DPChallenge: A Digital Photography Contest You are not logged in. (log in or register
 
Challenge Entries

 
You are viewing 1st place.
2nd
Portfolio Images
This image is not part of a public portfolio.
The Caped Crusader Within
1st PlaceThe Caped Crusader Within
GIS_boy


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Your Shadow II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Pentax *ist DL
Lens: Sigma 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 DC for Pentax
Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Date: Feb 2, 2006
Aperture: 32
ISO: 400
Shutter: 20sec
Galleries: Cityscape, Candid
Date Uploaded: Feb 2, 2006

Thank you everyone for the great comments!

When I first stumbled on this website I just couldn't believe the standard of photographers and their work. I had given myself the entire of 2006 to get a ribbon and that was wishful thinking. To get a blue against the genius of photographers like Joey and elsapo is far beyond my expectations. As you can probably tell, I'm over the moon with this result - Thankyou so much to those that voted.

I also want to publicly thank my wife and photography 'buddy', (manic35 - //dpchallenge.com/profile.php?USER_ID=44751) for all her help. Without your help baby, this photo would not have done this well by far.

Okay, this is starting to sound like an Oscars speech...time to pull the pin!
_______________________________________

I must say I had a lot of fun with this one! Originally I had used the clone tool to substantially alter my shadow into the winged crusader. My wife in her wisdom told me I would be disqualified as you are only allowed minor cloning so I had to approach the problem from another angle.

I took 4 meters of her black backdrop material and made myself a shadow. I placed the material on the driveway and then went back to the camera to take the shot. I had to run down steps and get in position for the exposure - Buy the end of the shot I was beat!

The building is a local hospital and at one stage during the night security came out and wanted to know what the hell I was doing with a nine foot Batman cut-out in their driveway!! This is why I love DPC, I canít remember the last time I did something so crazy in photography.

Edit: This photo was taken with white balance set to 'Tungsten White Balance'.
_______________________________________

PS Editing:
Levels, (entire Image)
20% Saturation, (Entire Image)
Bit of Dodging on the shadow, (you could see the grated roller door's shadows on it)
Little Clone tool around the ears,
Resized,
USM,
Saved for web, (73%).

Cheers Matt

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 106
Avg (all users): 7.4412
Avg (commenters): 8.6579
Avg (participants): 7.1940
Avg (non-participants): 7.5380
Views since voting: 15629
Views during voting: 539
Votes: 238
Comments: 105
Favorites: 102 (view)


Please log in or register to add your comments!

AuthorThread
06/01/2010 08:05:17 AM
This is really great, probably on of the most inspiring fake shadow shot's I've ever seen.. Very, very nice!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/11/2008 12:12:46 PM
I've seen this picture before Matt and I loved it, now too I sitll have the same admiration :)
I think it is one of the best pictures I've seen on DPC,
All the best and to my favorites :)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/24/2007 12:29:31 PM
First time viewing this, just so cool, great idea and shot very well.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/05/2006 05:10:20 PM
Very, very cool shot, point of view, colors, angle, etc.

This is one aspect of photography one can just not avoid loving.

  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/15/2006 08:12:59 AM
Excellent..What a great idea and you really pulled it off.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/14/2006 07:04:26 PM
Laughinggggggggggg I LOVE THIS, and your story that goes with it was just so funny. I enjoyed your comment as much as I did the wonderful fun shot!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/14/2006 12:11:10 PM
I love it. Very creative.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/14/2006 04:56:02 AM
Originally posted by AdrienneGC:

Well deserved. My little boys LOVE this shot (so do I). Great story too!


Aaaahhhh...excellent!!!! Always know you're on a good thing if kids love it. Thanks!
02/14/2006 04:55:31 AM
Thanks everyone for the positive responses this photo received - Greatly appreciated. I had a stack of fun doing it and can't wait for the next 24hr challenge. Cheers Matt

Message edited by author 2006-02-14 09:30:39.
02/14/2006 04:54:10 AM
Originally posted by Jutilda:

Totally awesome and well deserved. I love hearing how you did it and the guard thinking "Huh? What the hell?" LOL congratulations.


