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I Wuz Framed, I Tell Ya!
I Wuz Framed, I Tell Ya!
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Challenge: Framing (Basic Editing I)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Olympus D-490Z
Location: Oakland, California, USA
Date: Aug 31, 2004
Aperture: 4.5
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Emotive, Political
Date Uploaded: Aug 31, 2004

Borrowed a fence near work, shot through the bars across a corner, backlit against a bright western sky. I shot in silhouette since I used Isaac's hand and needed to "disguise" them as much as I could.

Cropped, reduced, tone curve to push the silhouette effect, Channel Mixer to turn monochrome. No sharpening, JPEG=10/10.

I wanted it to be depressing gray-on-gray. I've recently read some articles which indicate that there may be as many as 20,000 INNOCENT people incarcerated in the USA alone, not counting "enemy non-combatants" or other victims of the US Patriot Act.

Oh yeah, notice how the center bar is "framed" by his hands ...

Statistics
Place: 274 out of 305
Avg (all users): 4.2308
Avg (commenters): 4.6667
Avg (participants): 3.9730
Avg (non-participants): 4.4463
Views since voting: 915
Views during voting: 412
Votes: 325
Comments: 16
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09/11/2004 02:18:43 AM
I understand now your intent. I think the title probably diverted us somewhat from what you were aiming for. "I wuz framed, I tell ya!" is normally taken by most people I know as being comedic (humorous, not even close to sarcastic) in nature, rather than being associated with the tragic nature of the events you want to portray. With that mindset established, evaluation of your image took a totally different path. Still, as I said before, I like the image.
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09/10/2004 05:53:56 PM
Originally posted by mhoogendyk:

Wonderful image; nice thought; cutsey title. Framing though? Hmm... The hands are so much a part of the bars image-wise, that what I see is ALL frame and no image. Maybe if there was some kind of background indicative of a gulag or penal camp, maybe then it would have a foreground frame and background image and seem to qualify more for this challenge. That's just my humble opinion, and I could be wrong. Again, nice image. I really like the subdued lighting on the hands.

Because my "internal picture" of a cell window as seen from the outside involves a neutral-gray stone or concrete wall, I wanted to use the DPC page background to create (by implication) the edges of the "window," framing the arms and bars against the darker gray of what is supposed to be the back wall of the cell.

I was hoping the dark dark grays would symbolize the hoplessness of the imprisoned, and barrenness of their environment. I also needed to disguise the fact that my "prisoner" is only seven years old : )

Here's a couple of versions where I used exactly the same gray outside the image, but added a few details to make its purpose more obvious.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2004 01:33:22 AM
Good idea, nice title. Unfortunately the print is very muddy - no whites to be seen.
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09/06/2004 11:15:26 PM
Wonderful image; nice thought; cutsey title. Framing though? Hmm... The hands are so much a part of the bars image-wise, that what I see is ALL frame and no image. Maybe if there was some kind of background indicative of a gulag or penal camp, maybe then it would have a foreground frame and background image and seem to qualify more for this challenge. That's just my humble opinion, and I could be wrong. Again, nice image. I really like the subdued lighting on the hands.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/06/2004 04:21:12 PM
although it is a serious picture, I love the humor that comes with it. hope you're fromed into the top percentile.
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09/06/2004 03:17:13 AM
great shot simple in its composition but effective
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09/05/2004 11:12:40 AM
A little to dark.
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09/04/2004 06:17:22 AM
Hmmm... original, but why so dark? Nice idea
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09/03/2004 04:01:35 AM
What?
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09/02/2004 02:50:18 PM
Brilliant composition but too dark and processing edge effects
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09/02/2004 11:12:29 AM
Interesting idea and good, compelling composition - but the contrast seems a bit flat and I don't care for the dark outlines around things - is that too much unsharp?
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09/02/2004 08:03:50 AM
Good composition but dark dark dark. Someone throw me a flashlight so I can see what's going on.
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09/01/2004 03:26:44 PM
The wording for this challenge was vague at best, so I am struggling to be fair. This is a lovely photograph, but the way I understand the challenge it doesn't fit. But I do like the photograph!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/01/2004 11:32:32 AM
Need to be a little brighter. I like the idea.
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09/01/2004 11:18:07 AM
6 just for humor...
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09/01/2004 12:24:17 AM
Try framing a subject next time
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