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Gas Mask (aka, antique soda bottle)
Gas Mask (aka, antique soda bottle)

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Challenge: Hidden Faces (Advanced Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Home
Date: Dec 23, 2004
Aperture: f22
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Macro
Date Uploaded: Dec 23, 2004


Place: 4 out of 97
Avg (all users): 6.4864
Avg (commenters): 7.8421
Avg (participants): 6.4722
Avg (non-participants): 6.4932
Views since voting: 3478
Views during voting: 419
Votes: 220
Comments: 24
Favorites: 0

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01/06/2005 03:59:00 PM

Nice combination of colors, and the bottle stands out nicely against the blurred surface. I would guess a good portion of the blurring was edited in, but if so, it was subtly done and doesn't scream 'manipulation'. If it wasn't edited in, then I'd say "Nice use of DOF".

Theres only one nit, and I'm ambiguous in my thoughts about it. The blurred portion of the glass, in the upper left, stands out against the sharp portion, just as a sharp subject stands out against a burred background. On the other hand, it keeps the viewers eye from folling the sharp line out of the image. Personally, I think I'd like it better if it weren't so soft.

There's also a barely noticeable line from the neck to the left of the image which might be cleaned up.

Thanks for posting this one. I enjoyed it.
01/03/2005 07:28:33 PM
Congrats on your 4th place. Unique subject, great job of finding and capturing this "face"!
01/03/2005 04:00:19 PM
A rather mystifying image. Congratulations on 4th placing.
01/03/2005 10:59:36 AM
This got my top vote, I think that you deserved a top 3 with this shot. It stands out on its own as a still life, excellent composition and color.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/02/2005 11:30:30 PM
Very cool. I'm still deciding if I like the grain or not. Seems to work well here. Should have cleaned the bottle or cloned out the specks in the glass for a cleaner shot.
PS: The Wife says it looks more like a horse than a gas mask...
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01/02/2005 03:22:54 PM
Wow, what an eerie look. Bumpimg up.
01/02/2005 02:56:19 PM
Very nice, I like the orange and green combo..
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01/01/2005 09:33:56 AM
Nice lighting. Background very complimentary.
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12/31/2004 09:51:26 AM
great lighting and composition - back for a second look -- one of my ribbon picks this challenge
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12/31/2004 01:58:02 AM
Composition: 8, Technical: 9, Appeal: 9, Challenge: 10, Overall Calculated Average Score: 9
I would've said "Serpent" or "Snake"
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12/30/2004 02:18:47 PM
very creative. the colors blend well together and no hot spots. <8>
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12/29/2004 05:51:13 PM
Whoa, that's really bizarre! Good eye! 9
12/29/2004 03:55:29 PM
thats a great found! love the colours
a winner 4sure
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12/29/2004 03:21:08 PM
I really like the colors!
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12/29/2004 11:20:39 AM
Unique and interesting. The background seems a bit grainy, but nice lighting.
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12/29/2004 10:49:48 AM
this is a cool shot. the colors and lighting really came together to make an imposing image. good luck!
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12/28/2004 04:35:50 AM
12/27/2004 03:40:05 PM
Very unique Idea, nice clarity in the image.
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12/27/2004 03:17:31 PM
Creative entry. This looks like an alien. Tastefully and aesthetically composed and nice choice of background.
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12/27/2004 02:04:11 PM
Great use of light and textures. This is a very interesting shot. I think it will be in the top ten. A 10 from me!
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12/27/2004 04:34:07 AM
This is great. I think it will do very well.
12/27/2004 02:15:42 AM
This is an amazing shot...and that's a very unique bottle.
12/27/2004 01:16:03 AM
eerie, eerie picture. VERY nicely done.
12/27/2004 12:20:03 AM
Ahhh I LOVE this one, awesome composition, great lighting. 10
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