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Reality: What a concept.
Reality: What a concept.

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Challenge: What is the Matrix? (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus C-720UZ
Location: Saratoga Springs, NY (home)
Date: May 15, 2003
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/15
Galleries: Performance, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: May 19, 2003

Mega-props to my megababe friend Karen for not only modeling the Matrix, but 250+ other shots just so I could learn how to control portrait lighting. She has the patience of a saint and the look of a rogue Human gone on strike.

My prediction - 5.5 and people blame the color green, the lack of definition of her coat, etc. I love the reflection - we played til we got it EXACTLY where I wanted it. It's actually paper towels in front of my new lamp. Don't ask!

Place: 7 out of 140
Avg (all users): 6.3873
Avg (commenters): 8.5833
Avg (participants): 6.4231
Avg (non-participants): 6.3651
Views since voting: 3839
Votes: 204
Comments: 26
Favorites: 10 (view)

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08/22/2005 12:02:25 AM
This is SUCh a cool image! Love the tones and mood of the piece. Excellent work! (Of course, being a HUGE Matrix fan helps!)
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08/08/2003 08:15:22 PM
This photo is classic,I can't believe you took it!:-) Just kidding,but I really like it ,you should do some more with the same subject!
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06/01/2003 10:27:04 PM
Hello hello hello from the Critique Club, Matt!

One good turn deserves at least a few more.. ;) Its my turn to CC your photograph.

This was one of my absolute favourites of the challenge, and I'm excited to get a chance to let you know *just* what I think about this shot.

Colour, Composition and Contrast:

Karen is a megababe, and your hard work in setting up this shot and the reflections really paid off. I love the use of negative space, it really adds to the matrixy feel...we have no idea what is out there, much like reality. Oh, reminds me now, I like the title too, works well, its clever and plays up the composition, not that it needed much fanfare.

The colours are great in this shot too. The green on her coat and around the shot reminds us of the matrix without copying something straight from it, yet her skin is albaster and bright and her lips look great! I don't think her coat lacks definition, I actually like the smooth look of it, and the smooth look of the shot in general.

Focus and lighting:

What can I say here? Your notes indicate you worked hard at getting your lighting and reflections just right, and I would say the work paid off. I think the lighting on her coat is just perfect. Its expressive without being garrish. Her face is bright without being blown out and your negative space is pitch black as it should be.


You know that I'm the queen of nitpicking complaints, and I just don't have any about this shot. I think the tones are just perfect, as is the composition and lighting. Though you scored exceptionally high, I think this shot deserved an even higher placement..but what can you do about spoilers? :) You took a great shot and ought to be rightfully proud of your accomplishment! Well done. :)
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05/29/2003 01:37:14 PM
mavrik: gosh darnit!, i've been gone for two weeks and you've been taking incredible shots. I love the reflections in the glasses and the tones in the leather that make it look unleathery. (are you sure you're still using our camera, i remember you were getting a new one soon...jk)
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05/29/2003 11:58:28 AM
I haven't seen the Matrix movies (not yet), but I do like this picture and in particular the reflection in her glasses. The lighting is fabulous.
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05/29/2003 11:50:20 AM
Incredible lighting! I love the green tones and the position of your subject. Congrats..I think is should have won.
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05/28/2003 07:22:55 PM
yay. Congrats on this photo. You must be very proud of it :)
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05/28/2003 11:52:48 AM
BIG BIG CONGRATS!! This shot rules, and she is a babe. :)
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05/28/2003 07:51:40 AM
One of the shots that stuck in my head from this challenge: cool work. And hey, scored a heap higher than you expected.
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05/28/2003 07:37:27 AM
Great job Mav. Should have scored higher; much higher. Alas, I'm only one voter (who gave you a 10). Great work!!!
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05/28/2003 04:02:08 AM
Woo Hoo Mav - great shot!
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05/28/2003 12:07:49 AM
Very classy shot, Mav! And classy placement! Great work here!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/27/2003 09:24:22 PM
Sleek. Stylish. Dark, yet the subjects face is light and hopeful. Beatufilly done, very matrixy. 10 md
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05/27/2003 07:48:15 PM
This is such a great composition. I love that she's off to one side and looking over her shoulder..like something is there in the darkness. Subtle details like the green hue on her jacket and the reflection in her glasses really make this picture awesome. I like the focus and clean and smooth lines. Extremely well done. 10.
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05/25/2003 10:22:05 PM
This is a great portrait and fantastic lighting. I just LOVE the abstract pattern of the light creating greenish shapes on her (leather?) coat. The logo of her t-shirt is very clear and the rest of her clothing is pleasantly soft and barely recognizable. Great composition as well. This is done with good studio lighting! Is this magnetic by any chance? 10
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05/24/2003 12:45:54 AM
odd, but nice, this is really more about the movie that "what is the matrix?" but it is a nice shot
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05/23/2003 08:43:09 AM
Wow That is beautiful. Love the composition. the red on the lips really stand out. The reflection in the glasses is a nice touch. Jacko. 10
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05/22/2003 11:55:44 AM
Best of the Matrix Fashion shots - like the high key lighting. Whatever that is behind her left ear is bugging me a little, but hey.
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05/22/2003 06:31:28 AM
Excellent depiction of the challenge. Original - 9.
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05/21/2003 08:06:08 PM
Great lighting on the face especially. Looks like she has white makeup on almost.
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05/21/2003 06:53:21 PM
Definitely reminds me of Trinity. The washed out face works really well, though I'm less keen on the green on the coat, and would prefer it without the logo on the tee shirt. Still, a very good shot, well done.
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05/21/2003 03:03:55 PM
Vogue, soignee.

The vast empty space left here appeals to me.
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05/21/2003 11:01:51 AM
Beauty kills it all. *smile* BTW what a scary t-shirt shes 'wearing
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05/21/2003 06:17:07 AM
Very nice composition (and reality).
I like the reflections in the glasses
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05/21/2003 03:47:10 AM
Very Nice One the best so far i didnt see the rest yet but i'll go for an 8
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05/21/2003 01:01:31 AM
I like the high key exposure in her face. I like the use of negative space and the texture in her coat. what is sticking out of her ear though?
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