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the migration of lovebirds
the migration of lovebirds
yanko


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Challenge: Masters' Free Study II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Date: Nov 17, 2008
Galleries: Fashion, Vintage
Date Uploaded: Nov 30, 2008

Special thanks to Chris and his wife. Chris is a TV news anchor/reporter in San Antonio, Texas.

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Not a bad result. I only had about 10 minutes to pull this idea off. This was taken during a photo shoot for a local mag.

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Statistics
Place: 33 out of 170
Avg (all users): 6.7229
Avg (commenters): 8.0769
Avg (participants): 6.7912
Avg (non-participants): 6.6988
Views since voting: 1883
Views during voting: 700
Votes: 350
Comments: 51
Favorites: 13 (view)


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07/14/2009 01:16:36 PM
He looks like that psycho banshee of a man in one of the Charlie's Angels movies - the one that fought the Angels in the alleyway with his cane.
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12/13/2008 06:29:16 PM
Congrats on this fine capture. Great work here!
Made my top10. I didn't guess it to be yours. The concept is wonderfully executed. The way you composed the shot, the part of the painting with the birds section floating above the woman's head , it just says it all. I agree with Judy about about the bucket. Seems kind of invasive. Maybe if it was a smaller one or just out of the shot? All in all it's a minor nitpick.
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12/13/2008 04:32:45 PM
Yep, she's thinking of flying the coop... Very fun shot - and I do think that this one in B&W, followed by the next one, followed by one of just her going out the door (or something) would make an excellent series.
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12/09/2008 02:11:25 AM
Beautiful and makes me think of the late 70's, early 80's album covers by Hipgnosis
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12/08/2008 09:28:26 PM
Subversive and sly - has all the appearance of being a typical slick and empty ad shot, until we get knocked over by subtext. Having read your other comments, I'm trying to decide which would have been "better" - color or b&w - and I think I prefer the color; in a sense, if it were more 'classic', in b&w, we'd lose sight of the contrast between slickness/kitsch and the subtext.
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12/08/2008 07:33:21 PM
I adored this photo during voting and am COMPLETELY shocked it didn't place higher!!
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12/08/2008 03:28:27 PM
I'm really surprised not to see this on the front page. I think I gave out two 10's in this challenge: One to you, and one to De Sousa.
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12/08/2008 08:35:54 AM
Classic & engaging. Recognizably your style, if not your usual subject matter, and worth an 8 from me. Still...
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12/08/2008 05:20:49 AM
I knew this was yours, i should have guessed. I thought this was better than most ahead of you and when I heard you talk about your score I was pretty surprised to hear, I am not sure what could be better, I gave you a ten. I really like the processing, I'll have to bug you to see how you do it. :P
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12/08/2008 05:11:28 AM
reckon this should have ribboned.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2008 11:17:30 PM
Yanko? ;-)
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12/07/2008 11:04:47 PM
Nice lighting, great quality, 9.
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12/07/2008 10:48:54 PM
the 2nd of 2 that just seems way surreal in an indescribable way. Yet this one has a mundane quality that places it somewhere in the ether. The poses here are of much mystery and timeless intrigue.
BAck for more - Reminds me of Hitchcck perhaps due to the era and the deatached woman.
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12/07/2008 04:43:40 PM
I like this one quite a bit. The birds are so great as counter focal points. The man's look is great as is the woman's. What are they thinking? Does she want to get out? Is she bored? Is he hiding his lust behind that blank stare? Is it concern? Anyway, I like how this pulls me in. 9 Bumped to one of my 3 10s.
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12/07/2008 05:29:16 AM
Wow! What an excellent pp coloring and setup. 9
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12/07/2008 04:29:15 AM
I wouldn't often say it, but this photo is screaming for B&W to give that extra "classic" feel. Good effort, nonetheless.
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12/06/2008 10:52:48 PM
Interesting shot... reminiscent of a vintage LIFE magazine shot.
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12/06/2008 09:40:51 PM
what an intersting photo. lighting is fantastic, i dont exactly like the painting, even though its a big part of your concept.
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12/06/2008 05:27:53 PM
Great concept, nice even lighting. There is something about the female model's pose that strikes me as a little awkward and doesn't quite convey the feel you seem to have been going for - but I like where you're going with it so it's still an 8 from me.
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12/06/2008 02:48:07 PM
Lovely concept and so well executed
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12/05/2008 03:46:36 PM
Brilliant, facinating set up. I love the expressions and the compositions is fantastic. Love it - 9
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12/05/2008 03:17:37 PM
fascinating scene - feels a little over-lit, with too much white (given the mood) - make sit feel too posed, IMHO. But maybe that contrast was your intention... I really like the choice in models here - they're expressions are spot on - as is the wardrobe & make-up... -- 8 --
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12/05/2008 02:59:05 PM
Wow! I love this set-up and composition. The way both models are dressed is very appropriate for the shot. Him thinking and while fixated on her and her looking away with an excellent expression is just awesome. I love it!

