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Not a Baby's Butt
Not a Baby's Butt

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Challenge: Silky-Smooth (Basic Editing)
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D
Lens: Konica Minolta AF 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6(D) DT
Location: Living Room
Date: May 14, 2007
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 3/10
Galleries: Black and White, Nude
Date Uploaded: May 15, 2007

Frankly, I don't have high hopes for this one. I felt rushed. The model had other commitments, and I don't feel like I got the shot I wanted before she had to leave. I was trying not to create a photo that was gratuitous, or objectifying...I'm not sure if I missed the mark or not...

the idea here is, of course, "silky smooth." Frankly, I can't think of anything more pleasant and smooth as the soft touch of a woman's skin.

Place: 95 out of 144
Avg (all users): 5.0750
Avg (commenters): 4.7778
Avg (participants): 4.7258
Avg (non-participants): 5.1743
Views since voting: 16199
Views during voting: 1116
Votes: 280
Comments: 32
Favorites: 3 (view)

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06/09/2007 10:13:10 PM
Originally posted by OmanOtter:

pulls my eye right in where I don't want it to be

Doesn't look like a bad place to be to me :-D
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06/06/2007 08:49:59 PM
The problem, as I see it, is that you are showing the transitional area between her buttocks and her anus (especially-visible on the right buttock at the edge if the shadow). The idea of a woman's buttocks being silky and smooth is a good one. But, that transitional area near her anus (whatever the name for it is) pulls my eye right in where I don't want it to be and detracts mightily from what you were trying to achieve. I think that's the reason for many of the comments you got. If you re-took the photo at such an angle that we couldn't see that part of her anatomy, it would be a lot more effective.
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05/27/2007 12:17:12 AM
I actually like the shot very much. I know how difficult getting a tasteful and artistic shot can be, so kudos to the job you did. I like what you did with the pose, the lighting and shadows. Yes, maybe you can do better, but I still like the product you put out. To tell you the truth, it inspires me. Hope to see more of your magnificent work in the future!!
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05/25/2007 11:31:55 AM
Frankly, I can't think of anything more pleasant and smooth as the soft touch of a woman's skin.

I agree totally....

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05/24/2007 04:23:28 PM
Your model should not take it personally. Calls for her to clean or wax serve to demonstrate that a little body hair really throws people. Maybe it's one of the cultural dividing factors between sensual/pornographic. Just a thought! Peace,
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05/24/2007 11:56:54 AM
I have no issues with negative comments or critiques. That is not what chapped my ass at all. I expected a lower score, to tell the truth. I am perfectly aware that folks have different boundaries for what they consider good taste, and I can respect that. I'll argue the pornographic claim. I'll agree that it is more erotic, but I wouldn't call it porn.

What upset me was the cracks not at the image but at the model herself. Blast me all you want. I can take it, but one would expect a modicum of respect for the subject...a little tact, if you will. Perhaps I'm a tad more sensitive to it than others, but I tend to be protective of the ladies who offer themselves to my camera.

05/24/2007 02:19:48 AM
Hey there from the Critique Club

I think that I'll forgo critiquing this image and offer you some friendly advice. Value every comment you receive, every one of them. Firing back at those that take time to comment on your images only serves to dissuade the rest of us from offering our opinions. I looked through each of the comments offered here, and I really can't see what pissed you off so much. Looking at the comments and the photo together, I am even more lost. You said yourself that you felt rushed while shooting, and it really shows. You entered an image below your capabilities, and you paid the price. We all do it. If you don't feel that you can subject yourself to comments, critiques and even criticisms, maybe you shouldn't submit any more. Sorry to be blunt, but I try to speak the truth. Good luck with future entries, and I hope that you continue to offer entries.

