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Challenge: Dolls & Puppets (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Location: USA
Date: Sep 1, 2008
Aperture: F8
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/200s
Galleries: Black and White
Date Uploaded: Aug 31, 2008

Softbox above and just out of frame on the left. White shoot through umbrella below. Various manipulations with the placement of both to get a pleasing vignette effect on the background wall.

The basic editing ruleset needs to be modified to allow all basic darkroom techniques, and that includes dodging and burning for b/w prints. Or just dump the editing rules altogether and let's get on with it. Limiting creative options doesn't pose a challenge, it's just a pain.

post: Thanks for all the comments. First time inside a Toys R Us in 30+ years. Geddes parody, yes. Almost re-shot to do it with the other arm because it looked odd to me w/o the thumb as well.

Thanks again!

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 108
Avg (all users): 7.1517
Avg (commenters): 9.0455
Avg (participants): 6.8491
Avg (non-participants): 7.2800
Views since voting: 5928
Views during voting: 390
Votes: 178
Comments: 65
Favorites: 11 (view)


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09/15/2008 06:57:51 AM
Excellent Parody, Great Lighting and Pose. Congrats on your ribbon!
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09/12/2008 04:49:58 AM
wonderful shot and well deserved ribbon. nice work ;-)
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09/11/2008 06:32:07 PM
Whoot! congratulations on getting the set of all 3 ribbons with this great take on a 'classic' shot.
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09/11/2008 09:36:50 AM
very well done! congrats on the red!
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09/11/2008 03:10:42 AM
Lovely shot congrats on a fine image and your Ribbon
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09/10/2008 08:48:00 PM
Excellent job. The legs make this shot for me -- they do almost look real. (In fact, viewing from the thighs to the right, I'd have a hard time guessing that that wasn't real flesh.) Congrats on the RED!

(Great title too.)
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09/10/2008 05:56:40 PM
Excellent shot, congrats!
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09/10/2008 02:47:55 PM
This is quite exquisite. The "missing thumb" freaks me out a little too :-) Plus, at first glance I thought someone was messing with us and calling a real baby a doll... It's a heck of a nice shot, and even beyond the technicals its mysterious real/unreal dichotomy sets it apart in this challenge.
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09/10/2008 01:01:47 PM
Congratulations, very cool shot, the doll almost looks life like.
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09/10/2008 11:21:45 AM
A hearty congrats to you on your ribbon!!! Well done!
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09/10/2008 11:04:52 AM
Congrats! Great shot!
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09/10/2008 10:50:03 AM
Congrats on getting the full line of colors :)
The lighting is excellent. Wouldn't expect less from you ole m8. You have a way with tones.
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09/10/2008 09:49:17 AM
Excellent parody. Ann would be proud of you. Congrats!

Message edited by author 2008-09-10 09:49:40.
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09/10/2008 09:15:59 AM
Beautiful for the Red Ribbon! Congrats. It's a brilliantly creative doll shot!
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09/10/2008 08:47:32 AM
HEE HEE - those "real" looking dolls creep me out. Great tribute to Geddes work and boy do I ever agree with you about basic editing. :~)
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09/10/2008 08:02:22 AM
When I saw this title, I thought it was saying "elephant", whoops. Really though, incredible shot, awesome lighting, nice idea and very well executed.
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09/10/2008 07:34:13 AM
Congrats on the Red, very realistic image!!
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09/10/2008 07:14:41 AM
Congrats on your Red this was one of my favorites. Simple,brilliant idea plus beautiful lighting and set up.
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09/10/2008 06:18:16 AM
Congratulations on your Ribbon, was won my favorites. :)
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09/10/2008 05:35:53 AM
I wish I had voted in this challenge. This is brilliant. Congrats on the ribbon!
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09/10/2008 05:30:07 AM
wonderful picture,well done and congratulations
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09/10/2008 03:49:40 AM
Love it! I think I would of reshot it for the thumb thing but its sensational.
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09/10/2008 02:55:01 AM
amazing!
Big congrats on the red!
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09/10/2008 02:41:10 AM
Now that I know it was yours, I'm sure it was ironic and don't regret the points i gave out. Congrats on the red!
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09/10/2008 02:40:29 AM
I told you you would ribbon...well done! Congrats...
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09/10/2008 02:34:19 AM
Congrats on the 2nd place ribbon! I, too, thought it was real from the thumb. Great toning!
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09/10/2008 01:38:40 AM
Looks so real in the thumbnail I was going to blast you for DNMC! ;)
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09/10/2008 01:02:13 AM
Nice G! Congrats!
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09/10/2008 12:51:33 AM
Perfect. Congratulations on a ribbon much deserved.
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09/10/2008 12:47:41 AM
Beautiful image-- well deserved.
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09/10/2008 12:45:25 AM
Wonderful shot !!! Congrats on the Red.
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09/10/2008 12:41:18 AM
Congratulations! This is a beautiful Photo. Well done!
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09/10/2008 12:39:53 AM
Congratulations, well done.
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09/10/2008 12:36:38 AM
Amazingly life-like, a really gorgeous image. Congratulations on your red.
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09/10/2008 12:27:30 AM
VERY pleased to see a B&W do well - nicely done and 'grats on the ribbon!
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09/10/2008 12:10:45 AM
A lovely image, and almost looks real.....
Congratulations on the RED ribbon.....
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09/10/2008 12:06:26 AM
Now you have the full set of ribbons. Congrats! You're on quite a roll recently.
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09/10/2008 12:06:11 AM
Congrats, well done!
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09/10/2008 12:02:44 AM
My only 10. Love it.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/09/2008 11:49:46 AM
back to bump you up, this is my fav by far, the lighting is perfect, love the title, perfect composition for such a life like doll
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09/07/2008 08:25:25 AM
Wonderful imitation of the shots I always love of 'real' babies.

