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Seeking the Balance Within
Seeking the Balance Within

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: 2-Second Exposure (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Sigma 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical for Nikon (Black)
Location: My psuedo studio
Date: Mar 14, 2006
Galleries: Portraiture, Studio
Date Uploaded: Mar 14, 2006

Yes the shot is 2 seconds of exposure, no strobes. 90% of the shots in this shoot had significant motion blur that could not be recovered. Yes I am also balancing on the exercise ball. In my first 30 minutes of shooting I fell off the ball and hit my face on the corner of my stereo. Not fun, I was bleeding and my lip swelled up. I ended up placing a towel in a circle at the bottom of the ball so I could atleast get a few decent shots, but that only helped a little.

I had a white bedsheet lit from behind as my backdrop.

I know my pose isn't totally symmetrical and my right hand has a little blur, but with less than 5 shots out of 62 without motion blur, a bloody and swollen lip, and sore core muscles, I am going with this shot. I'm not sure if anyone will recognize the similar pose from my "Find Your Zen" entry.

For editing, I cropped, adjusted levels, cloned out some spots on the backdrop that weren't totally blown out, cloned my hair a little, 2 toes and the remote shutter release in my hand, sharpened twice and saved.

Post Challenge
I guess some people thought I failed to get the exposure that I wanted, but that would be incorrect. This is exactly the way I envisioned the shot, and exactly the way I like it.

Place: 150 out of 192
Avg (all users): 5.0190
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Avg (participants): 4.7234
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Views since voting: 996
Views during voting: 321
Votes: 211
Comments: 11
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06/01/2006 09:39:58 PM
This is a nice shot. I would actually bump up the contrast a bit more so that it is more of a Silhouette. Congrats to you for being able to sit on a ball for 2 seconds! I would've been on the floor before I even got on the ball! haha
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/25/2006 05:27:48 PM
Don't know what you may have need to crop at the bottom, but it would be really cool if you could see the whole sphere. I like his hands.
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03/23/2006 08:50:29 PM
great model to be able to hold perfectly still for 2 seconds...
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03/23/2006 04:37:14 PM
the white bacground does this photo great!
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03/23/2006 10:52:55 AM
How did you stay on top of the ball without falling down? I would've been on the floor.
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03/21/2006 05:02:21 PM
Nice. Was this really 2 seconds? If so, he must be really good a yoga to hold still enough for the shot.
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03/21/2006 12:15:43 PM
the background is too bright, and the image not dark enough to be a silhouette.
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03/21/2006 10:30:12 AM
Great visual harmony!
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03/20/2006 07:20:59 PM
A little more light from the front would help this out a lot.
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03/20/2006 06:25:37 AM
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03/20/2006 04:53:56 AM
Is it meant to be a silouette? If so I dont find it very interesting. If not it´s badly lit. Though the guy seem so be well balanced.
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