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Dishabillophobia - The Fear of Undressing in Front of Someone
Dishabillophobia - The Fear of Undressing in Front of Someone

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Phobia (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8700
Location: Mobile, AL
Date: Dec 16, 2005
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/8
Galleries: Emotive, Nude
Date Uploaded: Dec 16, 2005

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The model I used has never posed nude and was shy to begin with, so getting her to act Dishabillophobic was easy! I actually never saw her nude body, because she hid behind the door the whole time.

The hall was lit with 1000 watts of halogen work lamps while the room was lit with only a reflector from the hall light.

Post Processing:
Slight Rotate and crop
Auto Contrast
Curves to Black
Saturation to -100

Place: 60 out of 144
Avg (all users): 5.3750
Avg (commenters): 7.7500
Avg (participants): 5.0984
Avg (non-participants): 5.4493
Views since voting: 14194
Views during voting: 639
Votes: 288
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

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01/03/2006 03:13:59 PM
*Critique Club*

This definately fits the challenge to me. Without even knowing what the fear was, I could look at this photo and say that this woman was afraid to come out from behind the door because she's naked. To me, that is what this challenge was about. SHOWING the fear. Great job.
Focus and clarity appear good. I like the detail we can see in the woman's hair and face.
Lighting is alright. I wish almost that the man were a bit more brightly lit, but maybe since he's not suposed to be the main subject, that it's best to have him darker lit. Something it's hard to judge without seeing it for comparrison, but definately something to try.
The thing that I'm really drawn to in this shot is the lighting on her hand. I think it's really neat how it stands out from the dark side of the door, almost as if it's saying 'ok, I've made it out from behind the door', but that's it, nothing else makes it out from behind the door.
I wonder what this looked like in color. Black and white is ok, very nice tonal range, but it's just lacking 'something' to make it stand out. Not sure, but maybe color is just that 'something'.
Overall great idea for the challenge.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/27/2005 07:22:05 PM
This is very striking to me...however, I think it would be more compelling if the woman was not looking directly into the camera lens. Still, I have to give this an 8 for the sheer starkness. Thanks.
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12/27/2005 04:29:05 PM
excellent interpretation!
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12/27/2005 09:23:09 AM
This is a great shot.. it seems to capture her fear. Well done. :)
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12/25/2005 12:40:53 PM
I almost wish she was looking at him and not the camera. The grate in the back is kinda annoying but I can ignore it. But I'd really like to see this with the bottom cropped off (at around her mid-thigh. Wots dat below his belly can get distracting

I think this is a good idea. 9
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12/24/2005 02:12:40 PM
Good use of lighting.
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12/24/2005 11:36:36 AM
Merry Christmas
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12/24/2005 09:40:07 AM
Nice one, but she shouldn't have looked right into the camera.
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12/23/2005 03:54:57 AM
I'd cast this photo at 1/2 but the eyes of the women was't supposed to be on lens.sorry.
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12/22/2005 05:33:16 PM
Very nice presentation, Cheers,
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12/22/2005 01:10:14 PM
This is very well done (I can relate!!). Maybe if she were looking at him instead of the camera? Still one of the top entries in the challenge.
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12/21/2005 12:50:48 PM
A fear you have master so well on a wide audiance:) Actully if the bottom 1/3 of this was croped, and the model was looking at the guy it would have had alot more impact.
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12/21/2005 12:19:17 AM
What a natural shot! Nice capture...she really does appear to be afraid!
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