Thanks, Jutilda - the guard thing was funny in hindsight but kind of a bad moment at the time!!!!!
02/14/2006 04:50:17 AM
Originally posted by heatherd:

Cool!!! From one ex Brisbanite to another Brisbanite, well done!


Go Bris-vegas and the Mighty Broncos!!! :)

Message edited by author 2006-02-14 09:31:42.
02/14/2006 04:48:51 AM
Originally posted by muur88:

cool idea. that green light area is an interesting juxtaposition with the main subject's lighting. very good, though i find it odd having him staring out of a closed parking garage. did he forget to get his parking pass validated at the movie?


LOL - actually this was the only flaw in my plan but I was hoping no one would really pick up on it and just be too involved in the whole feel of the shot. But you managed to pick it!!!! BTW, I'm sure Batman goes to the movies too, you know!
02/13/2006 03:14:55 AM
excellent!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/12/2006 10:29:30 AM
I absolutely love this picture. I would have voted it 10 if I could have.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/12/2006 01:13:17 AM
awesome ! - congrats
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/11/2006 12:46:03 PM
ROFL...the things we do for a ribbon.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/11/2006 12:44:42 PM
This is very creative! Congrats on the ribbon!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/11/2006 01:11:28 AM
Cool! Glad to see this at the top :-) what an awesome shot. Congrats on your first ribbon. Good story too!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/11/2006 12:09:06 AM
brilliant
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 10:41:42 PM
wow, this is a particularly creative image - added it to my favourites.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 08:08:28 PM
Well deserved. My little boys LOVE this shot (so do I). Great story too!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 07:35:51 PM
An outstanding accomplishment by using your immdediate surrounding to create this stunning piece of work.

Congratulations on your well earned blue!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 04:05:09 PM
Well-deserved ribbon. Congrats. I like your choice of location, and the funny thing is, the light on the bottom left really adds to the overall composition. Good job. :)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 02:58:42 PM
Ingenius set up and superb results - Congratulations on a most deserved first place!!!!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 12:03:24 PM
This shot is Genius!! Congrats
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 11:53:30 AM
Absolutely brilliant photo! Congrats on your 1st ribbon!!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 11:38:29 AM
Great shot, wish i had seen it during the voting. 10
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 11:13:00 AM
Very clever idea and a great photograph. Congrats on your blue
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 10:09:24 AM
Cool concept and great image! Congrats!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 10:05:25 AM
Excellent idea and shot! Congrats on winning the big one in a challenge with some very nice shots.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 09:36:17 AM
LOVE this one. Batman is the best. Congrats on the win!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 09:02:21 AM
Totally awesome and well deserved. I love hearing how you did it and the guard thinking "Huh? What the hell?" LOL congratulations.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 09:02:00 AM
This is over-the-top! Fantastic! Congratulations!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 08:18:51 AM
incredible. i simply love it.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 07:29:21 AM
Great imagination..great originality,great shot.

Congratulations.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 07:07:19 AM
Very nice! Congratulations
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 06:56:35 AM
Excellent work. Congratulations.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 06:05:33 AM
I must ask your forgiveness. When I looked at your shot, I thought it was brilliant but a sure disqualification because of the obvious cloning problem. How wrong I was and how sorry I am. I gave hyou 5 and should have given you 10.

You live and learn. I will in future rate a shot on its merits irrespective of if it might or might not be disqualified.

Congratulations and sorry,

  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 04:31:15 AM
Absolutely freakin' brilliant.

I just watched Batman Returns for the first time a few days ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm also a big fan of the animated series which I felt was some of the best animation on TV.

I really like how the colors in the lighting match those in the movie so well. I ripped that movie to watch on my brand new PDA and that was when I realized how dark and tungsteny that whole movie is.

