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On the verges of sanity
On the verges of sanity

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Challenge: Extreme Action (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G5
Location: room
Date: Apr 10, 2005
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 50
Shutter: 2 secs
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Apr 10, 2005

I'd like to start of by saying that I dont think this will do well - mostly because of the different subject matter, but i see this as only adding further extremity to the shot. This is a really wierd shot and I cant say I've ever done anything like this before. I tried to incorporate conflicting emotions into the shot - the left side is smiling and the right side is almost grimmacing... hopefully someone notices. I guess the most important thing is that I like the shot and am proud of it.

Post processing -

Hue/Sat, curves, levels, and neat image... 2 second exposure with 2nd curtain flash

Place: 113 out of 132
Avg (all users): 4.5336
Avg (commenters): 6.8571
Avg (participants): 4.5375
Avg (non-participants): 4.5318
Views since voting: 1404
Views during voting: 443
Votes: 253
Comments: 11
Favorites: 1 (view)

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04/24/2005 01:48:38 AM
*Critique Club*

Well, I'm not really sure what to say about this. I supose some will love it, some will hate it. I unfortunately am in with the group that will not like it. I only have my opinion to offer, since this is quite abstract to me.
The dark thing,, that is going horizontal across the dead center of the shot (I don't know what it is) stands out quite a bit and kind of divides the photo in half. Not knowing what it is, is a bad thing to me, since I think I'm trying so hard to figure out what it is that i'm even looking at, that I don't even see the rest of the photo unless I force myself to look...in other words, it's a distraction to what I feel is suposed to be the 'main focus' of the photo.
The only thing you can really recognize out of the photo, is a mouth, and that's not really clear. No, I could not tell that 1/2 the mouth is smiling and 1/2 is grimacing. It's all kind of a blurry jumble of something really.
I like the 'sepia-ish-ness' I agree that had this been in color, it might have been a complete disaster. I also can appreciate the background. It's a very good thing that there is nothing in the background that is distracting or making more shapes/patterns to clutter up the photo in that way.
I'm not sure about the crop. I'm wondering if having the face/neck in the lower right corner, with a little more negative space to the upper left might have a different appeal?? Something that could be tried anyway.
I hope you take this as just one opinion, and don't take it personally. A lot of people will like it, it's just not my cup of tea. You like it, and that's all that really matters anyway.
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04/18/2005 01:19:13 AM
Wow, you have been hardly done by indeed. Terrific interpretation.
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04/18/2005 12:23:26 AM
this was one of my favorite shots of the challenge. should have finished Top 10 at the very least!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/17/2005 08:15:06 PM
Yes, very insane extreme action. Bumping up.
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04/14/2005 10:45:27 PM
Thats about how I feel right now! honestly, fascinating image. reminds me of "The Scream" somehow.
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04/12/2005 07:03:23 PM
Something different! So manic! B&W was a nice choice...color I think would have been a big distraction.
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04/12/2005 03:25:50 PM
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04/11/2005 10:09:49 PM
hmm this says "this photo has been validated" so that makes me wonder why was this called for a proof in the first place.. may be I am mising to something :)
I like this... 7
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04/11/2005 06:20:46 PM
Creppy... Well nice lighting and the way that it is
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04/11/2005 11:01:47 AM
A very nice abstract.
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04/11/2005 09:43:15 AM
I have looked at this a few times already and this image keeps getting better. There's a smoothness about it that I am not too keen on, but I love what you have created here. Well done.
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