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12-28-06

12-28-06

Day 139 of 365 days.

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Maverick knows.

The creative process is an interesting thing. I actually set out to make a black and white with this shot. I placed my lights so that I’d have nice heavy darks and hard contrast with my backdrop. I made sure to get a very high exposure and good depth of field. In Photoshop, I upped the levels a bit to really push the shadows and I digitally sharpened the shot to bring more texture to my skin. But then I liked the shot a lot better in color than in black and white. I thought about converting it to B&W and then adding a warming filter, but honestly, I like the warmth of the light against my face with the natural (albeit oversaturated) color. I still have this desire to learn to use strobes, but for my style, I grow more and more fond of hot lights every time I use them. I also thought the 16×9 crop added kind of a cinematic appeal. Alec Baldwin, eat your heart out.

365 days

Added to the Cream of the Crop pool as my personal favorite.

Used in LJ post: chrismaverick.livejournal.com/248239.html

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52 comments for “12-28-06

  1. avatar
    December 28, 2006 at 10:58 pm

    Yeah, this is really great Mav. Love the minimalness (is that a word?) of it…and I’m inclined to agree that color was the way to go.

    Awesome lighting.

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    December 28, 2006 at 10:59 pm

    Good call! The color is great. I like the composition too. The longer rectangle kinda pulls it out more, making it even more isolating to the figure than would the conventional framing. This is really great. Classic. Be a good illustration for that old time radio show, the shadow!

    Seen in 365 Days

  3. avatar
    December 28, 2006 at 11:44 pm

    amazing 🙂
    well done my friend
    The World Through My Eyes Group!

  4. avatar
    December 28, 2006 at 11:50 pm

    Great shot. Perfect lighting.

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    December 29, 2006 at 12:08 am
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    December 29, 2006 at 12:18 am

    Very cool, Mav. Great lighting, very dramatic.

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    December 29, 2006 at 12:23 am
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    December 29, 2006 at 4:48 am

    Amazing

    (4 Aces)

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    December 29, 2006 at 4:59 am
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    December 29, 2006 at 7:57 am

    Amazing! You did this very good. The athmosphere in this photo is astonnishing.
    Philippe

    (4 Aces)

  11. avatar
    December 29, 2006 at 8:25 am
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    December 29, 2006 at 9:08 am
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    December 29, 2006 at 9:12 am

    fantastic light
    (4 Aces)

  14. avatar
    December 29, 2006 at 10:04 am

    belle composition et belle lumière, bravo !

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

  15. avatar
    December 29, 2006 at 10:07 am
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    December 29, 2006 at 10:14 am

    Thankyou, everyone.

    @Dave: As far as the internet is concerned its not a word. As far as I’m concerned, it is.

    @Luckywhitegirl: Thank you. That is what I was going for.

  17. avatar
    December 29, 2006 at 10:47 am

    i vant to suck your blood!

    awesome shot

  18. avatar
    December 29, 2006 at 11:34 am

    killer capture

    GLOBAL VILLAGE

  19. avatar
    December 29, 2006 at 1:05 pm

    (4 Aces)

    Excellent self portrait where either through the picture, either through your notes, you reveal an effective capacity as a photographer.

    Congratulations.

  20. avatar
    December 29, 2006 at 1:05 pm
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    December 29, 2006 at 1:43 pm
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    December 29, 2006 at 3:50 pm

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    December 29, 2006 at 4:06 pm
  24. avatar
    December 29, 2006 at 4:11 pm

    great light and composition.. very nice work.. thanks for stopping by and commenting! 🙂 have a fantastic 2007!

  25. avatar
    December 29, 2006 at 4:11 pm

    Now this is great

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    December 29, 2006 at 4:13 pm

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    December 29, 2006 at 4:41 pm
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    December 29, 2006 at 4:42 pm
  29. avatar
    December 29, 2006 at 4:43 pm

    mav that is a great minimalistic (or for dave minimalness) shot…i <3 it!

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    December 29, 2006 at 4:46 pm
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    December 29, 2006 at 5:46 pm
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    December 29, 2006 at 6:12 pm
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    December 29, 2006 at 6:23 pm

  34. avatar
    December 29, 2006 at 8:24 pm

    really cool shot

    FLICKR HEARTS – Post 1, Give 5 Hearts.

  35. avatar
    December 29, 2006 at 11:04 pm

    this is really great mav. for some reason alot of your shots and writing make me think of comic hero’s… did you mention before that you are into them? my son’s dad invited me into the crazy comic world – was maverick a character? i keep thinking "hellboy" for some reason…

  36. avatar
    December 30, 2006 at 12:53 am

    Great shot.

  37. avatar
    December 30, 2006 at 1:47 am

    wow… tons of comments. Thank you everyone.

    @jessie: yeah, I love comic books. And I have since I was a little kid. There was a maverick character, yes. But he sucked. And hellboy was one of my halloween costumes.

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    December 30, 2006 at 2:07 am
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    December 30, 2006 at 10:32 am

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    December 30, 2006 at 11:18 am

    wow… thanx again everybody. How this hasn’t hit explore at all yet, I just don’t understand. But regardless, thanx for all the comments and faves.

  41. avatar
    December 30, 2006 at 3:09 pm


    Creativitity = 5 Composition = 5
    Colours…. = 5 Capture……. = 5
    Rated Total = 20

    A really great capture. I love the contrast of the darkness and the brightness of the skin, and also the angle of the model. The title of the picture is fitting. It has a Hitchcok feel to it – it’s like a movie poster. Striking.

  42. avatar
    December 30, 2006 at 6:21 pm


    Creativitity = 5 Composition = 5
    Colours…. = 5 Capture……. = 5
    Rated Total = 20

    This is a fantastic shot. Just a great shot. I really like the black background. It is like the guy is emerging from the darkness.

  43. avatar
    December 30, 2006 at 11:18 pm

    Too cooooooooooooooollll……….

  44. avatar
    December 31, 2006 at 5:07 am


    Creativitity = 5 Composition = 5
    Colours…. = 5 Capture……. = 5
    Rated Total = 20

    What can I say. Fantastic shot, crop and colors. One little remark: In the large size photo you can still see the hair outline and one or two white spots in the black background. I would remove these to make the shot absolutely perfect.

  45. avatar
    December 31, 2006 at 8:43 am


    Creativitity = 5 Composition = 5
    Colours…. = 4 Capture……. = 5
    Rated Total = 19

    Lovely work, the composition and idea is really original and cool!
    I like very much the black background that envelope all the picture,
    only don’t like the color’s tone on the face! A bit unreal. Great the lighning and the shadows!

    Seen in .Score Me in Detail (?)

  46. avatar
    January 2, 2007 at 12:17 am

    Great emotion and expression in the eyes.
    The darkness emphasises the head and hands very effectively.

  47. avatar
    January 3, 2007 at 11:46 am


    Creativitity = 4 Composition = 5
    Colours…. = 5 Capture……. = 5
    Rated Total = 19

    Really nice. A whole atmosphere is created, colors are good and do help to create the mood. The expression is also very good. I like the use of the black, not only as part of the composition but as an active element in the ‘creating the mood’ kind of thing.

  48. avatar
    January 4, 2007 at 10:30 pm

    This is AWESOME 😉

  49. avatar
    January 8, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    brilliant.

  50. avatar
    January 10, 2007 at 12:22 am

    This is a great shot… an instant fave!


    Seen in a discussion of 365 Days. (?)

  51. avatar
    July 2, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    lovely

  52. avatar
    July 2, 2007 at 11:30 pm

    @aminozuur: Thank you.

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