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Speeding Will Kill You
1st PlaceSpeeding Will Kill You
sahko


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Challenge: Billboard (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Bratislava, Slovakia
Date: Feb 27, 2005
Aperture: 8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Studio, Advertisement
Date Uploaded: Feb 27, 2005

...and reading the billboards along the road can be dangerous too :)

Note: No one was killed or hurt prior or during making this shot.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 148
Avg (all users): 7.2651
Avg (commenters): 8.4483
Avg (participants): 6.8242
Avg (non-participants): 7.5887
Views since voting: 9251
Views during voting: 447
Votes: 215
Comments: 57
Favorites: 10 (view)


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07/03/2005 10:32:41 AM
the colours on this picture are perfect, the blueish tinge, or maybe that's just my monitor lol add to the fact that this is supposed to be a dead person, and as stated beore, the toe tag is a perfect addition.
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03/11/2005 12:09:59 AM
Um, don't know the rules about jumping into a comment section about one of the winning shots, but I wanted to ask Nawets about his monitor calibration. I'm looking at this with an Apple 30" HD Cinema Display that is well-calibrated and the photo is not at all dark. Is your contrast adjusted correctly?

Also, just wanted to add that I think the toe tag is necessary in the shot if you want to give context for a MVA due to speed. The tag gives a very impersonal, almost "statistical" quality to this photo that gives it impact in my view. As a former healthcare person who has seen thousands of dead human remains (yes, thousands), this struck me because after a while, you start to just categorize them in certain ways -- such as "the MVA, the CVA, the MI, the Suicide, the homicide," etc. . . . In this photo, the photographer chose to illustrate a speed MVA fatality with that one item that grabs people's attention -- a toe tag. In fact, how would one even really know that the person is dead without it? This could be a tall guy waiting for a massage and treatment at the physical therapists office for all we know. . . . They use white sheets. And in this day and age, I haven't seen a dead body in a clinical setting without a toe tag -- too much risk of a mix-up. so yes, the toe tag works in my view. . . .
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03/09/2005 01:03:02 PM
My opinion: Poorly composed, toe tag very unecessary, too dark....sorry, can't all give you kudos all the time!
03/09/2005 10:23:56 AM
LOL! yeah, unless you have access to your local hospital or county morgue it's pretty hard to come up with a dead body in 48 hours. . . . but you could create the liver mortis with make-up, although that gets a bit messy. . . . in any event, good job!
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03/08/2005 05:19:59 PM
Thank you guys, it's nice to get the blue again :)

Focused:
Yeah, you're right, I know about these flaws. But it was a 48h speed challenge, and as you can imagine, it is pretty hard to find some free corpse available for shooting during the weekend. :) Thank you for your nice feedback.
03/08/2005 09:29:35 AM
Nice composition, exposure and the use of a cooler light temperature really makes this shot. I have to say though, as a person who has seen many bodies laying on morgue tables that I knew it was a fake from the minute I looked at it. For this to have been more realistisic, there should be some blue discoloration (liver mortis) around the heels and bottoms of the legs. That's when the blood settles due to gravity. This guy's feet look alive and well. The feet also would not be hanging over the end of the table (its kind of hard to tell what type of table that is, but it doesn't look like a morgue table to me).

But keep in mind that I was a professional health care provider so I am going to look at this photo far differently from the average viewer. Does it evoke strong emotion in me even though I see the technical flaws? You bet. It's good work in my book. I think that it is worthy of a blue ribbon for many reasons and my congratualtions go to the photographer.

Message edited by author 2005-03-08 09:30:54.
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03/07/2005 09:47:42 PM
Congrats go to Bratislava again!

Clever idea and technically well executed!
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03/06/2005 06:20:01 PM
Choice! Congrats!
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03/06/2005 06:27:36 AM
This is an actual billboard here in New Zealand. Not implying that any less skill went into composing the shot!
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03/05/2005 06:17:35 PM
Congratulations on your Blue for this excellent entry, expertly done!
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03/05/2005 03:02:37 PM
a good message to anyone driving by !! great job...congratulations
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03/05/2005 01:37:05 PM
Congratulations on a well deserved ribbon ! Great idea, great picture !
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03/05/2005 07:40:24 AM
Congratulations on a well concieved and well executed image... very deserving ribbon winner and would make a great billboard image.
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03/05/2005 04:34:53 AM
A powerful concept, stunningly executed. Rarely does an image separate itself from the other entries as clearly as this one.

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03/05/2005 12:51:38 AM
Just perfect!
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03/05/2005 12:16:42 AM
Congrats on the blue, well done.
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03/05/2005 12:15:35 AM
Congratulations on your blue ribbon Martin. An very strong photo!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/04/2005 11:59:12 PM
Sombre but clever, the shot is clear and gets the message across well.
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03/04/2005 10:41:27 PM
Very powerful message. Ecellent! Good luck.
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03/04/2005 08:42:08 PM
The absence of all muscle tone would be evident post mortem.
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03/04/2005 08:37:52 PM
Return for comment: This was a very good idea, and is well done too.
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03/04/2005 08:33:25 PM
Great job for the challenge!! My only nit-pik is that I wouldn't expect to see a border, especially this thick, on a billboard. Perfect otherwise!
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03/04/2005 05:45:25 PM
I wonder if you could sue anyone who is speeding for 'attempting to commit suicide'.
But then again, I am a Speeding criminal and do not attempt to commit suicide so...

