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Challenge: Nude III (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM
Location: studio
Date: Aug 19, 2005
Aperture: f/20
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Nude
Date Uploaded: Aug 21, 2005

Background: This photograph was inspired by an etching that hangs on my bedroom wall. The woman in it is veiled in darkness in a setting that is barely discernable. I like how it makes you wonder about her, like, what is she feeling, is she hiding, where is she. I wanted my photograph to have the same effect on the viewer.

Set-up: It took quite a while to figure out how to light this. I ending up using two snoots, one large and one small on strobes. The large one was just to the right of the camera, up high, aimed at the models upper back. The smaller one was aimed at her bent legs at her level.

Post-processing: I made a few adjustments in raw (exposure, constrast, shadows). In PS I cropped, did some cloning to get rid of a few sharp shadows and imperfections on the skin. Then I added a curves adjustment layer and did quite a bit of dodging and burning. Then I converted to bw then to duotone, and adjusted curves once more. Finally, I sharpened using USM, resized, saved for web, and sharpened again.

What I think about my photo: Despite being nude this woman is able to remain mysterious, and I think that is appealing. Some voters won't like her strange pose but I think it makes this photo interesting. The human form is so amazing and I think that my photo shows that. I hope you agree.

Statistics
Place: 20 out of 118
Avg (all users): 6.2927
Avg (commenters): 7.7021
Avg (participants): 6.2065
Avg (non-participants): 6.3125
Views since voting: 8125
Views during voting: 1202
Votes: 492
Comments: 50
Favorites: 5 (view)


