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a soldier's rest
a soldier's rest

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: High Contrast (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Location: Fort Hood, TX
Date: Sep 2, 2005
Aperture: f4.5
Shutter: 1/640
Galleries: Black and White
Date Uploaded: Sep 3, 2005

First attempt at high contrast.. shot in BW mode, played with brightness, gradient map, dodge and burn, unsharp mask, resize, save for web..basically I played with it til I enjoyed it.

Place: 192 out of 343
Avg (all users): 5.2996
Avg (commenters): 5.2222
Avg (participants): 5.0207
Avg (non-participants): 5.7391
Views since voting: 700
Views during voting: 366
Votes: 237
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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09/20/2005 09:02:34 AM
thanks for all the great comments. Just to let you know, the "circle" was burned, and I really didnt mean for it to be a "scope", but thats cool...I just wanted to focus all the attention on the subject.
Thanks again!!
09/16/2005 05:09:01 AM
Greetings from the critique club,

This is a very interesting photo that has much appeal about it. Unlike many of the comments you received I think the circle frame that is off centre is a real treat and adds a certain amount irony given the subject matter. Although I'm not real sure how you achieved it.

I like the candid moment you have caught here it really gives the viewer something to ponder what the soldier is writing and who is the letter for, surely a tender moment for a loved one.

It is a shame that the highlights in the hand and face area have been blown out which has caused a great loss in detail but as you mentioned in your notes it was your first attempt and for a first attempt it is very good.

I hope you continue to improve and enjoy the DPC community and wish you well in future challenges and please keep mtrying to be different it is what keeps us as individuals and your frame in this image was a great idea.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/11/2005 07:50:21 AM
I like the 'sights' effect although I think it could have softer edges. Not enough shadow for me. 8.
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09/11/2005 01:36:02 AM
Interesting framing, I'd be interested in learning how you did it. Good photo too.
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09/09/2005 10:22:34 PM
unique border. i like how it draws you in. whites and blacks have lost too much detail
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09/08/2005 08:11:15 AM
amazing shot, i really like it
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09/07/2005 03:36:31 PM
Fit Challenge Criteria: 2/2
Color/Contrast: 0/2
Composition: 1/2
Photo Quality: 0/2
My Subjective Affinity: 1/2

This is a great idea, but it lookds a little too photoshopped. The contrast is too much, and there is a lot of grain in the photo also. I would've also tilted the photo a little to the left, as the soldier looks like he is falling over a bit.
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09/07/2005 06:10:25 AM
Nice picture, but I'm not crazy about the circle cutout.
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09/07/2005 05:33:17 AM
Apart from my political opinion about the US Army i will judge the photo as a 4
The circle framing is unpleasent, and the face is partly burned

Message edited by scalvert - Inflammatory remark removed..
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09/06/2005 05:35:21 AM
Good, but whats with the circle?
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09/06/2005 01:29:05 AM
looks like we're looking at him through a sniper scope? The circle is very disturbing in this context
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09/05/2005 07:07:15 PM
All though the whites are a bit too bright and washing out his hands, I like your concept.
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