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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2009-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
Location: Hilton Head Island, SC
Date: Jul 26, 2009
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Fashion, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jul 27, 2009

Unbeleviably gorgeous model although I had to fully direct the pose. Shot after sunset with one Quantum Flash off camera left. Underexposing the background by a half stop or so. A little face smoothing from harsh light, some liquify, a lil dodge and burn and action, vignette... the typical stuff.

Place: 113 out of 419
Avg (all users): 6.0190
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 5.9917
Avg (non-participants): 6.1081
Views since voting: 1436
Views during voting: 449
Votes: 158
Comments: 5
Favorites: 1 (view)

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08/11/2009 06:35:02 PM
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Critique Club Critique

First Impressions
The tilt bothered me when I first saw this - I voted this a 5 during the Challenge. Nice lighting.

Photograph Information, Technicals & Composition Review
With a shot such as this, commenting is difficult because I am not sure what you were aiming for - what the image is being used for. Is it selling the swimwear, etc.

The tilt - could be 'minor', of course depends again the purpose of the image, however, I think the image would be stronger with a straight horizon.

Her hands are quite nicely posed and her neutral facial expressions works, what I find distracting are the knees/legs 'sunk' into the sand. I think the angle and oof fore enhances that. The strap not cutting into her skin quite so tight at the back, but fairly minor - again, depends what the image is used for on what to 'look for'.

Her beautiful hair is lit and displayed well. Regarding her pose and you 'directing' - it does look very posed (again, purpose). I like the subtle reflections of the water on her legs and skin.

Comments, Score & Placement Review
113/418 is a fair placing, I'm guessing the horizon worked against you. Score of 6.01 - the quality of the technicals is there, so again, perhaps the horizon, possibly coupled with the somewhat static pose, didn't captivate the viewers.

You've a couple of helpful comments, and with an average score from your commenters overall of 7.5 they all liked it.

The model stands out well in the scene and the colors are all complementary. A variation in angle and direction perhaps would have given this a little more. This is an image that does need to have a purpose described to provide some better feedback and I'm sorry I haven't been able to do so.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/06/2009 08:13:55 AM
Sports Illustrated here we come.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/04/2009 09:10:21 AM
stunning lighting and I love the skewed horizon for this...Oh, and I just noticed there's a gorgeous model in this ;) 9
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/04/2009 12:22:45 AM
Technically perfect but kind of void of emotion
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/01/2009 04:53:23 AM
The only downside to this one is that she has a resemblance to Paris Hilton. Great shot.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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