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Gaia
Gaia
jmsetzler

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Challenge: Serendipity (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 28-105mm f/4-5.6 II USM
Location: Hickory, North Carolina
Date: Apr 14, 2004
Aperture: f/27
ISO: ISO 100
Shutter: 1/6
Galleries: Nude, Water
Date Uploaded: Apr 15, 2004

I originally wanted a square composition from this, and the square compositions are nice. I had a dust spot on my sensor that created a nice distracting spot in the waterfall. So in an effort to use this shot for this challenge, I decided to try this crop and actually like it better than the square version. The 'finished' version of this photo has a gaussian blur layer added to it.

The weather for this shoot was interesting. The light was great because it was overcast. However, it was windy and 50 degrees outside. Kudos to my model for making these shots possible :)

As for the challenge, this is NOT a candid, per chance, stroke of luck photo. The way this challenge is worded, I don't really understand what it means. However, I have my own opinion and I have executed it here.

"Gaia" is Mother Earth... mother of the Titans... Earth itself...

File: CRW_4324.CRW
File size: 5,691KB
Image Serial Number: 143-4324
Camera Model: Canon EOS 10D
Camera serial number: 1020300016
Firmware: Firmware Version 2.0.0
Date/Time: 2004:04:14 12:58:08
Shutter speed: 1/6 sec
Aperture: 27
Exposure mode: Av
Flash: Off
Metering mode: Evaluative
Drive mode: Continuous
ISO: 100
Lens: 28.0 to 105.0 mm
Focal length: 60.0mm
Subject distance: 655 m
AF mode: One-shot AF
Image size: 3072 x 2048
Image quality: Raw
White balance: Auto
Color space: sRGB
Saturation: Normal
Sharpness: Normal
Contrast: Normal
Tone: Normal
Custom Functions:
CFn 15: Shutter curtain sync: 2nd-curtain sync

Statistics
Place: 14 out of 215
Avg (all users): 6.0517
Avg (commenters): 7.8421
Avg (participants): 6.0510
Avg (non-participants): 6.0520
Views since voting: 2515
Votes: 271
Comments: 23
Favorites: 4 (view)


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06/28/2004 02:55:28 AM
just wondering where this was taken?
04/28/2004 11:37:12 PM
Originally posted by Rasai:

John, I was looking at the technical details & noticed that the subject distance is listed at "665M" which would be 2148.95 feet, using a 60mm focal length. That can’t be right; I must not be interpreting this correctly?


I'm not quite sure about that either. The lens I used for this photo is the only one in my collection that produces this value in the exif data. I think it simply uses this number when the focus is at infinity rather than something less.

Originally posted by Rasai:


I wondered if the spot in the waterfall you mention was just to the lower left of ‘Gaia’?


No.. It was on the right hand side of the frame that has been cropped out in this composition.

Originally posted by Rasai:


Having learned about the 'Rule of 3rd's' (in an excellent tutorial on this site), I envisioned that it may have placed her too close to the center/top of the composure had you included just enough of the waterfall to see it culminate in the pool.


I cropped off the right side instead of the left. I composed this shot intending to make the final version square and take out the pool of water at the bottom.

Originally posted by Rasai:


I also wondered if that would have led my focus away from her. I’ll take a look at your site to see if it is there. I hope to learn more about composure/cropping and to see how you worked your magic on it? This was one of my 2 favorites in this challenge. Having just taken another look at your site I see it and the other picture(s) of the Waterfall. Is there something on the left that is ‘unsightly’? In any event I look forward to your photos, comments and knowledge shared! Tim


There is nothing unsightly anywhere in this particular composition. This version will become part of my own collection. I like this one better than the square version. I have more plans for this model at this waterfall when the weather warms up a little more. She's very cooperative and enjoys being photographed.
04/28/2004 07:15:46 PM
John, I was looking at the technical details & noticed that the subject distance is listed at "665M" which would be 2148.95 feet, using a 60mm focal length. That can’t be right; I must not be interpreting this correctly? I wondered if the spot in the waterfall you mention was just to the lower left of ‘Gaia’? Having learned about the 'Rule of 3rd's' (in an excellent tutorial on this site), I envisioned that it may have placed her too close to the center/top of the composure had you included just enough of the waterfall to see it culminate in the pool. I also wondered if that would have led my focus away from her. I’ll take a look at your site to see if it is there. I hope to learn more about composure/cropping and to see how you worked your magic on it? This was one of my 2 favorites in this challenge. Having just taken another look at your site I see it and the other picture(s) of the Waterfall. Is there something on the left that is ‘unsightly’? In any event I look forward to your photos, comments and knowledge shared! Tim

Message edited by author 2004-04-28 19:17:28.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/27/2004 07:44:35 PM
Really nice picture.
04/27/2004 05:57:24 PM
One of the best in this challenge - 10
04/27/2004 03:18:08 PM
Picture needs to be wider
04/27/2004 11:28:23 AM
this is a beautifull shot.
04/27/2004 10:23:16 AM
is the nude woman supposed to be your prize?

stupid premise. if you are going to try so hard at least make the composition more interesting. a tighter shot would have made it more visually interesting.
04/27/2004 12:16:01 AM
One of my favorites... finding an excellent place to fish and having the right baite is all that one could ask for... glad you had the camera with you!
04/25/2004 09:24:59 PM
Stumbling on a bathing beauty? I like the waterfall and the composition overall. Color migh be more effective, but that's strictly subjective. A closer crop on the lady from just below her feet would have more impact. 9
04/24/2004 03:06:31 AM
good technically
04/24/2004 01:53:19 AM
A wider view would have been nice. Good shot!
04/23/2004 08:18:32 PM
Excellent use of shuuter speed to get the water perfect. Model must be very skilled at not moving. I think it would be a bit stronger if you moved in.
04/23/2004 01:19:59 AM
Concept is good, composition is good, your model looks like she's not comfortable there, somehow.
04/22/2004 11:16:29 AM
very natural...a great sports illustrated photo
04/22/2004 06:20:26 AM
Gorgeous and spot on challenge. What is gorgeous? The photo - a super location with a stunning addition to add that touch of Serendipity. The lack of detail on the model is just right, so the imagination does the rest!
04/22/2004 05:19:04 AM
mermaid just formed into human - 10
04/21/2004 09:05:30 PM
So was this an accidental discovery?
04/21/2004 05:19:42 PM
now this in very fortunate 9
04/21/2004 01:44:51 PM
Nice find, good work, top 5, I predict
04/21/2004 09:55:54 AM
I like the composition and the motion of the water. the light is also very nice.
04/21/2004 09:39:03 AM
A story in it self, I like this.
04/21/2004 01:15:08 AM
nice good job !!


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