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Challenge: Pastels II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: 2011
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: Jul 31, 2011
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Aug 2, 2011

Model: Barbara Wilder

My first underwater shoot. Barbara was EXTRAORDINARY. But the shoot was fraught with problems - namely, my buoyancy! Staying underwater was absurd. I ended up having a second model practically standing on my shoulders to keep me under. And I'm not crazy about the position of the briefcase.

Oh, that and the little issue of my housing failing. Yes. It killed my camera. Killed it dead. It's at the Nikon morgue, where they will attempt to revive it. Lesson learned.

Expecting mostly DNMCs for it not being TRULY pastel. I tried lightening everything to make it more "pastel-y", but it lost the mystery. In any event, it's pastel enough for me, but more importantly, I felt I owed my baby a tribute of some sort for her sacrifice.

convert from raw
denoise
levels
brightness/contrast
color balance
hue/saturation
selective color
dodge and burn all over the place
save for web

[Aug. 3rd, 2011 12:32:34 AM]

I love it when they start out like this:

Votes: 4
Views: 12
Avg Vote: 7.0000

Thank you so much, everyone, for your votes, comments, and sympathy! Haven't heard back yet as to whether my baby is salvagable, but for those interested, here are outtakes of the session. The closer to death she was, the more haunting the images. I haven't uploaded everything worth viewing, yet.

Statistics
Place: 17 out of 160
Avg (all users): 6.4577
Avg (commenters): 6.6364
Avg (participants): 6.2419
Avg (non-participants): 6.6250
Views since voting: 927
Views during voting: 264
Votes: 142
Comments: 25
Favorites: 0


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08/11/2011 12:35:47 PM
Barbra takes the plunge into the (corporate) shark pool. So many amazing things, like how did she keep her shoes on...
Oh the sacrificial camera, which I hope is temporary.

Message edited by author 2011-08-11 12:36:35.
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08/10/2011 01:07:51 PM
Sorry about the camera,I feel bad about moaning now.
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08/10/2011 12:28:36 PM
I love this amazing shot. It should have placed much higher. It makes me sick to think you ruined your camera on this shoot.
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08/10/2011 07:37:49 AM
whooo hoooo!! Congrats on the top 20! 21 comments -- cool!

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08/10/2011 07:32:53 AM
Really liked this shot, would love to see the outtakes. I hope you have another go in spite of what happened to your camera.
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08/10/2011 01:47:47 AM
Talk about jumping in the deep end;) Terrific work and it's pastel-ly. Bummer about the 700, you might have to look into a mini sub or something.
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08/10/2011 01:13:29 AM
fantastic image. sorry about the camera.
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08/10/2011 12:42:45 AM
I gotta ask - do you wear oxygen to do this??
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08/10/2011 12:20:58 AM
Oh Johanna, great stuff, It's pastellish to me...lol, is that even a word.
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08/10/2011 12:10:52 AM
Nice job Johanna.
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08/10/2011 12:04:32 AM
I was wondering if this was yours. So sad about the camera, but this shot was worth it!! excellent job I am jealous!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/09/2011 10:48:47 PM
amazing capture
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08/09/2011 03:57:23 PM
VERY cool idea and execution
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08/09/2011 02:19:03 PM
Enchanting shot.
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08/08/2011 05:07:01 PM
I like that she looks like she is on her way to work today (that tie is priceless).
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08/07/2011 06:29:05 AM
Good stuff, just a mini bit more light on the model and it would have been a cracker for me.
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08/06/2011 05:19:58 PM
very cool
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08/06/2011 12:40:06 PM
What a fun and interesting photo.
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08/05/2011 09:53:05 AM
This is fun
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08/03/2011 09:55:19 PM
I wish there was more pastel in this,
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08/03/2011 07:12:34 PM
Quite creative!
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08/03/2011 01:26:41 PM
Take out from the Tutorial challenge? :) Thank you for sharing this beauty with us (with beauty I do mean the work)
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08/03/2011 11:38:37 AM
Great photo, but pastels don't stand out.
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08/03/2011 07:37:11 AM
This is great! But I wish she was sharper. It doesn't shout pastel to me either.
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08/03/2011 12:32:04 AM
Oh my .......the winner.
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