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Chameleon in Yellow
Chameleon in Yellow
hlswilson


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Yellow Revisited (Basic Editing II)
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: Gurnee, IL
Date: Dec 3, 2004
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/20
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Dec 3, 2004

This is the first challenge photo I've taken with my new Nikon D70 and I am absolutely in love. None of my friends wanted to volunteer to be covered in yellow ochre paint (go figure!), so I posed myself.

For those interested in the setup information:
Mixed "yellow ochre" and "amaretto" acrylic stencil paint to match my backdrop as much as possible. Preset focus, lighting, and distance from backdrop. Spent about 30 minutes painting myself from the chest up and one arm with yellow ochre then added in the amaretto detail paint. Took about 4 shots to refine the aperature and shutter speed, 6 shots with my arm up, 2 shots with my arms down. Turns out that the paint had started to crack under my arm, so I tossed out the arm up shots. After doing a quick check of the images on my computer, I hit the shower and needed to use a scrub brush to get the paint out of my hair. I think I also clogged the drain. Oops!

This was shot in RAW mode with available studio light. Post processing includes:
cropping and +10 bump ups on brightness/contrast.

Regardless of the score I may receive, I'm very happy with this photo.

Statistics
Place: 40 out of 393
Avg (all users): 5.9239
Avg (commenters): 8.2667
Avg (participants): 5.8795
Avg (non-participants): 5.9837
Views since voting: 958
Views during voting: 506
Votes: 289
Comments: 40
Favorites: 10 (view)


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12/15/2004 03:26:12 AM
I tried commenting on this one - but I added it to my favourites before submitting the comment :P. Basically what I said was this is a stunning image, you look positively serene - Glad you kept your eyes shut. One of the better self portraits I've come across. Such a shame this wasn't a true yellow - if this was an orange challenge you would have been shoe in for a ribbon. Still, it's verging on a travesty that this didn't break six.

36 1's 2s and 3s will do that I guess.
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12/15/2004 12:39:32 AM
Heather; this was beautiful and i look forward to more of your future work. Great.
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12/15/2004 12:16:38 AM
Thanks to everyone for your comments. So, why was it so orange you ask? It didn't even dawn on me until the voting was half over. My computer crashed a week before this challenge and I rebuilt it just in time to post-process my photo. What I did not do, however, was reset the gamma and the other calibration necessities on my monitor. This makes twice that calibration has caused an issue in my entries. I'm a B&W girl, so it's usually not such an issue, but I paid the price here. Once I got everything reset, I found that I needed to shift the hue about five points toward yellow to make a realistic representation of the color I used. I plan on posting a color corrected version to my portfolio later this week for those who are interested. Thanks again everyone. Heather
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/14/2004 11:35:28 PM
Very interesting and artistic. 8.
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12/14/2004 10:45:47 PM
That is just awesome, wonderful idea and perfectly exicuted. 10
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12/14/2004 08:57:41 PM
Very very creative. Even though I'm not seeing a real yellow, more like an orange toned, I have to give you a high score for originality and concept
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12/14/2004 02:55:01 PM
I think it would have been stronger with her eyes open. Interesting idea.
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12/14/2004 08:06:46 AM
Seems a tad underexposed. Still one of my favorites of the challenge.

Well done!

