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Brin


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Duotones II (Basic Editing III)
Collection: Challenges 2006
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Location: Iceland
Date: Feb 17, 2006
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 0,8sec
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Feb 21, 2006

This is a self portrait, taken in the church where I work. The beautiful frescos is made by an artist named Baltasar Samper and the reflections is on a black grand piano.

Post processing in Photoshop: Brightness, contrast, crop, channel mixer, NoiseNinja, USM.

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 631
Avg (all users): 6.7797
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.6961
Avg (non-participants): 6.9123
Views since voting: 2941
Views during voting: 424
Votes: 295
Comments: 47
Favorites: 7 (view)


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11/11/2007 02:30:15 PM
A quite astonishing picture - the more I look at it the more fascinated I am at the level of detail and symmetry in this.

Great shot Brin.
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11/11/2007 04:39:29 AM
Just magnificent - very different and striking.
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11/07/2007 09:46:48 AM
This is an amazing SHOT! the background is amazing and with the reflection in the piano..wow. surreal

Message edited by author 2007-11-07 09:47:42.
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03/16/2006 12:23:54 PM
Artistic photo. Love the tones.
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03/16/2006 12:21:54 PM
Thanks a lot Troy for your good critique - it's much appreciated!

And also many thanks to you Gunnar for your kind words about my photo!
03/06/2006 02:32:19 PM
Grand symphony for the viewer´s eyes from the black ground piano. Very impressive work, séra Bragi.
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03/06/2006 12:49:40 PM
Greetings From The Critique Club!!!

Initial inpact: WOW!! What a powerfull and dark image!!

Contrast: Good contrast whites, Blacks and everything in the middle.

Composition: Normaly I don't like the main subject to be in the ddead center of the image. But in this situation I think it works well. The reflections frobably would not have looked quite as impressive otherwise.

Story: I feel this image tells a story and keeps the viewers interested. The back ground is a spectacular use of freco's and the "dark" preist realy seems to go with the mood the the frescos and the overall darkeness of the image. This is definately not you typical pretty church shot. It is easy to imaging the preist ranting and raving about fire and brimstone. Very effective photo.

Focus: Dead on focus. Nice crisp image through out. There isn't much more to say than that about the focus.

Complaints: It took me second to find the preist amidst the rest of the spectacular details. I perhaps a darker lit back ground with a bit of a spotlight on the preist would have helped with this.

Overall a very nice image. I would have voted this one very highly had I voted on that challenge. Nicely done. I look forward to seeing more of these breathtaking photos from yet another Icelander:)

Tristalisk

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03/02/2006 03:41:56 AM
Thanks a lot everyone for your kind comments about my photo and votes - much appreciated.
03/02/2006 03:41:09 AM
Originally posted by colyla:

Are you a priest??

Yes, I am a minister in the Lutheran church in Iceland.
03/01/2006 01:25:12 PM
I detected the reflection but was unable to determine the object. By all means, you have manged to create a surreal effect and an image with great carriage of beauty. Congratulations on your top ten finish.
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03/01/2006 01:22:47 PM
Congrats Bragi with a very well deserved result. You are a truly creative photographer. I only rated less than 2/3rd of the photos so I never got to this one but I certainly would have commented on it if I had.

Message edited by author 2006-03-01 13:24:58.
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03/01/2006 10:19:34 AM
This is one cool picture!!! Are you a priest??

Oughta print this up and put in the sanctuary! :)

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03/01/2006 07:45:04 AM
This is AMAZING! I was expecting this one to be in the top 3 too! Beautiful BEAUTIFUL job!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/28/2006 11:09:55 PM
What an AMAZING photograph! I am speachless! Love it!
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02/28/2006 03:47:26 PM
Cleverly done. I take it that the reflective surface is angled. At first glance I can see why some may have recommended DQ. I hope the validation was done early enough not to have affected your score. 9
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02/27/2006 11:55:45 PM
Wow, that is just incredible. Awesome shot, highest marks.
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02/27/2006 09:37:54 PM
Beautiful reflection. Very creative.
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02/27/2006 10:10:10 AM
Wonderful! 10
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02/26/2006 09:15:48 PM
That's pretty cool. I take it that's a shiny conference table or something? Whatever it is great effect. Oh and that background is stunning (as is this photo). This gets one of my very few 10s.
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02/26/2006 08:22:48 PM
A most interesting with floating like pastor. Nice effect. 8
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02/26/2006 05:43:46 PM
Wonderful photo, love the reflection.
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02/26/2006 12:32:43 PM
good idea with the reflection, very different
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02/26/2006 12:28:12 AM
The top half of the photo is "heavier" than the bottom half which for me is slightly distracting. A "true" mirror effect would have given this photo even more power than it already has. Great shot.
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02/25/2006 03:56:08 PM
wow - amazing image 8
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02/25/2006 12:54:33 AM
Wow this is an amazing shot. Hopefully your score will reflect your ablitity.
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02/24/2006 10:15:17 PM
The pastor almost seems to blend into the mural behind him. This is a very intriguing photo.
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02/24/2006 02:06:29 PM
WOW!
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02/24/2006 09:24:15 AM
Interesting picture. Not sure why it needed to be validated???
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02/24/2006 02:38:31 AM
This photo has it all! WOW factor and POP! Excellant job. (10)
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02/23/2006 08:47:09 PM
Wild!
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02/23/2006 08:22:49 PM
impressive shot - incredible image!!!
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02/23/2006 04:28:01 PM
Looks great!!
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02/23/2006 12:19:47 PM
wow, scary. very powerful!
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02/23/2006 12:00:54 PM
Nice touch showing that this has been validated because I keep looking at it wondering how in the world you got that amazing effect. It's beautiful and interesting, and I can't wait until after the challenge to see the details. I HOPE there's not a "N/A" on the photo description :) Wonderful photo!
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02/23/2006 06:54:20 AM
interesting shot
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02/23/2006 05:39:35 AM
too much happening here 5
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02/22/2006 09:34:58 PM
Creepy
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02/22/2006 07:53:57 PM
Wonderful, just wonderful.
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02/22/2006 05:34:51 PM
that is incredible. a lot to take in though.
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02/22/2006 04:11:30 PM
i dont know how you did this with basic editing but it is nice
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02/22/2006 02:37:58 PM
This is creepy ...I'm assuming it's legal.
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02/22/2006 01:51:35 PM
this shot really captures my attention.. there are a lot of things to look at but it's not too busy.
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02/22/2006 12:42:04 PM
Such a striking image! The comp, the tones, the light...and particularly your use of reflection all come together perfectly to form this powerful piece of work...very well done.
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02/22/2006 09:47:11 AM
WOW - is that basic???
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02/22/2006 07:04:18 AM
My eye wanders all over the shot.
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02/22/2006 03:08:28 AM
I wish to know how basic is this editing.....am passing
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02/22/2006 01:41:14 AM
wow, now that is a great photo! only critique is that it seems a little faded on the left and right side.
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