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Embryonic Children
Embryonic Children

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Challenge: Best of 2008 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4.0G IF-ED
Location: West Valley City, Utah
Date: Nov 7, 2008
Aperture: f11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Emotive, Children
Date Uploaded: Jan 15, 2009

An image taken during a photo shoot of newborn twins. Using inspiration from Anne Geddes, I tried on of her techniques. Taken with a single strobe and black background, this image took a bit of PS as I had gotten more of the cheesecloth than I wanted. Most of the editing was to reduce the white of the cloth.

RAW file adjusted in Lightroom and imported to PS. BG selected and contrast reduces. Curves, Saturation, Shadow/Highlight all on babies. Cloned out a blob on the cloth. Dodge/burn with grey layer in Overlay. Sharpened with Photokit Sharpener, saved for web.

This is different that most, so I have no idea how it will be taken.
Hoped for score 6.4, but it could bomb completely.

Place: 453 out of 531
Avg (all users): 4.9361
Avg (commenters): 4.8000
Avg (participants): 4.9451
Avg (non-participants): 4.9091
Views since voting: 825
Views during voting: 437
Votes: 219
Comments: 11
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/20/2009 11:47:28 PM
This is a nice idea. I'm not sure how it could be done better to make the babies the focus of the image. As it is, the mesh cloth and the arm/hand are the focal points.
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01/19/2009 05:42:21 PM
That's a most interesting presentation! I wonder if it could have been lit to show more baby and less bag.
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01/19/2009 03:22:35 PM
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01/18/2009 05:45:37 PM
Reminds me of an Anne Geddis image, but I wish I could see the babes better.
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01/18/2009 10:25:32 AM
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01/18/2009 10:22:28 AM
Ah! 10, what else.
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01/17/2009 09:35:57 PM
I thought some of my photos were repulsive! I think intended repulsion could sometimes backfire, like in this case, nothing nice about this at all.
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01/17/2009 03:22:47 PM
great shot...good idea..
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01/16/2009 01:43:58 PM
the lighting provides a very strange and almost disturbing feel to the image -
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01/16/2009 12:29:12 PM
A nice attempt but feel it's too low key style for this sort of subject.
(no vote)
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01/16/2009 10:21:17 AM
Probably way to artsy and avant garde for this group. I appreciate it but wish the baby were wrapped in something other than burlap.
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