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Breaking the Binds
Breaking the Binds

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Challenge: Independence (Basic Editing III*)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S5000 Z
Location: Some where in Kansas....toto
Date: Jul 14, 2005
Galleries: Emotive
Date Uploaded: Jul 15, 2005

Levels set black point, played with color varations.
Took to neat image removed all the noise. Resized, Usm, sfw.

Place: 9 out of 139
Avg (all users): 6.4306
Avg (commenters): 7.7059
Avg (participants): 6.3023
Avg (non-participants): 6.5154
Views since voting: 1499
Views during voting: 350
Votes: 216
Comments: 22
Favorites: 3 (view)

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05/31/2008 07:41:38 PM
Surreal. Terrific work!
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07/27/2005 06:48:55 PM
*Greetings from the Critique Club*

First let me say that I think this is a very powerful image that met the Independence Challenge quite well (as exemplified by your score - congratulations on your top 10 finish!).

That of course, also makes it difficult to provide additional feedback on! LOL However, I'll give it a shot (and remember it's just one opinion that you can take or leave as you wish).

Met the Challenge
Quite well in an emotional and very visually attractive way.

Very nice work. I like the off-center placement of the main subject, the sunset/rise between the upheld arms/fists, the silhouette effect of the background. Two things (IMHO) that I think could have been improved on here are being able to see the subject's head (wish I could make it out) and have the sun a little higher above the land mass. I know these are nit-picky things, but they did cross my mind both when I first viewed and voted on the shot and when I re-examined it for this critique.

Great. Again, the only thing would be to be able to see a little of the subject's head.

Outstanding. The warm, clean tones really add to the emotion of the piece. Nice sense of depth and enough detail to see what's going on.

Really great shot. Well composed and executed. Very nice work and congratulations again on your top 10 finish!

Just my 2 cents...


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07/24/2005 12:55:29 AM
This image has been tried before and here is its best representaion. Here the hands tied add that special ingredient to give it power! Congratulations on your Top Ten finish. Awesome!
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07/24/2005 12:21:02 AM
Yah! That's great, top 10 for you. I liked this very much.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/23/2005 11:53:39 PM
Powerful image here. It's almost as if you're saying that with the dawn comes a new tomorrow where you can be free. Great catch.
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07/23/2005 06:47:27 PM
Very powerful shot. Stunning.
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07/23/2005 03:17:04 PM
This is very well done! Only improvement I would suggest would be if you could've captured the moment of the rope snapping in between the wrists. One of my top picks!
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07/23/2005 12:28:32 AM
really like how the sun came out.
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07/22/2005 05:32:39 PM
Stunning, absolutely stunning.
Whilst one could argue that this photo is all about oppression I choose to interpret it as someone breaking free of that oppression and gaining their independence.
The way the lower expanse of sky merges blackly into the lower area of the silhouette is very clever. So too is the echo between the red of the sun, backed by black and the red of the sky. A very clever use of colour processing.
Wonderful composition - the off-centred arms and sun couldn't be better positioned within the frame and to each other.
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07/22/2005 06:25:14 AM
Well, I guess I'll be unpopular because while I think this image will probably win you a ribbon, I don't much like it. Not because it's a poor photograph; it's technically very good, and the composition, indeed the whole execution, is visually striking. Moreover, your idea will have universal appeal as a depiction of independence; very dramatic and theatrical. My problem is that it seems too contrived and obvious; the sort of image an advertising agency would come up with ... a two-syllable photograph for an audience with limited vocabulary. I apologise in advance if you think my views insulting, especially as this is obviously a work of a highly competent photographer. 5
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07/21/2005 07:56:18 PM
Nice concept.
I like the dark space at the bottom, it compliments the image of the binds.
As if one is rising up from the dark to rejoice in the light of the sun.
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07/21/2005 07:41:18 PM
Nicely Done. 10
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07/19/2005 12:23:31 PM
good idea but lost detail at bottom
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07/18/2005 08:12:27 PM
Very cool, excellent silohuette. Perfect time of day to take this shot. Great idea for the challenge!
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07/18/2005 12:50:31 AM
My favorite so far! Wonderful sun, lighting, colors and idea! the only small distraction is that the sun is a bit fuzzy... (but it was probably setting fast!)
I hope you get a ribbon!
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07/17/2005 11:52:40 AM
powerful concept, best interpretation of the challange - photo is very dark on my monitor, is there more to see besides the fists, ropes and sun? why not a vertical orientarion for the image? might add the the thrusting up movement.
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07/17/2005 11:15:16 AM
Fantastic composition. One of my favorites!
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07/17/2005 10:29:49 AM
Awesome photo!!!!
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07/17/2005 09:44:43 AM
I like it, maybe crop a little off the RHS. But still nice.
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07/17/2005 06:48:38 AM
Very nice silhouette
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07/17/2005 01:30:10 AM
EXCELLENT.... love that sun... this photo says so many things.... great job
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07/17/2005 12:10:55 AM
Veeeery nice composition- best of luck, hope you get top 10!
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