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Challenge: Film Noir (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2011
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Tamron AF 18-270mm F/3,5-6,3 Di II VC LD Aspherical [IF] macro for Nikon
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: Aug 4, 2011
Galleries: Black and White, Studio
Date Uploaded: Aug 5, 2011

Model: Lori Alan

I have always loved the studio lighting of the Golden Era 40s, and was thrilled to have the opportunity to experiment with it. Lori has modeled for me before and I always thought she had a really 40s look, so she was the natural choice when this challenge was announced. I wanted to enter this image, but I couldn't get the smoke naturally, and it's not legal to add it in editing.

It was also a lot harder to do than I imagined. I am not terribly pleased with the result - the shadows are a LOT harsher than I wanted, and I probably should have used a reflector to the right.

convert from RAW
denoise
SEP2
levels
brightness/contrast
cloned out skin imperfections
dodge and burn
save for web

[post-challenge]
Thank you SO much everyone, for your votes and comments. Lori will be pleased - she actually borrowed the outfit from the other image for an audition for a Noel Coward play :-)

Statistics
Place: 7 out of 106
Avg (all users): 6.5389
Avg (commenters): 7.7692
Avg (participants): 6.4576
Avg (non-participants): 6.5746
Views since voting: 1892
Views during voting: 458
Votes: 193
Comments: 34
Favorites: 0


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08/21/2011 04:38:44 AM
Embodiment of a woman. Super lighting, setup, BW conversion Johanna.
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08/18/2011 08:41:01 PM
The light really fits the image, IMHO. Congrats on top 10!
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08/18/2011 08:08:55 PM
very striking, dramatic portrait! as a portrait in general, I would definitely go for a softer light and (did you use a soft box?), but for this challenge it was probably just right. Good job on Top 10!
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08/18/2011 07:38:03 PM
The lighting on this is so incredibly fabulous! When are you going to teach me to do this? Just imagine how it would look on a squirrel... :)
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08/18/2011 11:39:48 AM
This is fabulous -- that stare and those lips. I just checked out your outtake, and I love the lighting and lines on that one also. A couple of great captures. Congratulations on the top ten finish.
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08/17/2011 06:17:40 PM
Get image Johanna. You are on such a roll!
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08/17/2011 11:23:20 AM
Nice Johanna! Great work here! Team Ephemera looks pretty strong right now ;)
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08/17/2011 09:11:39 AM
Fabulous! Congrats on the top 10!
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08/17/2011 09:05:27 AM
Got an 8 from me.
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08/17/2011 08:30:21 AM
Fabulous, Johanna!
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08/17/2011 04:08:13 AM
nice work, congrats on top 10
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08/17/2011 01:28:20 AM
I just love this piece!! The harsh shadows make it!! Congratulations on an excellent top 10! (wish I would've harshed mine up!) but Learning...
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08/17/2011 01:13:52 AM
Such a great face, lovely shot Johanna.
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08/17/2011 01:05:23 AM
I knew this would do well. Congrats!
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08/17/2011 12:50:58 AM
I didn't even get to see any of the entries until just now--but when I saw the Noir challenge on the front page, I said to myself "self, I betcha ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_N.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_N.gif', '/') + 1) . ' tanguera is in the top 10"

And here you, in fact, are! Well done.
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08/17/2011 12:46:41 AM
A riff on the noir dame type: nicely described but never defined.
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08/17/2011 12:34:33 AM
You did just fine, I'd say. The lighting is excellent in my opinion. And you're rocking that old little camera of yours, too!
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08/17/2011 12:16:04 AM
One of four 10s I gave out. Spectacular! I thought you nailed it.
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08/17/2011 12:11:25 AM
Originally posted by bvy:

The bloody lips and cavernous eye sockets... I'm making several girlfriends in this challenge.


Ha! If only they knew. Well done J, gave it an 8.
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08/17/2011 12:10:54 AM
Fine job, Johanna!
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08/17/2011 12:10:38 AM
Excellent light. Congratulations on the high finish!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/16/2011 11:50:06 PM
very hot
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08/16/2011 03:51:58 PM
This portrait really captures the mood of film noir - really looks like a shot from that era - beautifully lit and pped. 8
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08/16/2011 10:46:39 AM
What a great face,love the lighting too.
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08/16/2011 03:55:58 AM
Congratulations!
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08/16/2011 12:19:29 AM
Nice light, lotta lippy, though it works. Like this portrait.
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08/14/2011 06:19:32 PM
The bloody lips and cavernous eye sockets... I'm making several girlfriends in this challenge.
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08/14/2011 06:56:45 AM
superb and glamorous
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08/13/2011 12:15:58 PM
Nice portrait. I like the shadows and lighting.
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08/11/2011 03:14:19 PM
Fabulous lighting, model, makeup, and pose. 10
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08/11/2011 07:19:47 AM
classic style
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08/10/2011 08:22:00 PM
That lighting is really good. Perfect shadows. Very 40's. :)
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08/10/2011 11:25:35 AM
Great job on the lighting.
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08/10/2011 09:34:42 AM
Great lighting, the intensity of the expression is very powerful.
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