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Desolation
1st PlaceDesolation
Joey Lawrence


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Challenge: Image Grain (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi
Location: Some farmers field, Ontario, Canada
Date: Oct 19, 2005
Galleries: Emotive, Rural
Date Uploaded: Oct 19, 2005

Thanks to my dad...I made him wear these clothes, painted his face with black paint, and made him stand in this field. :-)

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Glad people liked this, very nice to have a high place in this particular challenge.

I got this idea as soon as I read the challenge topic and it came out exactly as I pictured it then. Thanks everyone!

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08/19/2006 08:15:52 PM
Very nice editing work. It sets a very compelling mood for the title. Horray for your dad. hehe.
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12/22/2005 12:05:07 AM
I really like your work, your inspiriing(sp) me!
very nice
your dad is a good sport too
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11/05/2005 03:57:17 PM
You're crap, you know it, and you shan't forget it. By the by, do you have to be member to take part in advanced editing challenges? And too, I can't figure out how to get.... the merchandise we talked about using... the means we discussed. Do tell.
11/04/2005 01:34:12 PM
This is unbelievably good!
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11/03/2005 11:16:53 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

I'm going to start off by saying CONGRATS on a well deserved win. This photo of your Dad reminds me of Michael Landon and Little House on the Prairie.

I don't think there is any question you definately fit the challenge well. Your lighting, dof are all good.

Your sky is adding drama to the photo and truthfully there isn't anything I would change, unless I was to start nitpicking at silly things like the two blades of grass that cut your dad apart. I might clone those out or put a little bend into one of them.

Again congrats on the ribbon and keep up the wonderful work.

Anna
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11/03/2005 12:28:29 PM
Joey congratulations,this is a well drserved blue........ your best work yet.
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11/02/2005 10:19:34 PM
Originally posted by imagesloyola:

congratulations, a perfect shot, technically & aesthetically excellent... is this image taken in new mexico?

Nope, Ontario Canada
11/02/2005 10:02:01 PM
congratulations, a perfect shot, technically & aesthetically excellent... is this image taken in new mexico?
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11/02/2005 07:18:37 PM
You and your dad did a great job !
The creativity is excellent...Congrats Joey!
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11/02/2005 07:10:53 PM
Your dad is a real sport. Great entry, Joey.
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11/02/2005 06:07:36 AM
Your fan base just keeps growing, Joey!

Don't forget us when you are rich and famous!

Congratulations on yet another fabulous image!!!
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11/02/2005 02:48:08 AM
Great job Joey!
Congrats!
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11/02/2005 02:01:28 AM
Hey I'm getting tired congratulating you Joey! Great job!
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11/01/2005 07:18:17 PM
Very nice job... very strong image. The clouds look like they are close enough to touch.. the whole shot is top shelf.
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11/01/2005 05:02:46 PM
Quality.
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11/01/2005 04:47:21 PM
NOt sure what to make o it but i really like it!
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11/01/2005 04:33:32 PM
As scalvert said to me once, it's getting to be like high-fiving you for tying your shoes...
Congrats once again Joey - strong composition & mood here.
Not really my style, and maybe I am more of a purist, but I could see this on a cover of a book or somethin.
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11/01/2005 04:24:38 PM
who's ever watched courage the cowardly dog in the middle of nowhere?
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11/01/2005 07:47:57 AM
u have internet way over there?? :O
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11/01/2005 02:30:23 AM
Man, I'm getting sick of congatulating you!!! :-P (j/k)
Awesome job Joey, this photo rocks :-)
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11/01/2005 12:28:40 AM
Congratulations Joey. Can't wait to see how your movies turn out.
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10/31/2005 08:31:12 PM
Crongratulations..!! Awesome.!
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10/31/2005 08:06:48 PM
A great shot. Desolation is a perfect title for this, the woeful expression on your Dad's face is the kicker.
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10/31/2005 07:38:25 PM
Excellent work. This has a classic feel to it!
Congratulations and WTG, Dad!
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10/31/2005 06:25:30 PM
congratulations...I loved this image..it has a migrant worker look of desperation..well done.
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10/31/2005 06:02:32 PM
this is very deserving of the blue...I predicted you would win this challenge...and you made me right ! way to go.
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10/31/2005 05:52:57 PM
Congratulations on your well deserved Blue!
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10/31/2005 05:28:30 PM
Congrats ---man, what a strong story-tellin' image--superb!
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10/31/2005 03:51:56 PM
a patient man, that father o' yours. I told you from the outset that this would win the blue. I'm so SMRT
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10/31/2005 03:50:06 PM
Originally posted by melodee:

great picture-i guessed this would win the blue ribbon but i sure didn't know this was you. how did you get the sky to be cloudy-did you adjust the sky after the picture was taken or did you get lucky and have a clody sky.