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/28/2005 06:06:01 PM
I like it, the lines are great. I wonder what it would look like if it were lightened just a bit?
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08/28/2005 03:49:30 PM
I really like the tones in this image, good use of shadow. I also like the simple pose which creates an almost abstract form, emphasis is on the body shape, not on the nudeness. Somehow it works. Very good. In my top 3.
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08/28/2005 02:10:59 PM
Very nice low key image. Bumping up.
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08/28/2005 02:28:09 AM
I love the pose: the crouched position and the framing both add interesting visual tension which contrasts nicely with the vulnerability of the nudity. The B&W do a nice job of bringing out the tonal range of the image, but I'd be interested in seeing a warm duo tone version. The fact that the model's hands are balled into fists seems a touch odd (based on her position, I'd expect to see her face resting in her palms with her fingers curled slightly around her forehead); since the scene appears to be so well orchestrated I'm inclined to believe that I'm missing the significance of this aspect of the pose. This is easily my favorite entry in the challenge so far.
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08/28/2005 02:10:38 AM
Not a bad shot. It looks just a bit too dark.
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08/27/2005 11:11:59 PM
Very nice lines and shadow.
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08/27/2005 10:59:30 PM
Great use of lighting and texture. Could almost be a top-down view of a fisted hand. Really nice work.
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08/27/2005 09:04:55 PM
Nice shadows, but flat. Might improve with curves / levels, might also crop a bit off the bottom.
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08/27/2005 09:02:39 PM
nice curves, nice lighting. nice pose though I think it would work better if she was flat footed. 8
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08/27/2005 08:33:06 PM
Excellent composition and use of lighting. The pose is just makes you turn your head side to side. Looks like a knee at one point but as you look back you can see the figure. Good excution. (10)
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08/27/2005 07:32:08 PM
Yeah I love it. Great lightning, great composition, really top-notch work. 10
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08/27/2005 03:59:03 PM
Stunning lighting and wonderful composition, one of my top picks, just love this, going in my favourites. 10
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08/26/2005 09:21:16 PM
The composition is beautiful. I even like the low key look of the photo. good job
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08/26/2005 03:56:44 PM
Wish this had a larger tonal range - image is a little dark (probably heard that already). Crop seems a little off - more in the back than the front, I assume you have your reasons but it feels a little unabalanced. Like the position of the model. Lighting is okay - relates to tonal range - would like to see slightly stronger light. Honestly, I really like this image, especially its sculptural qualities but I think the lack of range hurts it a little. Would like to see it again... 6 - good luck in the challenge!
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08/26/2005 09:33:42 AM
Very classy image. The low key character of it is well chosen for the equally low key pose of the model. Beautifully executed in camera and in processing. A most harmonious and thoughtful photograph. 9
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08/25/2005 02:12:07 PM
reminds me of Georgia O'Keefe in a way for its stark darkness. The parallel lines made by the folded limbs add a lot of interest to this picture and make an excellent visual flow down the body. a masterful capture of a nimble model.
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08/25/2005 08:43:16 AM
Interesting use of low light levels and darkness to create an abstract from the human body. The curves and zig zags look almost more like random calligraphy swirls than they do a real person. Not sure about composition placing body towards top left corner - it feels to me that it might work better in lower left.
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08/24/2005 11:02:41 PM
very interesting image. I think the image is a bit dark, and a bit more detail in the hair would only help.
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08/24/2005 09:21:23 PM
perfect shot, looks like a good gallery photo.
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08/24/2005 03:20:08 AM
Nice lines, i ffelt the lighting was decent but overall couldd have been a liitle more interesting. This pose seems to be very common.
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08/24/2005 02:03:49 AM
Interesting... almost has an "Old Masters" feel to it.
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08/24/2005 12:28:53 AM
This is beautiful. Very nice pose of the model. Very nice crop. Very nice! :-) I just wish the lighting was a bit more punchy (ie. maybe levels modified in PS to give it slitghly more light). Nice detail on the position of the feet pointing like that. good job! 7
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08/24/2005 12:26:58 AM
Nice lighting and B/W treatment. To emphasize the veiled theme, maybe turn just a bit more away from the camera (though you have no reason to hide).
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08/23/2005 03:09:18 PM
Artistic Pose and light. Great job.
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08/23/2005 01:41:21 PM
Really loving it! The composition of the model is great. Also fantastic contrast of black and white. Love the wooden floor and the texture that you can see on the body (muscles on the foot etc.) Havenít seen such a great picture in a while. If I could vote I would give it a 10!!
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08/23/2005 11:09:55 AM
a lil dark but nice... 5
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08/23/2005 09:07:45 AM
great light and curve
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08/23/2005 06:04:03 AM
dramatic to say the least. awesome pose.
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08/23/2005 04:36:19 AM
Very nice. A great pose. It makes for very good curves, lines and forms. I like the lighting also. I'm thinking this could be very strong as a centered composition. The space at right doesn't seem to be enough to add much to the image, there is such a nice flow to the subject, it could possibly 'pop' more if it were to fill the frame, and have a more symmetrical space between body and edge of frame on both sides. Just a thought. I do like the photo, nice job. :-)
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08/23/2005 02:31:03 AM
I like this image. It's nicely lit and the pose is pleasing. I think, though, that I'd have preferred to have the extra negative space in front of her, rather than behind her. The left side of the image feels a bit cramped.
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08/23/2005 12:37:19 AM
Dark, moody, tense. Almost looks like the shell of a nautilus. Just seems a bit crowded on the left and empty on the right.
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08/22/2005 11:55:33 PM
Excellent. 10 in my book. 10.
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08/22/2005 11:25:02 PM
emotive images such as this often need room for such a large emotion as you have desired to portray. Putting out a little would have assisted this image imho.
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08/22/2005 11:07:03 PM
Interesting pose, I like it. It seems the crop could have been a little tighter around the model. Nice lighting and tonal range. Very good job.
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08/22/2005 10:09:53 PM
I like the grainy look to this shot. Good skin tones and lighting. My only suggestion would be maybe a different crop. I think that by placing the model off center and including a little more black background, it would deliver more impact. Good job.
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08/22/2005 09:43:30 PM
I like the lighting and the way the shadows define the body. Feels like the crop could stand to be a little tighter.
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08/22/2005 09:15:18 PM
Very nice shot. I have a feeling this is a self portrait, because your face is covered. I admire you for shooting and submitting this photo.I like the shape the body makes, and the contrast between the bosy and the dark background.
I think it should do well. Good luck.10
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08/22/2005 06:22:11 PM
This is realy good.
Love the colour, lighting, model and pose.
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08/22/2005 05:02:23 PM
Great pose. I know the rule-of-thirds, blah blah blah, but I would have centered this one. I also think a bit more lighting or processing on the head would be better. Still excellent. 9.
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08/22/2005 04:50:28 PM
Awesome shot.
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08/22/2005 03:54:49 PM
I think that a less tight crop, especially on the left, would make this more effective.
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08/22/2005 02:57:41 PM
very sculptural and the lighting is superb. I wish you could see the expression on the models face. As it is, you can't tell if she's scared, embarrassed, crying or sneezing. Then again, maybe that's what you were going for. - 8
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08/22/2005 02:28:23 PM
Interesting texture and feel in this shot. I like the overall look and mood.
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08/22/2005 09:06:06 AM
Beautiful fine art photography expressing human emotions and form. The model's pose, lighting and the tonality you have achieved is most excellent. Absolutely love this image. Definitely something I would like to see on my wall.
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08/22/2005 06:07:19 AM
This is beautiful. The grays are very nice and the pose is interesting. A better crop might work, although I can't say for sure. The space at right and bottom grabs my attention.
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08/22/2005 02:54:57 AM
Dark & dreary. Is that what you were going for? Nice effects.
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08/22/2005 02:33:33 AM
8
08/22/2005 02:33:01 AM
nice and gritty. i think the crop is a bit too tight and a center placement of the model would have worked better. But otherwise i love this shot. 8
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08/22/2005 01:20:29 AM
Beautiful form, lighting and subject. 9
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08/22/2005 12:15:48 AM
Very cool. I love the almost metallic feel to this shot. It shows off the curves and contours quite well with your use of light and shadow. Quite effective. A true piece of art.
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