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Silhouette in B flat
Silhouette in B flat

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Challenge: Silhouettes IV (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Date: Sep 18, 2007
Aperture: f4.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/25s
Galleries: Portraiture, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Sep 18, 2007

A last minute shoot. I mucked around with some lighting setups last night, but ran out of time, and had to set up again tonight for a final night shoot. This was a tough one to edit, because it's so dark. I know really dark images don't show well on some monitors, so I've pushed the lightness up further than I wanted to. I hope the full outline of the hat shows up on most people's monitors, but I don't want it too light. I also wanted the colours to be subtle, and dark colours are really hard to balance the hue against inconsistent gamma. Anyway, enough of my troubles...

I've played the sax for about 15 years now. I mostly play soprano now, but I pulled out my tenor for this shoot, and found an old hat to fit the part.

Shot with a floor lamp behind me, aimed at the wall, and a flash on the floor, on minimum power, aimed up at my elbow, just to add a little texture to the silhouette.

Editing is some curves adjustment, warmify, saturation reduction, crop, resize, USM, NR.

Wow, I'd really love to do this one in advanced editing, so I can fix up all the little mistakes, but that's what Basic editing is all about - learning to shoot without relying on PhotoShop. :)

I really love this image, which probably means it will go really badly. If I ever release a CD, I'll use this as the cover.

POST-CHALLENGE: Thanks Sandy for your support. :) Despite it's faults (mainly focus), I thought this image was better than the score it got, but judging by the comments, I think the fact that it wasn't a true sillhouette did earn quite a few DNMC votes. Maybe I should have put it in the Free Study instead.

Post-challenge - I reshot this a few weeks later here...
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Place: 49 out of 273
Avg (all users): 6.0106
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
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Avg (non-participants): 6.3137
Views since voting: 1143
Views during voting: 329
Votes: 189
Comments: 10
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10/11/2007 06:42:38 PM
Sweet...love the warm colors. Great composition, and the back lighting is outstanding, allowing for just a few details. Very nicely done.
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09/26/2007 10:29:02 AM
No way: 49th place!!! Auuuuuuuuuuuggggggghhh! I'm sorry. Call the police. You've been robbed!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/23/2007 12:10:38 PM
nice image - 8
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09/21/2007 09:54:29 AM
sorry, not a true silhouette. can see too much detail.
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09/19/2007 12:47:40 PM
tried good.but not silhoute
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09/19/2007 11:12:58 AM
the light on the arm is distracting. overall good comp, but would have liked to have seen no light cast on the front of the image.
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09/19/2007 10:42:12 AM
I pick this one to win! 10
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09/19/2007 10:27:35 AM
Oh yes! This is perfect! Perfect execution. Perfect subject. And it would make a perfect framed print! One of my top 2 for sure. 10
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09/19/2007 12:25:49 AM
great idea ... though I find the focus a little soft
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09/19/2007 12:19:47 AM
Very well exicuted, lighting is spot-on!
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