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Doubting Patriotic Convictions
Doubting Patriotic Convictions

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Challenge: DPC Cinema (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 USM
Location: Los Angeles
Date: May 6, 2006
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Emotive, Political
Date Uploaded: May 6, 2006

Thanks to everyone for your comments. I love America, just not everything that has been done by people who represent us.

The dual image look was created by shooting through a painted scrim. The model was standing on a white seamless. The scrim was illuminated at the bottom with a 1000w work light from Home Depot. The model was illuminated with a 500w studio light with umbrella. Post processing included dodge and burning, saturation, curves and levels.

Place: 80 out of 207
Avg (all users): 5.7788
Avg (commenters): 6.8182
Avg (participants): 5.7071
Avg (non-participants): 5.8440
Views since voting: 1442
Views during voting: 385
Votes: 208
Comments: 16
Favorites: 3 (view)

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07/12/2006 11:13:26 PM
This is sheer, inspired genius. Ubique's comment below sums it up perfectly: you've captured the ambivalence of those in the middle.
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07/12/2006 11:28:29 AM
What a creative, unusual image! Very well done.
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05/18/2006 08:35:13 PM
Hi Greetings from the Critique Club!
Well, how to critique this without stepping on political toes, as a former american who is not to happy with the USA at the moment I think it is an evocative and interesting photo. From a strictly photographic perspective, I really like the color and the image, it is colorful, the dark ominous figure adds to the drama. I really like the textures in the flag area. I do not know what a scrim is but I think I would love to get one.
I could really see t his image being used as some kind of political comic/satire or used in some kind of advertising campaign. I think it is a creative take and I like it.
My only big critism would be that the guys hat seems a little long, I suspect it is suppose to be a KKK take but it is still a little on the poofy side : )

Well done!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/14/2006 03:48:45 PM
Appears as though your subject is a clone and drop. Doesn't seem to fit naturally.
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05/13/2006 09:36:55 AM
A romantic comedy? :)
Nice shot, I'll be interested to see how ya did this...
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05/13/2006 01:45:20 AM
Photographed well - creative and disturbing - well done
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05/12/2006 08:03:42 PM
More like a political statement then a movie subject but great visual appeal in the wonderful composition. Bump.
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05/12/2006 05:54:07 PM
Could easily be a poster. Strong symbols, good composition. Well done.
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05/10/2006 06:18:06 PM
so true
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05/10/2006 03:15:00 PM
Intense subject choice, very stirring, very well done.
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05/10/2006 09:55:09 AM
Without question the most artistically ambitious photograph in the challenge. Dealing with the Abu Ghraib affair for most people involves an uncomfortable moral and ethical collision. The views of the extremists at both poles (the vehemently anti-invasion and the unreservedly pro-invasion) are essentially irrelevant here; it's the position of those in the middle that is interesting, and that's exactly what your image is about. The dilemma; can one maintain commitment to an honorable entity when it employs dishonorable methods? It's the old "end justifying the means" question, and it has no easy answer. I think you have represented that dilemma brilliantly here with the visual symbolism of the distorted and tortured flag as a backdrop to the similarly mistreated prisoner. And of course there's also your title, provided for the imaginatively-challenged viewer. I have no idea how you made this image, and no real interest in finding out either ... it's just very refreshing to see photography used with such ambition and to such effect. 10.
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05/09/2006 09:35:32 AM
Very well done. This is clearly Michael Moore's next movie. I'm first on line.
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05/09/2006 06:19:59 AM
Kind of strange photo, but I like it though. I think it will do good as a movieposter.
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05/09/2006 03:11:18 AM
This is a great image no matter how you feel about the subject
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05/08/2006 12:23:09 PM
wow. Top ten, i think. Title is a bit of a streatch, but the image is so great you shouldn't drop too many points for that. great lighting.
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05/08/2006 09:29:35 AM
Not sure how you did it, but it's cool.
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