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Challenge: Cool Colors II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: 2011
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR
Location: West Hollywood, CA
Date: Apr 8, 2011
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Apr 8, 2011

Model: Mel Gorham and Isabella.

What a fun, fabulous, creative, productive, epic 5-hour shoot. I directed Mel in a play in 2005 and we've been friends since. She is so talented and adventurous. Isabella is the BEST dog EVER. Very protective of Mel, she thought the strobes were evil and barked every time they flashed. There was a lot of barking. She also thinks she's a lap dog...

convert from raw
denoise
topaz
minor cloning of blemishes and an outlet
color balance
vibrance
detail
some d&B
save for web

[Apr. 13th, 2011 01:05:36 AM]

Oh boy, it's going to be a long week. Been over 6 and almost under 5 every other vote. I'm going to have a very funky voting pattern :-)

[post challenge]

I'm so happy that the joyous emotion was transmitted to you!! I considered the lighting before submitting but there was something about it being out of the ordinary and not in all the right places that somehow really spoke to me. Ah well. I have gone back and re-edited it, and I've also turned it into a b/w. It's just a fun image.

Thanks SO much for all your wonderful comments and votes.

A reworked color version, and a b/w version.

Statistics
Place: 25 out of 105
Avg (all users): 5.9345
Avg (commenters): 7.3077
Avg (participants): 5.2927
Avg (non-participants): 6.1417
Views since voting: 1317
Views during voting: 352
Votes: 168
Comments: 28
Favorites: 3 (view)


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04/27/2011 12:42:41 PM
joie de vivre and just the tiniest hint of sex, in a tasteful politically correct way.
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04/21/2011 12:27:51 PM
This is yours?? I LOVE it! In fact I had a big discussion with someone about it - me pointing out how this is cleverly cool, where the other person (who clearly doesn't know colors) was saying it was warmish. So delightful, Johanna!!
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04/21/2011 11:51:10 AM
Such a Great image. Puts a smile on my face every time I look at it. Just don't get the voters sometime here. Gave Ya a 9. Awesome work!
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04/21/2011 03:05:28 AM
Way underrated. DPC doesn't love style.
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04/20/2011 03:09:51 PM
So fun! I can almost hear the bark and laughs...
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04/20/2011 02:32:43 PM
I really like this shot - lovely interplay between Mel and Isabelle . . there is a whole story there waiting to come out :-)
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04/20/2011 02:25:01 PM
What makes this image great is the pose of the dog :) Gave this an 8. The lighting is a tad harsh on her left leg all the way down to her shoe which may have been one of the reasons it didn't do better. Also, her dress is pink which is not a perfect fit in a cool challenge which is perhaps another big reason that you got some low votes.
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04/20/2011 12:05:06 PM
7 from me. It's a wonderful mix of contrived and unguarded.
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04/20/2011 10:11:46 AM
Love the shot!! The dog is so great!! (she's wonderful, too, but the dog is priceless!
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04/20/2011 08:52:37 AM
This is a wonderful image.
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04/20/2011 12:18:09 AM
Nah, the voting pattern looks pretty normal :-) You ended up with a decent score for an image that fights the banality of coolness and marches to the beat of its own drummer.
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04/20/2011 12:10:28 AM
LOL! Love the description. EVIL strobes. EVIL! The dog knows!! :-) Very fun and enjoyable shot.
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04/20/2011 12:09:32 AM
5.9 lol....hosed!
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04/20/2011 12:05:33 AM
this is great!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/19/2011 11:19:23 PM
LOL...the dog moves this up two points.
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04/19/2011 08:47:45 PM
A delightful joyous play of form and expressions, I just wish a cooler light was used to coll the warm skin tones. Best image of the challenge if not the best fit for the challenge. Ought to ribbon.
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04/19/2011 02:26:31 PM
10!!!! This is my choice for the blue. An incredible capture.
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04/17/2011 05:00:56 PM
I don't know what's going on, but I like it. It's all a bit strange, the dog's pose, and look to the right, and her large smile, and left gaze, the one missing shoe. It all allows for a ton of interpretations.

on the formal side, I wish the do had a bit more exposure. I can see this working well in b&w as well.
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04/16/2011 06:54:52 PM
Quirky and beautiful.
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04/15/2011 11:21:04 PM
Great pose on that dog!
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04/15/2011 01:40:02 AM
Love this shot, but her left leg is getter to much light
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04/14/2011 10:44:07 AM
There's too much light in her legs and it makes them the point of attraction instead of her face, which by the way has a nice expression.
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04/14/2011 09:00:52 AM
This is a photo filled with a joyful emotion. There are some lighting problems though. The light fades off to the left of the image a lot giving it an unbalanced feel. The dog is in too much shadow in my opinion and the brightest spot is on the woman's mid section. My eye is drawn to just about her knee which is not really where you want the focal point. The lack of back-lighting is noticeable. Great staged shot and lot's of fun! Good colors!
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04/13/2011 02:39:30 PM
I find this to be totally adorable. It would NOT have been as appealing to me without the dog...it's just that "something unexpected" that surprises you. Nicely done.
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04/13/2011 12:00:36 PM
What a dog! The dog I mean. The model looks great. :-)
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04/13/2011 05:42:42 AM
Great concept and composition. While the highlights on her leg are almost blown, there should be a bit more light on her face. I don't understand why she wears only one shoe, that rather distracts me (too artsy, maybe).Overall very well done, ribbon contender.

Nice dog BTW.
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04/13/2011 01:46:41 AM
LOL i love it!!! makes me laugh! GREAT job with lighting.
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04/13/2011 01:04:15 AM
the dog's repose is terrific, cute photo. i think this would look fantastic duo toned. not voting
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