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"Falling Apart"

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Challenge: Falling Apart (Expert Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Apple iPhone 5
Location: Seattle, Washington (USA)
Date: Mar 11, 2013
Aperture: f/2.4
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/15
Date Uploaded: Mar 12, 2013

Photographer’s Notes
I have concluded I don’t have a signature style of photography. But there are a number of styles I don’t attempt much. They are ‘not like me,’ or at least not like I feel about myself. This would be an example of that.

I didn’t resonate with the challenge much. To start with and with all due respect to Langdon – it’s a goofy challenge. The only challenge criterion is to use the same title. So, it’s a free study with 22 entries as I submit this. But I wanted a photo that somehow illustrated falling apart.

Photographer’s block … absolutely nothing came to mind. So I went out with friends last evening for dinner and to watch a silent movie (Silent Movie Monday at the Paramount). We ate at a restaurant called Rumba. My daughter says they serve Daiquiris there that would make Hemmingway weep, but I digress. The corner of the restaurant has a small with a big bar wall behind it. Looked interesting so I snapped an iPhone Photo. The silent movie was accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer organ. So I snapped an iPhone photo of the keyboard.

Could I combine these two photos in some creative way to illustrate falling apart? You be the judge. Don’t have high hopes for the score, but maybe its vibe will find an audience here.

Post processing
• Dodge & Burn (PSCS5 Overlay Layer)
• Duplicate, Offset, & Blend (PSCS5 Difference Layer)
• Darken (PSCS5 Curves layer – Masked)
• Add Keyboard Photo (PSCS5 Color Dodge Layer – Masked)
• Lighten Keyboard (PSCS5 Curves layer – Clipped)
• Add ‘Rain’ (PSCS5 Render Fiber Layer)
• Brighten ‘Rain’ (PSCS5 Render Difference Clouds Layer – Divide Blend Mode)
• Dodge & Burn (PSCS5 Overlay Layer)
• Sharpen (PSCS5 USM)
• Grungy Frame (OnOne Perfect Effects)
• Resize (OnOne perfect Resize)
• Save for Web (PSCS5)
Other than the steps above, it was pretty much ‘Minimal Editing.’

Camera Data
• Date: 2013.03.11
• Camera: iPhone 5
• Lens: Integrated
• ISO: 800
• Aperture: f/2.4
• Shutter: 1/15

Place: 34 out of 85
Avg (all users): 5.6814
Avg (commenters): 6.8571
Avg (participants): 5.6364
Avg (non-participants): 5.7101
Views since voting: 359
Views during voting: 261
Votes: 113
Comments: 7
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/21/2013 08:26:38 PM
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03/21/2013 02:05:40 AM
kind of funky PP!
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03/18/2013 04:34:04 PM
This looks like a very nice bar, where an orange parka would be unusual. The orange is a great color for this shot, though.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/18/2013 03:44:43 PM
Love the overlays. Great idea.
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03/15/2013 05:22:56 PM
I really like the image. I don't think it need the textured overlay...I find that to be distracting.
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03/15/2013 10:25:01 AM
I have to read a lot in this to get "Falling Apart"... like the woman is estranged from her SO and "falling apart". But without the title and challenge theme, this image, to me, does nothing to convey that.
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03/15/2013 09:50:08 AM
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