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High Five for Árni
High Five for Árni

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Single Light Source II (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro for Nikon
Location: Winterswijk Woold Netherlands in my studio
Date: May 25, 2006
Aperture: F/10
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/100s
Galleries: Studio, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: May 27, 2006

I love the "caught" pictures of Arnit and Babylon. I wanted to do something with it. So I give a high 5 to Árni for having this great idea!

Only a bowens 500 softbox left, and a white paper backdrop.

Just a little contrast, USM and color saturation. Cloned away some spots.

Place: 125 out of 238
Avg (all users): 5.4680
Avg (commenters): 6.9000
Avg (participants): 5.4605
Avg (non-participants): 5.4713
Views since voting: 1141
Views during voting: 419
Votes: 250
Comments: 20
Favorites: 0

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09/17/2006 08:39:57 PM
Had to choose as my least fave for that thread. I don't know why, but this image just doesn't work for me. Technically it's good, but boring. Maybe something could be done to spruce up the composition?
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06/16/2006 05:04:23 AM
i think that by taking a used, old, repeated idea but doing something creative and different to it, itself becomes creative and new. anyone who automatically gave this a sub-par vote or dimissed it on this basis is probably a bit of a moron - the fact that you even cite someone else in the title makes it clear that it's an homage, and it should ideally be considered as that. to me it's visually striking, simple, clean, and expertly taken. the whites are very lovely. the only slight misgiving i would have with it is that it doesn't really scream to me, this was taken with a single source of light. but then that's lust me being picky and not very technically adept. i like it as a piece of art, and would have scored it an 8.
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06/13/2006 11:52:29 AM
In your defence, had Arnit's images not been such high-profile, repeated executions then this parody would not have been successful.
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06/12/2006 05:35:14 AM
Hi! Seeing as you were worried about your low scores from the "passe" persepective, I thought I would try out my scoring pro forma on this shot to see how I would have voted. Hope it helps.

Challenge: Single Light Source (Advanced Editing)
Challenge Description: Use a single, artificial light source to dramatically light the subject of your choice.

A Score re meeting the challenge
{ 0} Does not meet challenge
**{+1} Clearly meets the challenge
{+2} Epitomises the idea behind the challenge

B Composition & Aesthetics
{ 0} No discernible compositional form or merit
{+1} Snap-shot like composition
**{+2} Well composed, aesthetically pleasing
{+3} An exceptional composition/exceptional aesthetics
This is as clean as they come. I like the concept of the shot and the use of shadows to bring out the depth of the hand as a lack of shadow would have made this a very bland shot.

C Technical Considerations
{ 0} Technically flawed
{+1} Technically OK
**{+2} Technically well executed
{+3} Evidence of technical mastery/wizardry
While simple to view there is clearly a lot of work in the preparation of this shot, to maintain the overall simplicity.

D WOW Factor
{ 0} Not special/ordinary
{+1} Has some degree of impact
**{+2} Obvious impact
{+3} Slaps you in face
The simplicity of the shot and the use of the simple border really makes you take notice.

Overall score: 7
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06/12/2006 05:10:49 AM
Thanx Eric! Nice critique.

Thanx everybody who 'caught' my intension!

And to everybody who thinks it's an old idea... well I'm open for a discusion so join me! //www.dpchallenge.com/forum.php?action=read&FORUM_THREAD_ID=407656&page=1#2508607 *lol*
06/08/2006 06:28:09 PM
Hey there from the Critique Club

Camera Work/Technical: No complaints from a technical standpoint, but this one has become as overdone as wine glass refraction. I think the voters voiced the same feeling with their votes. I do like that you did it in a more creative manner, isolating the hand rather than shooting the entire body.

Lighting: Your lighting is near-flawless. The highlights and shadows work very well to give this image a great texture.

Composition/Content: The centered composition also works very well for this image.

My Opinion: I believe that the image quality is much better than 5.46, but the voters tire of seeing the same idea shot over and again. If this were the first of its type, it would have been a 6+ image, maybe even a 7.

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06/07/2006 12:32:19 AM
126 is brutal. Definately should have been placed better
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/05/2006 02:13:37 PM
it's getting old.
06/03/2006 01:28:58 PM
sharp focus. fun shot. Maybe angle the light more to have it rake across the hand and bring out more shadows and details
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06/02/2006 05:42:16 PM
Now this Picture reminds me why am i on DPChallenge, to learn,10
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06/02/2006 04:36:57 PM
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06/01/2006 09:59:51 PM
this idea is so old. Get a new one. its not interesting anymore.
06/01/2006 09:29:04 PM
You would think
05/31/2006 11:17:07 PM
hmm a reoccuring theme
very nice though
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05/31/2006 11:08:54 PM
I love this image so much, i just wish it wasn't such an over-used concept (now thanks to Arni) overall compelling image
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05/31/2006 06:52:12 PM
I'll admit that I don't get it.
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05/31/2006 05:33:33 PM
Now those are some long fingers. Not sure what to say about the photo, other than I like it for some reason...I just speaks to me.
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05/31/2006 04:24:51 PM
I really like the soft light and technically this is well done. I probably would have cropped a bit off the right.
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05/31/2006 04:20:34 AM
ha ha ha. Clean, clear and Crisp.8.
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05/31/2006 12:22:15 AM
Good shot, I personally would've moved the hand slightly off centre though.
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