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Challenge: Fashion (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: Living room, er i mean studio
Date: Feb 20, 2006
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Fashion, Advertisement
Date Uploaded: Feb 20, 2006

I know it's too dark, her hair is quite a bit out of place, the bottle is obviously not a perfume bottle, the light is too harsh in places, there's a line in the (not quite black) background that i'd have cloned out if it weren't basic.

Trying for quite a dynamic composition, two triangle corners of negative space with a stripe of light from bottom left to top right, crossing the direction of the spray. Trying to make the spray look like it's glowing. Model was holding a flash in optical slave mode pointing up and back into the spray. Flash exposure lock with on-board flash firing, then block on-board flash for the proper exposure to make it underexpose from the front and make a silhouette.

Editing: Crop, increase contrast, levels, resize, sharpen.

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Statistics
Place: 7 out of 133
Avg (all users): 6.7287
Avg (commenters): 7.5556
Avg (participants): 6.0597
Avg (non-participants): 6.8738
Views since voting: 3281
Views during voting: 638
Votes: 376
Comments: 42
Favorites: 7 (view)


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03/07/2006 11:56:24 PM
That is one of the coolest I have ever sen!
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03/07/2006 03:23:24 PM
Congrats on the great finish!
I was rooting for this one :)
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03/03/2006 02:42:32 PM
Great capture!
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03/02/2006 10:01:07 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club

Firstly, congrats on an excellent score with a very nice image. I like the composition you chose (I too am a fan of negative space). Love the lighting - it is a bit bright on the spray, but that helps to direct the eye where you wanted the viewer to be - so it works.

The only suggestion I could make for improvement would be to have used a nicer looking bottle - the plastic one hurts the image imo - a nice glass bottle would have given this shot the sparkle needed to make this a really commercial-looking shot.

I hope this is helpful.
Good luck,
Cindi
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03/01/2006 02:19:19 PM
Originally posted by magnus:

Very nice, but I still like Sahko's subtler version better


I'd not seen that before... however, the effect i was going for was quite different. I wanted the spray to glow, and the rest of the frame to be darkness, and the focus to not be on the model. Also i wanted the spray to be real, clear and concrete, rather than a photoshopped blur :)
03/01/2006 01:45:43 PM
Congratulations on your top ten finish with this superb spray splash.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/28/2006 11:01:48 PM
Very nice, but I still like Sahko's subtler version better ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/161/thumb/48585.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/161/thumb/48585.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
02/28/2006 10:43:39 PM
Great capture!!
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02/28/2006 06:19:51 AM
I like the concept and lighting
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02/28/2006 01:40:21 AM
I like the mist being illuminated but the finger edges are to much over exposed. Very cool shot none the less. 7
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02/28/2006 01:34:30 AM
should have used a real perfume bottle, not a plastic water spray one.
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02/27/2006 04:47:43 PM
This is great! I love how you captured the whole spray, I'll be rooting for this one!
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02/26/2006 11:00:46 PM
I like the use of the backlighting here. I like seeing the droplets. It might be interesting to see a longer exposure, too, to blurr out the spray. 7.
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02/26/2006 07:15:23 PM
very cool effect . . . but you knew that.
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02/26/2006 05:25:15 PM
what an excellent idea!
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02/25/2006 07:11:51 PM
Wow! Still motion is great
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02/25/2006 04:33:27 PM
I think it would have been more sensual and sexy if more of her neck were shown rather than just the curve of her shoulder, but that is just my take on it!
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02/25/2006 11:22:50 AM
Fantastic shot - I wonder how many 'takes' that took???
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02/25/2006 10:26:10 AM
good use of light. subject is interesting. good job
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02/24/2006 09:37:34 PM
10
02/24/2006 07:33:48 PM
Very effective backlighting!
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02/24/2006 05:07:40 PM
Great idea and good capture.
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02/24/2006 01:09:23 PM
I am not 100% sure that this is fashion, but it IS a teriffic photo....
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02/24/2006 09:17:10 AM
Terrific lighting and composition.
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02/24/2006 04:51:56 AM
Nice frozen action. I like the contrast of the light on dark. just enough of the model to keep intrest and mystery. Well done.
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02/23/2006 11:35:52 PM
wow!!! thought i was looking thru a magazine for a second... good job
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02/23/2006 06:55:05 PM
lovly lovely lovely! i smell a ribbon for you my love :) 9
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02/23/2006 06:39:05 PM
I like it. How about a glass bottle that has nice curves..
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02/22/2006 10:32:41 PM
This one should get the unique concept award. ;^) Very interesting approach to the challenge AND a fun image to look at as well. Nice job.
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02/22/2006 09:05:43 PM
great capture. love the lighting. 8. ribbon?
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02/22/2006 07:36:27 PM
I really like the concept and lighting though the pic is a little overexposed. Would've liked to see a nice bottle of perfume instead of this white spray bottle here. Great shot overall :)
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02/22/2006 04:59:16 PM
thats cool! 10
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02/22/2006 02:31:44 PM
Light on the aerosol is perfect - but a little too much elsewhere.
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02/22/2006 12:39:23 PM
I really love the contrast between the illuminated spray and the shadows in this photo. The only element that i find slightly distracting is the shade of the bottle. It is just a bit too light. Great shot though!
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02/22/2006 11:41:22 AM
Looks very very good but.. hm where's the fashion..?
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02/22/2006 11:25:10 AM
I like the concept and the lighting is good. I think a prettier bottle would have made this good picture a great picture.
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02/22/2006 10:18:58 AM
Not sure if you met challenge but photography is awesome, I rated middle of the road
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02/22/2006 10:15:16 AM
great affect.. fingers a little washed out .but great
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02/22/2006 09:28:12 AM
Wow! Great shot! I don't know what it has to do with 'fashion' though.
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02/22/2006 07:34:53 AM
Wow very cool. Great use of lighting.
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02/22/2006 04:45:06 AM
Really cool effect with the spray. The lighting is really interesting and makes the hand and spray bottle look like something created in Illustrator.
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02/22/2006 04:28:00 AM
Nice! I love the backlight.
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