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Fill your life with joy
2nd PlaceFill your life with joy
LalliSig


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Challenge: Extreme Emotion: Faceless (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
Location: Hvalfjöršur, Iceland
Date: Jul 23, 2007
Aperture: 1.2
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Emotive, Performance
Date Uploaded: Jul 24, 2007

This is Heišur Hallfrešsdóttir, first time I photograph her for DPC and haven“t actually taken her picture in over two years. She is a dancer so I thought she“d be perfect for this photoshoot wich the idea was basically just get a trampoline hidden in the grass and have her bounce and do poses in the air. I added the baloons last minute as I have seen shot“s done with baloons from DPC so that bit is "stolen" and I thought they would be a good way to hide the face as well. Then she jumped probably about a 100 times, she was a REAL good sport and we had a lot of fun, tried a couple of backrounds and I liked this one the best.

Honestly though, I don“t see a lot of emotion in the shot so I would not argue with anybody about it meeting the challenge. Again I would not have entered this challenge if it wasn“t for the DPL, I liked the concept of this challenge better than Still Life anyways and I had a blast in this photoshoot so I don“t really care about the score except I don“t want to let my teammates down so I“ll be shooting for street photography as well, no doubt :)

Took this in the evening and only used ambient light for the shot. Borrowed a trampoline from work (thanx EXPO) and it“s hidden in the grass below Heišur, hence her jumping so high although this girl is very athletic, I tried jumping like that and only got about 10cm up in the air and almost broke my neck, guess I am getting old and fat, hehehe.

Editing was all very minimal, raw conversion for contrast and white balance. Ran shadow/highlights to actually mostly darken the highlights bt also to slightly lift the darkest parts of the photo, added a little sepia toning with hue/sat, curves and unsharp mask for contrast and cropped to a 4:3 ratio, sharpened and added frame after resizing. If this had been advanced editing I would have removed the flower in the lower right corner and the ribbon that is over the pink baloon but otherwise kept this pretty much as it is so I am happy with the shot.

Wohoo, can“t really say I expected the score, am pretty extatic since it means I get to cross off two things on my "to do" list this year, now I can just take an relaxed attitude towards DPC for the rest of the year. Takes me back about a year when I also got to cross of two things of the 2006 to do list at the same time when I entered the challenge "Take Two" and could take it easy for the rest of that year too :)

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 110
Avg (all users): 7.5066
Avg (commenters): 8.7045
Avg (participants): 7.3333
Avg (non-participants): 7.5346
Views since voting: 15971
Views during voting: 642
Votes: 302
Comments: 79
Favorites: 35 (view)


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08/10/2007 06:49:37 PM
Two things I'd like to say.

1)I always like your stuff Larus.
2) Congratulations on getting a ribbon for a shot that didn't involve the Northern Lights.

:)
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08/06/2007 06:41:37 PM
Originally posted by RulerZigzag:

How do you get these women to model for you! Great jumping !


I ask really nicely :)
08/06/2007 11:15:08 AM
i absolutely LOVE this picture! AMAZING! im so glad it ribboned... im adding it to my favorites! :)
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08/05/2007 03:08:46 PM
How do you get these women to model for you! Great jumping !
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08/05/2007 02:22:13 PM
I really love this. The colours are great and emphasize the girl perfectly. Great job!!!
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08/04/2007 04:52:25 AM
wonderfully done!
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08/04/2007 01:40:04 AM
congrats a superb image
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08/04/2007 12:21:46 AM
what a magical lens. im just wondering how much light there really was in order for you to use iso 800 and 1.2
im glad this placed as high as it did
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08/02/2007 12:53:24 PM
Congratulations, Larus! You're good :)
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08/02/2007 09:30:53 AM
Congratulaations!! Such a happy image!!!
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08/02/2007 09:06:04 AM
Originally posted by MAK:

