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Challenge: Stock Photos: The Business Person (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Location: Olivedale, Johannesburg, South Africa
Date: Jan 13, 2009
Aperture: f2
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Portraiture, Studio
Date Uploaded: Jan 13, 2009

I got this idea from a photo on Shutterstock... I guess imitation is the most sincere form of flattery...

[Jan. 20th, 2009 12:26:45 PM]
To some of those who commented:
-TonyT: you're right - that brochure photo looks a lot like this one. But interestingly, that's not the one that inspired my idea. Mine was by a photographer named Helder Almeida on Shutterstock, whose photo also uses an organogram like the one you found. I feel somewhat guilty that my idea was not original, but the challenge for me was just getting the execution right (I learnt a lot about working with studio lighting and glass from this shoot).

As for comments on the chart: I didn't want it to be too neat or perfect, because then it wouldn't look like it was hand-drawn in a meeting, and I left it without much detail so that it retains a generic quality so that it works better as a stock image.
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Wow! I was really pleased when I saw this one was headed for a PB, but I didn't think it would place so high. I'm chuffed with my first ribbon. Thanks for all the votes and especially the comments. And well done to Sarah and Kris for their ribbons - I can't believe I finished higher than that pic of the hot businesswoman :-)

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 36
Avg (all users): 6.8704
Avg (commenters): 7.8000
Avg (participants): 6.5600
Avg (non-participants): 6.8963
Views since voting: 4849
Views during voting: 576
Votes: 324
Comments: 43
Favorites: 5 (view)


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01/27/2009 02:15:48 PM
glad to see you got your first ribbon!
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01/27/2009 03:14:48 AM
simple and clean ... really great stock photo, congratz.
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01/26/2009 10:15:05 AM
Congrats on your ribbon! Great shot!
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01/26/2009 10:05:38 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon!
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01/25/2009 04:02:23 AM
Fabulous! Congrats on your first ribbon and a terrific image!
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01/25/2009 01:43:06 AM
This is wonderful! Congrats on the ribbon!

It is very sweet of you to ack the source. Yes, Shutterstock has some great pics and ideas. I guess this competition is more about really good shoots (execution) than original ideas. [Folks, pl correct me if I am wrong!]

As a biz exec who cannot draw a straight line for (my) life, I can very well relate to this shot!

For me, this is a perfect pix! Kudos!!!
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01/24/2009 11:59:37 AM
You received a 10 from me! Congrats on the red ribbon!!
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01/22/2009 05:18:12 PM
Congratulations on the first ribbon, the personal best, and learning about lighting while nailing the challenge!
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01/22/2009 02:53:08 AM
Congratulations on your first Red Ribbon. You well and truly deserved it with this excellent entry.
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01/21/2009 08:07:54 PM
I love this!!! congratulations.
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01/21/2009 02:44:29 PM
It's great to see all these first time winners. Congrats on your 2nd place win and your first ribbon! Way to go!
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01/21/2009 12:17:39 PM
Congrats! Great quality.
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01/21/2009 10:45:02 AM
I'll go with Sandy on this. It's just so perfect for the challenge. Congratulations on your first ribbon, Tyron.
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01/21/2009 10:40:36 AM
I'm so glad this one won. It is PERFECT! Congratulations on 2nd place. It is MOST deserving of a ribbon.

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01/21/2009 02:45:51 AM
Congrats! Now with all the cash you won you can go get yourself a copy of Powerpoint! :)
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01/21/2009 12:22:10 AM
Should've won........! The perfect stock photo......
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/20/2009 09:14:42 PM
This is really great and would do well on many stock sites. I like all the elements. Well done and good luck!
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01/20/2009 07:17:28 PM
I truly love the concept and the shallow depth of fields! What makes this shot funny is that he is drawing up an increasing chart, though, from my point it's decreasing. Some tags like "change your point of view" or "it's only a matter of viewpoint" are popping up in my mind. This surely goes into my top 5 in this challenge. :-) (8)
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01/20/2009 04:01:40 AM
I like this idea very much. Something different. The chart really shows the business side of him. I'm happy with the overall composition, exposure, etc. Good luck!
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01/19/2009 11:45:09 PM
I Like this. Great Photo!
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01/19/2009 06:02:00 PM
nice shot
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01/19/2009 04:50:42 PM
i give it a ten, an effin ten
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01/18/2009 07:04:54 PM
Yep, I can definitely see this being used in a brochure or website. Good job.
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01/18/2009 01:44:22 PM
Very good, probably exactly what they're looking for: 9
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01/18/2009 09:47:23 AM
good idea
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01/17/2009 02:58:55 PM
a little bit more detail on the chart would have been nice, though still nice.
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01/16/2009 08:53:57 PM
Bob's coworkers all wondered why he spent so much time alone in the conference room. It shocked all of them to learn he was addicted to marker ink fumes. Bob is now in rehabilitation and is doing well, but is only allowed to do his business presentations with crayons.

Nicely done. My only minor quibble is that his face is just in focus enough to draw my eye to him, instead of the chart in the foreground.
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01/16/2009 02:44:14 PM
This image reminds of of a mailer I got for a tech seminar called SD West (sdexpo.com)
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01/16/2009 08:13:20 AM
Excellent idea great picture
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01/15/2009 10:11:30 PM
Some neurotic part of my brain won accept the shading in the two columns going in different directions, But I like the idea and the DOF.
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01/15/2009 08:30:34 PM
I really like this one! the only thing I might do is lighten up the hand holding the marker... is it too much in shadow... BUT i'm still giving you a perfect 10 =)
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01/15/2009 08:17:24 PM
This is really good. I can see it being used.
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01/15/2009 09:06:41 AM
Very effective considering the theme
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01/14/2009 11:15:18 PM
very nice i know this could be used somewhere.
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01/14/2009 09:45:54 PM
This is a wonderful image. First impressions, the DOF is perfect. It's effective, the model is effective, and the bar chart is perfect. It screams stock photo.
Technically, all the elements are there. The lighting is well placed and not harsh. I wish I could go 8.5. Will you settle for a n 8?
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01/14/2009 06:29:17 PM
top 3
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01/14/2009 04:50:38 PM
Wonderful execution, lighting, sharp focus on the foreground where it belongs. If only the graphic were more "professional", this would have been perfect.
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01/14/2009 04:35:45 PM
Looks totally 'stock' to me. I hope this does well for you.
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01/14/2009 11:58:58 AM
Nice idea, I think I would have prefered it with cuff links, but i like it all the same.
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01/14/2009 11:52:09 AM
I like the attention to detail (i.e. the arrow)

Message edited by author 2009-01-21 01:06:23.
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01/14/2009 09:29:59 AM
Nicely done, I could see these on stock sites and brochures easily!!! One of the top two this challenge. - 8
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01/14/2009 03:50:47 AM
You know they have software that does that for you now? :P
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01/14/2009 12:33:50 AM
this is really good. good use of shallow dof.
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