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American Gothic - Revisited
American Gothic - Revisited
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Challenge: Free Study 2011-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2011
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR
Location: Glendale, CA
Date: Jul 1, 2011
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jul 8, 2011

Taking a chance that some might recognize this from Flickr. But I just love this image, so oh well... My finished image has the doorknob cloned out because it was way too distracting and prominently placed. But cloning and I don't seem to go very well together where DPC is concerned, so I just minimized the knob as much as I reasonably could, without totally erasing it.

The model is the unbelievably talented (and super nice) Carly Lyn, who does, in fact, own the two chickens, plus two goats, a horse, and three dogs. She is the coolest lady. The pooch in the shot is Uma, who would not be denied a spot in the limelight. Here is a solo moment.





[Aug. 1st, 2011 12:50:56 AM]

Bless you:

Votes: 4
Views: 12
Avg Vote: 7.7500
Comments: 1



[Aug. 2nd, 2011 03:02:27 PM]

An excellent comment regarding lighting, which is from below as observed: when working with animals, we often don't have but a couple of seconds before all hell breaks loose. This location was on the spur of the moment as it was not planned (I'd gone there to shoot her goats and saw the chickens). I shot a couple of images without any lighting at all for insurance, then added the reflector - and it was instant chaos. I only managed 2 more shots from the burst before the hens made a run for it.

Statistics
Place: 14 out of 343
Avg (all users): 6.7736
Avg (commenters): 7.9545
Avg (participants): 6.8480
Avg (non-participants): 6.5000
Views since voting: 1629
Views during voting: 341
Votes: 159
Comments: 37
Favorites: 7 (view)


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08/23/2011 01:40:09 PM
crap on boots never looked so good! love that dog and the womans toes. excellent use of color- a real subtle masterpiece.
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08/15/2011 04:02:40 PM
Really great Johanna. Reminds of a Norman Rockwell type scene. Well done!

Dave
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08/12/2011 02:38:31 PM
This is a tremendous shot - so many vignettes within it and such great colours !!

I love this on so many levels.

Only tiny nit pick is that her feet look about a metre long . . I guess she might be part Kangaroo - but failing that my second guess is that it's perspective :- )
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08/11/2011 10:19:44 AM
The more I look at this picture the more I like it! You are definitely developing a style - a very cool one at that!
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08/08/2011 08:53:10 PM
Yes Johanna I do remember this from Flickr, thats why I waited until the challenge finished, What a wonderful finish in a FS.
THis is a classic.
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08/08/2011 06:09:27 PM
excellent work Johanna. I like the flatness of this, apparent absence of perspective and shadows. looks very painterly.
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08/08/2011 09:10:34 AM
I thought this might be yours when I saw it. Love it, congrats on getting such a great score in free study.
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08/08/2011 07:57:23 AM
You are one wild woman!!
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08/08/2011 04:44:53 AM
Gave this a 9 in voting and now I'm going to add to my favorites. Just a wonderful photo to sit and study....
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08/08/2011 12:39:55 AM
Outstanding image, Johanna, and a great finish. Love the humor. The French Bull Dog has the makings of a star!
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08/08/2011 12:35:10 AM
Amen to excellence! I missed a whole page of pics during voting and this one came to surprise and delight me. Would make a marvelous book cover for a book of images you are yet to take on the same subject. Bravo!
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08/08/2011 12:20:07 AM
And here we have it. A work of excellence!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2011 10:23:12 PM
Looks familiar. Johanna, I think?
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08/07/2011 09:49:11 PM
Hysterical!
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08/07/2011 04:14:04 PM
and the kind of lighting in similar period paintings. Charming and raised a notch or so by that either stupendously silly or faintly threatening canine.
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08/07/2011 02:36:52 PM
Love the expression and the toes, lol. Wonderfully done (bumping up)
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08/07/2011 05:24:56 AM
love it!! well done
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08/06/2011 11:35:36 PM
good, tangy portrait.
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08/06/2011 11:29:46 PM
I love this!!!!! The only problem I have with it is her right foot needs to be back against the upper step. It appears to be several inches longer than the other. Still a wonderful composition. Love the expression of the dog.
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08/06/2011 08:25:04 PM
Fabulous!!!
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08/06/2011 11:21:52 AM
What can I say!!! This is so lovely, lighting, composition, tone, story, modeling and processing 10
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08/06/2011 09:41:00 AM
I'm going through the entries, stopping at those images I feel have had the benefit of an unconventional eye and dwelling a little longer to try to see and appreciate what you saw. This is one of those images.

Positives: Wonderful subjects, composition, light and colour. This is just tremendous Johannah - I loved it when I saw it in your Flickr portfolio and I love it here. Makes me want to take a deep breath. Her dress against the green door and the French Bulldog pocking through the hatch is just marvellous. And chickens too!

Critical stuff: Perhaps the right foot distorted by the lens and its proximity looks a bit odd for some audiences (but personally I think it adds to the quirkiness of the image).

Overall: Just spectacularly accomplished. I hope this ribbons.
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08/06/2011 06:17:57 AM
Very Americo-French, maybe ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_N.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_N.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Tanguera, very delightful and fun anyway. love how you got that moment when they all paused.
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08/05/2011 11:42:51 AM
What a really fun photograph. I think the dog in the doggy door really adds a special touch.
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08/05/2011 09:05:22 AM
Nice arrangement.
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08/03/2011 12:39:02 PM
A unique composition!
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08/02/2011 10:49:00 PM
The dog's expression is priceless.
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08/02/2011 08:40:56 PM
Excellent job Johanna.
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08/02/2011 08:28:54 PM
There is something about this I absolutely love, it's just simply wonderful and as with all my favorite photos I can't say why, even without the dog it would still be as good.
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08/02/2011 01:39:25 PM
I absolutely love the pose, the details, and the colors, but you could have done so much more with the lighting. It looks like she is being lit by sun reflecting off the sidewalk in front of her, meaning the light is coming from below, which is not generally considered a flattering angle of light. Adding a reflector to bounce some light on her from above would have added some really pretty light.
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08/02/2011 11:00:41 AM
Good image,love the doggie.
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08/02/2011 04:16:28 AM
hi impact stuff from where I sit. I think it the the combination of the colors, the expressions on the faces of all living things, and the lady's long contours working so well with the pitchfork. I even don't miss the Gothic window.
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08/01/2011 10:26:31 PM
My favorite of the challenge. I wish the frame was squared up and the pitchfork was all in the frame, but the critters, the colors,the expression of the model, the lighting, is all spot on.
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08/01/2011 02:24:05 PM
great
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08/01/2011 06:58:01 AM
this made me smile! wunderful composition. really nice idea
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08/01/2011 05:57:52 AM
So many aspects of this image are incredibly interesting and the combination even more so.
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08/01/2011 12:42:38 AM
Ha! I love this. *hugs*
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