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Signs of a Struggle
Signs of a Struggle
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Challenge: Signs (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D2X
Lens: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX Aspherical DF for Nikon
Location: UK
Date: Jan 17, 2006
Aperture: f32
ISO: 125
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Emotive, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 16, 2006

My own hand of course - nobody hurt shooting this one. I was watching a 'True Crime' show when reading the challenge and 20 minutes later....

Dirt and grime created by olive oil, paprika and coffee - interesting combination of odours :-)

I wanted to try a shot with both hands ,but it was all a bit too much trouble trying to work the camera with my hands tied together

Single flash light source
Convert from Nikon RAW
Levels
Convert to B&W
resize
add border
save as JPEG


Statistics
Place: 4 out of 186
Avg (all users): 6.4571
Avg (commenters): 8.0526
Avg (participants): 6.3333
Avg (non-participants): 6.5183
Views since voting: 2392
Views during voting: 392
Votes: 245
Comments: 31
Favorites: 6 (view)


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01/26/2006 06:01:39 AM
Thanks to all for your helpful and useful comments. This website is a very strong spur to higher photographic acheivements.

Putting images up for scrutiny really has made me think harder about what to shoot and how to give it real impact. Thanks!
01/26/2006 05:48:07 AM
Originally posted by graphicfunk:

An image that dominates the viewers eyes with its stunning texture and its deeper message. Congratulations on your top five finish.


Thanks, it was a spur of the moment thing, but the gory images on the TV show I was watching certainly sparked my imagination.

A classic example of how external stimulus can generate/influence creative thinking.
01/26/2006 05:45:32 AM
Originally posted by LowLght:

Is that a climbing rope?


It is. I don't climb, but I've had it in the house for years from a previous project.

I've been thinking of throwing it out for ages - lucky I didn't :-)
01/26/2006 03:32:39 AM
Is that a climbing rope?
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01/25/2006 12:12:49 PM
An image that dominates the viewers eyes with its stunning texture and its deeper message. Congratulations on your top five finish.
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01/25/2006 08:53:14 AM
Congrats on your 4th place. Nice study.
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01/25/2006 06:04:07 AM
I'm glad your link didn't do too much damage to your score...well done! :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/24/2006 09:08:11 PM
Strong and persuasive! Bumping up.
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01/24/2006 06:48:50 PM
Wow. Nicely arranged and shot.
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01/24/2006 03:44:18 PM
hell that's great
must add it to favs ;P
an 11 imo
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01/24/2006 01:14:56 PM
Powerful image, but I'm not sure what the struggle is.... Still a nice shot.
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01/23/2006 11:36:09 AM
the detail on this is amazing, very grusome, but interesting picture. love it. great job. 9
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01/23/2006 09:27:29 AM
Great (10)
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01/23/2006 08:57:00 AM
It's not suitable for bleeding direction.blood can not climb.i think a upside down hand would be better,but good idea.
01/22/2006 03:28:21 AM
Very evocative and emotional image. Superbly done.
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01/21/2006 11:57:42 PM
Wow, very harsh and detailed, I can feel the anguish here. Well done!
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01/21/2006 04:51:51 PM
Great shot! Love the details captured in the hands. This shot definately portrays a feeling. Well done.
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01/21/2006 02:37:18 PM
Nice! Well done... THE most creative I've seen so far in this challenge! I gave it a 10. I read your forum post in the forum... so I'll answer you really quickly.

The choice to add a border should be on whether it adds to the image. Some images don't work well directly butted up against the neutral grey bg. Yours would have done well against the neutral grey, so the frame doesn't add much for you. But, it certainly doesn't detract from the image, other than you have lost that many pixels in which you could have shown just a little more detail.

Hope that helps.
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01/21/2006 02:33:28 PM
It's not good form to link to your picture from the forums during voting. I'm sure that will probably render you some criticism and some scores that don't reflect the image itself. That said, it's a nice photo with lots of tonal range and great clarity. The border doesn't bother me at all, either. Good luck in the challenge.
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01/21/2006 02:14:26 PM
An excellent photograph, but the white border detracts from the image as it hints at something missing. I think it would have been much more powerful without the border - but I still easily got the sign without looking at the title. Take a look at "Mark of Death " and then try looking at your image both ways with fresh eyes.
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01/21/2006 11:17:55 AM
Different take on the challenge, sharp focus, good use of lighting, and well executed
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01/20/2006 09:20:27 PM
Great hand - terrific texture and color treatment. If I had a criticism, it would be that the rope isn't as grizzled looking as the hand. That would have pushed this to 10. 8
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01/20/2006 12:24:25 PM
Nice composition and conversion. Great use of contrast to bring out the details. A little disturbing, but nice image.
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01/19/2006 12:06:01 PM
Very moving. Perfect in B&W.
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01/19/2006 11:27:28 AM
8
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01/18/2006 09:47:54 PM
Jeez Louise I thought that was a sculpture at first... Interesting.
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01/18/2006 08:26:47 PM
A very...gripping image (sorry, I couldn't resist). Just an overall terrific image, although the creativness behind this shot seems a bit on the dark side. Good luck in the challenge. 10
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01/18/2006 02:22:09 PM
The CSI entry! good creative interpretation of challenge.
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01/18/2006 10:04:32 AM
Very powerful shot. The rope seems to conflict however as it appears too clean and new. Nice job.
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01/18/2006 02:02:27 AM
Oh, man, truly great, Such detail (I take it you had a pretty small aperture [I could be wrong]), yet such a sharp, focused image. I love the strong contrasts, as well. Teriffic work.
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01/18/2006 01:03:38 AM
Nice tonal qualities! Beautiful. 10
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