Larus? you look good in pink


It´s not a self portrait, dufus :P
08/02/2007 07:59:01 AM
this is really really good photo, congratulations !
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08/02/2007 06:13:34 AM
Congrats on a great shot and score

Jack
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08/01/2007 05:48:29 PM
this is really a good one, larus!
congratulations!
(^o^)
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08/01/2007 05:40:01 PM
Man, I'm sure glad I failed in my quest for a trampoline. I couldn't have done NEAR this well! :)
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08/01/2007 03:41:20 PM
Damn I sure can call em!! Had you pegged for Red and Dr. Achoo for Blue. Guess I just can't win em. :P Congrats on a great shot, score, and grabbin the red.
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08/01/2007 12:51:11 PM
It's a terrific shot, Larus. Thanks for your lengthy explanations. It's that kind of detail that helps the rest of us learn.
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08/01/2007 10:32:57 AM
Amazing posture by the model, amazing scenery. Well deserved ribon!! Congrats!
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08/01/2007 09:19:46 AM
Very fun photo, some great color tones...congratulations on winning the red ribbon!
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08/01/2007 06:09:05 AM
This picture deserves the blue... Very nice shot.
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08/01/2007 03:56:42 AM
Originally posted by elsapo:

congrats on the red ;)


Thanx for lending me your baloon idea :)
08/01/2007 03:33:45 AM
Nice little run of ribbons from the hogs. we will get ya next season mate.
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08/01/2007 12:30:17 AM
congrats on the red ;)
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08/01/2007 12:28:09 AM
Hogs! Hogs! Hogs! Hogs!
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08/01/2007 12:12:45 AM
congrats buddy, thought it was the infamous 1.2 :D

