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willem

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Challenge: Nude II (Advanced Editing II)
Collection: other challenge entries
Camera: Sony DSC-F707
Location: my living room, Denmark
Date: Aug 17, 2004
Aperture: F4
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/30 s
Galleries: Performance, Nude
Date Uploaded: Aug 18, 2004

Selfportrait, based on a picture of a greek statue. (example here

Took a frisbee of my son and taped it to the palm of my hand with double sided tape.
Background black velvet.
500W halogen floodlight from top right.
60W halogen reading light from bottom left.

Took 72 shots to get the right posture and toning of the light. It is not an easy position to maintain, normally it is the end of a turn and beginning of the swing.

Editing :
* levels
* crop
* colorize, hue and saturation
* burn finger nails, they were too visible and emphasising my hand was taped to the discus
* clone (at 20%) on small burned out spot on discus to tone it down
* neatimage
* resize
* sharpen
* save for web

Statistics
Place: 13 out of 87
Avg (all users): 6.6243
Avg (commenters): 8.2500
Avg (participants): 6.6709
Avg (non-participants): 6.6105
Views since voting: 4471
Views during voting: 919
Votes: 346
Comments: 46
Favorites: 6 (view)


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AuthorThread
08/31/2004 06:17:24 AM
I said it before, and I'll say it again...

Originally posted by laurielblack:

This is a beautiful example of how lighting makes or breaks a portrait., and of how attractive the lines and form of a man's body can be. Very well executed photograph. I am impressed. :o)


Wow...can't believe this didn't ribbon. Remarkable image. :o)
08/30/2004 03:22:25 PM
Originally posted by alisasaur:

ahh! Okay, I officially deserve the idiot award. I thought this really was a statue; I didn't realize that it was a living, breathing, naked body! I gave it a way lower vote than it deserved. I'm sorry :(


LOL, no problem Alisa, I'll take that as a compliment.
08/30/2004 02:21:01 PM
ahh! Okay, I officially deserve the idiot award. I thought this really was a statue; I didn't realize that it was a living, breathing, naked body! I gave it a way lower vote than it deserved. I'm sorry :(
08/30/2004 02:55:07 AM
Thanks, Shiiizzzam, and all others who left comments. I didn't really expect a ribbon, but am slightly disappointed it is not in top 10. I guess I'll have to do some less strong coloring next time and use a female model. I'll look at it positively, it is still a yellow ribbon if you only take the male models.
08/30/2004 02:08:29 AM
I hate you didn't receive a ribbon for this photo. It's very well done and a piece of art. I look at some rated higher and shake my head. Any whooooo...well done !
08/30/2004 12:29:55 AM
Congratulations on your 13th placing. This was my pick for number one. Regardless, this may be the best image of this challenge. The pose is meticulous and the lighting superb. This may be the mascot of your port.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/29/2004 08:28:48 AM
Great shot. I like the blue light and the tastefulness of the picture. 10
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08/28/2004 12:28:54 PM
Wonderful lighting and concept. Should do very well.
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08/28/2004 11:57:42 AM
Classic. A pose straight off a Greek urn. IGreat positioning of the model. I'd be interested to see how this looks with a yellow/gold tone to the modes (like you'd see on some of the vases). But even without the color change- this is beautifully done. 10
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08/27/2004 11:16:36 PM
odd highlight on left heel.. maybe a little bounce under the chin and into the face? very nicely posed
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08/27/2004 10:12:25 PM
This is wonderful, voted yesterday, gave it a 10, its in MY top 3
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08/27/2004 04:29:34 PM
Interesting color, I like the athletes focus and the Olympiad theme as the ancient games were competed in the nude.
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08/27/2004 01:28:36 PM
i commented on another shot that it reminded me of a sculpture. This reminds me of Rodin's work. Beautiful lines on your subject and your choice of lighting really brings forward the idea of a perfect specimen of the human form released from marble or cast in iron. Your use of light and shadow gives the shot a museum exhibit feel too. Well done!
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08/27/2004 02:57:48 AM
Colors all wrong in this, the pose looks terrific if I could see it, I miss out on the definition of the body somewhat, a deep tonal range in black and white wihtout the blue would make this image so much better - imo
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08/27/2004 02:34:52 AM
Wow! A winner I 'm sure.
Great lighting and good effects
Great work and very professional
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08/26/2004 09:41:43 PM
This is excellent work... I think this is probably my favorite in this challenge... great job with the idea and the lighting...
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08/26/2004 07:05:22 PM
wow! It almost looks like he was painted blue. Perfect positioning & very timely what with the Olympics & all. Very nicely done! 9
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08/26/2004 01:43:30 AM
I think it's underlit just a touch. I'd like to maybe see other takes of this when the challenge is done?
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08/25/2004 12:32:46 PM
Fantastic shot.
Lighting & composition are great.
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08/25/2004 11:47:47 AM
Excellent lighting
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08/25/2004 08:49:22 AM
very nice, love the colour and pose of your model
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08/24/2004 09:25:07 PM
nice light.
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08/24/2004 04:53:58 PM
I like it how the lighting & toning gives the live model (I assume) a statue like look.
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08/24/2004 04:40:30 PM
Nice, low key works well. I like the way the light defines muscle and pose but doesn't give me enough detail to see him clearly. Very classical.
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08/24/2004 04:34:18 PM
returning for comments.

