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"Bear" Naked
"Bear" Naked
roba

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Nude IV (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Federal Way, WA (Seattle)
Date: Jan 27, 2007
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 0.8sec
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 28, 2007

My first nude. Kept it subtle/tasteful & had fun (as per the Challenge description)!


pp:
convert from RAW - 2 passes w/merge in CS2 (selective masking)
crop
minor rotatation
curves
channels
spot healing on a couple of blemishes
warming filter
levels
convert to BW (blue channel)
resize
selective USM (bear, hair, railing)
border
ni
sfw

Hope I've done her justice, and this does okay (or I may not get to enter Nude V) ;o)

On my stairs with natural lighting aided by a remote flash & gold reflector.

f/8.0
iso 100
0.8sec
focal length 20mm

Statistics
Place: 16 out of 121
Avg (all users): 6.4817
Avg (commenters): 7.5152
Avg (participants): 6.1566
Avg (non-participants): 6.5524
Views since voting: 13093
Views during voting: 1389
Votes: 465
Comments: 41
Favorites: 9 (view)


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02/10/2007 11:17:51 PM
i really like this shot a lot, and never ended up commenting on it during the challenge. I'm not sure exactly what it is i love either, which makes it all the better in my book. Congrats!
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02/10/2007 10:21:14 AM
*Critique Club*

"Bear" Naked is a great entry into the Nude IV challenge. I think you did an excellent job of keeping the image tasteful and fun.

Overall the image is very pleasing, I think black and white was an excellent choice. The coloring (or lack of color) allows the image to stay simple and clean, nothing too distracting. The composition is very nice. I really like that you included the banister, instead of just having your model floating out in space. I wonder if based on leaving the banister in you were using natural light from a door way. The reason I mention the lighting is it is a bit strong and caused a little bit of a blow out on the bears face. I think overall this probably changed the score, for my self personally it only changed the score by a point. I am sure others would have voted higher based on a softer lighting.

I think this was a wonderful entry and hopefully your model would agree and let you continue to enter the challenges because you defiantly have a creative eye. Also I just have to say for your first nude this is an excellent job! I think being able to photograph nudes is one of the hardest challenges.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/04/2007 11:56:15 PM
Blown highlights on the bear and hair detracts from a nice image.
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02/04/2007 09:48:03 PM
great light... I like that you draped the stairs.
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02/04/2007 03:31:26 PM
Very cute and great composition!
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02/03/2007 09:29:24 PM
like the oob thought in this. very nicely done as well.
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02/03/2007 05:11:33 AM
Beautiful lighting and detail.
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02/03/2007 02:45:51 AM
Great photo! I like the composition you have used. The cropping is spot on and your exposure is also perfect. Good B&W conversion. If I was to be nit picky, I would only say that the black cloth on the floor distracts a little due to the wrinkles. My monitor is a little bright & they can easily be seen.
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02/02/2007 10:02:34 AM
i like the display of photographic skills, very nice
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02/02/2007 01:40:39 AM
This is a really nice image the focus and light spot on and I love the Teddy Bear
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02/01/2007 02:23:19 PM
I really like the light here and your editing works nicely. The only thing I am not too keen on is the material strewn over the stairs. The image has a relaxed feel to it but with the material on the stairs it takes to to too setup....just my opinion! Still a great shot! :o)
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02/01/2007 09:06:20 AM
Very very nice.Good work with the light
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02/01/2007 03:13:06 AM
her pose should be more relaxed.
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01/31/2007 10:24:26 PM
Nicely done 8
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01/31/2007 11:17:10 AM
technical a great image, but I think the fabric the model is sitting on could've been absolutely black, or no fabric.

great lighting and the compo works with the side of the stairs on the left.
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01/31/2007 09:31:40 AM
Excellent composition. One of my favorites. (9)
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01/30/2007 08:27:40 PM
Clever title
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01/30/2007 04:46:44 PM
adorable and cute
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01/30/2007 01:11:45 PM
Odd. Good lighting and pose though. The bannister railing seems a bit distracting though.
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01/30/2007 08:59:32 AM
good composition and pose. the blanket/sheet on the stair doesn't add. lights are blown.
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01/30/2007 06:24:05 AM
This is is just sheer joy to look at.....
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01/29/2007 11:28:58 PM
Great lighting. A very interesting pose. I think the banister rail is a bit distracting. I also think her feet appear a bit too uncomfortable, however the shape the pointed feet add to the legs does add to some great definition, so I wouldn't worry too much about that. I think that if the model was looking at the camera, it might have added to your score as well.
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01/29/2007 11:21:52 PM
that's creative!!! wahoo...soemthing unusual!
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01/29/2007 11:14:01 PM
great title
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01/29/2007 11:07:59 PM
cute
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01/29/2007 10:25:34 PM
Great shot. Love the contrast, lighting, angle. . . Well done!
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01/29/2007 10:23:36 PM
i laughed when i saw the title of the photo... but i do love the picture
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01/29/2007 05:02:16 PM
I always like playful nudes. composition on this one is very nice. Lighting is great. Pose is cool. My only gripe: personally, I would add a breast showing somewhere, may it be partial or complete. To me, as it is, this shot tells me the model does not want to show anything, and it detracts me from the shot. I understand the pose is about a shy girl hiding behind a teddy and I don't argue against this because this is exactly what makes this shot good. But I think it would add an extra level if a breast was showing "without the subject knowing" even though she is hiding... Dunno if you understand what I mean? It would make the subject more vulnerable, and I think would add to the shot. My two cents on an excellent shot. Solid 7
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01/29/2007 02:26:42 PM
Very nice. I like the pose, subject matter, composition, etc. I would say just a touch heavy on the NeatImage and I'm not a fan of the wrinkled up background the model is sitting on. She's on the stairs... let's see them.
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01/29/2007 01:47:34 PM
Composition works for me with this - I like the inclusion of the stair railing. And very cute bear! Good light, too.
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01/29/2007 01:10:57 PM
Its a very nice composition. In fact it provides multiple eye holding points. Kinda tempting to look for more elements and explore the picture. I like the skintines, great lighting and that little brightness on the bear's face. The conrasts are striking. 9
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01/29/2007 12:47:22 PM
great color, great lighting, great composition,but too much bear IMO
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01/29/2007 09:48:42 AM
very good, great contrast
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01/29/2007 08:32:08 AM
great composition!
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01/29/2007 06:20:24 AM
Kinda cute. Nice lighting too.
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01/29/2007 05:38:14 AM
nice, nice setting and lighting.
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01/29/2007 03:45:02 AM
Great tones, great model, the bear ruins the mood for me.
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01/29/2007 03:36:14 AM
Hmmmm I like it shows a little out of the square thinking 9
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01/29/2007 01:14:59 AM
i keep trying to come up with an appropriate comment, but all that comes to mind is - beautiful
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01/29/2007 12:32:45 AM
very sweet image!
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01/29/2007 12:10:28 AM
SEXXXY! 10
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