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jjbeguin


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Before and After (Classic Editing)
Collection: People & Portraits
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE F100
Location: Geneva / Switzerland
Date: Feb 1, 2003
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Feb 2, 2003

Shot with a human skull placed on a table lit by a desk lamp, I wore a fez on my head to accentuate resemblence with my trepanated "after". desaturated in the "channel mixer" and set the absolute black on the lightest level of gray on the table in "levels" + unsharp mask and downcrop a little.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 64
Avg (all users): 7.3069
Avg (commenters): 8.5789
Avg (participants): 7.0926
Avg (non-participants): 7.5532
Views since voting: 5847
Votes: 101
Comments: 35
Favorites: 18 (view)


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11/25/2008 04:22:22 AM
excellent portrait .. love the darkness both in your processing and the subject .. your expression is perfect .. :)
02/10/2003 01:10:01 PM
Congratulations!!! This one was my favorite. Nice to see what you tweaked in Photoshop to get your picture.

Wow! I just looked at your profile, and saw several of my favorite pictures! Keep it up!

02/10/2003 10:43:11 AM
This is a pure work of art and deserves to be in the top 3. Who ever gave this a 1 or a 2 I suggest you just put the camera down because you just don't get it. Great job and congrats...
02/10/2003 09:45:47 AM
Absolutely fantastic picture! What amazing lighting! Truly artistic. Congrats on 2nd place
02/10/2003 09:05:08 AM
Excellent shot. Suprised nobody mentioned the similarity to this self-portrait by Robert Mapplethorpe. Well done on second place.
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02/10/2003 08:47:18 AM
Excellent portrait and black and white study. Congrats on the ribbon!

-danny
02/10/2003 08:39:08 AM
Very well executed shot. Good lighting job. Congrats on your ribbon! Jacko
02/10/2003 07:51:39 AM
good mood shot
02/10/2003 01:19:38 AM
Thanks to all for your constant generosity over the past weeks, I'm not sure to have a camera available for this weeks challenge, will be glad to have my own camera back from repairs.
02/10/2003 12:39:42 AM
Excellent black and white. Congrats!
02/10/2003 12:25:57 AM
Congratulations, my favorite of the week!
02/10/2003 12:09:13 AM
One of my favorites ... Good work and congrats !!!

Bob
02/10/2003 12:03:33 AM
wonderful! one of my few 10's! perfectly lit and perfect background.
02/10/2003 12:02:01 AM
Phenominal! Great job!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/09/2003 05:08:08 PM
Nice composition. Dark idea. B&W is perfect for the picture. Borders are right on. Focus, lighting and contrast are excellent. One of the top pictures in the challenge. Good luck!
02/08/2003 10:47:00 AM
I love it! Momento Mori at its most gritty. I'm a bit indecisive about the way both "heads" are cut off at a slant at the top. It seems like both are wearing berets or something! It's kind of distracting, but maybe in a good way? Love the lighting and deep black tones. The skull glows out of the darkness.
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02/08/2003 09:19:50 AM
My favourite. 10 -Annida
02/07/2003 09:58:09 PM
very nice pic... contrast is perfect, just needs to be a little brighter... but it makes my top 5 this week good luck in the ribbon hunt!
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02/07/2003 02:29:14 PM
Awesome. Great idea, and well executed. Your facial expression is such that it could be interpreted as ghastly serious or perhaps brimming with inanity. I love the multitude of ways this can be interpreted.
02/06/2003 11:23:16 AM
excellent work! This is one of my favs in this challenge.. the lighting is excellent... the only minor improvement I could offer here would be a slightly tighter crop maybe... = 10 - setzler
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02/06/2003 10:14:43 AM
'Alas, poor Yorrick! I knew him.' Love this shot! Great expression...composition...contrasts...lighting (love the strong shadows on the left). 10! Lisa
02/05/2003 01:49:54 AM
Chilling! Great contrasts. This takes my vote for the best here so far.
02/04/2003 11:00:36 PM
This is a powerful piece of art. This is one of only two 10ís from me in this challenge. The detail, the focus, contrast all are superb. Brilliant masking of the manís head to match the skull. This is impressive.
02/04/2003 07:37:59 PM
Very nicely done! What a sobering reminder though.........geeeeeeeesh......lol I guess under the skin we all look pretty similar.
Composition and lighting are both very nice. I bet this will score high....it is with me! :-)
02/04/2003 02:08:58 PM
Lighting is good, I would like to see it a little brighter. Good use of negative space. Cool Skull - Inspzil
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02/04/2003 11:47:11 AM
Ha ha! Very good!
02/04/2003 10:10:06 AM
A bit morbid but thats cool, great dramatic lighting and a clever idea.
02/03/2003 08:59:26 PM
Hey, that's where Grampy went. Give 'em back :) Great shot. Nice tonal range. Love the expression on both faces. Jacko. 9
02/03/2003 04:29:02 PM
brilliant!!! BRAVO!!!
02/03/2003 02:40:10 PM
challenge met. very nicely done. i like the composition and the one-sided light works well here. so does the negative space around you and the skull, both seem to be floating. b&w is perfect choice and the frame is great, too. no suggestions for change from me, great shot :)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/03/2003 01:13:00 PM
Wonderful creative shot. Bravo.
02/03/2003 09:43:10 AM
Well done. One of my favourites this week. Great lighting and focus. Interesting composition that meets the challenge very well. Perfect border. Overall a lovely shot.
02/03/2003 09:17:02 AM
Very nice! The man in the picture looks like that Brazilian acter Antonio Fagundes.
02/03/2003 12:35:35 AM
What a unique photo. Well done. The ligting is great ! I like the choice of b/w on this.
02/03/2003 12:21:02 AM
i really like this. very moody feel to it! great skull, too! (i collect skull figurines) :)


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