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Challenge: Free Study 2007-04 (Expert Editing*)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Location: studio
Date: Apr 22, 2007
Galleries: Fashion, Studio
Date Uploaded: Apr 24, 2007

Same model as my Rule of Thirds Entry...Plus another, obviously.

We worked diligently on getting the poses to work with a square composition, which is my favorite crop. These two are friends, drove a long way to shoot with me and it was a lot of fun working with them. I have a ton of images from a marathon session, so I will upload some more after voting. It was great because we did a variety of shots, locations, both studio and natural lighting-which by the way is so much fun. I almost always use strobes and flashes, but natural light is so easy to work with if you take the time to find the right spot...definitely something I am going to explore more in the future. I am entering this into the Free Study, because studio and model work is still something I am learning and hope to receive plenty of constructive criticism. Thanks guys!

By the way, the last couple of "Expert Editing" challenges I went over the top to mixed success. This time, this editing was borderline basic, with just a touch of dodge and burn to make it creep over to advanced. Nothing too crazy this time.

Place: 74 out of 573
Avg (all users): 6.3604
Avg (commenters): 7.4286
Avg (participants): 6.2701
Avg (non-participants): 6.5667
Views since voting: 2184
Views during voting: 592
Votes: 197
Comments: 14
Favorites: 5 (view)

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05/09/2007 12:37:59 AM
Once again, excellent shot!! And I love their eyes...adds a bit of mysterious or even exotic flavor. Keep up the good work!!
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05/08/2007 03:37:56 AM
One of only 3 tens I gave, this should have placed higher
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05/08/2007 03:01:30 AM
Beau, I wonder how you always get your models... Cool shot, definitely underrated!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2007 11:07:30 PM
Dont go anywhere girls! i'l be there in 10 :) great composition and lighting is dead on IMHO. yeh 10
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05/05/2007 10:33:16 PM
I really like the shot, except the model laying down is trying to look too far upward and this makes her eyes look a little strange. Her hand and forearm being out of focus is somewhat distracting too, but I understand the DOF problems that can cause this. Overall, I really think you did an excellent job and hope you do well. 9
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05/05/2007 11:37:29 AM
Only issue I see is the bottom one's eyes. It looks strange with almost no iris showing.
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05/04/2007 05:36:09 PM
Fantastic models and composition. The only thing that lets it down is the 'halo' created by the background not being burnt out enough. good luck, 7
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05/02/2007 04:25:53 PM
Nice but a little too soft focus on the nearest hand/arm for me. Little bit too shallow dof for my tases I guess. Otherwise, great photo.
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05/02/2007 12:25:21 PM
sexy..no, let me change that...very sexy!
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05/02/2007 09:21:57 AM
Nice lighting and colors.
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05/01/2007 10:18:18 PM
wow what a great photo 10
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05/01/2007 09:09:17 PM
This is in a class of its own.
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05/01/2007 03:20:37 PM
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05/01/2007 12:06:29 AM
Nice shot... sensual and unnerving at the same time.

I feel like the gradient in the background is too strong - my eye keeps seeing its outline; and there's something kinda freaky about both their eyes. Overall great photo, though.
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