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Challenge: Shadows III (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: home
Date: Jun 11, 2006
Aperture: 7
ISO: 500
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Black and White, Political
Date Uploaded: Jun 11, 2006

Well, many of you probably won't like this. But look at it for a while and think about what I'm trying to say. Anyway, yes, this is a shadow. Any time you block light with something, that something casts a shadow. Ha!

My son, with the declaration of independence on his back. Because he's a teenager I almost called it teen spirit or something but legacy said more of what I meant to say.

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Wow! I'm really surprised this morning. There are many other images I thought were either better or more DPC friendly. Thank you! This was taken at the last minute on the last day. I spent all week mulling over a surrealist image that escapes this early in the morning (the woman with viola holes on her back). The positioning of my son is taken from that (mirrored) except his arms are raised. The chain was also left on purpose...

Editing nothing really: crop, sharpen, convert to duotone, curves, sharpen again, resize for web.

Thanks again!

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 154
Avg (all users): 7.2727
Avg (commenters): 8.5714
Avg (participants): 7.1268
Avg (non-participants): 7.3621
Views since voting: 16118
Views during voting: 578
Votes: 187
Comments: 93
Favorites: 62 (view)


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08/08/2008 04:23:37 PM
Ya know... This shot has continued to haunt and grow on me since I first saw it - there are so many levels of meaning here. I love the fact that you emblazened the words of the Declaration of Independence on his back (symbolizing our forefathers who literally bore the scars of making and endorsing those words). The unrecognizable and almost slavelike position of your son supports the fact that these ideals have been upheld by the actions (and on the backs) of many people that we will never know. I didn't score this highly enough during the challenge (I only gave it a 7, but I'm glad to see that it still ribboned). I've now added it to my favorites and would score it a 10 today. I've learned a lot from this photo (both technically and creatively).
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08/02/2008 11:29:16 AM
love it!!
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08/02/2008 07:38:30 AM
S T U N N U N G.......... every time I see this one.....
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02/16/2007 11:10:12 PM
I think the most ironic thing about this picture now is that I am enrolled in the JROTC program. It makes it so much more... I think I'm looking for provocative.

-The son.
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11/10/2006 11:27:31 PM
Idea, execution, composition all ace mother trucker, loving it.
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06/23/2006 06:22:50 PM
WooHoo for you girl!! I haven't even logged on to dpc in WEEKS and I check in today to see this!
Awesome shot, wonderfully creative, I sure wish I had voted, I'd certainly have given you a 10.

Congrats!!
Linda
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06/23/2006 12:00:51 PM
congratulations! great concept and execution.
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06/22/2006 05:59:35 PM
awesome picture.
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06/21/2006 12:38:32 AM
I love this!!!
Great idea!
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06/20/2006 12:07:11 PM
Your photo was one of the creative. You deserve the blue!
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06/20/2006 01:40:59 AM
awesome photo! congrats on a well deserved ribbon
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06/19/2006 10:14:00 PM
Very creative.I knew this was a winner. Congratulations on your ribbon!
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06/19/2006 09:21:26 PM
Of all the images in this challenge this one has the most lasting impact. It is like I am viewing a sisplay at a photo museum. Very well captured and presented. Congratulations on your Yellow.
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06/19/2006 09:12:18 PM
i love this picture!
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06/19/2006 06:23:00 PM
I really like this image. Great concept and well executed. Very well-deserved ribbon. Congrats!
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06/19/2006 04:46:28 PM
One of my favs...Glad to see you ribboned.
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06/19/2006 04:38:45 PM
This is just awesome. Congrats on the ribbon.
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06/19/2006 04:03:02 PM
Congratulations on your first ribbon, great shot!
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06/19/2006 11:44:28 AM
OMG....us underdogs finally getting our ribbons!!

Me, alfresco and now you. This is a stunning image. Congrats!!!

Now we need to see MandyTurner, SJCarter and Jutilda ribbon!!

