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the emptiness within
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Challenge: Desolation II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Date: Jun 18, 2006
Aperture: F/16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 5 sec.
Date Uploaded: Jun 18, 2006

Decided to take advantage of the re-wallpapering and re-tiling that's going on in my building. The stripped walls and grungy floors came at a great time!

- Converted from RAW (applied White Flourescent light "filter")
- Rotated slightly to straighten
- Cropped slightly
- Levels
- Slight Curves
- Slight hue/saturation adjustment
- Dodging and burning

Thanks for the comments, all! I'm definitely going to be trying them out to improve upon this shot. This was literally a last minute submission. It was 11:57pm on my computer when I clicked "submit". I knew it wasn't complete, but I didn't have time to do anything else. Still, I'm thrilled with the results. It's a personal best for me so far.

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Camera Model Name
Canon EOS 30D
Shooting Date/Time
6/18/2006 22:47:28
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Focal Length
28.0 mm
Image size
3504 x 2336
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style
Tone Curve : Standard
Sharpness level : -
Pattern Sharpness : -
Contrast : 0
Sharpness : 3
Color saturation : 0
Color tone : 0
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File Size
6945 KB
Drive Mode
Shooting with self-timer
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06/29/2006 05:16:11 AM
Hi from the Critique Club!

First, congratulations on a personal best;)

As an aspiring writer, I tend to look for stories when I critique. The story I get with yours, is that this person is sitting in a cell, where his guards or captors never turn off the harsh lighting; they never let him see daylight and they never let him sleep. After a while this tends to send people mad and make them ill. That yellow/green colour cast in the image reinforces this.

I personally like the perspective you have chosen; the distance between the camera (ie viewer) and the young man, again reinforces the sense of loneliness and isolation. That the image is taken from the floor, symbolically tells us the man has hit rock bottom, he cannot get any lower. The perspective also brings the walls closer together creating a feeling of claustrophobia.

I think a little subtle burning around the edges of the image might create more of a dark feeling, I'd also like to see a B&W version;)But other than that it's a great effort;)
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06/26/2006 12:43:08 AM
Hey - congrats on the personal best!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/23/2006 09:54:14 PM
perhaps it would be cliche but i wonder if the feeling would be stronger if the area were darker? would lend to the gloominess. still, i like it, especially the angle - it makes the shot.
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06/23/2006 07:36:21 AM
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06/23/2006 01:55:08 AM
Crop about 20% off of the top and this pic is stronger! I like the leading line in the concrete but just seems like there is too much ceiling.
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06/21/2006 12:21:44 AM
Good composition. Certainly says desolation. I would have toned down the lighting.
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06/19/2006 06:28:03 PM
I like it, but would like it better with a little less forground
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06/19/2006 05:00:49 PM
The harsh light and sick greeness work to make a feeling of desolation. It would be easy to add some unsightly props such as needles and syringes and what not. I'm somewhat glad you understated the image though, in that respect.
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06/19/2006 03:58:06 PM
While the color of this image is not real flattering, it too seems desolate. This picture really leaves it to your imagination as to what is going on. I think you did a good job of relating what desolation is to you.
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06/19/2006 04:43:57 AM
One of many with the same basic construction. This one needs to be darker to bring out the atmosphere.
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