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SherwinJames


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Half (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8D
Location: NJ, USA
Date: Sep 29, 2007
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/40 sec
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Sep 29, 2007

Thanks all for the fantanstic comments, and the voting and the views.

For those interested, here's how I did it:

The effect primarly came from the use of white face makeup and lots of light. While setting up for my Free Study shot 593550.jpg, I came up with the idea for this shot.

- I applied a thick coat of white face paint to half of my face, keeping th dividing line fairly uneven (light the progression of a sketch).
- I used a lot of lighting:
> one medium size soft-box in front of, and a little above, the subject (me).
> one translucent umbrella in front of, and a little below, the subject.
> one smalller, but strong, light to the right of the subject (the viewer's left). This helped to really whiten the white makeup, while keeping the other half more natural looking.
- I used a sharp lense (Nikon Micro 60mm f2.8). This lense has served me well.
- I had my wife stoop down below, and extend here hand up (with a sketching pencil) as though she were sketching my right eye.
- Post processing was fairly straight forward:
> Bumped up the contrast in order to flatten the whites a bit more.
> Dodged a few minor not-so-white spots left over
> Minor USM sharpening and very minor noise reduction.
> Framed with simple black border and converted to JPEG.

That's it.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 184
Avg (all users): 7.5669
Avg (commenters): 9.3750
Avg (participants): 7.5192
Avg (non-participants): 7.6000
Views since voting: 9608
Views during voting: 398
Votes: 127
Comments: 51
Favorites: 25 (view)


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10/11/2007 08:09:50 PM
Very cool idea and execution...looks great! Congratulations on winning the blue ribbon!
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10/10/2007 06:33:18 PM
I just wish that I could come up with ideas like this. Wonderful job and the lighting is perfect
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10/10/2007 04:56:27 AM
Great photo, technique and thought process
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10/09/2007 06:41:15 PM
Congrats on the ribbon, not really digging the lighting on the hand, both the lighting in general and the shadow from the brush but the rest is all top notch, a well deserved win.
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10/09/2007 04:15:12 PM
Very creative artwork. Congratulations on your blue ribbon!!
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10/08/2007 09:18:56 PM
Wow, thanks for sharing the setup. Seeing all the creativity and effort that went into this shot I appreciate it even more now. DPC is so inspiring and fun particularly thanks to people like you. Thank you!
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10/08/2007 02:25:23 PM
this shot belongs on a wall a really big wall!!!!!!
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10/08/2007 01:47:34 PM
I see a blue for you too!!! Great job and fantastic setup. Your control of lighting on this one is very well demonstrated to create an image that is thought provoking on many levels! I love it!
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10/08/2007 12:56:31 PM
Very creative. Congrats on the awesome finish.
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10/08/2007 09:47:56 AM
Congrats. So glad this did well!!!
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10/08/2007 09:13:58 AM
Congratulations on your first place ribbon, very well deserved and very creative and well done. :)
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10/08/2007 05:41:21 AM
The best of this challenge and my favourite. Really amazing, congrats :)
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10/08/2007 05:39:00 AM
hey, this is such a cool idea! love it, and very well executed. congrats on your well deserved ribbon!
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10/08/2007 05:07:25 AM
brilliant. Now how did u do it please?
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10/08/2007 04:19:11 AM
well done/congrats
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10/08/2007 03:30:10 AM
Excellent - Nicely done...
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10/08/2007 03:11:42 AM
Congrats on your well deserved blue, very creative and well executed shot!
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10/08/2007 01:20:30 AM
stunning!!!
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10/08/2007 12:48:02 AM
Sherwin! Congratulations! This is so incredibly creative and beautiful. What a privlege to be congratulating two such powerful photos on the same day!

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10/08/2007 12:45:53 AM
Had a feeling this excellent shot would win (and deservedly so). Huge congrats on your blue ribbon, Sherwin.
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10/08/2007 12:23:58 AM
Cool shot. Congrats! Please do share your setup!
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10/08/2007 12:17:23 AM
Yep, I thought this would place at the top. Congratulations, it's a great piece of work. ;-Þ
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10/08/2007 12:15:27 AM
Congratulations! This is amazing. Well deserved ribbon. LOVE IT!
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10/08/2007 12:06:32 AM
Congrats! Ribbon as I predicted! :D
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/06/2007 08:43:39 PM
So very imaginative and visually striking.
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10/06/2007 06:28:39 PM
Amazing. 10!!!!
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10/06/2007 04:44:52 AM
Exceptional on a number of levels.
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10/05/2007 11:28:21 PM
very clever, deserves a ribbon.
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10/05/2007 10:04:48 AM
Winner?
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10/05/2007 09:06:35 AM
Wonderful!
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10/04/2007 08:09:13 PM
Very nicely executed.
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10/04/2007 10:05:06 AM
My first ten given ever! I love this and it is perfect for the challenge.
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10/03/2007 07:12:18 PM
Love it, very nice. The two halves mach perfectly. I hope you didn't violate any rules...
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10/03/2007 03:55:00 PM
Extremely Creative. Well Done. Should get a blue ribbon in my opinion.
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10/03/2007 01:47:16 PM
Way cool!!!
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10/03/2007 01:17:44 PM
Very unique! 10
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10/03/2007 12:19:46 PM
very creative idea! I like that the hand is in color while the person is in black + white. (no pun intended)
Will be a high scorer!
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10/02/2007 06:49:19 PM
really nice-good imagination
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10/02/2007 02:05:40 PM
Cool someone has mastered photoshop techniques. psart 9
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10/02/2007 08:52:31 AM
Bumping to 10 and my pick for a Ribbon. well done!
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10/02/2007 04:30:25 AM
For sure the most original of the "half portraits". My only regret is that the top left part of the hand is a bit blown out. But very nice, well composed and executed. Should be on or close the home page.
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10/02/2007 03:28:54 AM
Amazing idea and a brilliant execution. This suis the challenge so well and i am sure it'll be a contender for the 1st page finish 10
10/01/2007 10:41:46 PM
This is one of the best I've seen. Definitely worth a 10.
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10/01/2007 10:14:07 PM
sweet shot. Im predicting this getting a BLUE! Good Luck~ 10!
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10/01/2007 05:42:04 PM
very good! 10
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10/01/2007 04:55:35 PM
Excellent idea and execution :)
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10/01/2007 12:47:36 PM
clever idea, love it! 10
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10/01/2007 10:44:42 AM
Now THAT is fantastic. WOW
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10/01/2007 01:01:27 AM
Ribbon! Very creative and very well executed idea!
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10/01/2007 12:55:21 AM
Top five I'm going to predict...Definitely a favorite! Really cool concept and execution!!!
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10/01/2007 12:27:23 AM
Ok I have seen the winner, guess I still need to vote 20% 10
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