Message edited by author 2006-06-19 12:10:19.
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06/19/2006 11:44:26 AM
I'm SO glad to see this do well! It was absolutely one of my top picks, and I greatly feared the voters would pan it as "not shadows", plus "it's been done before"; but not like this, and not so well. Congrats!
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06/19/2006 09:57:07 AM
It's about time. Nice image. Do it again.
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06/19/2006 09:29:54 AM
Very well executed! Congratulations on your ribbon!
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06/19/2006 08:55:56 AM
Congratulations! This is a very nice image. Well thought out, well composed. More of these are in your future I am sure.
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06/19/2006 08:53:34 AM
You rock Courteney!!! I Loved this!! Congratulations on your first ribbon!

Message edited by author 2006-06-19 08:54:32.
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06/19/2006 07:50:53 AM
SUPERB ! Congrats on your ribbon. VERY bold...MAJOR impact...yet not so over the top that it stops it from being wall art. This my friend would make a wonderful war/political statement.
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06/19/2006 07:33:04 AM
I knew this one would ribbon! It's so incredibly creative and well-executed! Congratulations Courtenay!!!
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06/19/2006 07:31:23 AM
Arrrrrgh! You've gone & got a ribbon! That's ruined everything; now I can't love you any more.
Ok, just kidding. Congratulations. I'll still be taking you seriously in spite of this popular acclaim.
Just promise me this will be the last time!
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06/19/2006 07:27:41 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon!!
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06/19/2006 07:26:50 AM
Absloutely beautiful and a ribbon well deserved! This photo is splendid in every way.

Well done!
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06/19/2006 07:19:27 AM
great job!
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06/19/2006 06:57:31 AM
Courtenay, this was well deserved...a magnificent shot...don't apologise for it not being a shadow as it is...a wonderful image you can be proud of.

Congrats on the ribbon!
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06/19/2006 06:56:20 AM
Congrats...it was only a matter of time..great work, well deserved!
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06/19/2006 06:48:40 AM
Courtenay-Fantastic! Congrats on your first Ribbon.
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06/19/2006 06:45:41 AM
Oh yeah Courtenay! You broke the 7 barrier and ribboned with a thought-driven photo - I am soooo pleased for you!!
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06/19/2006 06:30:59 AM
Congratulations Courtenay!

Way to go with this stunning image!

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06/19/2006 06:26:25 AM
how sweet is this!

"to-to-duh..ta-to-to-duh, break on through to the other side, break on through, break on through"

w2g, courtenay!!!
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06/19/2006 05:51:02 AM
Great job Dahkota and congratulations on your ribbon, this was one of my highest rated in the challenge, excellent.
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06/19/2006 05:23:06 AM
A long overdue prize!! Congrats great shot
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06/19/2006 04:16:06 AM
very clever Congrats on your ribbon well done
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06/19/2006 04:13:08 AM
Congratulations on your (first) ribbon. This is a really stunning image. Well Done!
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06/19/2006 03:07:00 AM
Way to go go girl, keep it up.
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06/19/2006 02:47:44 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon, Courtenay!
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06/19/2006 02:39:35 AM
Lovely :) Congrats!
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06/19/2006 01:45:22 AM
Congrats. Just stunning and I totally "got it."
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06/19/2006 01:17:25 AM
Incredibly creative. Congrats!
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06/19/2006 12:34:12 AM
...and you thought we wouldn't like it. Ha, back! Congrats on winning a well deserved ribbon.
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06/19/2006 12:31:57 AM
WTG Courtenay! Congratulations! Beautiful shot.
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06/19/2006 12:22:34 AM
very nicely done
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06/19/2006 12:20:52 AM
Nice concept, congratulations on your placement.
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06/19/2006 12:15:54 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon ! I was on your site just minutes before the judging ended after reading your comments from my indulgence submission, (thank you)....so much for "almost ran" eh!
Great job, well done keep it up!
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06/19/2006 12:12:05 AM
Yea Courtenay! Congratulations on your first of many ribbons!
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06/19/2006 12:11:26 AM
Your son has a very yummy back! ^_^

