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 Murdered in the Dark "1951"
Murdered in the Dark "1951"
swordandsigil


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Challenge: Crime Scene (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S9100/9600
Location: Port Townsend, Washington
Date: Jun 14, 2008
Aperture: F/5
ISO: 80
Shutter: 2
Galleries: Vintage, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jun 15, 2008

I remember when this challenge was initially discussed. One of the concerns was that photographers would go way over the top depicting too much blood and gore. I decided to go a different route with this challenge: "Retro". I thought of doing something simple that followed the lines of the classic 1950's crime dramas. And so I give you: Murdered in the Dark "1951". This shot was taken at night with a single spot light, ISO 80 at f/5 and a shutter speed of 2. I added a simple white frame reminiscent of the white borders that surrounded photographs of the era. The original image was shot in color and then desaturated in order to retain the details of the scene. The deep shadows surrounding the subjects was deliberate in order to create a sinister feeling within the image. The props for this shot were extensive: Vintage black lace dress and shoes, A Vintage "I Magnin" lambswool and fur coat, a collectible Speed Graphic camera with flash, Fedora and a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson Highway Patrolman revolver with vintage shoulder holster. I included a strand of pearls and earrings but they didn't come out in the shot. The shot didn't come out quite the way I envisioned it, but I thought it warranted submission.

Statistics
Place: 12 out of 62
Avg (all users): 6.3641
Avg (commenters): 7.3571
Avg (participants): 6.0000
Avg (non-participants): 6.4438
Views since voting: 1855
Views during voting: 534
Votes: 195
Comments: 18
Favorites: 2 (view)


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06/23/2008 04:24:33 AM
Since I obviously left something to be desired with my during challenge comment; I will attempt to restate what I tried to say.

Also, considering my comment is the only comment not marked as helpful it must be the 'thought negative' comment in the scores thread for this challenge.

1. You have wonderful elements in this piece. In other words, I enjoy the style you chose and the props you used as well as the processing. There are good things going on within this image.

2. IMO the composition of this piece leaves something to be desired. You need to develop a stronger sense of composition and balance within the piece.

3. I believe that this piece is lacking something to give it POP! I personally would have enjoyed an element that gave me a greater sense of a crime scene and not just a body being photographed.

Overall, it is one of the better pieces IMO of the challenge. One of my higher scores was on this piece. Though overall I find it lacking the total package.

I hope this 'new' comment gave you perspective into my original comment. I also hope there are less grammar mistakes for you to weed through and be confused by.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/22/2008 11:49:11 PM
great job........looks like a 1950's shot....10
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/22/2008 10:20:37 PM
Good shot but a little dark.
06/22/2008 03:12:29 PM
right out of the 50's - nicely done here.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/22/2008 02:26:52 PM
It really does look like one of those old film photos. Great work.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/22/2008 07:46:11 AM
it really does have a 1950's look to it, reminiscent of the b and w moves, well done...bump to 8
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/20/2008 07:08:15 PM
good thing you have that old camera--you knew you hung on to it for a reason! Do you ever shoot w/ it? Just wondering. I like the B&W treatment you gave this.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/19/2008 10:37:42 PM
great idea...

the old time camera is great.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/19/2008 10:52:15 AM
One of the better ones this challenge I think.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/19/2008 06:42:47 AM
nice retro look, good sense of depth and the contrast is right on.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/18/2008 04:55:11 PM
Very Weegee. I dig it.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/18/2008 01:22:48 PM
"Weegee" lives...an excellent job
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/18/2008 11:03:06 AM
Great composition and really like the B&W for the 50's feel... 8
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/17/2008 08:33:05 AM
Great camera. Processing works perfect for the scene/title.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/16/2008 04:41:46 PM
I'm puzzled. I presume the year is significant, hence the speech marks, but I don't know why.

I think your shot could benefit from a bit more contrast.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/16/2008 02:38:35 AM
You have this wonderful elements, but they in my opinion need more better composition and something else to really push it out and make it great.
06/16/2008 01:05:29 AM
You have really captured the 50's feel with this shot, Love the old camera!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/16/2008 12:55:23 AM
Whenever I see a shot like this, it reminds me of Road To Perdition. Guessing this will make top 10. No vote, I'm in this one.
  Photographer found comment helpful.


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