There was a very cloudy sky that day and the shapes were made bolder with dodging and burning. Glad you dug it :-)

Originally posted by Tom_Robbrecht:

Dude, you really know how to make awesome photographs. You considering a career in photography ?

No sir, movies.

Message edited by author 2005-10-31 15:50:33.
10/31/2005 02:04:35 PM
Congratulations Joey! This is a great work of art! Well done!
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10/31/2005 01:58:52 PM
Hell of a strong image, Joey. The pose/look, milk can, house, skies, everything's just spot on.
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10/31/2005 01:43:13 PM
You make me sick....

Congrats.
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10/31/2005 01:41:25 PM
Pretty good. Where do you find those skies? Keep up the good work.
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10/31/2005 01:05:30 PM
Had to know you would win this one Joey - you have the grain effect down pat - combined with your awesome photographic/creative skills you are a shoe in for the ribbon! :-) I think it's fantastic your parents are so supportive and will help you out with photos. Someday I'm going to see you in galleries!
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10/31/2005 12:45:48 PM
Awesome. This is my favorite to date that I've seen from you. Keep up the amazing work.
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10/31/2005 12:34:59 PM
Congratulations on your fine win!!!
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10/31/2005 12:20:31 PM
Congratulations on another great shot ans ribbon Joey. It got a 10 from me.
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10/31/2005 09:50:11 AM
The site is called DPChallenge because this is supposed to be difficult for you. ;)
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10/31/2005 08:14:38 AM
congrats joey!
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10/31/2005 07:53:37 AM
Great to see this win, it really is the best one!!!Big Congrats Joey!
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10/31/2005 07:48:18 AM
great picture-i guessed this would win the blue ribbon but i sure didn't know this was you. how did you get the sky to be cloudy-did you adjust the sky after the picture was taken or did you get lucky and have a clody sky.
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10/31/2005 07:30:58 AM
Congrats Joey! Splendid work! :)
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10/31/2005 07:29:42 AM
I think this is one of your best photos to date. Atleast for me the emotion is intense in this photo and the viewer gets a strong sense of compassion or interest for the subject. For you to have been able to envision this shot before you ever got to the field speaks clearly of your destiny and genius.

You know your my hero. LOL
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10/31/2005 07:08:55 AM
Congratulations! Another work of art!
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10/31/2005 06:47:52 AM
WOW.
By the way how did you "make" your Dad pose for this photo. LOL Great job Joey.
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10/31/2005 06:45:50 AM
I knew it.
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10/31/2005 06:04:27 AM
Joey, you rule! Congrats on the well-deserved Blue, and my hat's off to your dad, what a great guy!
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10/31/2005 05:19:49 AM
Nice one Joey ! congrats on an awesome shot
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10/31/2005 04:47:07 AM
Gongratulations! Great shot!
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10/31/2005 04:17:48 AM
Dude, you really know how to make awesome photographs. You considering a career in photography ?
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10/31/2005 03:49:37 AM
Great picture, well deserved ribbon. Congratulations !!!
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10/31/2005 03:19:54 AM
Great work. Very arty.
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10/31/2005 02:47:32 AM
Well done joey great image with great use of grain.
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10/31/2005 02:09:38 AM
Congrats on your best scoring image so far. You sure found a picture where the noise is necessary to make it work.
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10/31/2005 02:05:13 AM
How more right can ya get. Great
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10/31/2005 01:55:19 AM
why am i not surprised :P good job dood
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10/31/2005 01:47:17 AM
you little biscuit! :) xxx
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10/31/2005 01:18:03 AM
WTG Joey!! Fantastic work!
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10/31/2005 01:04:03 AM
Very cool, Beat Heida at her own game as well...

Congrats
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10/31/2005 12:58:05 AM
congrats joey, this was one of my favs! great emotion in this.
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10/31/2005 12:44:52 AM
Surprise Surprise, thought you were shooting for brown and there ya go, you go win da damn BLUE AGAIN!!!! Congrats
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10/31/2005 12:42:49 AM
Pooh Joey.
I hate you.
:)
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10/31/2005 12:38:57 AM
Exceptionally nice, Joey. Kinda figured you'd be in the money on this challenge :-)
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10/31/2005 12:30:49 AM
Joey, you're the business
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10/31/2005 12:16:26 AM
Well done Joey. Congrats on the top finish and more importantly, another fine and impressive image.
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10/31/2005 12:15:47 AM
Great scene, great processing, great shot! Congratulations Joey!
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10/31/2005 12:12:52 AM
Joey: you are indeed a genuine marvel. This image carries away the coveted BLUE by the sheer force of its nostalgic strength as it portrays a slice of the working class with such a loving feel. Congratulations!
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10/31/2005 12:12:42 AM
hmmmm. Gotta say that as a photo I really loved this one...thought the mood, the pose, the entire setting and composition was fantastic. But I didn't peg this as a winner for this particular challenge. Too much emphasis on the grunge, and I think the grain doesn't look natural...it didn't blend well with the other processing techniques, in my humble little opinion.