Very nice photo, you have inspired me to try something similar!
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06/19/2006 12:09:02 AM
Congrats, what a wonderful picture...
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06/19/2006 12:07:35 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon. This is a perfectly executed, powerful photo. Excellent!
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06/19/2006 12:07:05 AM
Great job and congrats on your ribbon!!
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06/19/2006 12:06:31 AM
I'm glad to see this in the top 3! Great job!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/18/2006 11:14:17 PM
I'm always amazed when people like you come up with such creative challenge ideas. The tones and sharpness are incredible and technical image quality outstanding. The wrinkles on the lower back are a little distracting but this is a fantastic image. Kudos for such a great picture.
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06/18/2006 09:36:12 PM
One of my favorites of the challenge. I predict a top ten finish for this image. Well done!
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06/18/2006 05:00:21 PM
Good idea to use a projector
works very well and fits the challenge
good luck

ev
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06/18/2006 02:25:13 PM
Wow! Those shadows are blinking Blue at me :) AMAZING photo!! 10
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06/17/2006 08:02:23 PM
more projection than shadow. however, more quality picture than not. high score.
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06/17/2006 12:09:29 PM
nice take on the challenge. Very well done and one of my favs... :)
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06/17/2006 11:05:33 AM
Very creative! Love this shot!
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06/17/2006 05:34:21 AM
Challenge: SHADOWS III
Description: Creatively capture a shadow

Advanced Edit
Legacy
Fit: Epitomises the idea behind the challenge 2

Aesthetics: An exceptional composition/exceptional aesthetics 3
This one is very well observed
Technical: Technically well executed 2

Wow: Real impact 2
I like just about everything about this one - excellent challenge interpretation
Total Score = 9
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06/15/2006 09:44:16 PM
I love the declaration of independence.... Nice comp, including use of negative space, lighting and tones. Great subject abd very emotive, At least to me.
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06/15/2006 09:18:49 PM
Priceless. One of my few 10's
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06/15/2006 05:40:41 PM
wow, this is very different but a good different! Great job!
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06/15/2006 09:03:55 AM
This was a beautiful idea. I think t his is a top photo. This is a 10 from me. It could be even better if you had one of those romance novels showing on her back. Just bumped up the score.
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06/15/2006 07:04:49 AM
Outstanding.
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06/14/2006 07:28:05 PM
Creative thinking.... This is most definately one of the best in this challenge...
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06/14/2006 03:35:26 PM
WOW! Great imagination!
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06/14/2006 10:45:46 AM
Very clever. An interesting choice of words!
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06/14/2006 10:15:09 AM
excellent shot! and a great idea!!
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06/14/2006 08:32:36 AM
Love it!
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06/14/2006 07:53:10 AM
Shadow or projection?
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06/13/2006 11:54:12 PM
This is I think the one with more impact of all. I wouldn't call it a shadow but I like it very much anyways. 9 from me.
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06/13/2006 10:41:41 PM
amazing that the lettering is so clear. really nice picture
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06/13/2006 10:01:49 PM
Aaaa ... great idea.
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06/13/2006 12:56:04 PM
Quite simply a 10 for me.
The photographer has included a strong subject in the photo but has not used that subject as the source for the shadow.
I quite simply love this photo.
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06/13/2006 10:24:08 AM
this is brilliant...hope you do well with this
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06/13/2006 12:07:48 AM
I keep coming back to this image trying to decide if a projection was a shadow. I think it is. Great image, subject and idea. 10 Well done.
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06/12/2006 11:01:01 PM
love it...great idea...10
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06/12/2006 10:09:45 PM
Ok you get my 10! Awesome shot!
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06/12/2006 09:50:39 PM
my favorite, hands down. very creative and nice levels. hope you medal!
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06/12/2006 07:37:23 PM
Nice one. It works well for this challenge.
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06/12/2006 04:05:32 PM
This is so cool what a nice idea, you pulled this off well. But ahhh-butt could use a shaving.
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06/12/2006 04:03:26 PM
Very cool idea. Turned out great! (9)
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06/12/2006 11:52:05 AM
I think this one is going to score really high. Wonderfully done. 9
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06/12/2006 11:20:32 AM
Very well done. Curious as to why you chose that text (I am not American so I don't know if it's the Bill of Rights or what).
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06/12/2006 04:53:35 AM
Nice tattoo ... eeeh ... is this made with a projector? Very nice shot
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06/12/2006 12:46:02 AM
is this a shadow or a projection, is there a difference?
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06/12/2006 12:27:45 AM
Awesome. that is so clever. Great imagination. I love that we can read the whole thing. Good one.
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06/12/2006 12:24:11 AM
really cool.. my pick so far for a ribbon.
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