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Challenge: Free Study 2009-10 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Date: Oct 19, 2009
Galleries: Fashion, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Oct 31, 2009

Cover shot for a local magazine. All the other photos I took that day were shot indoors but this one I wanted some nice wind so I shot outdoors. Unfortunately, it was a bit too windy at times so I needed two people to hold the light stands even though there were plenty of weights on them.

Lighting Setup

- AB1600 in beauty dish (above camera right)
- Sigma speedlite in beauty dish (camera axis left side)
- Quantaray speedlite in small softbox (model axis left side)

Post work

- Retouched the coat and model (clone/heal/liquidfy).
- Boosted detail (Color Efex Pro Tonal Contrast, dodge/burn, curves).
- Duotone conversion (Silver Efex Pro)

That's pretty much it. There's also a lot of refinement going on. For example, the coat was originally green so before I converted it to monotone I adjusted the saturation so that I can get the right balance in tones with the rest of the image. Despite the refinements there are still things I wish I had fixed.

Credits

Fashion Stylist: Cymone Gantt
Model: Alejandra Martinez
Make-up & Hair Design: Pedro Palacio

Statistics
Place: 10 out of 403
Avg (all users): 6.8837
Avg (commenters): 8.1333
Avg (participants): 6.8160
Avg (non-participants): 7.0638
Views since voting: 2031
Views during voting: 299
Votes: 172
Comments: 32
Favorites: 4 (view)


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11/23/2009 09:54:25 PM
I can see this on the cover of any number of fashion mags... You are a consummate professional. Outstanding work - as always dude! You amaze me with your tones and composition.
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11/12/2009 07:51:54 PM
Originally posted by yanko:

Originally posted by briantammy:

i'm disappointed that this scored so low. my top pick. love to hear more about how you got this. please. congrats on the high score.


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thanks so much. amazing.
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11/09/2009 12:01:17 PM
Fantastic! You're a pro. Congrats on top 10 Richard!
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11/09/2009 10:30:42 AM
It is a great work of creativity. I like the tone and processing, more or less. But there is one thing that stands out as breaking the spell you are weaving; that is the shadow under the jaw. It makes the face look more like a mask than a face, if you see what I mean. For me, that takes away the naturalness of the situation.
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11/09/2009 09:41:44 AM
Great finish, Rich. This is wonderful. Congrats on top 10.
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11/09/2009 07:24:54 AM
Congrats with top 10 yanko. Should have scored better though. Lighting, clarity and particularily transitions in skin tones are excellent.
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11/08/2009 04:04:21 PM
Originally posted by briantammy:

i'm disappointed that this scored so low. my top pick. love to hear more about how you got this. please. congrats on the high score.


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11/08/2009 03:14:24 PM
The textures in the coat are outstanding! :):)
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11/08/2009 03:02:20 PM
This blew my away during voting. Flawless work, Richard. Gorgeous image, congrats on top 10.
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11/08/2009 10:09:22 AM
beautifully done...elegant work
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11/08/2009 05:22:40 AM
FABULOUS!!!! top notch shot Richard!!
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11/08/2009 02:14:01 AM
Congratulations on top 10! Beautiful work! I expect a little more brightness in the highlights of the image.
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11/08/2009 01:23:06 AM
Congrats on the top 10 Richard! Great portrait.
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11/08/2009 01:09:46 AM
i'm disappointed that this scored so low. my top pick. love to hear more about how you got this. please. congrats on the high score.
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11/08/2009 12:57:47 AM
Wonderful. I love it. Glad it made the top ten, it deserved to.
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11/08/2009 12:45:13 AM
This is perfect, excellent tones. Congrats on the top 10!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2009 09:57:27 PM
Nice jacket!! (I mean... nice picture)
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11/07/2009 08:57:22 PM
Very chic. Expert work.
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11/07/2009 06:33:31 PM
Spectacular! The tones, the composition, the velvety feel... Superb shot!
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11/07/2009 10:59:37 AM
super rich tones. love the crop too.
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11/06/2009 02:45:10 PM
I'm not big on fashion photography, but this one really grabs my attention. Very professional looking. 9
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11/06/2009 01:48:21 PM
Technically wonderful and professionally executed, and a unique and perfectly done duotone, but nothing for me to connect with. 7 for the technicals.
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11/04/2009 11:44:15 PM
very nice. I love the clarity of the jacket. awesome lighting too.
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11/03/2009 04:22:12 PM
great quality image. Is it to advertise the jacket? Otherwise I don't quite get why you cut the top off her head.
It's sure to do well anyway so don't mind me.
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11/03/2009 03:50:24 PM
Great for catalouge
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11/02/2009 10:21:23 PM
beautiful shot, beautiful pose
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11/02/2009 08:54:13 PM
Crop/framing isn't for me. If it were a fashion shoot maybe, but otherwise not sure I'd sacrifice a beautiful model's face/hair while keeping all of a jacket. Sorry. Still a 7 for lighting and interesting lines of her pose.
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11/02/2009 03:50:00 AM
Nice very professional looking fashion shoot! Not keen on the border though.
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11/01/2009 06:25:36 PM
perfect!
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11/01/2009 01:24:40 PM
Your model is very pretty. I don't like the fact that her head is cut off.
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11/01/2009 11:24:34 AM
(No vote, just a comment) Very elegant. FWIW, I find my self wanting to see just a little bit more of her forehead.
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11/01/2009 09:18:07 AM
Supurb portrait. Nice color tone and I like the crop.
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