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In Darkness Let Me Dwell...
In Darkness Let Me Dwell...
jasm8

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Challenge: Nude III (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Toronto, Canada
Date: Aug 17, 2005
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/20
Galleries: Emotive, Nude
Date Uploaded: Aug 18, 2005

I tried to capture the emotion of anguish and turmoil of receiving bad news [not that I received any...] The editing was also to try and capture the coldness and lonliness felt when receiving bad news.

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08/31/2005 05:39:40 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

The first thing that came to my mind when I saw this picture was "concentration camp". You can almost feel the agony this picture portrays. The choice of sepia is perfect for the subject. I have seen many concentration camp pictures and I really think this is a lot like them. I don't mean that in a bad way, on the contrary. This picture has managed to stir almost the same feelings and thoughts in me. That is always a good thing, you've made your point. Perhaps that is not at all what you were going for but you've succeeded anyway.
I like the compostion and the exposure is pretty balanced as well. Good job. I really think this picture should have done better.
If you have any questions or comments about this critique, please feel free to PM me.

June
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08/28/2005 03:20:54 PM
Interesting emotionally, but I think it could have been improved technically. A bit more contrast would have helped the overall flatness of the image. Good work.
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08/28/2005 04:57:54 AM
This would be a more emotive photograph if the look on the man's face were a bit more intense &/or distinct. Based only on his facial expression I can't rule out the possibility that he's been photographed while beginning to yawn. A visible source of his emotion (e.g. a stack of bills, a fallen telephone receiver, etc.) would also increase the impact. Higher contrast and perhaps a bit of burning / darkening would also help to improve this image.
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08/27/2005 11:30:29 PM
Good shot and great model. I find the sheet a bit much, although I can concede its importance to the mood. It's just a little too obvious and detracts form the rest of the image.
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08/27/2005 11:05:01 PM
THAT should be the photo in psych textbooks for depression or, better yet, despair. It really captures all the emotion that's going on. I think the contrasts in textures are phenomenal. Would love to see a series of photos of different emotions shot in this vein.
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08/27/2005 08:54:44 PM
The power and emotion of this image is out standing .10
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08/27/2005 08:28:01 PM
Very well executed good use of light source and the tonal range is just wonderful. The crop might just be too tight. (9)
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08/27/2005 07:10:35 PM
Love the tones in this one! Great honest expression too! 9
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08/27/2005 12:43:18 AM
Technically not very convincing, rather dull-looking sepia shot. Good idea though and, to me, very much a "Birdy"-inspired shot. If it wasn't for the western look and the solid wall background, this could be from Guantanamo...

While he is nude, it doesn't look like a nude shot to me. "Desperation" would be more like it as a challenge topic.

Just a dude's opinion who's never even tried nude before, so don't take it too hard ;-)

Bruno
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08/26/2005 06:24:22 PM
We wants it, precious! Lovely image; tortured and tortuous. 9
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08/26/2005 08:27:51 AM
its good, would have been more dramatic in black/white i think?
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08/25/2005 11:30:28 PM
Very expressive, the sepia really adds to the pic. I can't think of anything to change.
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08/25/2005 09:47:03 PM
Very emotive and good choice of colors.
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08/25/2005 09:10:08 PM
I like the tone of this photo, but it seems sad. I don't know how the people here will react to this photo. I hope well, good luck.
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08/25/2005 01:36:24 AM
Interesting photo, makes you wonder about it , which is good. One might think this man could be a prisoner of war. Good job.
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08/24/2005 09:23:28 PM
a photo of despair i think should have a hard floor rather than a flowing one.. ya know?
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08/23/2005 11:35:31 PM
Very nicely done. Highly emotive.
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08/23/2005 04:57:21 PM
Toning works for this image, wish there was just slightly more contrast. Crop, composition and lighting work. POV excellent. 7 - good luck in the challenge!
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08/23/2005 03:29:04 PM
A very powerful portrayal of emotion. Good work.
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08/23/2005 03:06:58 PM
Powerfully emotional shot. Something I can definitely identify with. Great capture.
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08/23/2005 01:11:48 PM
A powerfull image. Very emotional.
Good exposure & desat is also good.
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08/23/2005 10:07:47 AM
This reminds me of a pow picture, especially since the model is slim. Maybe some more contrast would add a bit mystery to the shot.
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08/23/2005 07:38:45 AM
sepia here and on this shot doesn't work for me
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08/23/2005 06:47:53 AM
man, this screams at my heart. superb lighting and concept. bumping up.
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08/23/2005 12:29:09 AM
says more "naked" than "nude", but still pretty powerful messages in here
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08/22/2005 11:37:03 PM
Well done technically, but boring compositionally. 6.
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08/22/2005 11:12:59 PM
Interesting composition. Good lighting. Good expression. Interesting title. Well done.
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08/22/2005 10:51:36 PM
I think what sets me off about this image is the cloth on the floor, it makes it seem more posed than this despair might bring to the model. I also do not like the placemetn of the hands on the face.
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08/22/2005 08:22:50 PM
the emotion of dispair is large and it seems kind of caged in this tight crop. Given the model alittle room to mourn imho would have given the image a bit more impact.
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08/22/2005 06:16:14 PM
Very dramatic and emotional, great choice of tone and finish.
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08/22/2005 04:49:38 PM
Alone, sad, horror, depression. I have been there I think that is why I see it so clearly here.
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08/22/2005 03:09:34 PM
Very powerful image... could use just a little more contrast IMHO
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08/22/2005 12:37:16 PM
Sad desperate shot. It definitely evokes the mood of the title. I'd like to see maybe a less tighter crop, but maybe that "boxed in" feeling was your intent.
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08/22/2005 11:18:41 AM
ALthough a picture like this isn't original in concept, the quality of the pose is intriguing. I like this picture alot.
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08/22/2005 02:34:51 AM
more of the environment in the shot would have made this stronger, i.e. not as closely cropped.
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08/22/2005 01:50:34 AM
Ok, will do. I'll get the lights. Photographically well done, but sorry, I am just not a fan fo the "wreched me" type shots, not a fan of male nudes either, but there's plenty of both out there, so good luck.


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