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Caught in a blizzard
Caught in a blizzard

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Challenge: Free Study X (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Date: Jan 13, 2006
Aperture: 2
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Portraiture, Advertisement
Date Uploaded: Jan 19, 2006

This is my wife Henný again as the model. The idea was to create an image that could work in a magazine as an advertisement for the jacket she is wearing. There is actually a logo on her left sleeve that was visible but I removed it in the PP as I was sure it would get too much negative attention.

Taken in a snowstorm, used a 580ex flash with a small softbox to the upper left triggered with a transmitter to both work as a fill flash and to freeze the snowflakes to make them stand out more.

As for the PP, first I "developed" two images from the .raw file with different WB settings, one for her face and hood and one for the rest of the shot and blended them together. Then I added some vignetting, removed her shadow in the bottom right, cloned out a couple of snowflakes, especially over her face. Curves to increase contrast, selective curves on the backround to make it darker and finally sharpened after resizing.

Edit after the challenge: Well as far as I am concerned, this is one of my favorite shots I have entered here at DPC since I joined, perhaps I am a bit biased since I really love the subject but who can complain with an average score of almost 6.

Place: 173 out of 622
Avg (all users): 5.9430
Avg (commenters): 6.7143
Avg (participants): 5.9200
Avg (non-participants): 6.0233
Views since voting: 2050
Views during voting: 293
Votes: 193
Comments: 7
Favorites: 2 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/05/2006 09:59:18 AM
Something very 'James Bond' about this one :-) I like!
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02/05/2006 01:46:52 AM
Love being able to see the snowflakes so clearly, nicel lit face in such dark surroundings, would like to see more of the eyes though..
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02/04/2006 11:07:50 PM
cool picture, i like it alot 9
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02/04/2006 05:04:24 PM
Now this is different, eye catching, looks like she is modeling for an outerwear company ... 7
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02/04/2006 07:45:04 AM
very pretty
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02/03/2006 09:53:40 PM
Beautiful, looks like a catalog shoot. The way she is looking off to the side is classic.
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02/01/2006 09:10:53 AM
That's NO Blizzard ! I've seen worse in central London and I don't even live there !
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