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Challenge: Fashion (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Location: Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Date: Feb 19, 2006
Aperture: F/4.0
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/320sec
Galleries: Fashion, Advertisement
Date Uploaded: Feb 19, 2006

When I heard of the fashion challange I immidietly decided to do an outdoor fashion shot. I wanted to do something simple but didn't want to use a plain background allthough they seem to do pretty well with dpc members :)

My girlfriend, Audur (babylon), and I went and it was getting pretty late. The sun was about to set and the sky was looking excellent. So everything seemed it was falling to place.

I had one of my Bowens Espirit 500 lights with my and a softbox for it. I also brought my Tronix Explorer which is a portable power supply. I only had one 1GB card with me that was half full. So I only had about 50 shots that I could shoot.

I decided to shoot at F/4.0 because of the sensor dirt which dominated my sensor :) It worked out fine because there s only small sensor dirt you can see in the upper left corner of the picture. I would have taken it on a different aperture if the sensor would have been clean.

First I took some shots on a beach near to the place I took this shot. They were all right but there was something missing. I saw these grass in a distance and decided to move over there for a couple of last shots. Moved there and this picture was one of my last shots I took.

The editing that took place was not much. Levels, Shadow/Highlights and took some saturation out of it. I croped it a bit. A little of each side and some of the top and bottom. I was thinking about a square crop for this picture but decided on this one instead.

Here is a link to the place that I got my power supply from:
http://www.innovatronix.com

I just want to thank you all for all of those great comments. I'm honored to have taken first place with this shot. I spent much time thinking about how to shoot it and took my time setting up the lights just right. And than I spent even longer time deciding on the crop and post processing.

Thanks again :)

http://dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=301970
The original shot

http://dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=301965
The lighting setup from a different angle.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 133
Avg (all users): 7.8741
Avg (commenters): 8.8906
Avg (participants): 7.6667
Avg (non-participants): 7.9154
Views since voting: 23763
Views during voting: 797
Votes: 397
Comments: 105
Favorites: 56 (view)


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04/22/2007 03:48:18 AM
WOW!!!!!! amazing shot!
04/27/2006 06:18:23 PM
I love that light.
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03/14/2006 07:00:02 PM
Nice concept, My Friend! Looks like a promo photo for a movie about a female detective..."Shirl-Like" Holmes...possibly? :)
Give it a 10 for effect!
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03/07/2006 10:58:07 PM
Congratulations, Arnit, wonderful shot. Having a dirty sensor payed off, I guess, I think the shallow DOF works well here.
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03/07/2006 01:02:28 PM
Full of illusion! Nice!
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03/06/2006 12:07:58 PM
Wow ... you have a very understanding girlfriend. You make great use of your equipment.
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03/05/2006 03:05:21 PM
Very nice..Congratulations!
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03/04/2006 07:55:08 PM
This is stunning! Congatulations.
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03/03/2006 01:58:05 AM
Congratulation, well done and deserved!
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03/02/2006 11:08:25 PM
great photo, the colors, the composition and the focus
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03/01/2006 06:41:27 PM
Thanks for adding the link to the power supplies. I have the same monolights and have been wanting a well priced powerpack for them.

Congrats again on the ribbon.
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03/01/2006 04:39:35 PM
Really great! I particularly wanted to say thanks for sharing the 'original' photo also - this is really helpful!
Well done on your 1st place!!!
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03/01/2006 03:13:07 PM
Stórglæsileg mynd, til hamingju
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03/01/2006 01:39:14 PM
Great poise, outstanding pose and what a background as an extra bonus! Congratulations on your BLUE!
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03/01/2006 01:34:48 PM
Congrats Arni with the ribbon. This is a beautiful lighting and the scene and the colours make it perfect.
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03/01/2006 12:46:46 PM
Great photo! I knew this would take the blue. Congratulations!
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03/01/2006 12:43:28 PM
Great job, Arnit. I knew this one was a winner the moment I saw it. Very nicely executed and well deserved ribbon.
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03/01/2006 12:40:21 PM
Anrit, congratulations! most well deserved and was my top fave too :)
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03/01/2006 12:33:35 PM
Til hamingju Árni með glæsilega mynd
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03/01/2006 11:09:29 AM
Glad to see that I can pick winners too, I rated this photo high, nice work. Great lighting, I could learn from you.

