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Apollo Rising
3rd PlaceApollo Rising
Keith Maniac


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Challenge: Illusions II (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Kapan
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Sigma 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 DC for Canon
Location: Belmont Harbor, Chicago, USA
Date: Aug 6, 2005
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/2000
Galleries: Sky, Traditional Art
Date Uploaded: Aug 6, 2005

Thanks to Kapan for getting up at 4:30 AM with me to catch the sunrise.

Here is an outtake from the photoshoot.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 127
Avg (all users): 7.1130
Avg (commenters): 8.4043
Avg (participants): 6.8214
Avg (non-participants): 7.2308
Views since voting: 11225
Views during voting: 621
Votes: 292
Comments: 80
Favorites: 42 (view)


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03/03/2006 03:44:22 PM
Now thats a great photo! I like the title as well. I don't think that the outtake is quite as simple and perfect as this one, but it does also have extra elements in regards to this one, and therefore a totally different composition. I would have loved some more goldish coloring, but I have no idea how to process that ;) Good one, Mr. Shipman, and congrats with the 3. place!
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08/18/2005 05:33:03 PM
Awesome shot! Ive got to agree with the others that the outtake is better, however this shot still rules
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08/17/2005 12:11:11 AM
I think the outtake picture is better, if only that damned Lens flare wasn't there!
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08/16/2005 05:53:55 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. It is a great shot, however I do like your outtake better too. The bird behind and the pose seems to be more appealling to the eye.well done though,you still entered a beautiful shot.
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08/16/2005 02:12:21 AM
I like your outtake a lot better, personally, although this is a rather stunning shot. The one thing that keeps getting me is what she is standing on. The big black chunk really just doesn't do this shot justice, but I understand one has to work with what one has.
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08/15/2005 05:00:29 PM
I think your model makes this shot work so well. It's my favorite of the challenge. Her athletic, petite figure and the stance taken here is very androgenous, which I think gives it more of a "power of the gods" sort of mood. I love the golden tones, the slight haloing of light around the model, and the simplicity of the shot. Congratulations on a great shot!
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08/15/2005 04:30:47 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon!! A beautiful image, well captured!
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08/15/2005 12:15:34 PM
Really wonderful image, a pleasure to look at! Congratulations.
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08/15/2005 07:20:24 AM
congrats!
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08/15/2005 06:53:07 AM
Another of your masterful compositions! A terrific, simple idea, smoothly and confidently executed. Congratulations, Chris.
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08/15/2005 06:51:34 AM
This was one of my top picks, wonderful graphic image..congratulations.
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08/15/2005 05:12:10 AM
Great photo, well deserved ribbon. Congratulations !
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08/15/2005 05:03:26 AM
Congrats Christopher on yet another Yellow.
Simplicity is the Illusion here.
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08/15/2005 02:34:27 AM
Ah, beautifulo to see this "natural" illusion ranking up there witht he "created" illusions!
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08/15/2005 01:55:05 AM
A beautiful image, well deserving of a ribbon. Congratulations!
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08/15/2005 12:47:01 AM
That lens works for you too, great work buddy and congratulations.
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08/15/2005 12:33:13 AM
I knew tis would do well and it did! I do get some of them right. The only problem is there can only be one blue... Congrats on the second ribbon. Hope the next one ain't Yella!
TC

Message edited by author 2005-08-15 00:33:54.
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08/15/2005 12:32:05 AM
This is a sweet shot! I love the expression on her face and the way her hair is a mess in the back. Very creative! congrats!!!

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08/15/2005 12:28:54 AM
Fantastic! I like the outake too.
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08/15/2005 12:22:20 AM
One of my highest rated shots. Congrats!!
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08/15/2005 12:17:52 AM
Magnificent shot!!! The pose, the lines, the aperture to get the star effect... Everything!!!
Congratulations!!!
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08/15/2005 12:13:35 AM
CONGRATS.... great shot...
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08/15/2005 12:11:26 AM
haha told you :) CONGRATS
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08/15/2005 12:08:21 AM
Congrats on your well-deserved ribbon... Phenomenal image!

