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The Eulogy
The Eulogy

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Drama (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: Playhouse on the Park, Phoenix AZ
Date: Aug 22, 2009
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Emotive, Political
Date Uploaded: Aug 25, 2009

Note to DPC/SC: My camera's date/time is set to UTC; I had this approved by the SC when I first joined dpchallenge.

Shot during New Carpa Theater's performance of The Tears of Lives - during the holdover weekend (August 21-23).

Actresses are the beautiful and amazing Dulce Juarez (foreground/far right), Rosa Millan (background/middle) and Perla Farias (background/far left). This is from the final scene of the play -- the funeral for a youngest of three children who was killed during an immigration raid.

I had an AMAZING shot of this same scene from the dress rehearsal the previous week, but of course that was before this challenge opened. I shot several more series of this scene from the back of the house, and this was my favorite, but it still pales to my dress rehearsal shot. Ohhhhhh, to have a time-machine. Err, whatever.

Expected feedback? Awkward crop -- needs more breathing room on the right -- yes, I agree, but there was a distracting set piece I wanted to crop out; with advanced editing I could probably have gotten away with removing it, but never in basic. This will probably look "too dark" on uncalibrated monitors. Oh, well.

I hope people will notice the tear running down Dulce's face. I also hope people notice the actual written eulogy prop in Dulce's hands. Other shots showed the paper more clearly, but I like the facial expression and the lighting of the tear on this shot -- it was very hard to decide which to submit.

"Just submit it."

Shot handheld; from the back of the house; Nikon 70-200/2.8VR lens at 200, iso 400, 1/80 and f/2.8.

You can see several more shots from the preview rehearsal on the website for New Carpa Theater.


RAW/NEF -> Lightroom
Crop (custom)
WB Temp -> 2950 (as shot, tungsten setting)
WB Tint -> -3
Exposure -> +0.50
fill Light -> 15
Blacks -> 6
Clarity -> +35
Vibrance -> +10
Saturation -> 0
Tone Curve: Medium Contrast
Amount -> 0 (to be done in Noise Ninja)
Noise Reduction:
Luminance -> 0 (to be done in Noise Ninja)
Camera Calibration:
Camera Neutral
Edit in Noise Ninja: (16-bit uncompressed TIFF)
Profiled image
Strength -> 5
Smoothness -> 6
Contrast -> 10
Strength -> 0
Smoothness -> 0
Contrast -> 5
Amount -> 120%
Radius -> 1.1
Suppress halos selected
Back in LR
Fill Light -> +10
Brightness -> -5
Export as JPG, sRGB, 640 longest edge, minimize metadata, Mogrify compress to less than 150kB

Place: 30 out of 104
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11/30/2009 08:16:58 PM
Great shot. The dof is perfect.
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09/06/2009 08:34:44 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Overall: Oh the drama...and it is indeed a scene from a play being depicted. I took Drama classes for several years and have performed on stage so I do feel the pain here but wish the emotion had more depth and less emoting, if you get my drift.

Technical: Fairly good shot, you didn't have to worry about giving direction or lighting the shot, the director took care of that. Composition adequate; it was more the stage blocking in your favour. The fact that you had access during dress rehearsal meant that you had what many would see as an unfair advantage, as you knew already what to expect.

Artistic: This is the tough part for me, for this is not of your own making, but a capture of someone else's work, so very borderline. Having said that, you did capture a poignant scene very well.

FWIW: Respectable finish, wish it were of your own making than a capture of someone else's work. Quite a lot of pp'ing too, was all of it so necessary?

Look forward with interest to more of your entries.

Keep shooting and feel free to PM me with any questions,

 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/27/2009 07:36:57 PM
Very powerful - well done!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/26/2009 01:08:20 PM
looks like on stage... feel the disappointment... 7
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/26/2009 09:08:26 AM
nice emotion capture!!:)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/26/2009 03:37:09 AM
feel the pain nice image
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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