Thank you for the opportunity to provide a critique on your entry,
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05/23/2007 05:33:14 PM
I felt the lighting was just off in the fact that it created such a harsh shadow. The shadow (and the pose angle) made it look like someone needed to cleanse themselves. Don't mean to be offensive, just wanted to clarify on what I thought was just a tad off with the shot.
Yes, skin can be very smooth and silky, the shot did not translate IMO. Otherwise, it was a good idea. (I believe I'm trying to say the same thing as Lactobeezor ... who did a better job of expression than I.)
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05/23/2007 05:20:13 PM
I got ya beat in the offending people department ;-) Try 60!

Anyway, I like the lighting and for the most part the pose. I think excluding the feet somehow would have helped the shot.
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05/23/2007 10:20:22 AM
I speak only for myself. I do not think childish when I view the comments. I think that it is hard to put in words the feelings. Look at the shot again without feeling and as an artist.

I too also thought of doing a shot quite like this. But with the model prone. Light from the side at an angle. Camera from the side. Like so many baby shots but with an adult feel. Like you said there is nothing smoother than the female skin.
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05/23/2007 12:16:21 AM
Well, I just can't help but to comment on the childish comments left here.

I can respect someone who doesn't like the photo and bothers to explain why. I can even respect the opinions of those who feel that the photo is beyond their personal limitation, but "wash up a little better" is pretty disrespectful and sophomoric.

Woohoo! 15 "1" votes.... looks like I was able to really offend plenty of people. Lets see if I can't piss off 20 next time.

Message edited by author 2007-05-23 00:29:37.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/22/2007 10:07:37 PM
Looks like someone needs to wash up a little better.
05/22/2007 02:11:30 PM
Sorry, but I find this pose nearly pornographic in nature and not something I feel is suitable for DPC. JMO of course.
05/22/2007 10:26:32 AM
This is really borderline. I do think it meets the challenge, and the play on light seems alright. I just think its to obvious, and too blatent. I think it would score better if you took another angle.
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05/21/2007 08:27:35 PM
Wow. Sexy shot. Should really offend quite a few people! :-)
Fits the challenge. I like the b&w. The bottom of the foot is a bit rough, considering the theme, but it's silky smooth compared to my own old foot.
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05/20/2007 10:10:53 PM
Nice artistic b/w study.
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05/20/2007 01:36:17 AM
this stinks.... *pun completely intended lol* jjk
05/19/2007 03:09:25 PM
Kind of distasteful nude shot for me. Not much of a silky-smooth easer; sorry-3.
05/19/2007 06:49:02 AM
surely not a baby's butt :) I think that the image is a bitt too dark on the right side.
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05/18/2007 01:46:30 PM
Clothing marks and needs a wax job or adjust the light source a bit.
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05/18/2007 05:18:02 AM
very unflattering pose. I do not get the sens of silky or smooth from this.
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05/18/2007 05:00:29 AM
I do not get offended by nudes in the challenges - actually I see some very tasteful and beautiful ones now and then. But this is not one of them and in my opinion you've crossed tha line of what's good taste here. Can't give you more than a 2 for this...
05/18/2007 12:17:43 AM
i should say not! 10 for gratuitous nudity!!
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05/17/2007 03:20:10 PM
the grain detracts from this interesting shot
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05/17/2007 01:32:10 PM
Nice pose, nice emotive lighting very nicely done. And it helps that it is a nice looking butt of course :)
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05/16/2007 11:31:05 PM
uhh ok.... wow
05/16/2007 10:30:49 AM
In my opinion, this is not tastefully done at all. Sorry!
05/16/2007 10:18:04 AM
05/16/2007 08:55:32 AM
A sure winner for the 'fart on you' challenge. Personally, I think a butt picture is a fine idea for silky smooth. However, all I wish to perceive is 'cheeks' - this gives me more insight than desired. No vote.
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05/16/2007 07:31:19 AM
I would have oiled the skin lowered the lighting and angle to expose contour.
You missed all the basic elements of a nude study in smooth and silk.
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05/16/2007 07:28:24 AM
haha... interesting.... different.... hmmmm!
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05/16/2007 12:51:07 AM
Somehow, I think you managed to pull this off. Definitely the lighting helped a TON.
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