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Portrait of a Modern Violinist
Portrait of a Modern Violinist
zackdezon


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2009-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: Jul 6, 2009
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Portraiture, Music
Date Uploaded: Jul 29, 2009

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So I haven't been putting details lately since I wasn't getting scores good enough to get them looked at. I guess that changed with this one.

Thanks a ton, guys! I was really proud of this shoot, and am very glad you, too, liked it.

This was shot in my home studio against a purple (Orchid, to be precise) paper backdrop. From camera left, an AB-400 strobe in a beauty dish. From camera right, an SB-600, bare and aimed at the violins, and an SB-900, snooted at his shoulder/hair.

The color came from a curious post-processing effect. In Lightroom, I used the Library setting "B/W-Low Contrast," then decided I didn't want it to be B/W. When I went into Develop and turned up the saturation, I realized that part of the b/w conversion involved this odd color shift. I liked it, and ran with it. Photoshop post involved some cleaning up of shadows and vignetting.

Thanks again!

Statistics
Place: 7 out of 419
Avg (all users): 6.8734
Avg (commenters): 8.6250
Avg (participants): 6.8537
Avg (non-participants): 6.9429
Views since voting: 3186
Views during voting: 316
Votes: 158
Comments: 17
Favorites: 6 (view)


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08/08/2009 01:16:28 PM
Beautiful choice on colors & lighting & Congratulations !
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08/08/2009 08:47:28 AM
Greetings from Andi via the Critique Club.Well, how can you critique an image that finished 7th in a FS? I recognise this guy from the footwear challenge, he seems to have an 'attitude' that I'm sure will do him well for the future. I'd have liked to have seen some info about him in the photographers comments.

First Impression: The complimentary colours help add 'mood' to this image as do the deep shadows.

Composition: A good choice of model placement, as a square crop this would easily do well as a cd cover.

Subject: Always nice to have a fresh take on a portrait, the image conveys the violinists attitude well.

Technical: Spot on with the techincals, a bright and modern image. My only thought would to have had more light on his hair as it lacks some detail on my monitor.

Final thoughts: An excellent 'product' shot and I'm sure you are both very pleased with the result.
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08/08/2009 04:36:31 AM
Excellent! the lighting and quirkiness really make this...congrats
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08/08/2009 04:23:43 AM
This is stunning!
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08/08/2009 12:10:28 AM
Go Zack! Top TEn in a FS! I'm thrilled for your accomplishment with this emotive image.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2009 12:48:25 PM
Awesome!!! Beautifully lit and great colours. Really really good, well done
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08/06/2009 11:25:26 PM
Kick Ass, Zack! I saw this guy on your website and its cool! I'm digging the hard shadows! The "purists" might not. Good Luck!

Had to have another look.
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08/06/2009 01:05:44 PM
A quirky and different portrait. Great stuff.
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08/05/2009 06:32:07 PM
That is straight awesome!
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08/05/2009 02:13:34 PM
I've never seen an electric violine before!
Amazing portrait!
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08/05/2009 09:36:50 AM
This is sooo cool!
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08/04/2009 10:15:03 PM
solid use of color and position. very much like the back-look pose. This portrait says the subject is going places few can follow. nice work.
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08/04/2009 09:45:29 PM
Solid, nice.
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08/04/2009 09:23:49 AM
awesome quirkiness...love the blue/teal bg...excellent 9
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08/04/2009 09:04:43 AM
This is nice. I like the pose with both the old and modern instruments.
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08/01/2009 05:12:39 PM
7 - Sure looks 'cool', if that was the intent. Wish I could see the bow and his other hand.
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08/01/2009 08:14:13 AM
This is great. I love the use of negative space and the unexpected teal color. Nice going.
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