Wonderful!
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09/06/2008 07:04:42 PM
Nice clear shot. A bit unsettling, but very neat and clear.
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09/05/2008 08:34:29 PM
This is amazing!
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09/05/2008 02:15:56 PM
This is one of the most incredible doll scenes I could ever even imagine. Just extraordinary. 10
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09/04/2008 09:15:11 PM
lol! That's pretty creepy actually! Nice lighting and take on a classic shot. Ahh! I kept thinking it looked weird... i think you used the wrong arm! Usually the thumb is towards the camera... seems like a nit pick but with the arm that and the angle the hand is at it almost appears like someone is holding the baby up behind their back...
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09/04/2008 09:19:25 AM
Well done. I had to look several times to assure myself a doll was used!
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09/03/2008 10:22:50 PM
Great lighting and composition. Well done. I'm sure this gonna gets into Top 5, if not a ribbon.
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09/03/2008 08:39:40 PM
Wow this is beautiful, best in the challenge.
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09/03/2008 07:03:48 PM
Nice play on an old theme. The mono suits this better than colour.
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09/03/2008 04:56:52 PM
well conceived, I really like this one.
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09/03/2008 03:44:52 PM
beautiful photo! great idea! the baby looks very real, and B/W gave an old fashion view.
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09/03/2008 03:36:07 PM
Bar none, the most creative take on the challenge, and gorgeously shot.

Do you also have one with the baby laying on the stomach for outtakes, as that would be funny too. lol.

A 10 simply for the effort which is lacking in a good majority of the shots in this challenge.
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09/03/2008 03:02:31 PM
wow i thought the baby was real
NIeeece
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09/03/2008 01:25:30 PM
very beautiful I'll be shocked if this doesn't ribbon or end up in the top 5
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09/03/2008 12:59:06 PM
love the geddes parody here....
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09/03/2008 08:40:35 AM
not sure if this is overly cliché. very well executed in any case. maybe I'll bump you up later.
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09/03/2008 08:16:36 AM
well done :)
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09/03/2008 07:47:16 AM
What a good idea, its almost life-like.
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09/03/2008 06:55:23 AM
love the tones in this.. really great shot
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09/03/2008 04:40:27 AM
a ribbon winner...good luck in advance
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09/03/2008 03:59:24 AM
Terrific conceptualization! Excellent in light and composition!
Kudos!
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09/03/2008 03:34:58 AM
What a precious idea. Lovely and clear too.
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09/03/2008 01:52:04 AM
Obviously, this is a very cool photo. To me, personally, it seems unnatural to have the doll held with this hand and the thumb facing away, so I'd like to swap arms. However, the direction of the light and the proportion of the image is excellent.
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09/03/2008 12:55:59 AM
This is absolutely beautiful. I love portrais like this of fathers with their newborns, and this is just as lovely.
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09/03/2008 12:07:12 AM
Beautiful and clever.
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