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Leo emerges
Leo emerges

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Challenge: Zodiac (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Olympus C-750UZ
Location: Huntington, WV
Date: Jan 24, 2004
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/2
Galleries: Still Life
Date Uploaded: Jan 24, 2004

wax paper backdrop between fireplace & subject
lion was sidelit low with florescent flashlight
camera on beanbag
With PSE 2.0:
desaturated and darkened the reds
applied unsharp mask and despeckle

Place: 46 out of 120
Avg (all users): 5.4102
Avg (commenters): 6.5263
Avg (participants): 5.3462
Avg (non-participants): 5.4382
Views since voting: 833
Votes: 256
Comments: 21
Favorites: 0

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02/04/2004 12:15:24 AM
Thanks for (almost) all the comments!! I did mess up here - the upper right-hand corner, there's a wrinkle in the wax paper I used for a backdrop. I didn't see it until I had everything broken down and I was chosing the photo to edit - with only an hour left to go. The wrinkle got progressively worse to the right and up, so I cropped really tight!

Also, when taking the photo, I didn't notice how distracting the woodgrain was. That was the reason I darkened the red channel - it actually de-emphasized it best. But not good enough - next time - plain cloth for the floor!

Playing with the florescent hand-light, I liked this angle best, even though it didn't emphasize the eyes. The eyes on this particular "sculpture" are really plain, anyhow - not much there more than you can see in this pic. The rippling muscles are the thing for this Leo. And I really liked the shadow of the tooth on the back of his mouth.

Again, sincere thanks for your comments!!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/03/2004 10:53:08 PM
I like your back lighting effect here but find composition a bit too tight in frame.
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02/03/2004 07:13:10 AM
Cool skulpture.
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02/03/2004 06:58:42 AM
I find the lighting on this photo espcially interesting, and the composition is pleasing. I think the tight crop works very well.
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02/03/2004 04:59:16 AM
Nice background presence.
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02/02/2004 02:49:01 PM
Unacceptable in the eye region - portraits and animals if we can see their eyes, make them in focus and well enough lit to see.
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02/01/2004 08:38:59 PM
Too many shadows especially on the face. Maybe a different POV would have helped. Or a closeup of just part of the lion.
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01/31/2004 12:05:59 PM
Nice, though lighting is off. Light in back is too strong (maybe a little less in back and little more in front.
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01/31/2004 01:16:43 AM
Nice lighting here but its a shame there isnt more detail on the lions face
Nicely done
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01/30/2004 05:27:28 PM
Awesome lighting! Maybe could have used one more very soft light to illuminate the right side of the face a little more. But the body, legs, feet, and background are amazing! 9
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01/29/2004 03:53:51 PM
Just because I'm a leo you are getting a bit higher score.
Plus a very nice pic and leo, might have used a soft light on the front too, a bit from above :D
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01/28/2004 09:55:05 PM
Great shot. I like the lighting, you went with the lit from behind idea but kept a lot of the detail in the photo, didn't just settle for a siluet. To improve this I think a white, smooth background would have been better. That would make all of the shadows in the lion stand out. The wood table, and the grainy background don't help things in my opinion.
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01/28/2004 06:41:28 PM
Extra points on this for the backlight. Would have liked just a hair more light on top around the mane and the left side of the face.
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01/28/2004 12:51:38 PM
Nice lighting. I like the tight crop, but maybe a bit too tight on the tail
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01/28/2004 11:09:34 AM
Nice lighting and according to me co-worker...smoking!
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01/28/2004 10:19:52 AM
The backlightning gives good effect but I would have tried some other angel of sidelightning to get rid of the shadowes of the head. The shadowes of the body gives good expression of the texture of it.
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01/28/2004 09:07:04 AM
Very nice shot. I like the lighting and the shadows very much. I think it might have been better to have the table covered with something plain, the wood grain is a little distracting.
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01/28/2004 07:11:35 AM
Good shot. I like the back lighting. I would like to see a little more light on the front of the lion though.
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01/28/2004 03:45:58 AM
sheepishly dull
01/28/2004 03:03:11 AM
GOOD - nice composition and lighting, also a fitting title - seems like the leo emerges from the sun

BAD - the head should be more in focus
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01/28/2004 01:08:59 AM
nice lighting
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