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La Femme Phantom
La Femme Phantom

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Challenge: Free Study 2011-05 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED
Location: A dance studio in Coral Gables, Florida
Date: May 27, 2011
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Performance, Studio
Date Uploaded: May 31, 2011

Here's something completely different from me. I've been busy with my business since taking the head first plunge into full time photography as a primary income. I haven't entered many portraits into challenges and none of them were made using strobes.

I used four strobes with and without softboxes, grids, barn doors, and gels. Again, totally new for me but I have been using them a lot lately for my dance studio photography. This was from my latest dance studio shoot which involved 6 days averaging 5 hours per day. I really enjoyed working with the owners of the dance studio who were as meticulous and as attentive to detail as I am.

They said that they don't simply want the usual posed look of typical dance photos. I think that this is a little different than the norm.

Place: 150 out of 344
Avg (all users): 5.6741
Avg (commenters): 5.0000
Avg (participants): 5.6633
Avg (non-participants): 5.7027
Views since voting: 846
Views during voting: 276
Votes: 135
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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07/01/2011 02:15:40 PM
Not sure how this pulls a 5.6 - should have been much, much higher IMO.
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06/08/2011 05:08:25 PM
I think it's fantastic. a 10.

...wait, are her stockings wrinkled?? grrrrr. 5.
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06/08/2011 12:04:42 PM
To me, her pose seems forced. She doesn't look comfortable at all. That being said, I like the smoke and the lighting.

And her stockings are wrinkled.
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06/08/2011 11:47:58 AM
The pose seemed very awkward -- but it could have worked: awkward can be extremely interesting. I think the problem is that her expression seems lifeless. The lighting, the smoke, all the rest is very nicely done. It just needed a little life to it. (6, btw)

Message edited by author 2011-06-08 11:48:07.
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06/08/2011 09:48:24 AM
Gave it a 5. She looks uncomfortable and awkward and I am not a fan of horizontal portraits.
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06/08/2011 09:04:14 AM
I like this but I think she looks very awkwardly positioned and it's not natural. The smoke is nice but I think a different pov/crop would improve it.
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06/01/2011 09:42:38 AM
The wrinkled stockings.... a minor detail has badly effected an otherwise interesting and well executed shot.
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