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The Temptation
The Temptation
toddhead

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Challenge: Nude IV (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: In my basement
Date: Jan 27, 2007
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Portraiture, Nude
Date Uploaded: Jan 28, 2007

This photoshoot caused a pretty good arguement with my queen, so I don't think I'll be doing another Nude challenge! Not sure how this will do, but I'm putting it on to feed my update addiction.

My guess: 6.145
Wife: 5.8 - she doesn't care for the picture


Post challenge:

Thank you for all the great comments. The further away from the arguement I got the more I liked this picture. I think initially it just left a bad taste in my mouth.

Thanks again!

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 121
Avg (all users): 7.2893
Avg (commenters): 7.9333
Avg (participants): 6.8523
Avg (non-participants): 7.3882
Views since voting: 29832
Views during voting: 1765
Votes: 477
Comments: 96
Favorites: 80 (view)


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02/28/2012 07:47:26 PM
Beautiful wife
06/04/2010 04:14:36 PM
Your wife is beautiful and this makes her look sensational. you are a very lucky man!
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07/22/2008 05:05:59 AM
The make up ... would have been well worth all the arguing. As someone else mentioned you just get drawn to this great shot. Well done.
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09/09/2007 06:01:48 PM
Wow! Just discovered this one and love it! Composition, lighting, pose, expression - everything is perfect (oh and yes, the model is gorgeous as well).
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06/08/2007 06:40:10 AM
That is an extraordinary picture. The use of softness is one thing, but the use of lighting to work on shadows is what really brings beauty to this... I wish I could fave this.

Made me go and grab my camera and show it the pic. makes me want to go out and get a beautiful wife more... :)
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02/25/2007 08:40:16 PM
I added you to my favorite list...hope to learn alot from your pictures... If I can get a shot half as good as this one I'll be happy... Also she's beautiful...Great Job
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02/25/2007 07:59:37 PM
Like I said in my comment below, but I'm very happy this finished well! Great job !!
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02/15/2007 09:54:20 AM
nice! vrery smooth I love it
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02/10/2007 10:27:23 PM
Originally posted by mike8668:

Makes me want to learn how to use my camera a lot more.



This is probably the best comment I have ever received. Thank you.

Message edited by author 2007-02-10 22:27:36.
02/10/2007 09:35:04 AM
Wonderful Shot!!! Had to wake up my wife and drag her out to see it....So tasteful and striking, wonderful model!!..Makes me want to learn how to use my camera a lot more.

Keep up the great work
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02/10/2007 03:34:41 AM
Dude, don't know what you argued about. Loved it, will add to my fav's
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02/08/2007 03:17:53 PM
Originally posted by doug61853:

I didn't realize at first this is your wife. All I can say is you are soooo lucky!! Hopefully she will relax on the nude picture part. Give it time. Once again I loved this one, and keep up the good work!!


Thanks.. I am a lucky man... I definitely married up!
02/08/2007 09:44:44 AM
I didn't realize at first this is your wife. All I can say is you are soooo lucky!! Hopefully she will relax on the nude picture part. Give it time. Once again I loved this one, and keep up the good work!!
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02/06/2007 09:09:19 AM
I think initially it just left a bad taste in my mouth.

Probably not a good choice of words, especially if your trying to end the argument. LMAO!

As for the photo, its very pleasing to the eye. You can walk through all of these photos, and this one holds your attention. Very calmly dramatic, if that makes sense.

