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Da Vinci Man
Da Vinci Man

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Challenge: Free Study 2007-05 (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: Home
Date: May 29, 2007
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 8.0 sec
Galleries: Black and White
Date Uploaded: May 30, 2007

My father just had a 5 (yes 5) bypass open heart surgery; this shot is not only to see how something like this will do here on DPC but to document the effects of smoking 2 packs of cigarettes a day for more than 40 years.

Needless to say my Father has quit smoking.

Thank you Dad for allowing me to get this shot, regardless of how it does on this web site I love you, I'm proud of you and I'm so glad that you are still with us!


This shot is a single exposure, yes it's possible to do this with the mighty D200 image overlay but with the new rule set it's back to doing things the right way, learning new techniques.

Backdrop hanger in garage with black drop cloth.
Inspiration from Da Vinci and ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' graphicfunk the master of long and multiple exposures.

Set Dad up in front of camera and had him hold his arms above his head I triggered the shutter release on Mirror up and fired my SB600 three times. As I fired the SB600 I had my Father move his arms down.

The result is what you see here.

Little post processing was done to this shot. Cloned out some garage on the right hand frame, curves, convert to b/w using hue / saturation, resize canvas, resize photo, smart sharpen and save for web.

Place: 326 out of 617
Avg (all users): 5.5833
Avg (commenters): 6.2000
Avg (participants): 5.5896
Avg (non-participants): 5.5588
Views since voting: 646
Views during voting: 284
Votes: 168
Comments: 11
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06/08/2007 09:11:57 AM
I was wondering what his story was. Thanks for giving it up. I liked this image a lot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/07/2007 10:58:22 PM
good choice of color but the subject could look a little fitter.
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06/07/2007 09:23:07 PM
cool photo - i like how you used multiflash to capture this
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06/05/2007 04:06:39 PM
his expression (tentative and looking to the left) is a bit distracting, but otherwise nice capture. the scar looks "new;" my husband recently acquired a "zipper" as well. :)His was to fix a congenital heart defect, but watching him go through it (and the recovery), I decided to get as healthy as possible to prevent ever needing one.
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06/05/2007 02:03:29 AM
I like this, the model really makes it, excellent.
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06/04/2007 10:21:44 PM
Pretty cool, thinner frame would have helped.
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06/03/2007 12:24:58 AM
Very good shot. I bet it took you many times to get this right and look perfect.
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06/02/2007 11:38:54 AM
Lookin' good after heart surgery! Great lines, crisp focus with the arms. Nicely done.
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06/01/2007 08:10:26 PM
Very well done...but would have like to have had no attire...maybe a higher crop. 7
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06/01/2007 11:47:40 AM
I think the "top arms" should be higher and the lower ones lower. Also, the gaze off to the side of the camera is distracting. Nice idea.
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06/01/2007 12:16:03 AM
Lighting is fine as well as composition. Overall this image is really lacking purpose. The man's expression almost looks as he he is not paying much attention. The background should have been darkened on the right side to hide the wrinkles. Overal for an image such as this to work you need a strong expression, or else it just looks as if you are testing a technique with no reason for it.
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