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03/01/2006 09:52:25 AM
Congratulations Árni! Loved this shot. Til hamingju rosa fín mynd!
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03/01/2006 08:15:03 AM
You rock!! Congrats on a job well done.
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03/01/2006 05:47:11 AM
Congratulations Árni. Excellent work!
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03/01/2006 05:28:05 AM
Congrats Árni on a personal best with a splendid photo.
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03/01/2006 05:23:31 AM
Congrats on a new personal best and totally kicking ass in the challenge, was not surprised it won. Kindof flattered that at least two people thought this was my shot :)
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03/01/2006 05:06:10 AM
Congratulations Árni, great shot!
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03/01/2006 04:41:01 AM
Excellent!!! Deserved ribbon!
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03/01/2006 03:59:58 AM
Brilliant shot Arnit, way to go!
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03/01/2006 03:56:00 AM
Til hamingju! Ég var einmitt viss um að þessi mynd væri íslensk. Hún er glæsileg. :)
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03/01/2006 03:39:59 AM
Congratulations on a well deserved blue ribbon. Frábær mynd.
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03/01/2006 02:20:43 AM
uss þetta var aldrei neinn vafi.... Til hamingju :D
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03/01/2006 01:57:45 AM
Beautiful shot. Well done and congratulations.
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03/01/2006 12:49:46 AM
Amazingly well done man
good to see you recognized again :-)
-JL
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03/01/2006 12:42:07 AM
this is why you're on my favourites list, Man. well done.

P
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03/01/2006 12:41:39 AM
did i say she looks like dianne keaton? great photo, congratulations!
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03/01/2006 12:13:20 AM
Oh, one more thing...97 x 10!!!! WOW!
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03/01/2006 12:12:46 AM
My Comment was: THIS SHOULD WIN. I was right, for which I pat myself on the back. It was a clear winner and you should be very proud of it.
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03/01/2006 12:11:47 AM
Well done, this is a great image. I know English isn't your first language but I do feel strongly about photographers sharing the story of how they got their picture. That is the basis for the strong community feeling of DPC. To always refuse to share with others looks like you are here just to take votes and not give anything back. You don't even feel committed enough to the community to share you shutter and aperture settings. There, I feel better now.

Message edited by author 2006-03-01 00:18:11.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/28/2006 10:36:37 PM
stunning!! this is not a 10, it's 20! The lighting, the sky, the pose, everything--wonderful!
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02/28/2006 10:30:39 PM
Way cool photo!
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02/28/2006 01:16:53 PM
Perfect. Love the coat!
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02/28/2006 10:13:28 AM
I'd pat for a catalog with photos like this. The lighting is captivating. Great,great job.
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02/27/2006 11:32:51 PM
Lovely
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02/27/2006 05:42:31 PM
The best one in the challenge. Very good balance in composition, lighting and color.
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02/27/2006 04:40:40 PM
Nice, cold be an advert for London Fog-8-
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02/27/2006 01:33:32 PM
I think I'd like this even better if the camera was moved just a little to the left (or the subject to her left, and our right). And that's coming from the standpoint of really liking this image. An optimistic 9 from me.
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02/26/2006 05:43:11 PM
Congrats on your bluey :)
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02/26/2006 05:33:16 PM
this should win 9
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02/26/2006 05:02:58 PM
love the picture, just wish there was a little less flash on the face?
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02/26/2006 01:33:14 AM
Larus right? Love this shot...lighting is fantastic on it, wil more tan likely be in the top 10. Nice work..you get a 10 from me.
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02/25/2006 09:10:31 PM
Wow, this is very good photography! Belongs in Business Woman Magazine! Very very good. This one will probably finish top 10!
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02/25/2006 07:22:40 PM
Basic editting??
02/25/2006 04:02:00 PM
Love the lighting and backdrop. Beautiful shot.
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02/25/2006 02:19:14 PM
This is really good. Bet this will be a top finisher.
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02/25/2006 02:03:00 PM
amazing b/g for this shot.
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02/25/2006 03:46:57 AM
fantastic light! Really nice photo, if a little stiff. For me the light hitting the spartina makes it!
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02/25/2006 03:23:13 AM
Great photo. It all seems nicely balanced except for the darker patch bottom right!
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02/25/2006 12:30:33 AM
Should be the cover of an upscale clothing catalog.
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02/24/2006 11:52:25 PM
LOVE the lighting, subtle colors and simplicity. Is dramatic and has good weight. 10
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02/24/2006 09:34:53 PM
10
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02/24/2006 08:01:33 PM
One of my favs of this contest. Lovely setting and lighting.
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02/24/2006 05:47:22 PM
Great! All i have to say. I think this will score high top 5 or so.
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02/24/2006 01:50:03 PM
Very good advertisement look....nice. (8)
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02/24/2006 10:50:39 AM
This is my choice for blue. Great job. 10
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02/24/2006 08:19:53 AM
Great shot. I love the contrast, composition and DOF. 9
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02/23/2006 07:54:46 PM
Nice capture with a classic pose and great mood!
(time to clean the sensor)
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02/23/2006 05:00:00 PM
Looks like a pro shot, but I'm gonna rate it highly.
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02/23/2006 04:58:05 PM
Perfect! 10.
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02/23/2006 11:57:33 AM
I LOVE this picture, i just get lost in the background, and the look in the females face is wonderful, i would love to have this picture on my wall!
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02/23/2006 09:03:56 AM
Great Picture!
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02/23/2006 12:43:01 AM
Lovely lighting
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02/22/2006 11:34:32 PM
She looks familiar :) At least she's not sad any more hehehe, good lighting!
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02/22/2006 10:42:54 PM
This looks like a Larus image. Great shot! One of my top picks ;)
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02/22/2006 09:05:34 PM
ribbon. definitely.
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02/22/2006 09:01:18 PM
Very striking, nice job..
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02/22/2006 09:01:09 PM
nice shot...... great background - good choice of a model & the lighting is very good
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02/22/2006 06:08:46 PM
great picture...I would be interested in knowing your process for Basic Editing on this one! Nice.
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02/22/2006 05:40:30 PM
Superb! This is the best in the challenge for me. The light here really is something else.