First, a very smart concept and very good execution. This is headed straoght to the top.
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08/24/2004 03:08:01 PM
I like this
08/24/2004 09:18:30 AM
a very classic male nude study, well done
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08/24/2004 08:18:04 AM
Excellent, great idea. Well done [8]
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08/24/2004 06:06:23 AM
Great pose, very much like a statue, but really can't understand why you have given it a blue cast - black and white would be wonderful here.

If B&W then a 10 for sure, as is a 6
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08/23/2004 07:04:09 PM
This is a beautiful example of how lighting makes or breaks a portrait., and of how attractive the lines and form of a man's body can be. Very well executed photograph. I am impressed. :o)
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08/23/2004 06:38:35 PM
So you are not in Athens now? Great shot nice lighting and tone.
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08/23/2004 06:00:17 PM
Fantastic! Very statuesque! The lighting is exceptional. Love the blue tint...and everything about this. Woudl give this a 10 if I could! Nice job.
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08/23/2004 04:08:10 PM
Very nice idea..especially during Olympic week. Not sure the blue light works here.
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08/23/2004 03:10:41 PM
too dark, I can barely even tell what it is.
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08/23/2004 02:50:12 PM
Beautiful, tasteful lighting and pose!! 9
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08/23/2004 02:07:58 PM
nice,i loved the shodows . really nice
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08/23/2004 01:53:19 PM
Funny that! I had the same idea but with the javelin! I changed ideas as the week progrssed and I'm glad I did cuz this is a great shot! The choice of blue gives it a mythical feel. a big 9 from me! I hope you make the top 5!
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08/23/2004 01:35:38 PM
Didn't even think this was "real" at first, it is so perfect! I am scoring it very high, but as just a personal aside, I think I may have liked seeing it without the blue and with less-centered composition.
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08/23/2004 11:40:34 AM
I think you nailed this one! Only critique is the lighting - maybe just a tad dark for my taste or it could be the placement. I would have liked to see more detail through the shoulder.
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08/23/2004 11:09:06 AM
Nicely posed and lit, great job!
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08/23/2004 10:54:56 AM
Simply beautiful. The timing with the olympics makes for a touch of class. Excellent entry!
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08/23/2004 09:02:25 AM
The style, compostion and dramatic lighting make this a perfect 10 for me.
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08/23/2004 05:39:13 AM
Excellent, and great choice of the blue here, looks like a statue.
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08/23/2004 03:58:30 AM
not quite the greek physique.. but not too far off.. great lighting and clarity. 8
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08/23/2004 01:16:42 AM
cool, dont know how possible it would have been but a blue on a white background would have popped out more imo. but anyways nice lighting and fitting concept with the olympics going on.
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08/23/2004 01:02:16 AM
olimpic opportunis... why not .. weel done... the color...no!.... a7
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