Now for the wife, tell'r to relax it would be a very difficult task to take a bad photo of somebody so stunning.
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02/06/2007 12:11:47 AM
Hey, yanno what? You have the most beautiful models in your life ;) (Macey and the kids)

Your wife is stunning, the pose is awesome her facial expression has a story behind it and its up to us to figure out what she is feeling in the moment.. I love that.
I'm not huge on the selective desat stuff however I am thrilled to see the score exceeded both of your expectations. Congrats on the top 5!!! Sorry to hear the shoot caused some upset within your lives.. however, the result of you working together was beautiful.
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02/06/2007 12:03:45 AM
i really enjoyed this pic when i saw it... congrats on the top 5 finish
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02/05/2007 09:56:40 PM
a lot of people predicted you for a ribbon ... me included.

this is one of the best compositions i've seen for a while. you should stick this on dcprints ... you'd sell a stack of them! :)

i gave you a 10 and a comment ... why anyone would vote below 5 is beyond me ...

brilliant work. well done!
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02/05/2007 02:37:39 AM
I understand the argument - I have some friends whom might like to pose for a nude challenge and yet I do not go there - yet I would like to take a photo like this one day - it is real good! I gave ya an 8!
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02/05/2007 01:02:35 AM
Wow, you certainly blew away your prediction! You have so many terrific shots of your wife, I hope she agrees to pose for you again soon. :)
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02/05/2007 12:40:46 AM
Looks like you can cross an item off your list (get another 7+. I am going to have to say that if you eliminated the people who voted this down for the selective desat you probably would have won (or at least ribboned). I do like the lighting that you used and I myself love the desat. Congrats on the top 5 finish in any event.
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02/05/2007 12:18:29 AM
HEHE! SURPRISE! 7+!! You were both wrong. :-) Congratulations! One of my favorites in this challenge!
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02/05/2007 12:18:18 AM
You both underestimated it by over a full point. I am not a selective desat fan but that is gorgeous.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/04/2007 11:54:08 PM
Beautfiul color and light. The pose is just ok for me.
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02/04/2007 09:43:44 PM
Wonderful desat and fantastic B&W tones. Well done and good luck!
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02/04/2007 09:14:21 PM
7
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02/04/2007 03:20:50 PM
Usually I don't like selective desat, but yours is such a clean and professionally done image that it really works.
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02/03/2007 01:58:16 PM
Absolutely love the contast of red against the black and white subject and background. This works!
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02/03/2007 07:13:21 AM
Beautifully done - one of my tops!!! 10
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02/02/2007 06:22:53 PM
This is an excellent picture. Lighting is good, composition and pose are great. I just find it a tad over processed.
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02/02/2007 01:41:19 AM
Lovely clarity and love the red.
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02/01/2007 10:26:10 PM
I generaly dont like photos where there are single colored items but this works really really well. great work
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02/01/2007 10:10:46 PM
Attractive model. Nice splash of red. I like the lighting and focus.
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02/01/2007 09:43:56 PM
Like the desat and high key. Good job. Nice photo by the way. One of the top ones IMO.
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02/01/2007 09:31:22 PM
I'm not much on the desat, but the model is very pretty and the light is very nice. Focus is good. 9
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02/01/2007 04:26:57 PM
Just going through again and i'm going to bump this up to a 9. really like everything about this shot
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02/01/2007 03:40:20 PM
Very well done and added to my favorites. I really like the softness of her skin in this photo. The red really adds to the overall effect. IMHO, a very good job in finding such a flattering pose.
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02/01/2007 08:59:27 AM
beautifull
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01/31/2007 08:26:18 PM
My favorite here! 10
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01/31/2007 07:28:54 PM
I like the selective desaturation concept, but I'm not sure that I like the silhouette/boundary between the sheet and her skin.
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01/31/2007 05:48:23 PM
Wow, that red is almost too red. Still lovely nonetheless. Great lighting. I'd like to know your lighting setup here. It looks great.
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01/31/2007 05:42:15 PM
I don't know.. placement of her hands (sexy) doesn't really fit her face looking down (shy). crossing her arms around her breasts might have worked better for me.
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01/31/2007 05:33:49 PM
Beautiful composition. A definite Ribbon in my book.
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01/31/2007 03:05:39 PM
I'm never too sure of the modesty poses they seem to deform the body she looks lopsided the red cover lifts the B/w but agian it seems to be on its own there for effect sorry if I appear harsh but this is one challenge where the compitition is awesome and the benchmark is high. Howevr you have a terrific model and probably better images than this 7
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01/31/2007 02:00:02 PM
Gorgeous. Super model, and great creativity in use of lighting and colors!
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01/31/2007 01:35:06 PM
Certainly a beautiful shot, but a few things jump out at me. The selective desaturation works well for this particular image, but the skins seem to be overly smooth. I think you went a little heavy on the NeatImage. As far as the pose in concerned, the placement of the hands feels a little "forced". The expression is great and the model is certainly beautiful, but the forced placement of the hands takes away from the overall "pensive" feel to her expression.
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01/31/2007 09:58:39 AM
Great RED
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01/31/2007 07:53:31 AM
I love this photo. Well composed! Ribbon for sure.
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01/31/2007 04:42:04 AM
Nice contrast between the skin and red cloth
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01/31/2007 02:41:23 AM
The red totally kills this shot for me. The image is no longer about the expression, the light or the pose anymore, it's about that blazing red thing. You have a lovely model, the focus should be on her expression, her pose, her form and how the light plays and interacts with them.