Gorgeous model and classic pose, just a draw dropping shot all round for me, this has ribbon writ all over it!
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02/22/2006 04:59:01 PM
Very nice..!!! 10
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02/22/2006 03:42:33 PM
Nice looking shot. The hard lighting on your subject against the fading sky works well.
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02/22/2006 03:28:56 PM
Now this is very nice, very sophisticated, very 'fashion magazine' to me. The lighting and pose are perfect for this shot. Use of a natural (and very pretty) background is a huge boost for this photo - it would have looked good as a studio shot; it's great as it is. Very well done. 10.
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02/22/2006 02:39:44 PM
great sky
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02/22/2006 01:35:04 PM
Dramatic sky to say the least, just love the straws in the foreground..nice overall..
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02/22/2006 12:56:58 PM
top class shot! slightly too dark at base of dress/skirt but otherwise excellent
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02/22/2006 12:56:18 PM
wow this is just fantastic. BLUE RIBBON for sure(10)
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02/22/2006 12:54:07 PM
The rule of thirds would probably move your subject a bit more to the right. But a nice picture.
02/22/2006 11:38:19 AM
Nice lighting
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02/22/2006 11:15:54 AM
Beautiful! LOve that she's stading in the elements. Adds a nice feel to the photo. The lighting is nice, although maybe a smidge too bright on the face and shoulder. 9
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02/22/2006 11:01:06 AM
very nice. would love to hear how the lighting was done and any adjustment layering.
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02/22/2006 10:35:52 AM
Now this is fashion.

This is a ribbon ;)
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02/22/2006 09:57:22 AM
Amazing!!! looks like a MAgazine Pic!!! Very nice!!
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02/22/2006 09:55:02 AM
Unnur, or Heiða.. must be an Icelander..;) love the shot, the title and the model.. 9
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02/22/2006 09:43:59 AM
Everyone in this challenge that used a full live model took a risk. Here it was very well done. The coat itself I find rather bland, but in this background and setting, with expression of the model, I do find it pleasing. Something out of an old movie perhaps, and as if she is waiting for a plane to come in where she will meet up with her partner who maybe is another FBI agent. LOL....One of my top picks.
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02/22/2006 09:28:07 AM
Don't ask me why...this is not really my style. For me, this doesn't shout fashion photography. There is a bit of sensor dust along the top, the coat is blown out at the collar. Wrinkles at the bottom fo the coat. Bright line opening of light is a bit distracting at the bottom of the horizon...BUT this is my favorite photo here. This is why I love DPC. Not a traditional "fashion" image...not what you see everytime you open a magazine. Not a duplicated image. This is something you created. You're making your own definitions. The emotional power totally overplays the technical details (which could be fixed in advanced editing anyhow). I'd love to know what you used for lighting since it appears you're out in the middle of nowhere. I love it! 10 from me. (sorry for the novel)
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02/22/2006 08:57:27 AM
Great composition. Looks like a magazine layout!! 10
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02/22/2006 07:30:54 AM
congrats!
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02/22/2006 06:33:15 AM
nice model lighting
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02/22/2006 04:51:15 AM
I really like how you got the grass into the shot as a foreground element. I think that helped to tie everything together and make the scence look real.
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02/22/2006 04:15:15 AM
Nice photo and great background! 8 all the way.
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02/22/2006 03:52:01 AM
Great Lighting! Love the colouring and composition. Wonderful!
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02/22/2006 01:54:39 AM
looks like dianne keaten. sp? very nice!
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02/22/2006 01:39:48 AM
Bumping up on second pass thru (can't bump higher than this). Winner in my eyes. Perfect for the challenge, excellent execution, I can easily see this one on the cover of any fashion magazine. Congratulations on the blue, if I may predict so.
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02/22/2006 12:57:50 AM
Excellent. the background, the model....technically perfect. I'm not sure if i think the light on her is a lottle too bright, but that's just my taste. Great job, and if this doesn't ribbon there is something seriously wrong with the world.
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02/22/2006 12:54:49 AM
Great lighting. I picked the winner last time. This is a ribbon winner for sure. Great color, nice clean sharp focus. Great photo, not just good. Head and shoulder above the competition and well-deserved. Couldn't get much better. Thanks for this one. 10.
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02/22/2006 12:26:02 AM
wow.....
outdoors strobes

winner




wow...
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