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Water & Wax
Water & Wax

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Challenge: Free Study 2016-04 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Canon
Location: The bath
Date: Apr 17, 2016
Aperture: 16.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 15 seconds
Galleries: Still Life, Nude
Date Uploaded: Apr 30, 2016

Going for a nude with an unusual perspective, trying out new things to do with the 10-20mm.

Setup was simple, camera on a tripod above and behind the model, tilted so it's overhanging slightly, so the tripod legs aren't in the bottom of the frame. A long exposure with the tap running to set up an interesting silky texture on the water, as well as allowing me to shoot at low ISO in candlelight.

Editing: Tone curve adjustment, minor perspective adjustment to even out the slightly wonky camera angle, cloning out a few sensor hotspots from the long exposure and a ridiculous amount of sensor dust, dodge and burn, resize and sharpen.

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05/08/2016 07:13:07 AM
Hello from the Critique club

An interesting image that makes a significant contribution to the free challenge

Itís pleasing to see you experimenting to find a unique angle to make your images stand out, well done. I would say, that in the main, the angle has worked though the wide angle distortion does have an effect that it is not always easy to control in a creative way so whilst its obviously distorted on the edges of the frame, because her hair is hanging over the edge of the bath the elongation is perfectly acceptable. The things I like less are all the blown highlights from the candle-only lighting which is inevitable to retain all of the important detail of the lady in the bath. The other thing is her right leg looks as though it has been amputated, its nice to have the leg raised but only slightly out of the water would have been better. A crop of just the bath alone significantly improves the end result, do we really need to see the end wall? Finally, some colour balancing would also have improved it.

Thanks for your original idea Eugene
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2016 11:42:26 PM
unique angle.
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05/02/2016 07:13:24 PM
& wine, quite a bit of distortion on this with the wide angle, think a B&W treatment would have improved this, it's got too much yellow/red color in it for me although it may have been true to the scene, could have corrected in raw
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