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The Stereo Factory
The Stereo Factory
Sebi


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Challenge: Technology Underwraps (Expert Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 28-90mm f/4-5.6 II USM (Black)
Location: Basement Workshop
Date: Feb 5, 2013
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/25
Date Uploaded: Feb 7, 2013

I feel that this image is too cluttered and messy for it to do well on DPC
but I feel that my photography and drawing as fine-art art taking a turn towards the more cluttered and intricate, I enjoy it more because there is more to look at.

You can see more of my stuff here:

sebacula.tumblr.com

PROCESS:

I set up the scene and took a bunch of photos, then I took a bunch of photos of me as a construction worker.

I played with the levels of the image, duplicated it and did an HDR overlay and erased some parts that I didn't think needed the HDR then I played with the color balance, added in the construction workers and brushed in some shadows and blurred them. I added some gausian blur here and there along the top for that tilt-shift-ish effect.

I'm happy with the result.

Statistics
Place: 7 out of 30
Avg (all users): 6.4522
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 6.5000
Avg (non-participants): 6.4421
Views since voting: 1058
Views during voting: 330
Votes: 115
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0


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02/20/2013 02:48:02 AM
Hi,

Greetings from the critique club...

This is the 2nd image I've critiqued since returning to the site after quite a break, really interesting to see the high level of image manipulation in challenges now.. No issue with it, just interesting.

First up, I like this photo.

You've got to a lot of effort to construct the scene and the multiple images of yourself and you've thought about how all the elements interact.

The shallow DOF / Miniature effect is sometimes overdone, but it's entirely appropriate here... I apologise now if it is a lens effect, but I'm guessing it's a mask. :-)

The colour toning of the image works well with the subject matter, and keeping yourself 'full spectrum' enhances the overall miniature feeling. You've understood what you were doing well enough to keep the lighting direction consistent feeling on all the mini-me workers, and sized them appropriately as they get closer to the viewer.

Busy? Not really. A bunch of we yous doing work, and good leading lines of the nuts, bolts and some other bits pointing into the 'guts' of the factory. The only detractor is the eye-magnet bullseye in the background which looks like a roll of masking tape?

It's appropriate that one of your clones is looking at it.. I just can't take my eyes off the thing either. Once my eyes land there I struggle to pull them back and then I find myself looking at the motor shaft which points at the top right of the image and off into space.

Aside from the masking tape the only concern is that I might get this bit of equipment down the road some time and there will be rusty screws in it??

Nice image. Well constructed and I'd have been placing it a little higher in this contest I think.

Cheers, Chris H.
02/17/2013 12:32:04 PM
Perhaps a bit too pink/magenta, but wonderful detail. So much to look at. I love your attention to detail, and how well you combined all the workers with their objects. Although I think you missed an opportunity with the guy just standing there on the lower left - he should have been on his cell phone!

Message edited by author 2013-02-17 12:32:33.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/14/2013 11:34:31 PM
Excellent, bumping up!
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02/13/2013 03:32:31 AM
The tilt-shift effect was not applied right, did not achieve the effect.
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02/10/2013 04:25:35 PM
Yep, this is what the theme of the challenge was about and sad that so few "got it". But you did, so good job. The resulting image, except for the little guys is a little flat however. Not sure if it's the base image you used or what, but they don't look like one cohesive scene. But good effort. 6
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02/09/2013 12:45:07 PM
I like the concept a lot, but the shooting angle seems a bit off and colors seem a way off
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02/08/2013 10:31:06 PM
Love it! Just like a real life job site. The only thing missing is the young lady walking by to get the wolf whistles.
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02/08/2013 11:54:04 AM
Busy little guys, I must say. Although I do see a few supervisors ...
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02/08/2013 08:24:10 AM
Nice one,hope to see this near the top.
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