I know it probably would have taken a fair bit of work to work out, but I would have liked the bottom furling of the cape to look a bit better.

I actually liked the uneven earpeices.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 04:11:04 AM
THIS IS AWESOME..... well done on your ribbon, so very well deserved... thanks for the info on how it was done... and great to see someone else do silly things with photography... top shot...
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 03:29:00 AM
So glad this won.
A lot of work paid off
well done
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 02:39:04 AM
Excellent "outside the box". (sigh) If only I had thought of this... I believe a photo like this makes everyone rethink the amount of effort they put into their submissions. Congratulations!!!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 02:02:52 AM
Love it! Great idea
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 01:41:50 AM
This is truly creative and I am amazed of the implementation! Congrats on your first blue ribbon, well deserved, way to go!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 01:22:45 AM
Excellent shot. You had some great competition too. Well done and congrats.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 01:21:16 AM
Awesome! Good thinking on the cut out. Congrats on the win.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 01:19:09 AM
My top pic and the only 10 I gave out. I couldn't offer any improvement, nor do I think anyone could. You nailed it! Congratulations.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 01:10:43 AM
Great job on the this shot!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 12:48:03 AM
Congratulations on your first blue!! Your first of many in the future, I'm sure.....
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 12:42:17 AM
its omazing
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 12:33:30 AM
Cool!!! From one ex Brisbanite to another Brisbanite, well done!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 12:31:57 AM
Congrats and well done ... good fun shot!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 12:18:28 AM
Congratulations...
A really fun shot..
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 12:17:46 AM
Very cool shot. Congrats.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 12:14:00 AM
Congratulations on your well-deserved blue! Amazing shot.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 12:09:46 AM
I also gave this a 10. Such a wonderful capture. And I love reading the set up. Lots of work for this one.
Congrats!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 12:09:35 AM
Very nice work. Congrats on your first ribbon.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 12:08:52 AM
Glad to see it place high, congrats man
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 12:07:15 AM
congrats on the blue!!!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2006 12:07:10 AM
What an amazing photo. I gave this a 10 and I'm glad to see it won. Great imagination, and moreso, carried out with great class.

Edit: Forgot to say... Congrats!

Message edited by author 2006-02-10 00:07:32.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/09/2006 07:13:40 PM
Great shot.
Guessing the batman is a cutout?
Just fantastic.
10 from me and i really hope this wins.
Good luck