Message edited by author 2005-08-15 00:08:43.
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08/15/2005 12:06:54 AM
This was by far my favorite for this challenge. Congratulations on your YELLOW!
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08/15/2005 12:06:23 AM
congrats Keith, well deserved
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08/15/2005 12:05:41 AM
Thanks everybody for the votes/comments! 53 comments is the highest I've ever received, by far!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/14/2005 10:12:03 PM
Best perspective shot of the lot! Great tonality. Great choice of using a sepia type processing. The only thing I wann know is if the haloing is from oversharpening or if it's from the harsh backlighing. It's the only thing that I think detracts from this shot. Great silhouette. Great use of the square crop. Nicely done!
TC
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08/14/2005 04:53:25 PM
Very nice capture.
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08/14/2005 04:50:41 PM
Love this shot
the composition is spot on.
9 from me as i love the picture. The only slight problem is that i can tell he isn't holding the sun.
Still a 9 though for being a great image
good luck
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08/14/2005 07:49:09 AM
Lovely
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08/14/2005 02:23:17 AM
the simplicity of this fantastic pic deserves to be rewarded with a 10.
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08/13/2005 08:24:32 PM
Very artful. Quiet a powerful image, yet it is so simple. Love the silhouette and golden hues. NICE
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08/13/2005 04:57:19 PM
oh yeah you're going to get a ribbon...great shot!
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08/13/2005 03:47:41 PM
This should place high, well done, bumping up
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08/13/2005 02:09:55 AM
very cool! the positioning of the hand is perfect.
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08/12/2005 08:29:40 PM
awesome shot..8
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08/12/2005 06:16:23 PM
Didn't your mother ever tell you not to look directly into the sun? This image almost blinded me. I'm sure the model burned his hand off. 6
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08/12/2005 11:41:02 AM
superb image in all ways, congrats!
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08/12/2005 08:37:28 AM
Wow! I received a picture almost exactly like this in an email. I thought it was neat them and I think it's neat now!!
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08/12/2005 03:34:23 AM
Very effective and interesting photo...8
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08/12/2005 12:53:49 AM
Strong graphic image. Beautiful lighting. The sillouette is sooo powerful. 8
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08/11/2005 10:09:53 PM
simply wow ! 9
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08/11/2005 04:00:22 PM
This is very nice.... Wanted to do it also with both hands, on the top of the sun as well.
Then it would have worked better for me personally if you could see the feets... Like on a beach or something.. Great tones! 7
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08/11/2005 01:02:21 AM
excellent silouette and great lighting and position. well done!
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08/10/2005 08:01:23 PM
Certainly charming and begging a second look.
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08/10/2005 05:19:21 PM
I like the naked feeling here because it makes it look like it could have been shot at the beginning of times. No one would argue if you said that this was youn Rameses having an encouter with Ra.
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08/10/2005 04:51:07 PM
Beautiful backlighting creating a lovely halo effect - the way the light comes through the hair is beautiful. Nice pose, accurate positioning of hand. Only thing I don't like is the large thing at the lower left. I'd rather see the continuation of "Apollo"'s silhouette.
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08/10/2005 03:41:42 PM
I really like the idea behind this picture, the fact that the person is all black makes it work really well.. Great comp also :)
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08/10/2005 12:59:29 PM
Fabulous shot. I wouldn't be surprised at all if this takes a ribbon.
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08/10/2005 12:13:05 PM
one of my ribbon choices in this challenge with this beautiful captivating shot. beautiful work!
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08/10/2005 11:00:05 AM
I like how this one worked out.
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08/10/2005 06:34:53 AM
the platform where the model is standing on is a little bit disturbing. otherwise a brilliant picture. great colors and a beautiful silhoutte
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08/10/2005 05:33:42 AM
Apollo!!!
Classical lines, wonderful imagery. 10
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08/10/2005 01:38:47 AM
Whilst this is an age old illuison, I find that I am drawn to this image. the simple colouring is the appeal for me.
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08/09/2005 07:53:02 PM
this silhouette is beautifully executed..I love the position of hand and body, turning of the head,color of sky and sun..one of the best here...simple and lovely.
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08/09/2005 04:56:49 PM
WOW
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08/09/2005 03:13:18 PM
very good illusion...nice focus.
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08/09/2005 12:27:57 PM
excellent image, well done, definately my favourite in this challenge, good luck
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08/09/2005 10:18:15 AM
Very nice silhouette.
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08/09/2005 02:41:49 AM
Me thinks that's gonna leave a mark! Isn't there a warning label on the Sun about not handling it? LOL VERY nice take on a simple concept. Well done.
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08/09/2005 02:05:13 AM
This is a very good picture. The only thing I would have done a little different is the placement of the hand. The sun should be placed more over the hand and not so much the arm. Anyway, good job 7.
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08/09/2005 01:25:27 AM
Very nice!
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08/08/2005 10:47:09 PM
Nice imagry and a great shot. Very emotive.
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08/08/2005 10:14:27 PM
Excellent. All I can say is Excellent.
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08/08/2005 09:51:32 PM
I've seen similar photos many times, but this one is particularly well executed. I personally would have cropped a little off the sides (at least the left), but I wouldn't be surprised to find the silhouette of a ribbon around Apollo's neck next week. 9
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08/08/2005 09:12:53 PM
very cool, could most likely be a movie poster.
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08/08/2005 08:49:22 PM
Cool shot Great Idea, I wish his legs werent cut off....8
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08/08/2005 07:12:53 PM
nice idea. i don't care for the model being cut off at the knees though
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08/08/2005 06:10:12 PM
this is a wonderful illusion and silhouette 10
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08/08/2005 03:34:32 PM
Great color, great shilloette.
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08/08/2005 03:21:33 PM
First Impression: Very good! I like the tone, balance, colours and composition, everything on quite a difficuilt shot. ND Filters?
Was I fooled? No. Too extreme. Doesn't matter. One thing though, It looks as if the sun is supported by the models' wrist. But on the other hand, if the sun was more foreward, the delicate fingers would be lost.
10 Whichever way. I hope this Ribbons!
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08/08/2005 02:30:30 PM
This picture is nicely done. The sun is not too bright and the rays come out nicely. I really like the muted colors. Well done!! 10
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08/08/2005 12:33:04 PM
10
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08/08/2005 12:16:14 PM
Very nicely done !
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08/08/2005 03:05:08 AM
your choice in modle was fantastic for this shot. It has a very earthy feel to it. Gorgeous.
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08/08/2005 02:53:35 AM
Great silhouette and the composition is spot on. I may have cropped a little from the bottom but that is just my taste, this is a real nice image that should be a ribbon chance.
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08/08/2005 01:55:30 AM
Very nice silhouette, meets the challenge perfectly..
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08/08/2005 01:47:14 AM
Nicely taken and thought out...8
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08/08/2005 12:35:05 AM
Magnificent composition. The lines are exquisite! 10
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