Second glance:
Bumping to -9-
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12/13/2004 12:51:44 PM
nice textures and color. composition and lighting are excellent. should do well.
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12/13/2004 07:38:57 AM
Really neat image. You might get knocked down though because it looks more orange than yellow. Too bad because it deserves more.
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12/13/2004 04:31:58 AM
Great photo. I like the cropping too
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12/12/2004 03:13:51 PM
great shot, think its more orange and brown then yellow, but it must have took forever to create.....vote 8
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12/12/2004 09:59:05 AM
excellent idea and execution...maybe a tad too dark is only minor gripe
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12/12/2004 08:02:39 AM
Wow - it's so cool that you went all out and did one of these shots for this challenge. (Or maybe it wasn't just for the challenge. ;-) I really like this kind of shot and yours came out really great. Very nice job!
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12/11/2004 08:59:10 PM
Great photo! I admire the lengths people here go to get a great photo just for a weekly website challenge. I can say this about a lot of photos on this site, but now, after seeing this photo, is when I thought to say it. It shows how seriously you, and all the others take their craft. Perfect expressionless face. And sometimes I tell people that they don't need to use the challenge name in their title, but here I think it works. Can't stop looking at it (the picture, not the title).
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12/11/2004 05:14:50 PM
Surely this will ribbon! It's just tremendous.
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12/11/2004 03:06:58 AM
Very mysterious and captivating. Good placement, perfect exposure. A full explanation is in order.
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12/10/2004 08:53:25 PM
I really like this picture. It is very creative. I don't see that it is a picture related to yellow... at least on my monitor it is browns and peaches.
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12/10/2004 07:51:08 PM
Very creative, visually interesting capture. I think a color shift more toward yellow (away from orange/red) would have put thus over the top. Definitely the most artistic shot that I have seen in this challenge. Excellent work! 10 (initially 9, but after voting on everything else, this the best and my only 10)
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12/10/2004 07:13:30 PM
Great lighting and composition. One unique shot and it will stand out in my mind for a long time. Good work!
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12/10/2004 01:24:12 PM
Excellent photo! The colors are rich and really compliment each other. The make up is superb, closed eyes make it look even better without making a distraction! Hope to see it as a winner! Good luck!
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12/10/2004 09:17:33 AM
Composition: 7, I don't really like the rectangular composition here.
Technical: 10, I can't find anything wrong with this technically.. It's sharp, clean, and wonderfully lit.
Appeal: 8, Definitely very artsy, with a nice appeal.
Challenge: 4, I had to dock you on this, as this really is more orangey-red, with the only yellow feel being highlights on the face, and slight ones at that.
Overall Calculated Average Score: 7, Were it more "Yellow", a much higher score.
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12/10/2004 12:56:52 AM
returning for comments:
A very impressive artistic rendition. Would have loved a brighter accent of pure yellow, but an interesting image all the same. Bumpimg up.
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12/09/2004 02:34:58 PM
Looks orange not yellow.
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12/09/2004 02:25:45 PM
It looks more like shades of orange and not yellow,
but despite that: what an awesome shot!
I also think that the person having the eyes closed makes the composition relaxed, the colors and the warmth of the light enhances that. The random structure of the blobs makes it all look very natural, classic and human as opposed to hard, tech and modern.

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12/09/2004 01:46:35 PM
excellent
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12/09/2004 01:07:27 PM
Excellent!
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12/09/2004 11:27:51 AM
Weird but pretty good; you almost got her to blend into the wall in the background. However, this doesn't say "yellow" to me...... red/orange/rust, but not yellow.
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12/09/2004 09:22:52 AM
This person is a good sport for sure!! The photo is a little "artsy" for my taste (which isn't a bad thing). I tend to see more orange than yellow (but I am shade blind!!). Very creative take on the challenge - top notch potography! 9
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12/09/2004 04:27:21 AM
Stunning. A truly remarkable entry. I think this is one of the few photographs that really illustrate the spirit of this challenge. Most have just simply photographed something yellow. Well done!
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12/09/2004 02:04:53 AM
Very artistic and cool. Nicely done.
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12/09/2004 01:48:05 AM
neat! i always wanted to do a shot like this, like in some crazy plaid or something. technically i think your color is sliding down the yellow spectrum into say, burnt siennaville, but its such a cool idea, i dont even care. :)
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12/08/2004 09:13:50 PM
This is a very cool shot... it may have benefited from desaturating some of the reds and bumping up the yellows.
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12/08/2004 06:40:16 PM
This is so beautiful! I don't think it meets the challenge, just can't see yellow, but I can't help myself I give it a 10 anyway!
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12/08/2004 11:59:47 AM
Great composition and technique! Congrats!
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12/08/2004 09:47:14 AM
one of my favorites great job 8
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12/08/2004 02:25:28 AM
very painterly, splendid!
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12/08/2004 02:14:13 AM
Very well done indeed, she is very well matched to the background. Would maybe have been even better full length, but probably too hard to do.
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12/08/2004 12:56:20 AM
i think this is an awesome!, awesome! shot. im just not seeing a whole lot of yellow. looks like red brown and orange
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