Kev
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/09/2006 06:26:40 PM
It's such a beautiful shot I might have scored it higher with just a normal shadow! 7.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/09/2006 11:34:09 AM
my pick for the blue! can't wait to see how you did it!.. good luck ;)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/09/2006 06:13:49 AM
Pretty cool shot, one of the best in the challenge. The batman shadow perhaps a little too "solid" compared to the shadow that is coming from the grate so I am not surprised this had to be validated but nice work, got an 8 from me.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/09/2006 12:44:35 AM
Great concept. Good color and excellent lighting.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/08/2006 12:20:55 PM
Absolutely great choice of location in which to stage this shot - the mysterial industrial nature, the strong greens and yellows and the gritty textures are very suggestive of a futuristic sci-fi setting. I'm guessing the "shadow" is a black paper cutout into which your real shadow falls and is lost? Great composition, great colours, great textures, great lighting, great idea!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/07/2006 08:40:32 PM
Very impressive. Nicely done!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/06/2006 04:20:38 PM
Very cool shot - great job!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/05/2006 07:23:37 PM
That is fantastic. Great setting, colors and subject.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/05/2006 12:44:35 PM
Brilliant idea, and awesomely executed. The first 10 of this challenge.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/05/2006 11:52:57 AM
cool idea. that green light area is an interesting juxtaposition with the main subject's lighting. very good, though i find it odd having him staring out of a closed parking garage. did he forget to get his parking pass validated at the movie?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/05/2006 08:31:43 AM
very cool lighting and point of view. I'll be interested in finding out how you created this one.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/05/2006 08:29:18 AM
Wow, how did you do this one. Very nice compostion, good lighting.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/05/2006 08:17:26 AM
Fantastic shot and great morphing of the shadow. One of my top picks for the challenge!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/05/2006 07:11:24 AM
haha...great interpretation...excellent lighting and color tones...good luck..8
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/05/2006 01:02:46 AM
nice coloring, feels like a comic book.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/04/2006 11:31:51 PM
Very striking and dynamic, well done
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/04/2006 09:52:39 PM
Oh God! I don't know how you did this but it is truly amazing. I love it! Good job - and in such a short period of time - I'm impressed.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/04/2006 07:39:17 PM
By far the best picture here, gave it a 10 ;) keep up a good work!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/04/2006 03:49:54 PM
Excellent, please post how it was done after the challenge.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/04/2006 02:16:25 PM
Top 3. Awesome image
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/04/2006 10:13:53 AM
Very neat setup and cast 8 from me
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/04/2006 01:42:14 AM
Nice composition. Very cool image. That is a totally great setting for this creative concept. Curious how you did it. Is that a cutout on the ground? I'm wondering how the voters will receive this photo. I for one, am digging it :-) A refreshing, clever break from the 'ominous shadow lurching over crouched, frightened person' shot. Would stand on it's own nicely even outside of the context of this challenge. Nice job, and good luck :-)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/04/2006 01:12:55 AM
This is one of my very favorites in the entire lot - like the processing, the coloring - and of course - the idea - nice work Batman :)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/04/2006 12:37:38 AM
Ribbon...Now how did you pull this off?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/04/2006 12:21:46 AM
Awesome shot, this is so prefect!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/03/2006 04:09:50 PM
nice saturation and creative idea. but is it really <i>your</i> shadow? still, i like it a lot.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/03/2006 02:39:00 PM
Creative!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/03/2006 02:09:07 PM
Okay.... How did you do this? I love it.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/03/2006 01:59:21 PM
that is an awesome picture, and i dont know how you did it
i will be checking for an explaination aas soon as voting ends
10
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/03/2006 10:47:18 AM
one of my ribbon picks -- hope you have the details of how you did this... great punches of color, the shadow is the story.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/03/2006 10:21:48 AM
Awesome!!(10)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/03/2006 10:05:40 AM
I don't think you took a picture of your shadow.
02/03/2006 09:46:23 AM
weel put together
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/03/2006 09:13:20 AM
WOW!!! Amazing photo...added to my favorites.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/03/2006 08:48:54 AM
Interesting shot. Can't wait to see how you did it.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/03/2006 08:40:22 AM
Fantastic! I'm so impressed that you came up with this in 24 hours! It's a beautiful image, gorgeous colors, cleverly done. My favorite!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/03/2006 08:14:13 AM
Gosh, this looks like it is right off of my sons Batman video game. A 10!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/03/2006 08:08:14 AM
Very cool! 10
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/03/2006 07:11:02 AM
brilliant. everyting here is cool. the shadow looks a little over-crisp (assuming this was cut out of black paper or something ... but the size is right-on looking at the door shadows. 9
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/03/2006 02:38:57 AM
Nice!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/03/2006 02:04:24 AM
You win.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/03/2006 12:36:16 AM
Great idea and well executed.
A cut out? :-)

Love the editing
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/03/2006 12:35:50 AM
Wow! Given 24 hrs, wonderful take on the challenge. Great execution, too. 10.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/03/2006 12:19:57 AM
Congratulations in advance for this should win a ribbon, the idea is very creative ..
  Photographer found comment helpful.


Home - Challenges - Community - League - Photos - Cameras - Lenses - Learn - Prints! - Help - Terms of Use - Privacy - Top ^
DPChallenge, and website content and design, Copyright © 2001-2019 Challenging Technologies, LLC.
All digital photo copyrights belong to the photographers and may not be used without permission.
Proudly hosted by Sargasso Networks. Current Server Time: 04/20/2019 08:18:27 PM EDT.