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Sister of the Bride
Sister of the Bride

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Challenge: Silky-Smooth (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikon AF Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G IF-ED DX
Location: Indoors
Date: May 14, 2007
Aperture: 5
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/2 second
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: May 15, 2007

Levels, saturation, noise ninja and USM.

Place: 12 out of 144
Avg (all users): 6.6473
Avg (commenters): 8.4545
Avg (participants): 6.4032
Avg (non-participants): 6.7130
Views since voting: 2175
Views during voting: 559
Votes: 292
Comments: 25
Favorites: 3 (view)

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05/24/2007 08:44:24 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

This is a great photo. Very emotive with the low key and red color. The model's position and subtle props tell a story, which the title helps explain, but without really detracting from the mystery.

The single-source lighting matches the lonely mood well, and preserves the low key that is so essential here. The glare on the model's shoulder is mildly distracting; a slight reposition might have avoided it, or perhaps some makeup to make her skin less glossy. The brightness makes this the first thing the viewer notices, although the rest of the photo is so powerful that this isn't a big deal. (If spot editing was allowed, it could have easily been cloned out. But that's part of what makes DPChallenge challenging!)

The composition is good. Simple yet sophisticated. I personally like the subtle line in the background (the arm of a sofa, I assume); it helps with the vertical balance, and leads the eye to the subject. The horizontal balance is slightly off; the photo needs just a bit of space to the left. And the rose doesn't really add anything and is hard to see; I think the photo would be better without it.

Technical aspects are perfect. Focus is right on, yet nicely soft to match the overall mood. Color is great. Exposure is just right.

Again, a great photo. I've really enjoyed studying it.
05/23/2007 05:49:58 PM
this is frikkin fantastic!
05/23/2007 01:34:04 PM
Congrats on making the top 20 in your first challenge entry. As I commented earlier, this got a 10 from me.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/22/2007 08:08:25 PM
Stunning photograph. I love this one very much and think that everthing works here except for that streak in the background. buggin' me. Still though- gotta go with the 9
05/22/2007 04:30:10 PM
Silky everything: dress, skin, hair, backdrop. Your color palette and lighting are controlled and gorgeous. The odd angle of the arm holding the bottle is distressing, and your caption is poignant. Really emotive and a 10 from me.
05/20/2007 08:36:19 AM
Interesting lighting and angled perspective. the way she's holding the bottle is a little awkward but this is a really interesting and different kind of shot
05/19/2007 09:35:43 AM
I love this one, very beautiful and moody shot, great pose and colours! 10
05/19/2007 07:58:41 AM
That's a terrific shot. Wonderful lighting, great idea, love the dress.
05/19/2007 06:02:18 AM
mmm I have some doubt about this photo. the idea is good, perhaps may be executed in better way. I liken't the model in horizontal position was better a diagonal composition. the lights are a bit burned on the shoulder and in some red areas. 6
05/18/2007 08:18:26 PM
Very fancy, I like the lighting as well... :)
05/18/2007 08:05:23 PM
Bump to 10. Lovely execution of a clever idea.
05/18/2007 06:07:11 PM
the angle provides an interesting dynamic... really becomes part of the story!
05/18/2007 05:01:23 PM
excellent lines, great exposure and lighting ... love the color and texture
05/18/2007 11:55:39 AM
I like the lighting. Very nice photo. Good job.
05/17/2007 07:31:19 PM
Great Idea! ;)
05/17/2007 07:16:39 PM
Wow..a very nice, elegant image.! Love the glow, the angle, her dress, hair, the bottle, her pose, the title and drama...it's all perfect. My first 10.
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05/17/2007 04:21:30 PM
very dramatic and strong shot. 8
05/17/2007 12:10:25 PM
this image is a little dark, but the colors look nice.i love the mood portrayed through this image!8
05/17/2007 12:08:40 PM
Amazing image. I like the color combination and the lighting is excellent. Great composition.
05/17/2007 03:30:51 AM
Very dramatic lighting, colour and pose.
05/16/2007 11:28:47 PM
ha well done
05/16/2007 11:05:41 AM
i really like this composition and lighting. good job.
05/16/2007 10:19:14 AM
I like the point of view and the light in this...the wine bottle is a problem, wish it wasn't there, but otherwise nice 8
05/16/2007 02:30:54 AM
great color and warmth. Every aspect of this image makes me thing smooth. Only thing that seems oddly placed is the rose. 9
05/16/2007 01:38:05 AM
wowwww very nice shot...9

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