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Challenge: Heroes (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Location: Madison, WI
Date: Nov 13, 2004
Aperture: F 5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1 second
Galleries: Black and White, Action
Date Uploaded: Nov 13, 2004

Shot in the Wisconsin Veteran's Museum in Madison. This is a wax mannequin in a helicopter about 15 feet above the museum floor, a Vietnam-era exhibit, I believe. Tripod based, no flash allowed in the museum. Slight USM, convert to BW via lightness channel, perimeter radial blur, adjust brightness via curves.

I was going for the dramatic combat feel, and of course, trying to play off the proximity of this challenge to Veteran's Day.

Place: 10 out of 90
Avg (all users): 6.3111
Avg (commenters): 8.2000
Avg (participants): 6.0968
Avg (non-participants): 6.3926
Views since voting: 1572
Views during voting: 413
Votes: 225
Comments: 19
Favorites: 2 (view)

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11/23/2004 10:40:05 AM
I had no clue this was a mannequin! Excellent job! I really liked the feel of the shot. It make me think for an instant that I was in Vietnam. Very, very well done. I gave it a 7 during the challenge.
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11/22/2004 08:07:16 PM
Wow--I couldn't tell it was a mannequin! Great shot, I thought you would ribbon!
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11/22/2004 01:15:30 AM
Congratulations on your 10th placing. At dinner I told my wife about this image. I believe it should have ribboned because it is in the grit of reality with that facial expression. Regardless, a very outstanding image.

Message edited by author 2004-11-26 20:57:54.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/21/2004 11:48:37 PM
A remarkable shot -- I can't imagine this one without a ribbon in just a little bit! One of just a couple 10s this time, in my opinion.
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11/21/2004 11:39:05 PM
The composition and concept on this photograph are excellent. I'd have liked to see the barrel of the gun a little darker... maybe burned a little. 8.
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11/21/2004 01:37:31 AM
returning for comments:
Perhaps the most moving image, with that photo journal statement. Bumping up.
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11/20/2004 12:07:07 AM
Excellent shot--I like added effect of the the motion blur too. Was this being shot for a movie (guessing from the black background and studio style lighting!)
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11/19/2004 11:15:25 PM
I really love this entry - black and white was a good choice here. I find myself returning to it again and again. At first I was not sure about the motion blur in the lower right hand corner, but have come to the conclusion that it works because it seems to reinforce the theme. In any event, the shot really made me stop and think (and appreciate) the sacrifices made by servicemen to serve their country. Great job!
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11/19/2004 12:27:56 PM
This is very realistic. (I realize it might be real!) The motion depiction adds an appropriate amount of tension, in my opinion, and outweighs the couple of highlights that were blown out.
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11/18/2004 05:24:49 AM
Uhh... i dont like much fights and guns but I like capture of this. Good B&W.
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11/17/2004 11:48:33 AM
His expression looks a bit goofy, but this shot is still one of the best, the blurring around the edges and whatever you did to make it look like B&W nightvision really work. - 10
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11/17/2004 05:46:49 AM
Wow. I've never even personally been to war. but this image touches me as if I had. It's challenging to decide whether any war in general is heroric or not of course, but the personal sacrifice by each and every soldier, onboth sides, has to be heroric in nature. Surely?! This gets a nine from me because it's so well composed and so emotively stimulating. Well done!
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11/16/2004 01:55:44 PM
Not big on "war hero" but technically and conceptually this shot is outstanding. my only 10.
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11/16/2004 11:28:08 AM
My favorite in this challenge. It looks like you captured this guy in an authentic moment; the sense of movement around the edges of the photo really add to that feeling.
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11/15/2004 11:54:05 PM
Well exposed, sharp and detailed. Blurred to good effect. 7
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11/15/2004 09:10:33 PM
The gun does 2 things. It obviously adds to the picture in that context is further extablished. It also IMO takes away from the hero aura. Soldiers are heroes because they fight and would die for freedom etc. Not because they killed or would kill for it. Anyways, as for the picture. I love it. I think it has trememdous impact. The b&w, even the centered composition doesn't bother me. The focus is great, and like I said, the composition is excellent. Best of the challenge thus far.
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11/15/2004 06:06:49 PM
I like the sense of movement you get from the blurring on the edges. Light is a bit bright off the helmet. Very dramatic.
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11/15/2004 09:40:56 AM
Very nice shot. His expression on his face is excellent and I would have liked to see it even closer. I think I would have cropped it a little closer and maybe not so centered. I'm personally not wild about the blur either. Good luck. I bet you'll do well with this.
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11/15/2004 12:48:17 AM
Excellent composition and expression. Different. 8.
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