Without the red - 8

With the red - 3

Yes, I think it's that obnoxious.
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01/31/2007 02:06:15 AM
well done. i would have maybe enjoyed a subtle look at the camera a bit more. overall everything is great. beautiful model
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01/31/2007 12:31:15 AM
This is nice, but seems a bit cut out. Maybe a bit of a floor shadow would help that. Nice lighting.
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01/30/2007 08:36:40 PM
Striking!
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01/30/2007 05:07:21 PM
I think this would be more appealing to me, without the selective desat..
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01/30/2007 04:07:57 PM
Beautiful... I love the red and the way you made the rest B&W... 10
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01/30/2007 03:49:33 PM
Perfect lighting. I like the selective desat.
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01/30/2007 12:45:54 PM
Gorgeous light! (Get it?) Seriously, her beauty is enhance by your work and light control! Great image and nice touch with the red cloth.. powerful!
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01/30/2007 12:15:44 PM
Very nice lighting. The red material gives a nice strong base to the composition.
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01/30/2007 07:16:51 AM
mmm... I have some doubt for your choice for a composition in the middle. it work and the square crop is a good choice to valorize this choice but perhaps the image is too much static?
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01/30/2007 06:26:39 AM
I like this effect.....
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01/30/2007 03:49:04 AM
good lighting, pose and expression. don't care for the partial coloring/desat - doesn't add IMO. she seems a bit lost there in the center, wish the composition was more interesting or there was some background included. had cloned out the tattoo on the foot or presented it nicer
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01/30/2007 01:04:30 AM
Very nice.
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01/30/2007 12:30:09 AM
The breat clutching is unappealing but love the edit.
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01/29/2007 11:20:47 PM
This is awesome! I love that beautiful splash of red on the black and white. My new favorite so far. 10
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01/29/2007 10:33:51 PM
Wonderful pose. Love the red.
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01/29/2007 10:25:49 PM
I know who my favorites are and this at the top of the list. The photo is gorgeous, nice contrast, beautiful color right down to the position of the model! I love it.
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01/29/2007 10:21:54 PM
Outstanding use of selective color.
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01/29/2007 08:27:31 PM
I had originally given a 9, but after looking at this to comment i changed it to a 10, you should ribbon with this shot. Amazing
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01/29/2007 08:20:01 PM
outstanding! your model is gorgeous, but I love the processing even more. well done. my favorite in the challenge.
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01/29/2007 07:34:00 PM
While not a huge fan of 'nude' photography, I find this one extremely tasteful, elegant, and aestically enticing! The red coloring is PERFECT!Bravo...a well deserved *10" from me (and my only *10* in the challenge)
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01/29/2007 04:05:06 PM
Beautiful composition, lighting and editing. Everything down to the slight tilt of the head works so well here :o)
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01/29/2007 03:56:55 PM
Well done! 9
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01/29/2007 02:00:52 PM
Now this looks like Judi's work to me with the high key and scarlet.
I think it's a beautifully lit and composed shot. I like the tension between the high key and scarlet wrap. If I was going to nitpick I would say that the model ends up looking a little 'lopsided', but all in all a great shot.
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01/29/2007 12:51:02 PM
Very nice image. The striking pose and the red really gives it a very special feel.
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01/29/2007 12:00:38 PM
absolutely stunning - must admit that i looked around this one for a while, and what a nice surprise to find the tattoo on her foot :) this had better ribbon!
