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Casino Royale -  The New 007
Casino Royale - The New 007

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Challenge: Bond, James Bond (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: 2006 Challenges
Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Location: Akron, Ohio
Date: Dec 2, 2006
Aperture: 3.2
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/13
Galleries: Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Dec 2, 2006

Inspired by the new Bond in Casino Royale. Had the chips, had the air gun and made the silencer out of a couple of ABS fittings. Loved the new movie. Why not. This was my first challange so I don't expect anything spectacular, just some good thoughts and insight on what could help me get better, and improve the picture. It was difficult to set the timer and then run into the picture, but I finally found one I liked. Only thing that hurt the most I guess was the hand. I did fix it though with all the comments. Here is the fixed hand:

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Dodge & Burn
Brightness & Contrast
+2 Saturation
Crop & Resized

After Challenge: Thanks to everyone who voted and helped out in trying to make my picture better. All comments were greatly appreciated.

Place: 31 out of 96
Avg (all users): 5.7454
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.5556
Avg (non-participants): 5.8086
Views since voting: 1893
Views during voting: 590
Votes: 216
Comments: 18
Favorites: 1 (view)

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12/13/2006 06:05:13 PM
The adjustment to the blown highlight on your hand definitely strengthens this shot. My eye went straight to the hand when I voted (I gave this a 6), due to it being the brightest area in the shot. I still think it is a bit bright in relation to the highlights on the face, but overall I think this was a very strong entry, and something you should be proud of.
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12/11/2006 07:30:52 AM
Nice shot buddy, well composed and definately met the challenge head on wich is of course critical to do well in challenges here. Main problem here would be the lighting, it´s not bad at all but a little too strong on the hand and chips. A good tip would be to keep the lighting simple while you are figuring it out, the most natural lighting will come from above from maybe a 45 degree angle as that is how we usually see people lit, the sun and lightbulbs usually come from an above angle :)

Keep it up!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/10/2006 08:12:59 PM
not a bad shot. The lighting is a little off and comes off as definitely not in a casino
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12/09/2006 11:48:37 PM
Good interpretation but the big gun seems out of character, still a good effort to the Challenge theme.
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12/09/2006 06:00:06 PM
This has to be one of the best in the challenge. I appreciate the time and effort in this. The hand is a bit over exposed but so what. Nice job and good luck.
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12/09/2006 12:49:05 AM
Nice set up
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12/07/2006 11:09:25 PM
I like the composition, but either that's a gray (or black faded) table cloth, or the levels/curves need adjustment.
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12/05/2006 04:08:47 PM
The colors are too flat in this one. Otherwise it's a great shot with excellent lighting.
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12/05/2006 03:55:58 PM
Gorgeous model and cool set up. For some reason though, it appears to lack some contrast, or rather, the blacks and shadows appear murky. Otherwise an awesome shot, great work!
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12/05/2006 10:38:59 AM
I find the hand is a little to distracting, otherwise an excelent shot. 7
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12/05/2006 09:09:31 AM
This is a great shot. I love the dramatic lighting. The best Casino Royale shot!!
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12/05/2006 01:30:15 AM
Cool image and cropping. Blown highlights on the hand distracting.
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12/04/2006 10:33:53 PM
Great expression on a handsome man. Nice wardrobe and props. Very believable James Bond. Not sure how to do it, but the blacks could be richer and deeper.
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12/04/2006 12:11:21 PM
not sure on the lighting here, the blown out hand is distracting
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12/04/2006 09:31:58 AM
i liek the lighting on the face and the blown out section on the hand - very dramatic
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12/04/2006 09:22:09 AM
I like the idea - hot spot on the hand hurts it a bit.
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12/04/2006 05:58:40 AM
Nice work!. The best attempt at doing Casino Royale in this Challenge! Got the chips right, the gun is silenced, the outfit looks good.
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12/04/2006 05:30:29 AM
Shame about the burnt out hand
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