The painting in the background makes it all come together. Without a doubt: 10!
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12/05/2008 07:19:22 AM
quirky - it makes you sit and stare at it to figure out the story
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12/05/2008 06:50:20 AM
this type of image baffles/intrigues me. it is very clever and well done. but it is almost too technically perfect not to have been set up. (i personally prefer the pursuit of the imperfect image, where the photographer has control over nothing more than the camera.)
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12/05/2008 12:09:00 AM
I know this is supposed to be too slick for my taste, but I love this. It's almost campy in its sharp perfection, and the integration of the artwork into her thoughts and dreams is very nicely done.
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12/04/2008 10:37:31 AM
Very creative!
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12/04/2008 04:54:17 AM
interesting set-up, lots of charm in this image.I wonder what his thinking? I like the intrigue and the implied message with the birds, well done.
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12/04/2008 03:24:05 AM
Clever
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12/03/2008 08:47:06 PM
So much story to tell in this image! Excellent execution! 10
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12/03/2008 01:23:47 PM
Beautifully lit, and wonderfully composed. 9
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12/03/2008 12:57:38 PM
What an incredible image!!

I just can't say enough about this.. The emotion, the lighting, the composition, the old fashioned looking post processing. I've only given out a handful of 10's in all of the time I've been here, but this is one of them for sure.

P.S - Your model looks like Parker Posey.
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12/03/2008 09:26:06 AM
Superb 9
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12/02/2008 12:50:38 PM
Beautiful lighting and colors
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12/02/2008 08:11:48 AM
I like the way the birds echo her drifting away.
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12/02/2008 06:34:18 AM
a definate fav ........ good luck
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12/02/2008 05:32:30 AM
Awesome... almost like a negaqtive norman rockwell... The only thing I could think of that could be changed is to fire a strobe at the corner of the floor and wall so as to eliminate all shadows. The purple background shadows are my only possible negative... very thought prevoking! (the only way to get a ten from me is to make me think: I wish I woulda taken that shot!)and this one does that! ... this one of two, that made me think that in this challenge!
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12/01/2008 06:15:51 PM
Nice idea but the execution seems pretty static.
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12/01/2008 01:21:55 PM
He is perfectly typecast! I like this it tells a story 9
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12/01/2008 01:14:01 PM
Is she eying someone across the room? He looks displeased. Interesting image, and I like the style.
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12/01/2008 12:59:52 PM
they don't look inlove haha
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12/01/2008 12:56:42 PM
very posed, very static, too much noise reduction, and yet it works. Great work!
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12/01/2008 12:26:17 PM
Great lighting
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12/01/2008 12:25:59 PM
so professional. Brilliant shot.
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12/01/2008 09:24:12 AM
Lighting is superb in this photo. Now what I am about to crow about is the mood and the composition you have captured here. I love how this picture tells a story! Here we have the typical dinner date that is usually the start point to get to know each other and a possible romance. But the relationship is anything but in this photo. The gentleman is striking a "The Thinker" pose as he looks at the lady trying his hardest to try to figure her out. His hand rests on the table but she has removed hers out of reach so that he cannot 'reach' out and touch her/hold hands. Not only is she out of his reach and removed but her 'mind' is 'flying' elsewhere. A truly WONDERFUL touch is that painting that has the birds positioned right above here head. It signals that she is not mentally present and that she has 'flown the coup'. She is already looking elsewhere for her Mr. Right is not sitting at the table and there are no 'sparks' whatsoever. I really hope to see this in the top 5. Your storytelling composition, attention to details, model expressions, and lighting are a bang up 10!
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12/01/2008 04:24:42 AM
Really like the concept here. Lighting is good, props are well chosen. I believe, the angle you took hurts the idea, a straighter approach with the focal plane parallel to the wall with the image had had more impact. Overall there's a purplish cast, but not enough to look as if it was there on purpose. A tad too much softening IMO.
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12/01/2008 03:34:07 AM
I think this a fantastic shot
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12/01/2008 02:23:42 AM
a masterpiece.
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12/01/2008 01:28:37 AM
very nice image and good idea.10 for me
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12/01/2008 12:12:38 AM
The inclusion of the painting in the background really makes the photo. It is dynamic and makes you wonder what the relationship is like here.
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12/01/2008 12:08:23 AM
I'm not the typical DPC voter but I'd much prefer this in BW. Wish the champagne bucket wasn't cropped off. Love the story and juxtaposition between the man and woman's expressions and positions in the shot.
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