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Le Femme Noir
Le Femme Noir

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Challenge: Fashion (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Contax N Digital
Location: Bloomfield Hills, MI
Date: Feb 21, 2006
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/90
Galleries: Fashion, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Feb 21, 2006

Camera: Contax 645/Kodak DCS ProBack 645c
Lens: Distagon 3.5/55 T*
Lighting: Broncolor Minipuls
The picture sustained minor perspective correction and B/W conversion via a channel mixer adjustment layer.

Place: 11 out of 133
Avg (all users): 6.5613
Avg (commenters): 8.6818
Avg (participants): 6.5079
Avg (non-participants): 6.5724
Views since voting: 4146
Views during voting: 590
Votes: 367
Comments: 31
Favorites: 12 (view)

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09/21/2006 06:48:27 PM
Beautiful shot. The angle is fantastic and the composition is perfect. The expression in the reflection of the mirror is punishing. This expression coupled with the low angle creates a sexy and dominant photograph. Bravo!
08/23/2006 03:13:02 AM
Your stuff is very creative and different, I like it a lot. Too bad you don't have portfolio here, because you've got some awesome shots on your website.
03/07/2006 08:29:58 AM
Greetings From The Critique Club!!!

Initial Impact: Hey this kinda looks like than Inesca womans work. Not sure what the photographers name was, but this has a strong resmblance to some of her work I saw at a show in Sacramento a few years back.

Meeting The Challenge: Yep. I do wish that more detail was visible on the outfit for challenge reasons, but I feel that lightenting it up to do so would totaly destroy the feel of the image.

Focus: Not you typical liquid smooth razor sharp DPC ribbon winner but not all images need to be or look good in that fashio. This has a nice focus and a good DOF. The grain looks "classic" nad not just noisy or badly shot. Very nicely done. (I myself have been afraid to venture as far as intentionaly adding grain)

Contrast: Very nice contrast good lights, darks and a smooth greyscale.

Subject: I like it once again this has a very classic feel.

Lighting: I never thought I would say this, but your lighting isn't harsh enough. At least not in the rest of the room. The hash lighting on the woman contrasts too much with the smooth soft lighting of the room. Was this intentional? No telling just looks off a bit to me.

Composition: Pretty good, but it could be a bit better IMO. Firt I have a phobia about people with missing feet. I would feel a bit more comfortable if the feet had not been cropped out of the shot. Second I would like to have just a hair more space behing the woman on the left. This would pull the woman back to the thirds mark and give it a little better feel.

Overall: a pretty nice classic image. I gave this one a 7 but if my mood had been better I might have gone with an 8. Great job. I look forward to seeing what creative ideas you come up with next.


03/02/2006 06:21:46 PM
This is prolly my favorite of this challenge so I think it's underrated. I can't even believe people would even think about giving this a five or below. Amazing.
03/02/2006 02:38:24 PM
This was my only 10 in the challenge. Back to add it to my favorites.
03/01/2006 11:23:42 PM
I failed to vote in this challenge but this photo is really great. I love the "raw" feeling of it. The grain and the b/w are perfect.
03/01/2006 01:51:18 PM
A lovely composition that remains my favorite pick for this challenge. An image that evokes deeper because of its striking composition and the great use of lighting. Congratulations on your 11th place finish.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/28/2006 10:31:03 PM
speechless--I love it, the composition, tones, expression--it's all good! Re-rating this a 10!
02/27/2006 07:18:22 PM
This has to be my fave so far, although its a lil dark, 9
02/25/2006 10:51:27 PM
Excellent title for a great shot. Love the treatment with the added grain and the reflection is killer. Nice look from the model. Well done. 8
02/25/2006 04:22:01 PM
swish Rue du Bac style!
02/25/2006 02:01:54 PM
A bit busy but overall one of the best fashion shots in this challenge.
02/25/2006 09:11:35 AM
Bumping up. This is a really great shot.
02/24/2006 10:38:56 PM
Excellent composition. Like how you positioned her in front of the mirror. Good contrast, and the grain adds to the shot. 10
02/24/2006 05:05:50 PM
I love the old time feel and the grainy look. Very cool and what a face!
02/24/2006 02:11:24 PM
Very classy and edgy

a lot of noice, but it's more passible in this shot due to subject
02/24/2006 07:22:27 AM
nice.. gets the feeling right well done
02/23/2006 05:02:28 PM
I like this one a lot. The grain works really well here. I wonder what sepia would look like? 10.
02/23/2006 11:56:18 AM
looks like a great 1950s movie!
02/23/2006 11:20:35 AM
8 for the set up
02/23/2006 11:06:05 AM
Best in the challenge I've seen so far. This is hands down ridiculously brilliant.
Easy 10 from me, wish I could score it higher.
02/23/2006 12:43:36 AM
This is simply excellent:)
02/22/2006 11:16:38 PM
Lovely use of the reflection.
02/22/2006 09:24:59 PM
Love this shot. It's so captivating that i have to keep coming back to look some more. Background, model, b&w tone are perfect. Wish you could have cloned out the light in her reflection, but rules are rules huh? 10
02/22/2006 05:48:41 PM
absolutely LOVE this shot....my favorite of the challenge....besides mine of course :) Love the feel, love the grain...everything works!
02/22/2006 12:07:04 PM
Very nice, very late-1950's-Vogue. Love it.
02/22/2006 11:06:01 AM
I really love this piece. It looks like it should come from a 1920s issue of Vogue.
02/22/2006 11:00:12 AM
great grain and good look from model. like the POV
02/22/2006 12:51:40 AM
Excellent shot and use of black and white.
02/22/2006 12:25:20 AM
oh...this is good...and look at that coy little statue in the lower right, so good.
02/22/2006 12:25:11 AM
Very dark for a fashion shot. You can't see hardly any detail in the 'fashion'...

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