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Stillness Within
Stillness Within

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Challenge: Multiple Light Sources II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-70mm f/2.8D
Location: Empty room
Date: Mar 18, 2007
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 400
Shutter: 2.5s
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Mar 18, 2007

I had taken this with a tungsten light for background highlight to add depth. Small candles in the front of the subject were to highlight the face and to the cloak. In Photoshop, I corrected the contrast, levels and changed the color to black and white.

Place: 113 out of 159
Avg (all users): 5.0737
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 4.9302
Avg (non-participants): 5.1156
Views since voting: 668
Views during voting: 315
Votes: 190
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

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05/23/2007 08:34:35 PM
I have only just found this image and have to say I like it a lot. The only thing is the shawl in the background is very distracting. The softness works well with the flat, low contrast lighting. I like this image so much that if it were mine I'd spend the time to edit the shawl from the picture, because without that it would be fantastic.
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04/19/2007 07:45:10 PM
Originally posted by jackal9:

I kinda like the soft focus feel of it myself, I think is a very emotive shot and I like it a lot...way to go!!

Thanks jackal, I needed that!
04/15/2007 10:31:47 PM
I kinda like the soft focus feel of it myself, I think is a very emotive shot and I like it a lot...way to go!!
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04/12/2007 04:19:09 PM
I did like this shot- but when I got it onto the computer I realized how out-of-focus she really was. The problem I had with this is that it was a timed exposure to really pop out the back wall and her with as little light as possible. BUT, no person can truely stand absolutely still for 10sec unless your a trained manican(however you spell it).

But I like the feel and I going try to magnify that throughout my entries.

Your comments truely are helpful. You are helping me to redifine my skills and to help me catch this that aren't so obvious.

Again thank you and good-luck to everyone else.
04/02/2007 05:47:57 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club.

First of all - welcome to the madness of DPC challenges.

This is a very interesting image. The first striking thing about it is the wealth of textures - the walls, her cloak, the rug above her head. The depth of field works well for this.

The composition isn't necessarily very DPC friendly - the conventional thing to do is to make the subject very much the focus of the picture, and steer clear of any distractions (like the rug above her head), unless they're directly complementing the subject. However, the fact that it's unconventional makes it interesting.

The other obvious DPC objection is that the face isn't in focus. Again, I'm not convinced it's a valid objection. The voters have a bias towards very crisp, clear images, but in this case the soft focus and shadows on her face make it look quite mysterious, and are possibly complementing what you were trying to achieve with the photo.

The white spots in the lower right corner are quite distracting. I know these just randomly happen, to the best of my knowledge, the only real solution is to take lots and lots of images, then pick the ones that don't have such problems (I've taken anything up to 300 for a single challenge).

In terms of the post-processing:
I would've cropped a small part of the bottom of the picture to get rid of the white line in the right corner. The best way to get exactly the relations you want between the blacks and whites in the picture is to use the 'curves' function in Photoshop, which might potentially improve the picture. Also, I don't know what you used to convert it to B&W, I find the channel mixer does a much better job than the 'desaturate' function, as you can get exactly the level of contrast you want by playing with the percentages. Also, the image is 620px high, which is close to the maximum, but you might as well use the full dimensions allowed - the bigger the image is, the more of a chance it gives the viewers to appreciate it.

Anyway - hope this helps, and keep on entering challenges!

Any questions, just PM me.


Message edited by author 2007-04-02 17:49:47.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/27/2007 11:20:29 PM
very good nonDPC shot. great sense of mood. 10
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03/26/2007 09:03:07 PM
i thing the focus point is above the woman...
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03/26/2007 11:13:00 AM
I like the pose and grain. I really don't care for the cloth hanging above her head.
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03/22/2007 11:33:06 PM
Is that Svetlana in there?
03/22/2007 09:35:16 AM
Kick up the contrast..your black is good..would like to see some white whites, and the focus seems to be on the backdrop and not her face
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03/21/2007 01:37:43 PM
Very pretty!
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03/21/2007 10:04:27 AM
the face is too dark for me
03/21/2007 07:06:45 AM
Found the shawl to be distracting near the top, and focus is way off. Lighting for texture would have been better. Light to the right, higher than camera height and reflector (tinfoil can be used) needs to be played with to cast just the right amount of light to catch the texture of the fabric.
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