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Challenge: Shallow DOF V (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: People
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro
Location: Birmingham, England
Date: Jul 25, 2010
Aperture: f/2.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Portraiture, Blur
Date Uploaded: Jul 25, 2010


[Jul. 26th, 2010 04:15:02 PM]

Proof that you should always sleep on an image! I came back to this the next day after submission to find that I really dislike this image.

Tanguera is quite right - too different. I have since done a full black and white which is soooo much better. I had briefly tried it the night before - not sure why I rejected it.

People are asking how this was done. The image has been rotated about 90 degrees clockwise, the glass is vertical. There is about 40cm of space between the glass and Nic who was on hands and knees sticking her head forward. The glass is sprayed and using the nifty 50mm macro I have the camera positioned close to the glass, focussed on the drops at it's widest aperture.

Bottom half has had the pinhole filter of Silver Efex Pro applied, top half Color Efex's Tonal Contrast ( removed from the skin). The editing was a bit more involved than that, but this was the gist. I submitted a full list of steps with the original to SC on upload. I though the black background on the bottom woul prompt a validation request.

Statistics
Place: 59 out of 231
Avg (all users): 5.8992
Avg (commenters): 6.9091
Avg (participants): 5.9773
Avg (non-participants): 5.7317
Views since voting: 872
Views during voting: 290
Votes: 129
Comments: 17
Favorites: 0


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08/02/2010 05:52:43 PM
Brave entry Paul- very nice !
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08/02/2010 01:48:28 AM
i would love to know how this was achieved
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08/02/2010 12:35:00 AM
Originally posted by paulbtlw:

Proof that you should always sleep on an image! I came back to this the next day after submission to find that I really dislike this image.

Tanguera is quite right - too different. I have since done a full black and white which is soooo much better. I had briefly tried it the night before - not sure why I rejected it.


I am glad you kept this one in the challenge, and I think its a great image. I gave it a 9, and if I could control the ribbons, you wouldve gotten one. Its brilliance is that it is different.
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08/02/2010 12:08:40 AM
Just read your notes. My vote of 9 says that yourself and Tanguera are wrong. The out of place contrasts between the upper and lower half are what makes this so fascinating to look at.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/01/2010 11:36:40 PM
excellent effect.
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08/01/2010 07:56:32 PM
Weird, what's happening here? This is pretty cool, I'm interested to read about this after the challenge.
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07/31/2010 05:35:39 PM
cool. I might have tried all b/w, but I don't know if it would be better.
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07/28/2010 03:41:35 PM
umm im not sure what is going on here..
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07/26/2010 11:27:00 PM
hmmm very interesting, I will be looking forward to see if this stands up to the rules, but i love the non linear feel to it. my first 10 of the challenge
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07/26/2010 04:38:48 PM
Very avant garde!!
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07/26/2010 11:32:09 AM
I like how the two parts are blurred and rendered differently. (not voting)
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07/26/2010 11:30:44 AM
Interesting
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07/26/2010 09:08:14 AM
Very interesting and unique.
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07/26/2010 07:25:34 AM
inetresting, 7
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07/26/2010 02:48:43 AM
clever take on the challenge .. good luck!
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07/26/2010 02:21:56 AM
interesting, made me think-8
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07/26/2010 01:10:53 AM
Very interesting and haunting image. I find the two different styles too divergent from each other to create any harmony or symbiosis. But it is unique.
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