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Reflection of Love

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Challenge: Orange II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro MF
Location: Home
Date: Mar 28, 2010
Aperture: 65
ISO: 250
Shutter: 1/30 sec
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Mar 28, 2010

For this shot, I wanted to have literally a heart inside a woman's eye, for an obvious representation of love.

My wife was kind enough to help me and pose in front of a heart-shaped orange paper.
We had to adjust the lighting: she was holding a flash in front of the heart, in order to make the reflection pop, while I was triggering a macro-ring flash with diffusers on the right side.

As for the processing: spot editing, Topaz Adjust for clarity, and some levels and color adjustments.

[Mar. 29th, 2010 06:45:13 PM]

Gear & settings:
- Canon 5D Mark II, ISO 250, 1/30 sec
- Canon MP-E 65mm, 1.5x, f/16
- Macro flash MT-24EX, both strobes to the right, 1/32th and 1/64th through home-made diffusers
- Cobra flash Speedlite 580EX II, 1/16th, facing the heart

Place: 45 out of 175
Avg (all users): 5.9281
Avg (commenters): 7.1000
Avg (participants): 5.7973
Avg (non-participants): 6.0769
Views since voting: 1974
Views during voting: 321
Votes: 139
Comments: 15
Favorites: 6 (view)

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04/06/2010 11:00:53 AM
Thank you all for your comments!

I knew this would be suspected of rules breaking, and as such, probably scored a bit lower than others. There is lot of room for improvement anyway, and I learned many things by doing it, especially about lighting. Which convinces me it was well worth shooting it :-)
04/05/2010 09:36:27 PM
I don't get it! (Not the photo but the scoring - 17 votes below 5!!). I gave you an 8 though I had a slight concern that the heart may had been placed there by bending the editing rules but didn't want to vote without objective evidence, which is what I suspect some may have done.

Thanks for the details on how the shot was made and the effort gone too. Excellent photo! You were robbed of a front page IMHO.

Edited to remove a wayward letter.

Message edited by author 2010-04-05 21:38:07.
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04/05/2010 09:49:33 AM
I can't believe this wasn't higher on the list. It's fabulous!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/03/2010 07:44:12 PM
Good idea and execution.
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04/03/2010 07:36:36 PM
04/03/2010 03:48:16 PM
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04/03/2010 11:31:54 AM
excellent job on the focus...very well done
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04/02/2010 05:12:38 PM
ok yes,,,,,,,, i see looooove,,,,,,,,,
03/31/2010 10:22:55 PM
I'd be very interested to see how you did that! Terrific image.
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03/29/2010 11:27:33 PM
Nicely Executed! :)
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03/29/2010 06:38:57 PM
Good work, is that a lens baby?
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03/29/2010 04:12:59 PM
I wouldn't even begin to know how to set up this shot. The mood would have come over stronger without the light reflecting on the right side of the eye.
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03/29/2010 10:45:57 AM
Nice one! That must have taken some work and time. Really great macro!
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03/29/2010 10:36:36 AM
Brilliant results. Eager to see how you did this.

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03/29/2010 09:21:45 AM
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