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Strangely Theatrical
Strangely Theatrical

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Signature Style (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: Scottsdale Waterfront, Scottsdale, Arizona
Date: Jan 9, 2010
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/4000
Galleries: Performance, Street
Date Uploaded: Jan 12, 2010

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.

I don't know if I'm known well-enough here to recognize, but this is a pretty reasonable example of theatrical photography style (a few of which have made their way to DPC over the last couple of years). Since concert and theatrical photography comprise 90% or more of my work, this seemed like a reasonable fit. I didn't happen to cover any concerts during the challenge period, but did cover several theatre shows, and this image seemed at least somewhat "dpc-friendly."

Shot during Vessel's performance of Transfix, commissioned by Scottsdale Public Art, during the Fish Roundup at Scottsdale Waterfront.

From their news release: "Transfix is a collaborative, interactive urban intervention where the passerby, not expecting to see a performance stops in their tracks, transfixed."

Expected feedback? "Awkward crop", "too many shadows on face," "why is he in all white," "why did you desaturate him to look white," (I didn't, by the way -- he really is in all white, including makeup), "theater photography isn't real photography," blah, blah and blah.

"Just submit it."

Shot outdoors, handheld, during the performance as Vessel interacted with the public attending the fish roundup. Shot with 70-200/2.8VR lens at 95mm, VR on/normal, iso 200, f/2.8, 1/4000.

Additional images and video slideshow will be available on my website, hopefully by the time this challenge voting ends.

NOTE: I AM NOT REQUESTING "CRITIQUE CLUB" FEEDBACK. If you are in the Critique Club and feel the need to leave a critique... let that feeling pass, please. Thanks and have a great day.


Note, for those who have trouble understanding Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw: By listing my development settings here, I am showing the current develop / ACR settings used to convert this image from raw/NEF to a jpg image. It does NOT mean I have actually adjusted all of these settings. However, anyone can set development defaults to *any* setting they choose, so there is no true "default" for any setting, aside from zero, which is perfectly flat. To correctly reproduce a challenge submission from an original camera file, as the challenge rules require, *all* development settings need to be retained and verified. To look at this list and say "that's a lot of post-processing" is missing the basic concept of Lightroom, development settings and default values.

RAW/NEF -> Lightroom
Crop (custom)
WB Temp -> 4600
WB Tint -> -10
Exposure -> -0.50
fill Light -> 20
Blacks -> 23
Brightness -> +50
Contrast -> +46
Clarity -> +55
Vibrance -> +15
Saturation -> +5
Tone Curve: Strong Contrast
HSL: (Settings 0 unless otherwise noted)
Blue Hue/Sat/Lum adjustment required for horrible clipping into sRGB colorspace
Hue-Blue -> +38
Sat-Blue -> -14
Sat-Purple -> -100
Sat-Magenta -> -100
Lum-Blue -> -39
Amount -> 110
Radius -> 1.2
Detail -> 39
Masking -> 89
Noise Reduction:
Luminance -> 0
Color -> 25
Camera Calibration:
Camera Neutral
All other settings 0, unless noted
Export as JPG, sRGB, quality 95, 800 longest edge, minimize metadata

Place: 29 out of 193
Avg (all users): 6.3632
Avg (commenters): 8.0769
Avg (participants): 6.2750
Avg (non-participants): 6.4126
Views since voting: 1498
Views during voting: 388
Votes: 223
Comments: 14
Favorites: 1 (view)

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01/21/2010 03:04:37 AM
Information update:

The actor pictured is Aaron Wester.

Full credit information: Vessel performing Transfix in The Art of Maintenance at the Scottsdale Canal. Directed by Rachel Bowditch.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/19/2010 11:00:35 PM
Excellent. Nice light and details.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/19/2010 04:07:34 PM
I love this - it is very cool. Love the blue vs. white contrast. So interesting the way this person is dressed.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/19/2010 10:52:06 AM
Remarkable !!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/19/2010 07:12:38 AM
Very interesting, I like the contrast
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/19/2010 05:13:39 AM
Should he really be out in the sun? :P
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/17/2010 11:09:34 AM
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  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/15/2010 11:47:38 PM
Great shot. A very unique concept and very well executed. 10
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/15/2010 11:12:37 PM
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  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/15/2010 11:01:55 PM
Beautifully simplistic!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/13/2010 11:19:17 PM
Well done
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/13/2010 08:13:27 PM
Shoulda had this one for the bubbles challenge :-)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/13/2010 05:39:16 PM
It's a shame you couldn't have saved this for the bubble challenge! I think it would have won the blue! I have no clue who this belongs to, but it's quite awesome!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/13/2010 11:11:00 AM
Cool and quirky. I like this!
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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