You know I love your work, but I think you got some brownie points on this one because it was obviously your pic. Dont get me wrong, it's a fantastic image....just think it finished higher than it should. I'd LOVE to see this photo processed in other ways, because the whole idea of the shot is just fantastic.

In any case, congrats on another win.
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10/31/2005 12:11:31 AM
Great shot you are on a roll.
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10/31/2005 12:10:46 AM
Joey you're the king!
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10/31/2005 12:10:40 AM
good job. You must live in the land of dramatic skys.
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10/31/2005 12:09:57 AM
i knew you'd get the blue. congrats, kiddo...this is a great shot! :)
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10/31/2005 12:08:57 AM
Add this to your trophy case, kiddo! Congrats.
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10/31/2005 12:08:38 AM
Nico was right!! :-p

Congratulations!!!
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10/31/2005 12:08:10 AM
congrats! great shot!
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10/31/2005 12:08:07 AM
well done....be sure to give that ribbon to your Dad.
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10/31/2005 12:07:43 AM
Liar, you said you didn't have a high score for this one. Hehe, knew that was your stuff.
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10/31/2005 12:07:15 AM
hahahahaha. your comments made me chuckle. congrats on a well earned bluezy.
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10/31/2005 12:07:09 AM
Joey Joey Joey. :) Congrats. ...AGAIN. :) Great job.
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10/31/2005 12:07:07 AM
WTG Joey!!! Congrats on another one dude!
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10/31/2005 12:07:00 AM
Congrats again Joey!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/30/2005 11:14:59 PM
Nostalgic and highly dramatic with great flavor. Returning for final bump.
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10/30/2005 10:16:51 PM
This picture has wow status! Fantastic work here!
:o)

