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No Exit
No Exit

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Challenge: Exit (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Shady alley off the Cowgate, Edinburgh
Date: Jan 22, 2007
Aperture: f/1.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Urban, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jan 22, 2007

Going for a bit of a film noir look, with the shadow and everything, but the female model is more front-lit than i\'d like. I smashed one of my slave flashes last week and am still waiting for a replacement to arrive, so had to use the on-board and just one slave behind the dark figure. The on-board only let me dial down two stops, and i\'d have liked to drop more. Also there\'s more flare than i would have liked from the slave flash, but it had to be optically triggered and so had to be able to see my on-board... bah!

Hope it\'s obvious what\'s going on in this shot but i might not have made the worried expression on her face clear enough. This was actually a concept for a newspaper shot (that wasn\'t used in the end) to illustrate a rise in violent crime in the city centre of Edinburgh.

I\'d have for once really liked to use advanced editing here! Would have loved to do some dodging and burning around the near model to get a bit more depth, and to clone out that annoying amber reflection next to her hat! Editing: reduced saturation on the red channel (no selection) to give it a colder winterier look (as though 3 degrees wasn\'t cold enough in real life), no crop, nothing else, just resize and sharpen.

Place: 24 out of 142
Avg (all users): 5.9144
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.9804
Avg (non-participants): 5.8947
Views since voting: 943
Views during voting: 311
Votes: 222
Comments: 15
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01/30/2007 08:11:37 PM
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01/30/2007 05:28:21 PM
This tells a creepy story. I like it very much.
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01/28/2007 12:35:52 AM
Beautiful colour in the face against the black and the white light. And truly we puzzle over the bug eyed monster with the hairy insect legs. Well done.
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01/27/2007 12:49:25 PM
not enough resolution in this photo to rate highly
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01/27/2007 12:10:32 PM
Some may see this as title dependent, but it really has the right emotional tone to portray if not "exit", apprehension. Excellent photograph at any rate.
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01/27/2007 06:46:43 AM
Film noir-ish!
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01/26/2007 12:57:44 PM
Looks like a scene from some suspense movie. a little fearful expression on girl's face would have helped the shot a lot. although lighting control and composition fetch 8 from me.
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01/26/2007 12:15:29 PM
Wow, it looks like a movie shot. Bumped to 8
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01/26/2007 11:47:23 AM
The image in the background gives the photo an eery feeling. I also like the lighting and the angle at which it was shot.
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01/26/2007 10:21:02 AM
good story behind the pic and lighting..
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01/25/2007 11:14:42 PM
Very creative! 8
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01/25/2007 08:18:14 PM
is this a play on the play? :)

I love the lighting of the background guy, but I think the girls face should be a little darker (since the light is shown as coming from behind her). Also, her expression is so 'blah', wile she should look at least a little scared. I've seen many high quality photographs brought down by boring expressions of the models. And while I didn't take off points for that reason, it is something to think about next time you shoot something like this.
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01/25/2007 07:38:10 PM
Good photo quality, although image is title dependent.
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01/24/2007 03:05:45 PM
One of my girlfriends was beaten up by a gang of four 'hoodies' last night - she is black and blue today. I can feel the palpable sense of fear and threat. A well staged and executed concept, and a 10 from me.
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01/24/2007 12:33:18 AM
I wish the lighting was not as bright on her face. It seems a bit unrealistic. Otherwise, I love it.
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