Cheers,


wow.. Thank you so very much for taking the time to leave this comment... I want to reply, but the kiddos need feeding right now, so once they are in bed I'll be back to explain some of the choices that went into this image.. :-)
10/26/2009 03:01:33 PM
Hi Kristine and greetings from the critique club, :) Just kidding, I am not a member of the critique club, I really would like to give my opinion in here.

First of all, the softness that you are worried about, I simply love it, I don't care what the rest say, I love the dreamy effect, and if was intended then you achieved it perfectly.
3 things I don't like '' hiding behind my desk ''

1- The distracting background, she is beautiful, you chosen the style that matches her beauty, just too many darn distracting subjects in the background, the white thing back left, the tableau top right, I'd either remove them, or control the light more that they are dark. Or simply '' if not in a challenge '' burn and darken them to the maximum.

2- Th shoes, I think it would be more sexy to have her bare foot.

3- And last, he smile, I am not sure if a direct eye contact and smiling achieve the mood. I'd rather her looking camera left down with a serious expression on her face, or look at the camera with a serious expression.

This is of course my 2 cents, I hope my critique is taken in a positive way, the only reason I commented on this picture is because I simply love what you did with it. and btw it is the only picture I commented on at this challenge, very well done and keep up the good work, you are at the right way :)
Cheers,
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10/26/2009 09:31:12 AM
Thanks so much for all the great comments... She's an awesome gal, a lifelong friend, we met when I was 14 and still talk every week, and this shoot was just for fun.. She's never been desperate for companionship which made it even more fun when I thought of the title.. LOL..

I'd love to hear feedback in reference from the original to the final version... I know it's still gonna be considered soft, but I love soft portraits.. I just can't stop myself when processing them, not matter what.. I'd make the devil look soft & dreamy.. :-)..
10/26/2009 03:24:12 AM
if only she was holding up a sign with her phone number. :P

I think it's great, wouldn't change a thing! ...oh except the title. :D
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10/26/2009 01:46:38 AM
I have to agree with you about the size of images not displaying their true qualities. Congrats!
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10/26/2009 01:41:18 AM
Hehehe! Glad this did well, it's almost like a totally deadpan satire. I mean, it's super-smooth boudoir, of course, but then the TITLE.

Maybe you could have posed her in a RV and titled it "Desperately Pursuing Clark"? ROTFL

Good work!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/25/2009 11:49:53 PM
i bump this up to a 9 good lighting and process lovely model
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10/25/2009 11:14:19 PM
wonderfully hammy expression!
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10/25/2009 10:35:39 PM
7 for making me laugh
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10/25/2009 10:24:42 PM
The background is slightly distracting, and I don't think that she is desperate.
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10/25/2009 06:06:26 PM
WoW....I bet she isn't too desperate.
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10/24/2009 07:24:10 AM
She looks eager...nice erm skin tones. Très étourdissant! Background is cluttered however. Not voting.
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10/23/2009 10:40:31 PM
Nice lighting, setup, wardrobe and makeup. Softness is a bit too much for my tastes.
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10/21/2009 10:33:59 AM
Must see movie.
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10/21/2009 03:01:07 AM
WOW. nice ... bed
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10/20/2009 01:41:25 PM
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10/19/2009 08:26:46 PM
I really like the concept of the image., It almost looks like her face is a little "over shopped", It may be my monitor and if it is, I am sorry, Other wide very nicely done, I like the softness of the subjects arms and legs, and overall comp on the image is a 10. Keep up the great work, Anxious to see how this one scores overall. Good luck..
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10/19/2009 07:58:23 PM
Pretty model... I doubt she has trouble with the title. ;)
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10/19/2009 12:57:32 PM
beautiful subject, setup, and lighting. well done with a "movie" title. 8
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10/19/2009 09:10:24 AM
Feasible title for a movie; though completely infeasible that a lady such as your model would ever have difficulty in finding companionship!!

Photographically - very well lit, focus just a tad soft for me, I perhaps would have kept that effect (if it was software induced) off the face. The picture on the wall and the door are a little distracting - you could've cloned these out under advanced without falling foul of the rules.

Overall - nice job.
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10/19/2009 07:52:37 AM
She looks like a sex doll or something.
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10/19/2009 06:46:50 AM
Yeah Sure...!
If indeed thats "just the DPC" title don't bother having her contact me ! If its true mke sure you have ger send me a "PM" !
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10/19/2009 02:57:20 AM
Her expression fits the title perfectly
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