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10/30/2005 08:45:47 PM
wonderful, evocative shot. great work!
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10/30/2005 07:12:48 PM
Hey, that looks like Joeys Dad! Gorgeous & Moody - 10
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10/30/2005 05:40:08 PM
Grain definately adds to this shot. Great job and a potential ribbon winner.
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10/30/2005 12:28:04 PM
Gritty drama! The extreme persepective just adds so much to the story of this image! Love the pose, the attitude, the grain. Only drawback for me is the darkening on the edges of the house and horizon--just a tad too much toward the grunge side. Nonetheless, one of my top pics for the challenge. Good luck!
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10/30/2005 11:03:01 AM
If this doesn't win, I'm sure something else will. Anyway...this is a good shot. The graininess isn't overpowering but evident enough to be effective. Overall the shot is dark but this doesn't result in a detrimental loss of detail. The mood that I'm sure you were working to achieve is achieved admirably. Well done...something tells me we will all be seeing this shot for the next week or so.
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10/30/2005 07:41:49 AM
one of my ribbon picks -- grain adds to a strong compositon and story
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10/30/2005 12:18:24 AM
One of my winners. 10
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10/29/2005 07:54:36 PM
Great use of grain and light but i wish the main subject was just a little lighter.This image is the first i have seen so far where the gain adds significantly to the feel and syle of the image. well done this should finish very high. (bumping up & fav)
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10/29/2005 03:21:11 PM
This is a great shot. Such desolation and a feeling of losing something of importance. Also, one wonders if the impending storm reflects the man's soul, but may also be welcome in what looks like a drought and possibly his search for water....a 10
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10/29/2005 12:21:58 PM
This shot is amazing. Great great shot. The lighting is perfect for this one. Well done. 10
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10/29/2005 08:42:16 AM
If that's petrol in the can then his insurance claim is bogus! Seriously, one of my top picks this challenge...mood, story and technique all good. JL??
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10/29/2005 12:46:30 AM
Such an amazing picture so much feeling captured here, I love the way the grain suits this it adds emotion to the entire image. Definately a favorite.
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10/28/2005 12:11:06 PM
Outstanding! The grain looks a little "fakey" at 2nd glance but it certainly does it's job by adding character to this picture. That was the purpose of this challenge after all.
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10/28/2005 06:50:55 AM
Plenty of atmosphere, looks like there is a story in the image which we can only guess at. Interesting
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10/27/2005 02:00:53 PM
Good work, I like it. It has an old-fashioned feel to it. Even though the horizon is slanting to the right, it doesn't hurt it too much.
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10/27/2005 11:58:13 AM
Beautiful shot.
Let me guess - Heida?
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10/26/2005 11:27:47 PM
Cool shot, amazing coloring. Excellent job.
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10/26/2005 10:16:58 PM
8 - Good use of grain for the Challenge, adds to the 'drama' and 'story'. Criticism; not much, perhaps an even sharper angle (ground up), giving the man more 'dominance' and setting the 'house' back a little perspective wise, may have made this a better shot in my opinion. Maybe even a bit more sky, as it adds such a great 'effect'. Good shot open to a few 'story interpretations', 'desolation' being just one.
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10/26/2005 08:07:36 PM
Masterful work, brilliantly presented, certainly a ribbon, definately a favorite! 10
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10/26/2005 04:28:01 PM
Absolutely BEAUTIFUL.
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10/26/2005 03:56:04 PM
This is an extremely compelling image.
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10/26/2005 11:58:18 AM
Top 10 I am sure here.
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10/26/2005 08:33:23 AM
This was a very good use of grain. Loved the lighting and the almost stone look of the figure. Geat job.
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10/26/2005 08:05:21 AM
Looks like a painting, so beautifully captured - 10!
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10/26/2005 02:15:23 AM
Wow! the mood of this image is intense and I love the way the figure seems so imposing and yet so alone and small in the scenery. Well done!!! Can't think of anything to change...
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10/25/2005 11:30:56 PM
Wow. This is the ultimate use of grain. Perfect depiction on mood, great framing, awesome contrast to the sky. Can't say enough. Thanks. You get my 10.
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10/25/2005 10:01:49 PM
Very skilled. A bit too unreal for my taste.
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10/25/2005 07:56:30 AM
My favorite for this challenge, loved it! 9
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10/25/2005 07:32:21 AM
The grain is highly effective here, but the figure in the foreground is overly sharp. When/if you repost process this one it might help to not sharpen him when sharpening the rest of the image. Very cool shot. 7
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10/24/2005 10:52:34 PM
Excellent processing on this image. I find the grain to realy add t the overall image to create a nice mood and feeling. Good work.
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10/24/2005 09:02:34 PM
Hmm, you were right, ma friend. I do like this one. :)
Is that your daddy? I recognize the little barn/house thinger from one of your older shots, do I not?
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10/24/2005 07:41:07 PM
Rural photography always looks GREAT in grain. Tremendous piece of Americana. Looks a tad over-processed, but you know what, I'm pretty fond of that style myself.
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10/24/2005 04:46:09 PM
Like it alot. 10.
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10/24/2005 04:17:44 PM
Great colors and mood in this shot! The grain really invokes an outdoor feeling in this shot. The clouds look especially nice.
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10/24/2005 02:42:50 PM
...yes...this so completely speaks Desolation...I can feel the chill...well done.
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10/24/2005 12:14:52 PM
hard to say what I would do here - I feel like there is too much on either edge of the image and want to crop it a bit on both sides. At the same time I think it works much better in a landscape formate - so perhaps creating more horizonal space between the man and the building would have been more appealing.
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10/24/2005 10:40:17 AM
A ribbon winner for sure. This is my second time around adjusting my votes and leaving comments and this image is a stand out. Very well done --great dof and the perfect amount of grain. Great job --10--
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10/24/2005 10:36:39 AM
Holy smokes, we have a winner! Love the drama and the tension, the grain just heightens that.
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10/24/2005 09:27:31 AM
Looks great. Perahps a bit over-processed, but the resulting effect is quite appealing.
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10/24/2005 09:00:31 AM
Perfect for the challenge, really represents the grit and turmoil of his life! The treatment is great for the ominous weather and the look of anxiousness on his face.
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10/24/2005 06:43:07 AM
wow this is excellent! its like you can feel what the man's thinking. Good Luck!
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10/24/2005 05:31:31 AM
Amazing photo! 10.
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10/24/2005 01:53:00 AM
WOW - I love the deep colors. The outline of the man and the building almost seem like they are drawn. Really cool!! Great perspective and DOF.
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10/24/2005 01:16:57 AM
kind of posterized...almost cartoonish. but i hear some people like that.
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10/24/2005 12:32:01 AM
great picture
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10/24/2005 12:18:03 AM
Poor guy....is that his house? I hope he doesnt drink his milk out of a gas can.

Excellent use of grain. Dark & Dreary. 10.
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