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Calling Is So Old School
Calling Is So Old School
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Stock Photos: The Operator (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron SP AF 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 AD Aspherical IF for Canon
Location: Dining room!
Date: Aug 3, 2010
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/6
Galleries: Advertisement
Date Uploaded: Aug 3, 2010

Okay, I wasn't going to enter this challenge, but then I had an idea, so I pulled something out. And here it is.

My enthusiasm was increased by the arrival today of my first off-camera strobe (sans umbrella, which presumably would be arriving shortly). That's my background light. The cool color is the result of white balancing for my incandescent-colored fluorescent lights that I used to light me.

This is a three-light setup: background strobe pointed at the wall, two clip-ons, one on each side, bounced off of reflectors for the foreground. The light on the right was slightly stronger. I should have had a fourth light (or stronger side lights) so that I didn't run straight black in big chunks of the image, but... oh well.

PP mostly involved smoothing out the background a bit, cloning out a light switch, and fixing some weird shadows on my face and fringing on the suit.

I'm not sure why I'm submitting this.

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Thanks for the good score despite the flaws in this photo! I totally agree with all the critical comments and I appreciate them. It's rare for me to have a concept that's better than the execution!

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 26
Avg (all users): 6.2390
Avg (commenters): 7.6500
Avg (participants): 6.2941
Avg (non-participants): 6.2350
Views since voting: 1924
Views during voting: 523
Votes: 251
Comments: 24
Favorites: 0


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08/11/2010 08:41:53 AM
Great stock shot -- could have placed a little higher in my opinion.
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08/11/2010 06:42:12 AM
great shot, Damon ... nice finish
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08/11/2010 12:15:09 AM
Great shot - I gave it a 7. Thought it fit the challenge well. I'm soooo gonna be in trouble in the Better than your Average challenge :D

Congrats on 6th place!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/10/2010 11:54:35 PM
lol....a voice will always beat words on a screen. Nice take though. 8 (lol..I got my words twisted)

Message edited by author 2010-08-11 00:15:34.
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08/10/2010 05:05:36 PM
Great concept... I like this very much, clean and well done. 8
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08/10/2010 07:19:48 AM
I like this, I can visualise it on one of those annoying cheap ads for some dubious "get rich quick" product!

Well composed, great background and lighting, I expect this to do well!
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08/09/2010 04:32:37 PM
Nice composition, the suit could have used a bit more lighting IMO. I like this.
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08/08/2010 07:43:07 PM
Funny. Great sales-y expression on the model's face.
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08/07/2010 12:02:19 PM
Well done. Good exposure and well composed.
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08/07/2010 08:58:49 AM
Nice clean image, and could be used by a company. 10
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08/06/2010 07:52:11 PM
Ha, nice!
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08/06/2010 07:49:30 PM
I think it could be a little brighter, but nice subject.
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08/06/2010 02:09:35 PM
This would be absolutely perfect if it were just a tiny bit brighter, 9 :)
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08/06/2010 10:24:01 AM
Like the model and the pose.
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08/06/2010 10:17:54 AM
Nice set up except that the blue should be seamless (there is a distracting area on the left side under his hand. The light behind him seems a bit harsh but overall I think this is good!. 8
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08/05/2010 06:36:57 AM
Like it, although the black suit is devoid of detail which detracts from the overall shot.
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08/04/2010 11:04:27 PM
great set up a lil blueish (6)
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08/04/2010 01:50:08 PM
Very professinal. Love the background choice and the lighting. 10
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08/04/2010 01:39:50 PM
Great stock image, though a bit on the dark side.
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08/04/2010 01:35:53 PM
Perfect!
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08/04/2010 11:27:45 AM
very good idea... i like this shot!! Compliments...
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08/04/2010 11:23:17 AM
Good job.
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08/04/2010 09:15:10 AM
Great modern take on this challenge! I have seen a number of companies offer this option, this could definitely be used on their websites.
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08/04/2010 12:32:32 AM
A little dark, but still suitable for stock. One of the few on the site.
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