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Challenge: Reflections Without Mirrors VI (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Date: Oct 21, 2012
Date Uploaded: Oct 21, 2012

[Oct. 27th, 2012 12:15:33 AM]

I really like this entry, I'm glad it is doing well. It was one of the hardest self portraits I have ever done.
First preparation: duct tape a white sheet all around the tub for a background. Then block the clean out drain so I could fill it to the tip top. Position camera just right so that it was nearly level with the water, so that you could see the reflection.

Now get in the water. Hold breath for as long as I can so that the water can get still and my daughter can push the shutter button. Sit up spilling water all over the floor and have her turn the camera around so that I can see the preview and try to make adjustments.

All in all I was happy with the results. I do wish like some mentioned I could have gotten a reflection that was more symmetrical. My daughter does push the shutter button but does not give me direction, so I have no way of knowing when the pose is right or if I needed to tilt my head more. After about 30 tries I decided it just would have to work.

Actually I sort of like that it isn't a perfect reflection. The title sums up how I feel about the reflection. It is really how my dreams feel. Like reality but not quite. Everything is just a bit distorted and disquieting.

Place: 5 out of 106
Avg (all users): 6.6967
Avg (commenters): 8.1250
Avg (participants): 6.5333
Avg (non-participants): 6.8548
Views since voting: 1253
Views during voting: 315
Votes: 122
Comments: 20
Favorites: 3 (view)

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11/03/2012 07:13:44 AM
Love this...I really do, particularly the off-centre symmetry even if it wasn't intentional. Sometimes the best shots are by accident. I was going to comment on your beautiful model too then realised it was you. There's one to make your head swell haha!
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10/29/2012 05:02:49 PM
So lovely, Jenn. Congratulations on the HM.
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10/29/2012 04:26:05 PM
Beautiful, Jenn. Totally.
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10/29/2012 11:22:34 AM

My number two,nearly got there,Congrats.
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10/29/2012 05:55:24 AM
Without the clothes the rest of your body would have reflected also and added to the wow factor, gave you an 8 as it is; a very cool picture
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10/29/2012 05:45:46 AM
Beautiful. Congrats on 5th place!!
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10/29/2012 04:34:06 AM
Very well done, wonder why it didn't place higher. Congrats on the HM!
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10/29/2012 02:02:04 AM
Oh Jen I just love loved this!! really appreciate it more now knowing how long you musta had to not breath to keep the water still!!

Congrats on a Great Score and 5th... I think it should've been much higher!!!
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10/29/2012 12:20:30 AM
Wow this is fabulous. Congrats on 5th place!
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10/29/2012 12:15:24 AM
Whoooo whooo!! Way to go Jenn!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/28/2012 01:22:11 PM
I would like this better if it were half and half.Nice image anyway.Boost to my number 2 image.
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10/28/2012 02:44:56 AM
wow....I love the dream like qualities. Killer image. 9
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10/26/2012 10:36:40 PM
more here than meets the eye. Hopefully a top ten.
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10/25/2012 09:19:29 AM
Tones and model are beautiful.
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10/22/2012 04:27:44 PM
This is really cool. Nice idea and execution. I feel though that something just didn't quite click to take this from a cool shot to a spectacular one. I can't quite put my finger on it. Some ideas: perhaps stronger reflection (less movement in the water?), eyes open with some emotion, tighter crop, it could be any number of things. :)
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10/22/2012 11:49:21 AM
This is beautiful.
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10/22/2012 10:21:14 AM
Nice unique take on this challenge. I like the high key effect.
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10/22/2012 01:17:50 AM
Masterly execution
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10/22/2012 12:47:59 AM
So far, my fave of the challeng, although I wish she were slightly more submerged to create a perfect opposite reflection. Nicely done, nonetheless.
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10/22/2012 12:27:40 AM
Best in show award, congrats on a stunning image
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