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"Something Wicked This Way Comes" by Ray Bradbury
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Challenge: Classic Novels (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Olympus E-1
Lens: Olympus 11-22mm f/2.8-3.5 Zuiko Digital Zoom
Location: Volkel, The Netherlands
Date: Oct 12, 2013
Aperture: f7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/640s
Date Uploaded: Oct 15, 2013

Inspired by the image the National Scottish Theatre used to advertise it's stage performance of Ray Bradbury's " Something Wicked This way Comes"
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And of course I got lucky as there was a big music festival in a harvested corn field just a few miles down the road from me this past week-end. Took this photo in daylight but turned it into a moonlit night scene with some editing.
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The carnival rolls in sometime after midnight, ushering in Halloween a week early. The shrill siren song of a calliope beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. In this season of dying, Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. And two boys will discover the secret of its smoke, mazes, and mirrors; two friends who will soon know all too well the heavy cost of wishes. . .and the stuff of nightmare.
Few American novels written this century have endured in the heart and memory as has Ray Bradbury's unparalleled literary classic SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES. For those who still dream and remember, for those yet to experience the hypnotic power of its dark poetry, step inside. The show is about to begin.The carnival rolls in sometime after midnight, ushering in Halloween a week early. The shrill siren song of a calliope beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. In this season of dying, Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. And two boys will discover the secret of its smoke, mazes, and mirrors; two friends who will soon know all too well the heavy cost of wishes. . .and the stuff of nightmare.

Few American novels written this century have endured in the heart and memory as has Ray Bradbury's unparalleled literary classic SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES. For those who still dream and remember, for those yet to experience the hypnotic power of its dark poetry, step inside. The show is about to begin.

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10/24/2013 11:10:29 PM
Should have placed much higher. Excellent capture of the book.
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10/24/2013 10:30:06 PM
Great job with the editing, Fred. It changes the mood totally.
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10/24/2013 05:11:17 PM
VERY well done!
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10/24/2013 01:35:59 PM
Striking image, Fred
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/22/2013 11:22:45 PM
ansel adams does bradbury. 6
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10/22/2013 09:13:34 AM
i find myself simultaneously wanting less foreground and sky; and knowing that it's the right amount to set the scene properly.
i also like that the "something wicked" can be either the suggested clouds, or the fact that the carnival itself is a wicked entity that is coming and should be treated as such.
a 7 from me
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10/22/2013 08:54:47 AM
This actually works pretty well for me... my third or fourth time through the images and it popped right out at me. The book is like that too. Great choices here, I like the large empty sky and the craggy foreground.
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10/21/2013 11:34:53 PM
Another great interpretation.
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10/21/2013 11:06:18 PM
Comment Challenge: This has enough common elements to be ordinary, and enough uncommon ones (the onion dome, the paths through the tent tops, the "folding fence") to make it foreboding. The perpendicular crop rows in the foreground are used to good advantage, and keep an otherwise uninteresting foreground engaging. The use of contrast, black and white, is very effective.
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10/21/2013 07:43:54 PM
8...something that actually evokes the novel for me. The b&w conversion is great...so rich and lush yet maintaining good detail in the sky. The mood is menacing, the atmosphere foreboding...nice work. Bumping to a 9.
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10/21/2013 03:31:56 PM
Looks so ominous. Very cool image.
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10/21/2013 03:04:49 PM
A wonderful image to represent the book. The dark treatment of the sky and the agricultural foreground transfer what should be a happy place to something quite sinister. 8.
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10/20/2013 10:13:41 PM
You certainly did get an ominous photo of a carnival. I think it fits the mood of the title. I love the textures of the field in front of it. Your crop does the job. 7
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10/20/2013 08:05:46 PM
A bizarre looking scene, I like it. Well proportioned, gives me more than a literal interpretation of the title.6.
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10/19/2013 01:13:34 PM
Beautifully appropriate setting and well executed nocturnal atmosphere captures the spirit of the novel. 8
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10/19/2013 12:26:36 AM
Hmm... It was more halloween than carnival - but this image does evoke that darkness of the novel.

I think your processing killed this image - everything is plastic smooth. Bit of a shame really, as this is quite nice.

6
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10/18/2013 11:44:31 PM
I like the darkness of the image. Gives that Wicked feeling. I think the image would have done better had you moved closer to the tents. I know you wouldn't get all of them, but it would have been more to me.

Gave it a 6
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10/18/2013 09:41:02 PM
This is another of the shots that really reflect the book well. The ominous clouds and almost abandoned looking carnival in the harvested corn field are almost too much. One of my favorites of the challenge. 9
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10/18/2013 04:19:29 PM
The cloud make this 7
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10/18/2013 12:12:51 AM
I love it
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10/17/2013 02:09:11 PM
Very ominous looking. Well done.
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10/17/2013 12:49:16 PM
A good image, has a threatening feel to it. Perhaps a bit off the top but its an 8 from me.
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10/17/2013 12:00:07 PM
Good find. But... The foreground is way to busy for me. My eyes are trying hard to find what's going on there loosing the something to come... A bit too much of the sky as well. I would have cropped the top to emphasize the clouds. 6
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10/17/2013 10:22:45 AM
I can't decide if I really like this image or dislike it. So for that reason, I gave it a 5.
I like the black and white. The foreground is a little odd... and the festival (???) in the background I would have liked to had seen in more fine detail. Perhaps a different DOF would have worked better? I dunno. Can't quite put my finger on it.
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10/16/2013 10:51:07 PM
A very good picture in all. Yes, something is bound to happen here. I particularly like the foreground that looks enigmatic and ominous
7 (for now)
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10/16/2013 09:25:46 PM
Very dark and moody, and definitely a feel of something evil! Not quite sure I grasp the connection between a fairground and "wicked", but I assume that's my fault!
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