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Challenge: Horror (Expert Editing)
Collection: 2014 Challenges 2014
Camera: Nikon D7100
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Date: Jul 1, 2014
Aperture: various
ISO: various
Shutter: various
Date Uploaded: Jul 1, 2014

Ok, horror. Hmm. First decision, to go with a splatterfest gory image (which would take me forever to do as my PS skills are pretty basic)...or something more subtle? Yep, much more up my alley (or barn aisle).

And all horror movies have a chase scene somewhere in them. I tried for a Hitchcockian air, with telling shadows and half-seen menacing figures and of course a heroine who is pretty much unbloodied til the baddie catches her. In this case I am both the baddie and the heroine.

Lucked into finding this particular barn, with the aisleway, old hay chute and stepdown into the feedroom. It was hidden amongst a mass of trees on a property that has recently been sold. However, the gate wasn't shut or locked and there weren't any No trespassing/No entry/Private property signs posted, so I took a risk and sauntered in with just the wide-angle. Got some establishing shots and left.

However I didn't want to return in order to shoot the characters, so another barn to which I have ready access, with a similar barn qaisle, served as a stand-in. Mainly I wanted to get the shadow just right and have the ax clearly visible there. Once that was done it was just a matter of putting up the camera and flash on the tripod and replicating the downwards angle at which I shot.

pp: Shot RAW, crop, extract, brightness/contrast, flip horizontal, dodge and burn, cloning, place, flatten layers, resize, desaturate, sharpen, save for web

Place: 25 out of 59
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07/11/2014 12:25:50 AM
Very well done, Susan!
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07/08/2014 01:03:27 PM
Voted earlier coming back to comment.

I can see the fear in her face. Setting and lighting is good. I think the image would have been even stronger if it was a more close up view so that the shadow of the axe is more prominent - I.E. a shot from just the waist up of the scared and hunted woman and the open door showing the portion of the stalker and the shadow of the axe. Still a good fearful effort - 7.
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07/04/2014 03:00:49 PM
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