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Snowglobe Serenata
Snowglobe Serenata

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Challenge: Triptych III (Basic Editing*)
Camera: Canon EOS-450D Rebel XSi
Location: Indoors
Date: Oct 16, 2009
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 25 secs
Galleries: Emotive, Children
Date Uploaded: Oct 19, 2009


Serenata -a form of secular cantata, often of a dramatic or imaginative character. A form of 18th-century vocal music combining many features of cantata, oratorio, and opera. According to its most frequent usage, however, the serenata was semi-dramatic in nature; it was shorter and not as elaborately staged as opera. There was little scenery, and it was simple and unpretentious.

Submitted the B&W version rather than the blue tint duotone version.

These three assembled photos were done over the course of 3 days as I played with lighting and aperature settings. Thank you to my eldest daughter who put up with her Mom's artistic vision to pose on two separate nights to get the lighting right. Holding that beautiful musical snowglobe was not easy.

IMG_0596.jpg (Panel 2 upper right) F8 ISO 100 Shutter 25 secs Date: Oct. 16, 2009

IMG_0635.jpg (Panel 3 on bottom right) F5.6 ISO 100 Shutter 1/2 sec Date: Oct. 17, 2009

IMG_0683.jpg (Panel 1 left half ) F8 ISO 100 Shutter 8 sec Date: Oct. 18, 2009

Lighting for Panel 1 was achieved from the solar icicle lights that I used for "A Light Stroll In The Park" and a small LED flashlight to 'paint'/illuminate my daughter.

Panel 2 had the icicle lights bunched up about 6 inches away from snowglobe and long exposure in a dark room. You can see the 'cloudlike' reflections of the icicle lights in the snowglobe. I think it makes it look magical - we shall see what others think.

Panel 3 I had the room lamp on. I bounced the light from a small desk lamp at a gold reflector onto my daughter's face.

Place: 71 out of 149
Avg (all users): 5.7020
Avg (commenters): 7.2857
Avg (participants): 5.7733
Avg (non-participants): 5.6722
Views since voting: 906
Views during voting: 455
Votes: 255
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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10/30/2009 12:29:13 PM
Didn't vote, but I would have given you a 6. As mentioned, the storytelling is present. I enjoy low key work and I like the lighting on your daughter in the large panel. If I had to nitpick one point, I don't like the placement and tilt of the window frame. Awkward when compared to her position. I see the main frame in landscape orientation, cropping out the upper half of the window, with the other frames above her (rotated appropriately of course!). Still quite serene as is, and I can see how you would not be happy with the score when you are averaging 6!!! ;)
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10/28/2009 12:50:55 PM
I gave it a 6. It is good, and the lighting is good as well, but it did not connect with me in any way or make me go "wow". When looking at the larger pane on the left, my attention is drawn not to the woman looking at the snowglobe, but to the strings of lights hanging from the window. I was also speed voting, as I wanted to vote this challenge, but only had about 20 minutes after I got my entry for the new challenge uploaded. That didn't give me time to examine each image for subtleties.
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10/28/2009 10:01:30 AM
The score from your commenters is high...well over 7.

Personally, I like this very much...as Deb mentioned, the low key nature of this image probably has a narrow DPC appeal, and might be further complicated by the quality or settings of many people's monitors. There is a terrific level of detail that would translate in to a nice print. Your model/daughter is obviously comfortable in front of the camera. I'm sorry you didn't score higher.
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10/28/2009 08:49:22 AM
A 5.7 is a pretty decent score (at least one I'd take!) and I do like the story telling here. I suspect the darker nature hurt you - in terms of tone/light not theme - simply due to the variance in monitors. The small size of DPC didn't help either, as the detail in the globe on its own is very difficult to appreciate, especially the way you lit it. In all three panels, the lighting is fine on my monitor but I can see where it could be too dark on some. For the panel on the left, it may have worked better at DPC size to have the lights closer to her person, and a closer view - that gap formed by the window isn't serving a useful purpose at these sizes. In short, I like your vision and I think overall you achieved it, but as with many things, it may not have translated as well as it could have due to the limitations of size here.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/27/2009 10:54:51 PM
snowglobe is cheesy as hell, but the photography is very good. 7
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10/23/2009 11:50:09 PM
beautiful touching and sharp focus scary too this innocent snow queen
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10/21/2009 10:58:17 PM
Nice conversions and lighting.
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10/21/2009 08:36:07 PM
You'll probably get voted down by all those who have never tried to take a picture of a snow globe. Rather devilish things to try to shoot well. I like the low key lighting of this; that the dragon in the globe is very visible. This is a very nice image.
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10/21/2009 02:41:58 PM
Very nice story telling set of images.
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10/21/2009 03:40:57 AM
Great duotones and mystic feeling.
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10/21/2009 02:58:16 AM
I love the fantasy feel to this one. 8/10
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10/21/2009 12:36:55 AM
nice atmosphere - love the image on the left
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