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The Light of Life
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Challenge: Life & Death (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens
Location: Reykjavik
Date: Jul 23, 2009
Aperture: f/1.4
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Portraiture, Children
Date Uploaded: Jul 24, 2009

Went with some friends to a cemetary in Reykjavik to act on one of my ideas. This is the outcome. Carefully processed in Lightroom to get the right atmosphere.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 75
Avg (all users): 7.1436
Avg (commenters): 8.7059
Avg (participants): 6.6800
Avg (non-participants): 7.2147
Views since voting: 8067
Views during voting: 747
Votes: 188
Comments: 40
Favorites: 14 (view)


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08/07/2009 06:41:00 PM
Congrats on your Blue!! Well done.
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08/05/2009 04:27:11 PM
Blue ribbon every month from now on.. Völlur á þér þessa dagana, innilegar hamingjuóskir! Góð hugmynd og tæknilega vel útfærð. Congrats!
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08/05/2009 03:53:58 PM
Gorgeous shot! You were heads above the others in your score and well deserved. Congratulations to you on your blue!!
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08/05/2009 01:14:14 PM
Originally posted by jmsetzler:

Greetings from the Critique Club...

This photo obviously meets the challenge very well :) I don't often grab a first place image through the Critique Club queue, but I got lucky today. Great images are always rather easy to critique, because it's difficult to find anything critical to say about them. Your creative use of lighting and post processing on this image create a lot of visual and emotional impact in the story you are telling with your camera. The theme is obvious, and I particularly like the contrast provided between life and death through the use of the old tombstone and the young girl. On the technical side, the only suggestion I have for you would be to have used a slightly smaller aperture than the chosen f/1.4. The focus on the young girl is strong, but in my humble opinion, I think the cross on the tombstone should get equal attention in the realm of sharpness and focus. The camera angle with these subjects allowed the cross to fall slightly behind the depth of field with this technique.

The great images continue to flow from Iceland :) Great work... Kudos :)


Thanks for this John. I agree with you. The 1.4 narrows the DOF quite a bit and the image is certainly not without errors :-)
08/05/2009 12:05:24 PM
Great shot. Congrats!
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08/05/2009 11:34:52 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club...

This photo obviously meets the challenge very well :) I don't often grab a first place image through the Critique Club queue, but I got lucky today. Great images are always rather easy to critique, because it's difficult to find anything critical to say about them. Your creative use of lighting and post processing on this image create a lot of visual and emotional impact in the story you are telling with your camera. The theme is obvious, and I particularly like the contrast provided between life and death through the use of the old tombstone and the young girl. On the technical side, the only suggestion I have for you would be to have used a slightly smaller aperture than the chosen f/1.4. The focus on the young girl is strong, but in my humble opinion, I think the cross on the tombstone should get equal attention in the realm of sharpness and focus. The camera angle with these subjects allowed the cross to fall slightly behind the depth of field with this technique.

The great images continue to flow from Iceland :) Great work... Kudos :)
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08/05/2009 11:20:30 AM
Awesome job!! very nicely done--congrats on the blue!
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08/05/2009 10:52:48 AM
Congrats!! this was a hard one..Love the picture!
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08/05/2009 09:37:20 AM
This is perfect for this challenge, and you did it so well. Its haunting, yet enchanting at the same time. Congratulations on top honors with this one.
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08/05/2009 07:43:11 AM
töff þessi og til hamingju með borðan

Message edited by author 2009-08-05 07:43:24.
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08/05/2009 06:52:37 AM
Bara kúl mynd ! Klárlega winner, til hamingju með þetta !
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08/05/2009 06:42:04 AM
Hvað sagði ég! Frábær mynd Halli og innilega til hamingju með sigurinn.
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08/05/2009 06:14:45 AM
Til hamingju. Gott að einhver heldur heiðri okkar íslendinga á lofti á DPC :)
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08/05/2009 05:21:56 AM
many congrats,well done on a super image
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08/05/2009 04:36:48 AM
Thanks everybody!

It was so much fun creating this one. I got a little help from user HEIDAHB with the props and she was the on-site manager :-)

The scene is lit from a 430EX with a silver umbrella camera left and a Vivitar flash with silver umbrella, (borrowed from user OFFIOF) camera right, and of course my 580EX that my favorite model Rósa is hiding with her hair.

My only regret here is that the 580 should have ben just a tad lower to avoid the burn in Rósa's hair and on the arms, but hey, it´s a blue so no worries :-)

Thanks again heidahb, offiof, Rósa and her sister Ella which took care of costumes and makeup :-)and of course everybody that gave me a 10!!

Message edited by author 2009-08-05 04:51:57.
08/05/2009 03:31:49 AM
Told you you'd be the winner...congrats!
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08/05/2009 03:28:35 AM
Congrats on the blue. Excellent image.
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08/05/2009 02:51:14 AM
Flott mynd. Til Lukku med thessa.
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08/05/2009 02:45:11 AM
Congratulations on your blue:-) Well done;-)
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08/05/2009 01:36:25 AM
Gratz, as soon as I saw this one I just knew it was getting the blue. Very well lit and processed.
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08/05/2009 12:58:39 AM
Congrats on your ribbon. This is well done.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/03/2009 07:39:05 PM
wow,i love it,my fav so far ,10+++
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08/02/2009 11:18:01 PM
I LOVE IT!!!! NICE
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08/02/2009 07:41:47 PM
You should do very well, with such a sweet shot! Love the balance between the ambiant and fill of the scene.
I would imagine you used a couple of remote flashes. Just great!
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08/02/2009 02:16:55 PM
Wow! Great shot.
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08/01/2009 01:26:35 AM
Moving Scene! Well Done! 10!!!!!!!
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07/31/2009 04:17:41 PM
Beautiful
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07/31/2009 08:41:23 AM
Nice work, should do very well!
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07/30/2009 11:38:53 PM
This almost Looks like HDR?
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07/30/2009 07:29:06 PM
Overall I really like this.. I think the neat image on her skin is a bit too extreme.
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07/30/2009 11:52:08 AM
AWESOME !!!
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07/30/2009 11:42:31 AM
Beautiful contrast going on here. I love it!
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07/29/2009 11:53:07 PM
I think it's a great picture! I would move the branch/leaves behind the girl, and bring her hands in a bit closer to her body. The light that reflects off of her left hand is a bit bright.
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07/29/2009 03:48:47 PM
I like the artistic tone of this. Much better than most of the stuff I have seen so far. 10 from me.
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07/29/2009 10:44:32 AM
Amazing.
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07/29/2009 10:28:24 AM
This photo illustrates life and death in a single image to me. Clarity is not as good as I would like to see and I don't really care for the shining light.
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07/29/2009 07:43:20 AM
This is my top photo of the challenge. The set up is great. Your lighting completely adds the life to the photo. There is such a great contrast here. Lovely photo.
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07/29/2009 07:41:56 AM
the winner...well done 9
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07/29/2009 05:23:43 AM
Haunting, nicely set and lit.
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07/29/2009 04:38:32 AM
This photo exceeded the title!
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