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Challenge: Room (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: At work
Date: Jul 29, 2005
Aperture: f/18
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/100
Date Uploaded: Jul 29, 2005

I got the idea for this shoot from the reference to the DPC Fanatics chatroom in the challenge details.
The idea was to have few people seated in a space and everyone would be holding a keyboard as
they were communicating in a chatroom on the Internet.

I guess I'm a bit lucky as I have a large photography studio where I work with strobes, huge background and so on. However, I've never ever done any studio work, much less with strobes and also never done any kind of model shots so this wasn't exactly a straightforward shoot for me ... and I had only 10 minutes.
The girls in the photograph are coworkers from work that I managed to convince to model for me for few minutes.
The set was lit with two Bowens Esprit 500 strobes with white umbrellas.

Thanks go to Larus for encouraging me to attempt this, vjoz for very helpful lightning tips and Oskar for suggestions on the color scheme in editing. And of course my dear coworkers for agreeing to model for me and my employer for providing a studio at work!

Editing:
First of all I removed the cords from all of the keyboards. Shadows removed or lessened with the dodge tool, clone-brush and healing brush.
Color scheme achieved by using hue/sat to increase saturation, levels to increase contrast, colorize which was then faded to 50% to get the blue futuristic look and then finally Curves to lighten the image and increase contrast.
Image was sharpened with Smart Sharpener after resize and I spot-edited the girls' faces to minimize flaws which were apparant after sharpening. I also used the dodge tool to minimize shadows in the faces.

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 138
Avg (all users): 6.7325
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.5172
Avg (non-participants): 6.8652
Views since voting: 2858
Views during voting: 587
Votes: 228
Comments: 45
Favorites: 5 (view)


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08/07/2005 07:05:55 PM
Congrats, good idea, good photo..
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08/06/2005 07:56:30 PM
Til hamingju með fimmta sætið Andri. Verulega fín mynd, hugmyndin er góð og uppbyggingin skemmtileg. Þú átt sérstakt hrós skilið fyrir lýsinguna á tökunni og eftirvinnslunni, það mættu fleiri taka sér slíkt til fyrirmyndar.
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08/06/2005 01:13:20 PM
Charming to the tee. Congratulations on your top 5 finish.
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08/06/2005 12:02:56 PM
I really thought this one would be wearing a ribbon -- very well executed! Congrats on the Top 5 finish!
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08/06/2005 12:01:08 PM
I didn't vote, but I really love this shot. It to me speaks volumes. Great idea and execution! -danny
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08/06/2005 09:18:40 AM
See what a lot of hard work will do? Great finish for you. Congratulations for your efforts!!
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08/06/2005 08:43:14 AM
You got robbed...

it should have got a ribbon..

you are artist in ps... you surely know what your doing..

i was waiting for your comments to se how you made the background..

good work
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08/06/2005 07:18:53 AM
Excellent shot and idea. Congratulations on the excellent result. And another thing... the girl in the Spiderman shirt is HOT!
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08/06/2005 06:16:43 AM
At least you got "Honorable Mentions" in your profile. I thought this was a ribbon material.
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08/06/2005 04:53:03 AM
Congratulations on your top5 entry!
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08/06/2005 02:33:31 AM
Extremely creative - and very fitting to the challenge! Reminds me of a film short that I saw a long time ago on ifilm.
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08/06/2005 12:29:49 AM
Congrats on your top 5 finish with this awesome and very creative shot!!!
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08/06/2005 12:23:58 AM
Congratulations Andri! Til hamingju með fimmta sætið, mjög sniðug mynd og eiginlega sú eina sem smellpassar við upphaflega þemað.
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08/06/2005 12:15:33 AM
Congrats on your top 5 finish!!
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08/06/2005 12:08:21 AM
Congrats on the top 5 finish with a very classy image.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/05/2005 09:58:44 PM
Very nice, one minor fault I see is perhaps a bit too much sharpening on the faces (especially the one facing us). 8
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08/05/2005 08:57:19 AM
Very creepy. Love the lighting.
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08/04/2005 10:03:15 PM
Very approriate and well executed! 9
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08/03/2005 04:50:56 PM
I like this. The simplicity is interesting. That the expressions are mostly the same works magic here.
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08/03/2005 01:48:07 PM
great job of capturing the spirit of this challenge! lighting composition and subject are perfect! Certainly a winner in my opinion
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08/02/2005 11:10:48 PM
doubt chatrooms have girls that are this good looking
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08/02/2005 10:35:51 PM
Nice high key background. Trying to figure out why one girl is facing a different direction than the others (unless it was just for composition, not the theme). You have a very nice selection of models, there.
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08/02/2005 10:48:45 AM
I love this
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08/02/2005 01:33:48 AM
Creative shot, beautiful models! ;)
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08/01/2005 02:30:55 PM
I love the white....I wonder what the original looked like of this pic. Pretty girls too! (that gets you a bonus point)
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07/31/2005 06:53:21 PM
what a well conceived idea...thank you, as they are so few and far between. this is a fantastic photo...don't get me wrong...but what would be really killer would be having each model experiencing a different type of emotion based on their fictional discussion...but then again i don't chat much...so maybe everyone has that expression when they im :) for me, nice work nonetheless.
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07/30/2005 04:36:05 PM
One of the best Picture i have seen in this contest. Well done.
2 thumbs up.
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07/30/2005 03:50:07 PM
a big time winner
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07/30/2005 02:05:17 PM
nice concept.
I am not too fond about their frozen gazes though. look like wax dolls.
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07/30/2005 01:45:56 PM
perfectamoondo...10
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07/30/2005 01:13:58 PM
Really like this shot
love the lighting and the colours
composition works well too
9
good luck

Kev
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07/30/2005 12:40:29 PM
i like this.. it also shows the attitude of people today, all together but still too occupied with their 'toys' to interact with real people. for this i'll give it an 8
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07/30/2005 11:10:37 AM
spiderman distracts, really great idea! what if one of them had their head rocked back in a giant LOL? excellent work
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07/30/2005 10:59:51 AM
Nice shot....Creative idea for the Contest
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07/30/2005 10:55:06 AM
Very cool picture! How did you get them in all that white. I am very impressed with the execution of this. 10
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07/30/2005 09:32:37 AM
Very meaningful statement on anonymous chatting.
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07/30/2005 06:12:49 AM
excellent if this doesn't get the Blue I'll ********* 10
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07/30/2005 05:00:26 AM
Nice shot! Very professional looking. How did you do it? Is it a seamless paper background? Studio strobes??
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07/30/2005 03:39:33 AM
Very conceptual and very well executed... my first 10
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07/30/2005 02:58:59 AM
This looks surreal enough but would have been more typical/effective if everyone was busy looking into monitors not into space
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07/30/2005 02:43:21 AM
Wow! Perfect studio setup! I smell a ribbon here.

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07/30/2005 01:45:39 AM
They look like they are having fun, dont they?
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07/30/2005 12:57:35 AM
uniquely thought-out concept
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07/30/2005 12:44:31 AM
Great! But Spider-Man?! Eh, almost perfect.
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07/30/2005 12:26:19 AM
That is just so cool and so well done. Fantastic shot.
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