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Angel Music
Angel Music

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Challenge: Heaven (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: Playhouse On The Park, Phoenix AZ
Date: Dec 5, 2007
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/25
Galleries: Emotive, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Dec 11, 2007

Photographed during rehersal of "La Pastorela: The Shepherds' Odyssey" at the Playhouse In The Park in Phoenix, AZ. (I designed and am running sound for that show).

Post processing to correct exposure, remove highlights and sharpen. This photo was taken from the back of the theatre (from the sound booth). When I read the challenges this week for Heaven and Hell, I was giddy, since this show had plenty of images of both. Most of the Hell-images were very dark and/or red from the stage lighting, and in the end, I decided to go with this one. Stage lighting makes it tricky to get uniform exposures, but I have to say I'm very happy with this one. I'm sure I'll get dinged for the blowouts on Angel's wings, but I'll live with that.

Actress is the talented and funny Amanda Schaar, who steals the show every single night. It's the second year in a row I've designed sound for this show (and the second year I got to work with many of the returning actors and actresses, including Amanda), and I love every single performance.

Not sure how this will hold up with some of the more creative studio submissions I'm sure it will be up against, but I hope this shot might *finally* break me into the top 50% for once...

Shot on monopod, 70-200mm 2.8 lens at 170mm, normal VR.

RAW/NEF -> Lightroom
WB as shot (3150K, tint-1)
Exposure +0.50
Recovery -> +75
Fill light -> 10
Blacks -> 6
Clarity -> 78
Vibrance -> +50
Noise Reduction:
Luminance -> 81
Color -> 59
Amount -> 62
Detail -> 78
Masking -> 100
Crop (custom aspect ratio)
JPEG, 80 quality, sRGB, constrained 640x640

Place: 21 out of 93
Avg (all users): 5.9542
Avg (commenters): 7.4444
Avg (participants): 5.7576
Avg (non-participants): 5.9855
Views since voting: 1431
Views during voting: 499
Votes: 240
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/18/2007 04:18:44 PM
Great shot!
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12/18/2007 12:18:07 PM
Nice Shot!
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12/16/2007 06:48:56 PM
I thought they played harps? Branching out, maybe. Looks like a satisfied performer.
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12/14/2007 10:38:18 AM
Great shot, i can appreciate the texture of those wings and i like the expression of the girl.
The only "bad" thing i can say is the busy (even when it is dark) background, but hey, is basic editing, right? :)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/13/2007 04:47:24 PM
Angel in the rough... I like it. Unfortunate lighting of the wing though..
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12/13/2007 01:17:15 PM
If this lady would be on a white ground... Well, too much wish I guess. I like the photo, very nice :)
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12/12/2007 01:51:37 PM
i think more from the side would have been a better perspective.
12/12/2007 06:00:21 AM
nice one! it seems to me that a focus is more on the instrument than on a face, but still a nice capture
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12/12/2007 04:33:20 AM
wow...perfect for the challenge
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