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Challenge: Square Crop (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: Louisville, KY
Date: Mar 4, 2006
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 560
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Performance
Date Uploaded: Mar 5, 2006

This is a dancer performing an Indian dance for the International Banquet at the University of Louisville.

Unsharp mask, curves, channel mixer, some slight dodging, and gaussian blur for a soft focus effect.

Place: 143 out of 369
Avg (all users): 5.6305
Avg (commenters): 6.3000
Avg (participants): 5.5000
Avg (non-participants): 5.8533
Views since voting: 681
Views during voting: 271
Votes: 203
Comments: 11
Favorites: 1 (view)

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03/18/2006 05:55:15 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

What an interesting image you have presented here. You managed to work around what could have been a difficult problem with depth of field on that forward hand and the face & body of the dancer. By blurring out the background you made it all come together.

As your commentors suggested, the lighting is uneven; perhaps it is possible on your Nikon to change the intensity of the on-board fill flash? If so, that might help some in a similar situation. I would also suggest that you use even more blur on the background since it competes mightily with the dancer and her colorful clothing. But I don't know how much you could do and still be "legal." (Of course now that it is for your personal portfolio, the sky's the limit should you wish to try that idea)

As it is, you achieved a respectable score for this nice image, and undoubtedly you learned from it.

Good luck in future challenges.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/12/2006 10:45:00 PM
such energy. I suppose it is the broken circle which she seems to be spiraling into and also breaking apart. 10.
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03/09/2006 10:50:14 PM
good capture. a little over exposed though
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03/09/2006 03:52:27 PM
lovely colours
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03/07/2006 10:34:51 PM
Nice, Rikki, nice. I'm guessing this is from some multi-cultural event. And she's a belly-dancer?
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03/07/2006 08:25:24 PM
Wonderful capture.
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03/07/2006 04:51:45 PM
Has a certain strangth of dynamism and evident movement, though it feels constricted by the square crop requirement - it feels rather that you've forced the image into the format than that the image itself needed to be presented in this way. The flash seems too direct also - takes away much sense of depth from the photo.
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03/07/2006 12:52:11 PM
looks too much like a snap shot, i don't like it
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03/07/2006 12:05:31 AM
Very nice!
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03/06/2006 04:16:17 PM
Beautiful capture. THe colors are so bold and bright. I ove the flow of the hair. Great shot!!
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03/06/2006 07:49:18 AM
Great shot
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