very well deserved
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08/01/2007 12:08:27 AM
This was my pick for the blue. Good Job!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/31/2007 10:50:31 PM
I love the contrast between the hip chick and the old shack in the background.
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07/31/2007 12:40:30 PM
Interesting backdrop.
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07/31/2007 10:21:15 AM
top photo from the contest for me!
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07/31/2007 08:12:24 AM
Excellent job.
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07/30/2007 10:41:10 PM
Excellent mood in this shot, with great focus where it needs to be.
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07/30/2007 10:22:45 PM
Finally a happy picute!
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07/30/2007 07:53:24 PM
Nice action & color contrasts!
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07/30/2007 06:13:27 PM
amazing shot... a perfect 10 from me, nailed the challenge imo
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07/30/2007 03:31:08 PM
A very interesting shot. Well done
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07/30/2007 03:25:01 PM
The contrast (between the joy in the model and the pain/loneliness in the building) ruined it for me. If it had just been natuer (mountains and/or field) behind her, I'd have voted you higher.
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07/30/2007 02:41:32 PM
This is beautiful, I love the dreamlike effect. I would love to know how to achieve this without filters! Perfect dof and lighting, color and contrast!
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07/30/2007 11:29:57 AM
Excellent photo... but not sure for this challenge.
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07/30/2007 06:23:23 AM
Larus? you look good in pink
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07/29/2007 09:58:38 PM
superb!! 10
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07/29/2007 02:18:29 PM
I bet that`s bloody iceland. 9
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07/28/2007 06:35:57 PM
incredible lighting, great setup, incredible shot, 10 from me
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07/28/2007 03:28:45 AM
Strictly speaking on the photography level, this shot totally blows all the others away. It's my choice for the blue.
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07/27/2007 11:04:25 PM
I smell a ribbon, awesome shot. 85 f1.8 or 1.2 maybe?
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07/27/2007 07:04:37 PM
love this, 10.
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07/27/2007 06:03:49 PM
Impressively sharp motion capture and DOF. Nice choice of clothing colors to contrast with the surroundings and the addition of the balloons as props.
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07/27/2007 05:02:08 PM
nice shot!!! I like the bokeh and object is really coming out in this shot.
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07/27/2007 12:39:20 PM
I think this one will win. So few of the others actually had any trace of emotion.
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07/27/2007 09:05:22 AM
one of the better entries ive seen in this selection of photos, love it
10
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07/27/2007 04:53:55 AM
nice hops :)
a nice portrait and DoF, although I get the emotion it doesn't feel so extreme. But one person's extreme may not be another's...
I like the idea of the balloons but if they had more color I think it would have been better. everything else is well done, nice and crisp.
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07/27/2007 12:38:20 AM
Gee wiz, I wonder who will win the blue? *cough cough*
Really, this is just perfect. I think the beautiful focusing you have achieved here definitely makes this superior. And of course, the tonal range, the sharpness, the splendid backdrop. You get the idea :P
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07/26/2007 10:11:25 PM
This is really well done! 10
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07/26/2007 06:22:35 PM
Glorious
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07/26/2007 04:00:51 PM
ísland?
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07/26/2007 02:25:31 PM
Well executed! Extra nice image. My first 10.
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07/26/2007 09:37:34 AM
What no suicide picture?? My pic for the red ribbon. I love your take on the challenge. Think positive, don't kill yourself, or show depression, but rejoice in life. Although this can be considered a bit cliche with how many ballons have been flying around in challenges. It still is a top 3 shot IMO. Great DOF and clarity. Colors are right on. And what a hell of a jump. WNBA?? 9.
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07/26/2007 09:34:08 AM
nice action shot
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07/26/2007 07:22:22 AM
Great timing. Nice setting. Well structured and composed 9
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07/26/2007 02:57:36 AM
This must Ribbon!!!!!!! Beautiful everything!
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07/25/2007 10:01:49 PM
This is very strange and that's probably why it's my fav
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07/25/2007 09:46:22 PM
This image is awesome, even if the chick w/ the balloons weren't there, can't see where the emotion is, I know that'd be pretty fun, though. The quality is superb, unsure if this really meets the challenge, so I am giving a 8.
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07/25/2007 09:32:18 PM
Nicely shot! You were clever in how you hid her face.
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07/25/2007 09:23:22 PM
Ribbon!
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07/25/2007 08:12:19 PM
outstanding image for the challenge, really like the dof and the composition, looks like a tough image to capture
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07/25/2007 07:23:21 PM
What a lovely shot! Really captures emotion!
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07/25/2007 06:27:20 PM
Think I just saw the balloon/jump thing in the last compo? Well executed pic, and nice "faceless" element, 7.
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07/25/2007 05:32:00 PM
jumping girl with balloons...is this "elsapo" trying to get another ribbon with this excellent shot?
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07/25/2007 04:56:55 PM
Up up and away?
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07/25/2007 02:33:02 PM
this is amazing, do i smell an 85mm 1.2 / 1.8? looks like the quality pushed out, i'm eager to see if i'm right on this one. i'm eager to see how the vignette was done in basic. very great job, 10
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07/25/2007 01:49:22 PM
Bet you had to shoot quite a few shots to get her arm blocking her face so perfectly. Great color and mood. 7
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07/25/2007 12:57:53 PM
Oh yeah. . .this is IT!!!! FanTASTIC job!!! 10
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07/25/2007 10:15:55 AM
Really great capture. 10 from me.
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07/25/2007 08:27:41 AM
Great work!10
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07/25/2007 07:08:46 AM
I like much the idea and photography
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07/25/2007 03:35:24 AM
Beautiful! giving you the benefit of the doubt that your editing is under the basic rules...
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07/25/2007 03:06:22 AM
I love this.
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07/25/2007 01:40:34 AM
this is so great in so many ways that i am just too lazy to type about! :) 10!
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07/25/2007 12:28:34 AM
ah the balloons again, this is beautifully taken I love the vibrant colors contrasting the dull background. excellent depth of field....ive got to get some new lenses...haha
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07/25/2007 12:04:07 AM
Ribbon Winner for sure....Excellent shot.
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