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Challenge: High Contrast (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: my room
Date: Sep 4, 2005
Aperture: 16
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/3
Galleries: Emotive, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Sep 1, 2005

Prediction: This shot will suck.

Statistics
Place: 48 out of 343
Avg (all users): 6.1134
Avg (commenters): 7.8500
Avg (participants): 6.0452
Avg (non-participants): 6.2283
Views since voting: 1116
Views during voting: 356
Votes: 247
Comments: 24
Favorites: 2 (view)


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09/15/2005 01:06:47 AM
Hello again, this time from the Critique Club

Composition is good, the photograph screams high contrast.

Lighting is just right. I agree it would look better with a black background, esp. when done using layers using bear_music's method.

Deep depth of field works well here.

Overall, I like it a lot, and think it should have placed higher. Keep up the good work!
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09/12/2005 03:05:28 AM
For what its worth, here's how I use photoshop to get a black background:
' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/23203/thumb/230402.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/23203/thumb/230402.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
result:
' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/23203/thumb/230399.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/23203/thumb/230399.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
hope this helps
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09/12/2005 02:47:53 AM
Actually, I'm kind of partial to the grey background here. In fact, had it even been a slightly lighter shade, further into the corners, the masks would have stood out that much more. I think the real issue in this shot was your focus. Not quite as crisp as it could have been, and some detail was lost in some of your highlights. Also, the crop might have been slightly tight.

As to how to obtain black/white backgrounds, there are many, many different ways of obtaining this. Black ones aren't too hard. Any deep black fabric does nicely, or non-reflective black poster board. White can be trickier, and involves a lot more lighting issues. Soft-boxes, diffused flashes, light tents.. all things to consider for white backgrounds. Also, exposing your shot so you can bring levels up and "white-out" off-white backgrounds can help there too. Experimentation is key.
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09/12/2005 12:58:01 AM
Sorry you didn't finish higher. I think this picture is superior to any of the top 3 in this challenge, in that it meets the challenge on more than one level... How the one mask contrasts the other mask by them being so different, how the whiteness of the masks contrasts the background.. It's not just a good picture that happens to have a few dark and light areas. In my mind this should have easily won a ribbon.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/11/2005 06:33:34 PM
Bumping up after second look. :-)
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09/11/2005 02:23:01 PM
nice
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09/11/2005 02:27:16 AM
Wonderfully done. I've always liked these masks.
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09/10/2005 10:34:13 PM
i like what you have done with already created art to add interest to it. I would have titled it "fear of commitment", but perhaps that wasn't your intent.
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09/10/2005 08:57:23 PM
Neat masks, nice photo.
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09/10/2005 09:51:34 AM
I keep coming back to look at this one. I really like the tonal range you've captured. Nice textures as well. Too bad I'm not teaching theatre arts anymore, this would definitely be a print I'd hang in my classroom. Nice! :)
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09/10/2005 02:35:11 AM
Amazing to say the least, wonderful contrast shot!
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09/10/2005 12:19:16 AM
Nice idea, I think the background could either be lighter or darker for more effect.
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09/09/2005 07:47:15 PM
This really meets the theme and is an interesting composition.
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09/09/2005 09:02:36 AM
Very nice tonal range.
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09/09/2005 12:51:08 AM
Wild! Kinda spooky too, wonderful detail and just the right amount of contrast to make it more effective. 9
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09/09/2005 12:43:41 AM
Great idea and execution. One of my favorites of the theme,
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09/07/2005 02:40:37 PM
great subject fo b/w contrast with wonderful capture of texture well composed
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09/07/2005 08:08:13 AM
amazing one, i like it
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09/06/2005 09:17:02 PM
One of many that deserve to be in top 10. good idea and good contrast
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09/05/2005 07:58:01 PM
Okay, on how many levels is this high contrast?!? :-) Wow. Perfectly meets the challenge, is very visually appealing, and technically well executed. Certainly a ribbon contender!
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09/05/2005 07:06:11 PM
fabulous! 10
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09/05/2005 02:28:47 PM
IMO this photo should get the blue, or at least top 3. It's technically great, the image qualities are high contrast and the subjects contrast eachother. Your image meets this challenge with flying colors, when most other entries I've seen don't appear to be custom composed for this challenge. Perfect 10.
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09/05/2005 09:23:58 AM
cropped to tight to me.
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09/05/2005 01:06:33 AM
These masks finally work for me here! Pierrette and Pierrot. Very nice indeed!!! Perfect use of the mask and rather poignant considering the disaster in New Orleans - they remind me of Mardis Gras masks. 9
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