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Challenge: Silhouettes (Advanced Editing I)
Camera: Nikon D1X
Location: Montreal, Canada
Date: Apr 18, 2004
Aperture: f16
ISO: 125
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Black and White, Nude
Date Uploaded: Apr 18, 2004

Traditional backlight nude.

Place: 12 out of 169
Avg (all users): 6.7042
Avg (commenters): 7.6286
Avg (participants): 6.3482
Avg (non-participants): 7.0990
Views since voting: 24023
Votes: 213
Comments: 47
Favorites: 33 (view)

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09/01/2010 09:49:17 AM
I love the nude silhouette photos, the model is beautiful, I love the way you show all her curves, and the lighting. Great photo
04/30/2004 07:14:59 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

Composition: Nice composition and posing of the model. I agree with the other comments that say that it should either be centered or slightly more off center to be completely pleasing. I'd also like to see the light picked up on the bicep of her left arm - I think that'd solve the problem with it getting lost in her chin. She'd probably have to cheat the arm out a little bit, which might change the way her breast sits.

Background: I like your choice of white to grey - how the divide is at her body. It helps the overall drama of the shot. I wouldn't mind something with a little more color in it - either starkly cool or exceptionally warm.

Camera Work: (Focus/DOF/Exposure) - the focus is soft and continuous and feels appropriate for the subject.

Post Processing: The color/saturation/contrast is perfect. The fleshtones are brought out well by the color temperature.

The Challenge: There's a bit too much flesh and detail I think for a silhouette, which may be why it didn't win outright (or maybe it was the subject matter).

My Opinion: A wonderfully posed and masterful shot. Personally, I found the pose a little bland and it feels more like a "study" or "sketch" than a finished work. Maybe a little more twist to her back to give the lines more interest. Your ability to shoot flesh and have it feel warm and soft is wonderful (obviously your model deserve some credit there).

Please let me know if these comments are helpful. If you have any other comments or questions please feel free to PM me.
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04/27/2004 04:00:45 AM
Thanks for the support guys. It's all cool, no worries. Can't always rank in the top 10! ;-) I appreciate your kind words. And congratulations tgo the shots above; they did great jobs!

Message edited by author 2004-04-27 04:03:17.
04/26/2004 10:25:13 AM
You get no respect man...no respect. You got a good score but this should have placed higher.
04/26/2004 09:03:41 AM
Great image Martin. Very well done. Should have placed higher.
04/26/2004 12:22:07 AM
you did it again man... awesome stuff...it deserved higher ranking in my opinion but oh well...
 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/25/2004 11:46:20 PM
Very nice, very sexy...well done.
04/25/2004 07:01:53 PM
nice boobs
04/25/2004 01:07:40 PM
WAY too much detail for a silhouette.
04/25/2004 07:03:12 AM
I often shoot nudes and have yet to get the lighting even close to this, it is stunning, absolutely stunning. It brings out the contours of her body perfectly, showing every shape to perfection. 10

I hope there is details of exactly how you lit this one, if not I'd love to know.

10, best of the challenge for sure.
04/24/2004 08:51:27 PM
fantastic! great lighting, focus, pose, everything! very cool shot.
04/24/2004 07:46:47 PM
Wow nice figure. Nicely done.
04/24/2004 02:46:10 PM
Fantastic use of lighting.
04/24/2004 03:18:08 AM
Very nice. The silhouetted face is the best part of this, but I would have preferred a seperation between the chin and arm. I am not sure about the gradient background though.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/23/2004 06:59:00 PM
Excellent silhouette, excellent light and I love how the background goes from white to gray. Excellent picture!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/23/2004 12:01:05 PM
meets the challenge but not very imaginative
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/23/2004 08:25:42 AM
Normally I think that nudes are passe, but when I see a really good one, I score it appropriately.. 10.
04/23/2004 12:18:05 AM
dr jones???? dr jones??? is that you???
04/22/2004 11:59:57 AM
Now this is a silhouette I could definately get used to seeing :) Nice composition and I like the lighting, good shot.
04/22/2004 01:14:38 AM
Excellent lighting here... phenomenal work :)
04/21/2004 11:11:45 PM
Classic subject for a silhouette, very well done. I'd prefer the shadows to be deeper though, there are still some gradients on her face, arm, and breast. Also I'd remove the slight halo on her left side (sharpening artifact?). But the pose is great and the highlights on her back are beautiful. 8
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/21/2004 10:01:27 PM
Lovely, soft texture.
04/21/2004 12:46:21 AM
Heesh....I may have to vote on this one again and again and again.... Nice big lighting! Did I say big...
04/20/2004 11:12:59 PM
Nice view. I think I'd prefer just a little less light on the right, place more of the subject in shadow.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/20/2004 10:46:12 PM
Excellent life study that fits the challenge perfectly. Good luck.
04/20/2004 10:36:20 PM
i think we have a winner great pic !!
04/20/2004 04:28:04 PM
For my taste, something wrong with composition/cropping.
04/20/2004 11:17:55 AM
beautiful transfer of light to dark on her body. i like the hand positions, it creates a nice flowing line from top to bottom, diagonally.
i like how there is a silhouette here and yet the feeling of soft texture of the skin is given.
04/20/2004 09:18:06 AM
10 for the nuts. 8 for the pic. Nice job.
04/20/2004 08:49:28 AM
Great layout, Great pose, Great balance, Great model, Great pic!
04/20/2004 02:36:22 AM
excellent light ... my favorite
04/20/2004 02:06:46 AM
It's a beautiful silhouette. I only wish the background were a bit more evenly distributed but, maybe that's just a personal preference for me? Your composition is great.
04/20/2004 02:00:53 AM
Awsome! What a great model!
04/20/2004 01:10:16 AM
Best in class, picture is well done.
04/19/2004 06:49:18 PM
All I can say is WOW, nice model, nice lines and lighting
04/19/2004 02:25:14 PM
Gorgeous, lush figure! Makes me hungry and thirsty all at once!! ;)

Beautifully shot too and well modelled.
04/19/2004 11:22:34 AM
Nice subtle lighting
04/19/2004 11:11:49 AM
Oh!!...she pushed in line before me and got the last perfect body!!
Lovely. Compliments only.
04/19/2004 10:51:57 AM
Ok, rules revisited: 'Silhouettes are created by backlit subjects, which causes them to appear solid and without much detail'.

Now, looking at this picture, take the words 'soft' and 'solid' and have to remove one. Left with 'solid'? Didn't think so.

I love it! :-)
04/19/2004 09:47:30 AM

Message edited by author 2006-05-05 14:22:24.
04/19/2004 09:10:25 AM
Fantastic. Not only is she a gorgeous women, perfect for the image, but she is also photographed in a perfect way. The shadows and highlights on her body are just exactly in the right places. The background shows a perfect gradient at the right place, so the left part becomes a pure silhouette while the right adds depth and shape.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/19/2004 06:41:01 AM
Wonderful lighting!
04/19/2004 04:52:38 AM
Beautifully lit (on the model) but would prefer more even lighting on the backdrop. She's also not off-centre enough to be considered off-centre - it just feels as though you've missed the centre - I'd put her more accurately in centre or further off.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/19/2004 04:17:15 AM
Too much highlighting on body for silhouette. Grey background to left looks ugly and artificial
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/19/2004 02:26:21 AM
tastefully done
04/19/2004 02:02:51 AM
The lighting on her back is very nice. The merger with her left arm and chin is unfortunate. I'd like to see a different colored background - perhaps blue toned?
04/19/2004 01:28:42 AM
cute dimple above right cheek, good work

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