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01/29/2007 11:31:34 AM
like the red foulard! It gives some strong feeling! Good lighting! - 8 -
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01/29/2007 10:11:25 AM
we all know this lovely lady! I am giving you a 10 but I would add the pose of the legs seems a little awkward, perhaps one arm covering the breasts and both legs off to the side..but thats just me, I would love to see some outtakes from this shoot!
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01/29/2007 09:47:00 AM
deserves a ribbon for sure love this
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01/29/2007 09:27:51 AM
Wow, very well concieved and put together photo.
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01/29/2007 09:10:41 AM
i'll be amazed if this doesn't get a ribbon ... brilliant! 10!!
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01/29/2007 07:30:57 AM
Beautiful selective desat, but I'd decrease the saturation of the Red a tad, right now this is the first thing my eyes gets drawn to.
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01/29/2007 06:58:08 AM
Good composition, but the excessive neatimage / overlaid gaussian blur makes this look far too unpleasantly plastic. This isn't helped by the way the image appears to have been desaturated - try using the channel mixer with more green and less red from the original image to make the skin tones look less pasty.
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01/29/2007 06:31:47 AM
Yep! I'm tempted. Nice pose
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01/29/2007 06:26:40 AM
Awesome, tasteful, well done shot. The exposure is great, the flesh tones are awesome and the partial desaturation is very nice. Very nice contrast against the pure white background. Beautiful subject! Good luck with the challenge!!!
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01/29/2007 05:52:17 AM
really like the shot but the red was too overdone for me.
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01/29/2007 04:51:42 AM
I'm not sure the red was an enhancement. It might have been better as a light gray. The tones in the rest of the shot are great though.
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01/29/2007 04:44:42 AM
I'd like to see the original to see what you did to the background. and maybe you could've cloned away the veins on her arm...everything els is really nice! pose and expression are great.
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01/29/2007 04:44:12 AM
Another one of my picks for the top slots, I know how hard it is to get just red.. well done
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01/29/2007 03:18:39 AM
beautiful, possible ribbon? wish she were slightly less tense, but I love the bright red and desat, perfect skin and composition, 10
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01/29/2007 02:17:27 AM
Bam! Blue! You heard it here first. No contest.
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01/29/2007 01:42:50 AM
lighting is great and the red pops right off the page.
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01/29/2007 12:33:10 AM
Lovely and tasteful! 10
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01/29/2007 12:26:33 AM
The red may be too bold or perhaps over-balanced. Pulls away from the subject. Needs red at the top. Perhaps re-shoot and instead of the model covering her breasts have her holding a red rose or apple.
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01/29/2007 12:26:29 AM
Very nicely done, Todd. Soft pose, perfect lighting as always. The partial desat is a little bit cliche for me, but that's a personal preference. the rest of the shot is more than good enough to make up for it...should go over well with the DP crowd :)

By the way...offer Macey my congratulations on getting the ripped bod back...no way I'd have guessed she was a mom of two if I didn't know better.

Good on ya both...excellent entry.

P
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01/29/2007 12:24:45 AM
Smoking hot model, great composition, and I think the desat works well here. This shot drips sex and I think in large part that's because nothing is explicitly shown here. Well done, this is one of my favorites in the challenge. Hope you do well.
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01/29/2007 12:19:12 AM
Love the color shape contrast. very tender pose. beautiful
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01/29/2007 12:09:20 AM
her pose is very sweet. loving the desat, it works perfectly for this photo!
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