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Til Death Do Us Part
2nd PlaceTil Death Do Us Part
Mark-A


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Challenge: Ghosts (Expert Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark III
Lens: Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX Aspherical DG for Canon
Date: May 8, 2012
Date Uploaded: May 8, 2012

I felt the need to keep this quite faithful to a photgraphic shot, hopefully I achieved that. I wanted an old fashioned feel to the end image and from the moment I found the location I knew how I wanted the end product to come out, from a personal level I feel I achieved what I set out to do.

I believe I could have done this shot (for the most part) in advanced editing, however getting my step-daughter to walk about the friary in her mums first wedding dress would have been a non starter lol.

During the shoot things just fell in to place like the wilting Roses which were from a bunch of flowers I bought for my wife a week or so ago and they just came straight in to my mind as a bouquet for the deceased bride.

For editing the background is an HDR of a shot from a local Friary, having thought about it as a location for this challenge I knew I would need to think about the lighting for my model, fortunately that was quite straight forward as there was no tricky light sources from the initial the location shoot. So it was a simple umbrella to model left with reflector on right to bounce enough light back to give detailing to the dress. Topaz on the model to bring more detail out and used that to reduce saturation as well. Added bride to corridor shot having carefully masked from background (and reduced opacity locally with a brush set to 15% to give the dress a slight variance in opacity), reduced opacity to 70% and scaled to fit.

Both shots were with my wide angle lens set around the same zoom length and from the same eye level (I was kneeling).

[May. 17th, 2012 06:16:42 PM]

At 74 votes this shot was still holding at 8+ but it's steadily fallen over the last 2 days of voting dashing any hopes of an 8+ finish but I guess I can't moan heh.

Now all that's left to see is if it actually places top 3. Hoping for a ribbon obviously, with 6 hours to roll over it's sitting at 7.8 but I will be asleep then ;)

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 63
Avg (all users): 7.7704
Avg (commenters): 8.4762
Avg (participants): 7.3611
Avg (non-participants): 7.9192
Views since voting: 4032
Views during voting: 400
Votes: 135
Comments: 39
Favorites: 8 (view)


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05/23/2012 07:32:21 AM
A simple but very effective idea brilliantly executed. I really like the composition and the grunge feel.
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05/20/2012 07:15:46 PM
Beautiful
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05/18/2012 01:25:36 PM
Spectacularly good. Congrats!
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05/18/2012 11:21:00 AM
Blimey mate, you certainly COME BACK didn't ya. well done.
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05/18/2012 10:00:48 AM
Good work,Congrats on the ribbon.
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05/18/2012 08:44:39 AM
Stunning! Absolutely stunning! Huge congrats on the red. :)
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05/18/2012 08:25:04 AM
Congrats! Glad to se this ribbon; one of the most natural of the challenge.
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05/18/2012 07:47:22 AM
Congratulations Mark! It's a great creation, I really love it. The atmosphere you created is just perfect. Very inspirational. Can't wait to see your next one! :-)
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05/18/2012 06:34:18 AM
Great stuff - my favourite of the challenge. Just noticed you've taken the top spot for the 5D MKIII - I've never scored anywhere near this. I must try harder!

Congrats on the Red.
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05/18/2012 03:04:20 AM
Awesome! Congrats, Mark!
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05/18/2012 12:49:46 AM
You are on a roll. Keep up the good work.
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05/18/2012 12:45:00 AM
Superbly accomplished. Delicate and haunting.
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05/18/2012 12:28:20 AM
Wow! Thought this was the blue ribbon for sure. I did vote the blue ribbon entry a 9 but what I liked about yours was how 'real' it felt to me. Congrats on the ribbon.
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05/18/2012 12:06:02 AM
Lovely image, knew I'd see this on the front page. Congrats on the red!
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05/18/2012 12:05:13 AM
Congrats, well done and great score!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/17/2012 08:47:49 PM
Beautifully done. I love the architecture, and the lovely ghost. Great choice of costume.
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05/17/2012 08:06:49 PM
like the progressive fade - great shot
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05/17/2012 05:23:30 PM
Nicely Done.
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05/17/2012 12:56:39 PM
This is my favorite. I gave it a 10. It reminds me of the cover of a ghost stories book I had checked out of the library when I was kid. Great work.
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05/17/2012 10:10:49 AM
Clean, wonderful.
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05/16/2012 02:42:27 PM
Blue for my money.
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05/16/2012 11:29:53 AM
Adore! Incredibly beautiful. Who is she? What happened to her? Makes me want to know more!
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05/16/2012 07:09:01 AM
Good clarity and perspective
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05/16/2012 04:58:47 AM
Wonderful location and marvellous image!
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05/15/2012 10:58:31 PM
Great expert editing; she does look supernatural rather than just graphic art. Although, imo, her face needs to be a little more transparent. One of my top picks. (voted earlier)
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05/14/2012 07:35:59 PM
i imagine you tone mapped - this is awesome overa;;
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05/13/2012 11:19:53 AM
This shot is one of my top 3
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05/12/2012 05:20:38 PM
Well done. Good story, too. 9
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05/12/2012 12:02:17 PM
Top 3
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05/11/2012 08:58:17 PM
Great model, location, anything!
I expecially liked the way you kept it photographic, I like this one more than other elaborate artworks. A 10 for a fantastic shot.
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05/11/2012 02:54:12 PM
Great image - love the antique looking gown on the model. fits the surrounding impeccably. one of my favorites in the challenge so far
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05/11/2012 02:49:43 PM
From the Halls of Hogwarts...nicely done!
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05/11/2012 12:06:15 PM
A fantastic shot, I dig the lighting, composition as well as clarity and sharpness of it all, I'm not sure if it's just PP but the subject has great makeup (unless it's really a ghost) great setting as well. very nice.
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05/11/2012 11:45:01 AM
Very nicely done. From a quick look-through, I'm guessing this gets top marks.
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05/11/2012 08:55:55 AM
Great title. (I know this is really a stickler comment and it won't affect my voting score - but I wish her hair looked of the period). You did a great job of using expert editing without it looking completely man-made. Nice job.
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05/11/2012 08:52:01 AM
Excellent. The outfit is fantastic! I also love the tones and mood.
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05/11/2012 08:05:23 AM
Beautifully done.
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05/11/2012 06:43:47 AM
excellent image.. ribbon for sure
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05/11/2012 02:06:23 AM
Beautifully done!
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