Lets derail my thoughts for a moment. Yes great photo, would work well even without a title. The cold tone of the color makes it look really dead. Good work.
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03/04/2005 05:32:30 PM
Wow, this shot packs a punch, a brillant idea for the challenge! 9
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03/04/2005 04:13:55 PM
you get 10 for this idea
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03/04/2005 10:31:35 AM
hmmm.......?!?!!.... interesting....
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03/03/2005 11:33:38 PM
Very good photo and very believeable. This could definintely be an ad campaign.
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03/03/2005 03:38:20 AM
Composition: 8
Technical: 8, good job making skin tones look lifeless
Appeal: 9
Challenge: 9
Overall Calculated Average Score: 9

Too bad speeders take innocent people with them as well
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03/02/2005 04:12:23 PM
My evaluation method of this challenge is as follows:
1. Did you catch my eye while I was driving by? Oh yes.
2. If I didn't catch the text while I was driving, did you intrigue me enough to look for this billboard again? No words are needed.
3. Did you sell your stuff to me? So disturbing. Yes you did.
4. Extra thoughts: So powerful, so shocking, so painful. So true.

10 at first pass. 10 at second pass.
Hope I will not have to see that again.
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03/02/2005 12:13:40 AM
Very Original.....It's simple, and it gets the point across. Great Job.
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03/01/2005 11:27:01 PM
great concept! I think on this particular image though, it would have been better just black and white. The contrast and lighting would have translated well. 7
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03/01/2005 08:18:51 PM
Nice work
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03/01/2005 03:51:28 PM
Find it a bit strong.. and ask myself how fast i am driving
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03/01/2005 09:49:12 AM
This one is good!! :) hehe... should have a broken foot though! :P
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03/01/2005 08:44:28 AM
How true! This needs to be on every highway in America!
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03/01/2005 07:59:03 AM
Too strong. I can't see it as a Billboard.
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03/01/2005 07:49:22 AM
very good picture....
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03/01/2005 06:26:31 AM
Well done... good focus and lights... make it dark place where they put them.
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03/01/2005 03:46:57 AM
nice lighting
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02/28/2005 10:59:45 PM
ok, i am voting this challenge in 2 passes. in this pass, you will get a partial comment and a score. then i will come back to comment again. if you have any problem whatsoever with this comment, pm me and let me know. otherwise, take it with a grain of salt...i'm not trying to be a know-it-all, i'm just explaining where i'm coming from in voting this challenge. and, if this comment is NOT helpful (of if you think i'm full of $#!+), don't mark it helpful.

billboards are a science unto themselves. a lot of research has gone into determining just how much information a person can digest and retain in specific time spans. they use this information to develop formulas for determining the number of words and letters to use on billboards, as well as their sizes. they also determine the size and number of visual elements to include.

the graphics/photograph on a billboard are designed to get the point across in a moment. on the road, a driver will have less time with a billboard than a voter will give your image. this is a key element in the challenge: composing a shot that will get its point across quickly and succintly. along those lines, a strong composition will probably have few details and make strong use of negative space.
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nice concept. works well as a photograph, almost as well as a billboard. in terms of imagery and conveying the idea, you nailed it. the presentation is off, though, due to the border. the toe tag could have been a bit heavier, as it would be hard to read at 60 mph. all the same, one of the better entries in the challenge. good luck!
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02/28/2005 10:16:42 PM
Advertisers wouldn't waste billboard space on a border. Things need to be as big as possible to get noticed by drivers. Great concept though and the shot it self is well composed.
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02/28/2005 05:59:12 PM
I really like the impact of this photo. The toning you've chosen suits the subject matter very well. Being a big fan of Six Feet Under, I tend to like dark images like this :)
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02/28/2005 03:14:18 PM
This should win the blue ribbon hands down. The clear best of the bunch. I was going to do a drunk driving one too but never got around to it. Congrats on your ribbon. 10
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02/28/2005 02:48:43 PM
i love it
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02/28/2005 02:42:39 PM
This is perfect. 10
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02/28/2005 02:21:46 PM
Very creative and very well executed. The only reason I gave it a 9 is because of the border. Most billboards don't have them, and I think it would be more effective without. But excellent entry, nonetheless.
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02/28/2005 01:00:35 PM
Great job! visually arresting image..one of my favorites..love the toe tag.
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02/28/2005 12:10:27 PM
magnific!
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02/28/2005 11:17:06 AM
Perfect!! Wouldn't change a thing. I especially like the tones used here. Really helps portray the point. 10
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02/28/2005 09:42:29 AM
In a pretty good shape for someone taken out of a 95mph car :-)
Two things: the border I'm not so sure about, and the tag size - it may end up beeing too small to read on a billboard. However, one ot the better photos so far.
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02/28/2005 08:08:48 AM
AWESOME ! This is my favorite so far. This didn't need a title to save it or make me "get it". I like that's it not a copycat of some well known advertisting. The compostion is perfect. The color tone used really makes this have that punch to it. 10 ++++ Good luck !
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02/28/2005 07:27:08 AM
This is funny, nice blueish colorcast. I like it! well done 8
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02/28/2005 07:18:18 AM
Great photo with great impact (so to speak). This really could be a billboard ad. Very nice!
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02/28/2005 06:20:38 AM
Great entry, creative and well taken, this should do very well.
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02/28/2005 01:58:18 AM
SPECTACULAR. A+ all around....want me to go through it?

Lighting- perfect

Composition - perfect

impact/message - perfect

creativity - PERFECT

You deserve to win this competition, hands DOWN.

:)))
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02/28/2005 01:19:45 AM
Excellent idea, certaily would be an eyecatcher on a advert. I'd give a 9 for this
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02/28/2005 12:22:41 AM
very very good... straight forward, gets the message across and is still powerful 10
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