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markwiley


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Challenge: Surrealism II (Expert Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens
Date: Aug 20, 2014
Galleries: Black and White
Date Uploaded: Aug 21, 2014

[Aug. 28th, 2014 12:41:02 PM]

So, I got this idea in my head and figured all I needed was my daughter and my wife's creepy childhood doll from the basement. I knew my daughter
got off work at 8pm that evening (lifeguard at the community pool) and I knew it would be my only opportunity to shoot her -- so I waited for her. When she blew through the door I asked if she could help me with a picture. She said, "Sorry -- I'm just home to change clothes, a friend is picking me up in 15 minutes." With school about to start up again she was working to squeeze every minute out of a waning summer. I said desperately, "I only need five minutes -- go change clothes."

I crammed her into my studio with the funky background (aka, the powder room / first floor bathroom), and took a few quick shots before she was back out the door. It was only afterward I noticed the fading henna tattoo on one hand and one off color fingernail on the other. Teenagers. Oh, well.

This might have been interesting in color but I couldn't figure out how to get the doll/human skin tones to match. I suspect it's not hard if you know your way around PS better. I wrestled a bit with whether to enter a version with my daughter's eyes or the doll's eyes. The family voted for my daughter's eyes -- they thought it was creepier. Here's the passed over version:
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I also seriously considered entering something in a completely different direction -- a composite I toyed with from of one of the quick shots of my daughter that night, a morning street shot, and a shot in a community garden for texture.
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Statistics
Place: 7 out of 51
Avg (all users): 6.5667
Avg (commenters): 8.3333
Avg (participants): 6.2059
Avg (non-participants): 6.7857
Views since voting: 718
Views during voting: 235
Votes: 90
Comments: 16
Favorites: 1 (view)


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08/29/2014 05:18:28 PM
I love stories (and images) like this! LOL!

Well done, the lot o' ya!
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08/29/2014 11:14:03 AM
You chose wisely :) Congrats on the tt. Totally surreal
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08/29/2014 09:17:22 AM
One of my favs from the challenge. Awesome job Mark.
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08/29/2014 07:30:27 AM
Originally posted by herfotoman:

Originally posted by tanguera:

Remarkable. Very disturbing and fantastic. Reminds me of Rachel's work


+1


+16
my winner, congrats
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08/29/2014 01:37:57 AM
Originally posted by tanguera:

Remarkable. Very disturbing and fantastic. Reminds me of Rachel's work


+1
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/28/2014 09:34:45 PM
Remarkable. Very disturbing and fantastic. Reminds me of Rachel's work
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08/28/2014 04:17:11 PM
That would give anyone nightmares.
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08/28/2014 11:23:04 AM
Crazy realistic. I love the concept and the lighting. It's hard to stop looking because I just can't get over that the head isn't real.
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08/28/2014 10:09:29 AM
Already voted-

This really freaked me out.. some dolls and esp clowns are freaky to me LOL!
Its just a cute title, love the background as well, just works and well done!
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08/25/2014 01:29:33 PM
Now that's just creepy. I love it!
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08/24/2014 05:09:07 AM
Really cool!!
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08/23/2014 07:59:10 AM
Nice and creepy just the way I like it. Works well in my mind. Top ten at least.
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08/22/2014 11:44:21 PM
Very impressive concept. Not sure how fond I am of the background though... Also, this image would be more effective if larger because its strength is in the details; cropping to portrait could have done some enlargement...
Still an 8 from me.
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08/22/2014 11:21:40 PM
Front page stuff
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08/22/2014 07:24:48 PM
Wow, great idea....and very creepy!
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08/22/2014 12:02:45 AM
Ha! Well done!
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