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Boy With Dolls
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Challenge: Nude III (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Challenge Submissions
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6D
Location: Kirkland, Washington, USA
Date: Aug 18, 2005
Aperture: F/27
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/6
Galleries: Macro, Nude
Date Uploaded: Aug 17, 2005

Photographer’s Notes
I am a 54 year old amateur photographer, married to someone who would not be understanding about my interviewing women regarding the prospect of taking their picture au natural – let alone actually taking said photos. The chances that I would take a real nude photo are therefore somewhere in the range between zero and none. So out of the box is where I have to start in this challenge.

My interest runs more to the nude female of the species. I had seen Guys & Dolls recently and the aphorism “dolls” had kind of stuck with me. That led me to “paper dolls,” “beauty is only skin deep,” “paper thin,” and other free associative drivel.

Girls play with "paper" dolls. Boys play with warm blooded dolls. What about boys playing with paper dolls. This in turn led me to the kind of paper dolls an older boy might like to play with. And a photo idea was born.

Oddly the greatest challenge I had was cutting out the dolls. I am rotten at paper dolls. And finding a doll design that would reveal enough is a lot harder than it looks. Placing it correctly to meet the challenge ain't easy either. Give it a try if you doubt me.

I had fun with this challenge. I hope you enjoy the results.

Post Processing
Cloned Out a Few Distracting Bits
Darkened a Hot Spot
Reduce Noise (Neat Image)
Sharpened (Lab Color Method)
Levels (RGB)
Select Scissors
Increase Saturation (Hue/Saturation)
Brightness/Contrast (15/5)
Crop
Resize (Bicubic Sharper)
Cloned Out a Few More Distractions
Save For Web


Camera Data
Nikon D70
2005/08/18 15:37:34.7
JPEG (8-bit) Fine
Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
Lens: VR 24-120mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 32mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
1/6 sec - F/27
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Vivid
White Balance: Preset
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp: Auto
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Auto
Image Comment:
Noise Reduction: OFF

Statistics
Place: 89 out of 118
Avg (all users): 4.8046
Avg (commenters): 5.1429
Avg (participants): 4.1538
Avg (non-participants): 4.9584
Views since voting: 4768
Views during voting: 1225
Votes: 476
Comments: 37
Favorites: 3 (view)


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07/07/2006 04:57:19 PM
What a clever idea.

I originally started posting on "photo.net" and there you get a rating 1-7 for creativity and 1-7 for aestetics. this most definately would have gotten a 7 for creativity. and the aestetics are beautiful. very nicely done. IMHO it should have gotten a much higher rating... but then there's no accounting for taste
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08/29/2005 02:38:48 AM
Should have ranked MUCH higher, IMHO. Love your work, added both you and this shot to my favorites.

Cheers from Zurich, Switzerland, to Kirkland WA - was there just 2 years ago on a massive road trip of the American West.
Bruno
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/28/2005 11:47:26 PM
Definitely outside the box here, but doesn't appeal to me that much even outside of a Nude challenge. Good lighting and focus though.
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08/28/2005 07:49:37 PM
I think this a clever take on the shot and I like the snipped out pieces near the scissors. Nicely composed.
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08/28/2005 06:08:51 PM
This is very creative!
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08/27/2005 05:06:34 PM
interesting take on the theme. I have to say I like the scissors better than the cutout...
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08/27/2005 01:49:46 AM
Boy with long, dirty nail on his left thumb... Should have used those scisors on him, first and this would get one more point. It is, however, technically well executed and quite funny, at least original.

6

Bruno
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08/25/2005 10:41:27 PM
Nice work with the theme - something a little different.
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08/25/2005 08:57:38 PM
I like the idea behind this, but I don't think there is enough nude for this challenge.
Good luck.
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08/25/2005 02:41:14 PM
I like the out-of-the-box thinking of this one. Well-titled.
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08/25/2005 12:04:01 PM
interesting, good take on the challenge.
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08/25/2005 01:25:30 AM
Funny. Looks good.
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08/24/2005 09:41:05 PM
Interesting take on the challenge. Points for being original. Good composition and focus, well done!
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08/24/2005 07:57:10 PM
Creative take on the challenge!
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08/24/2005 05:22:50 PM
This is a pretty cool one.
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08/24/2005 01:00:25 PM
Creative take on this challenge, clean shot, good lighting and entertaining to look at. Lighting is a bit off on the left but not bad.
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08/24/2005 08:56:18 AM
boys will be boys;-) cool idea.
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08/24/2005 02:27:45 AM
Unique. Godd exposure and composition.
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08/24/2005 12:07:00 AM
certainly out of the box here. Very interesting take on this challenge.
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08/23/2005 10:03:59 PM
Less obvious interpretation of the challenge, nice concept. Seems a bit flat though (I'm often guilty of this myself and am learning to recognize it), and a bit off color(just a bit too red I think).
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08/22/2005 11:44:44 PM
I feel you sidestepped the intent of the challenge.
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08/22/2005 11:15:17 PM
Cute idea and well executed. 7
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08/22/2005 10:59:45 PM
I like your scissors
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08/22/2005 10:45:33 PM
This is quite a fun shot, the glare on the right doll is distracting, as are the clippings. I think it's a loose grasp of the challenge however. I wish you luck.
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08/22/2005 10:01:02 PM
Not very creative IMHO unless you photographed the nude used in the doll.
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08/22/2005 09:09:47 PM
The color and/or lighting on the hands seems a little off. The glare on the right doll is distracting for me. Nice idea!
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08/22/2005 06:41:35 PM
nice crisp image but doesn't meet the challenge to me, sorry
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08/22/2005 05:55:30 PM
Hmm, interesting, but I don't think realy portrays the nudits that most people are expecting to see.
The lighting is good, maybe a little yellow in the shadow on the left. I think you have mixed lights creating these colours.
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08/22/2005 01:30:35 PM
very nice cutout... i think every boy would want one :-)
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08/22/2005 10:31:01 AM
Interesting idea, but I just feel it fails the challenge.
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08/22/2005 09:32:36 AM
While the idea is great and creative, I think this image misses the spirit of the challenge topic. The image itself is good technically.
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08/22/2005 06:02:39 AM
Yay for pr0n!
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08/22/2005 01:37:42 AM
nice way of getting around getting naked. Good image, very clever - and i love those scissors. Is it a lark?
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08/22/2005 01:23:31 AM
At least they aren't of the blow up variety! ;-)
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08/22/2005 12:43:23 AM
HEE HEE HEE I might dest the yellow in the hands a touch. Nice clear shot and very imaginative!!
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08/22/2005 12:37:44 AM
A couple phrases come to mind:
To each his own
Whatever floats yer boat

LOL - good luck with that!
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08/22/2005 12:24:37 AM
not sure
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