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Woody Presley
Woody Presley

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Single Light Source II (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Sigma 50-500mm f/4.0-6.3 EX APO RF HSM for Canon
Date: May 30, 2006
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/2 sec
Date Uploaded: May 30, 2006


Place: 97 out of 238
Avg (all users): 5.6723
Avg (commenters): 6.1429
Avg (participants): 5.3623
Avg (non-participants): 5.7988
Views since voting: 731
Views during voting: 347
Votes: 238
Comments: 16
Favorites: 1 (view)

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06/16/2006 03:36:11 PM
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very nice, composition, color and postprocessing seems pretty good.

too bad the woody is used so much that images of woody usually get lower scores unless they are extrodinary, wich yours unfortunately isn´t.

at least you got in the top 100 :)
06/11/2006 06:39:35 PM
Firstly, congrats on a new PB with this entry

I love the composition, with the woody on the edge and his shadow leading across behind him

Technical stuff (exposure, dof, lighting etc…)
The lightings beautiful, but slightly overexposed on his left arm/right leg. Focus good.
Would like to know your processing steps, it seems a touch overprocessed in places.

Meeting the challenge
Really nice use of a single light source.

My personal opinion
Great clean shot, shame about the little bit of blownoutness, very good score for a Woody pic
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06/09/2006 10:57:55 PM
woody must die
06/09/2006 10:52:28 PM
Trading Post comment

Love the composition! It's quite perfect in my opinion. He's facing the crowd and the shadow is just right. As for the subject, I'm actually kind of fond of woody shots - they're a great learning tool for things like use of lighting, and rather amusing in their own right.
At first I might have said the lighting is too harsh, that it could be toned down a bit, but really it's pretty good for the shot you chose - stage lighting (as it is set to be here) is generally very harsh like this. The background appears to be a fabric - I like the texture it forms but it could be just a bit smoother, maybe.
Meets challenge
Meets challenge just fine.
My opinion
Congrats on a personal best! It's a good idea well executed, and in my opinion deserved a much better score.
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06/08/2006 07:56:01 PM
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First off, always try to include some info about the shot in the Photographer's Comments section. It really helps out when we know what the photographer was thinking and what equipment/lighting/etc. were used, especially when you request a critique. Secondly, congrats on your highest scoring photograph to date, as well as a top 100 finish.

Camera Work/Technical: You did a terrific job keeping all elements in crisp focus to render very nice detail.

Lighting: Excellent lighting. This is the strongest element in the photograph. Wonderful job capturing the detail around the shadow.

Composition/Content: Again, very nice. You created a composition that allows the eye to flow around the key elements very nicely.

My Opinion: Nice job meeting the challenge, but your subject has become commonplace around DPC. I think that the voters echoed the same feeling with their votes. This is a far better image than the 5.67 that it scored, but voters tend to vote lower when they see similar subjects over and again.

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06/07/2006 11:05:10 PM
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Congratulations on a new personal best! That's always a neat accomplishment.

I like the woody - and a lot of other folks do to. The lighting on him is a touch harsh - gentling that would go a long ways and be worth at least one point from me.

Your composition is excellent. Inclusion of the shadow is also very appropriate. I think I would like to see the texture that is in the shadow area extend outward just a little more, but that might kill the shot too.

As always, just my thoughts. Keep up the good work.

EDIT TO ADD - ISO was too high, I agree.
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06/07/2006 10:02:41 PM
Tradin gPost -
Now here is a much better shot. Good idea and much better execution. A little bit grainy - lowering ISO could have helped - but a minimal issue. The colors are nice and warm and the the shadow behind works very well. Maybe a slightly different angle on woody would have given more interest in the shadow behind. I like the negative space up top. Congrats on a new personal best. I didnt vote in this challenge but I would have probably given this at least a 6 if not a 7.
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06/07/2006 09:27:07 PM
Trading post...
I know a lot of people like the woody shots, but personally I find them quite bland. Your lighting seems good, maybe just a tad too bright. I like the shadow, but it maybe should have been sharper. I know I'm not being much help here, but I'm really not sure how to fix a woody (LOL). ;)
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06/07/2006 01:36:58 AM
Trading Post Comment

I thought the photo was a bit harshly lighted with the right thigh blown out (at least on my monitor). The DOF also seems to shallow because the shadow is fuzzy, which might not happen with more depth to the picture.

The composition was good. I would have liked to see a stronger, cleaner shadow, because in a sense this photo is as much about the shadow as the Woody IMHO.

I gave this a 5. The idea was fine, the lighting and DOF didn't work for me though.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/06/2006 02:45:47 PM
Great spot lighting. Nice pose including the shadow.
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06/01/2006 02:40:07 AM
lol - cute Woody! I like the composition and the shodow cast within the spotlight. Great focus
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05/31/2006 11:02:12 PM
Do you notice the "ghosting" between the shadows/highlights on the actual wooden figure? i am not for sure as to what caused this, perhaps over contrast, i would have loved to see more emphasis on the actual shadow and less on the figure. my eyes are drawn more to the shadow, and i find it more visually intreguing. 7
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05/31/2006 05:53:27 PM
if it was spotmeterd on the left forearm it wouldn't look so blown out (other parts coresponingly darker though ..)
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05/31/2006 09:14:02 AM
He must be a good model :o) Good capture..
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05/31/2006 08:07:28 AM
you mean: WooDEPRESSEDly? Can't see anything shakin' here. Besides that, lights are burnt and photo is oversharpened.
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05/31/2006 06:00:04 AM

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