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"3" Wise Monkeys
"3" Wise Monkeys

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Challenge: Numbers (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 28-80mm f/2.8-4 L USM
Location: Living Room
Date: Sep 14, 2008
Aperture: 6.7
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Humorous, Children
Date Uploaded: Sep 14, 2008

This shot was another one that took a fair amount of time to setup, the first shoot saw some nice pics but I realised very soon that people thought the image needed rotating so we tried to emphasize that this is the correct orientation by using the hair falling down. So we did a reshoot, the hair effect was done by carefully tieing white cotton to each of my daughters hair and using loads (and I mean LOADS) of hairspray to get the look just right as their hair is really thin this took absolutely ages.

Lighting wise there is a window to camera left offering a nice diffused light which I controlled by opening / closing the curtains as required. A softbox flash head camera right and a reflector was used to bounce some of the light in to the three models. The back was lit by natural light coming through our double patio doors which had a white sheet draped in front of them and further blown out by a flash head pointed high at the ceiling to bounce back down behind th emodels.

My eldest daughter had just come out of a very nasty bout of Tonsilitis so holding that pose for any length of time was a problem so we did lots of shots with rest in between.

Place: 35 out of 126
Avg (all users): 5.8203
Avg (commenters): 6.3750
Avg (participants): 5.5370
Avg (non-participants): 6.0270
Views since voting: 1075
Views during voting: 327
Votes: 128
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

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09/22/2008 05:26:51 AM
I think you were in a no win situation. With the rotation to create the 3, you loose some of the impact of a great family shot and the wise monkey expressions. Without the rotation, you don't really have the 3. I'd worry less about the score and give myself a pat on the back for a beautifully composed, well lit shot.
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09/22/2008 04:44:09 AM
In response to your request for further critique...

...as I mentioned during the challenge, the "3" was not obvious as first look. I note that I wasn't the only commenter to say this. I think that rotating the image this was was clever in that it formed a "3" but it distracted us from all the other elements of the shot. I have to admit that I read the title and saw the shot and once I "got" the "3" I never really saw the details such as the tongue poking out. I think that if you look at the "Avg (commenters)" score of 6.37 you'll have an idea what this shot may have scored if it wasn't rotated - just MHO ;)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/19/2008 09:52:56 AM
Very nice! I am sure you had loads of fun doing it.:-)
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09/18/2008 12:58:55 PM
very creative 1 nic pic ! love the expressions!
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09/17/2008 06:16:52 PM
This is one of my favorite :) 10 from me ;)
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09/15/2008 05:14:12 PM
Cute idea and I love the expressions on the faces! I bet you had fun doing this!
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09/15/2008 03:13:27 PM
interesting solution. at first time I was distract and don't see the "human 3" well done! 8
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09/15/2008 02:05:15 PM
Very creative. Used a fan to get the ponytails "hanging down", I assume?
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09/15/2008 10:04:52 AM
I'd really have prefered this the right way up.
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09/15/2008 05:16:32 AM
I like this. If I'm honest, I think it's a better photo without the rotation to create the 3. 6
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09/15/2008 04:04:07 AM
I have to admit, my first thought was "oops, they forget to rotate the shot" but then I got the "3" shape, I hope other voters are a bit "quicker" than me to get it
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09/15/2008 12:17:50 AM
Was this perspective intended...or did you forget to rotate? Cool shot but better rotated.
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09/15/2008 12:06:47 AM
Cute (-;
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