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Summoning the flames
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Fire II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Iceland
Date: Aug 11, 2006
Aperture: F/10
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Emotive, Studio
Date Uploaded: Aug 13, 2006

This shot was taken right outside of Reykjavik/Iceland.
Dressed my friend up in black cloth and painted his face to be dirtylooking.
I used one 500W strobe for this.
Postprocess: layeradjustments/coloradjustments/unsharpmaskresize and so on.

WoW a blue ribbon for me?? :D
Thank you all for great comments.
Im truly honored.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 160
Avg (all users): 7.0884
Avg (commenters): 8.5000
Avg (participants): 6.8415
Avg (non-participants): 7.2406
Views since voting: 15507
Views during voting: 582
Votes: 215
Comments: 82
Favorites: 27 (view)


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08/26/2006 06:38:18 AM
the concept......is awesome

great shot
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08/25/2006 11:42:52 AM
Hello from the Critique Club.

Well isn't this my lucky day. First I get assigned Judi's Fire II challenge entry and now the image that won the blue ribbon. What can I say about an image that scores a 7+? Congratulation! Nice Job! Wow! Bet you haven't heard any of these regarding this image. When someone produces an image of this quality, the score and placing are more a factor of the voter's tastes than the technical aspects of the image. You put all the pieces together and the voters loved it. With fullest sincerity, Congratulation! Nice Job! Wow!

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions regarding this critique.

Tim
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08/23/2006 05:06:12 AM
Congrats Arnþór, I new you would get a ribbon soon, great picture! (Strange friends you have :o))
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08/22/2006 07:14:38 PM
Wow - Congrats on the ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/rib1.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/rib1.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Arnthor.
Dark, sinister, and the sun rays peeking through were perfect.
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08/22/2006 04:50:01 PM
This is just wonderful
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08/22/2006 02:24:59 PM
Congrats on your first ribbon, great picture.. Love the setup, sky and colors... Well done.
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08/22/2006 01:13:45 PM
þetta er ógeðslega flott mynd. til hamingju
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08/21/2006 11:21:01 PM
Snilld!!! Til hamingju!
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08/21/2006 09:44:13 PM
wow!!!! congrats on your first ribbon, friend! and that a blue one! great photo, got that magic touch ;)
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08/21/2006 05:23:35 PM
Wonderful skyline captured. congratulations !!!
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08/21/2006 04:10:52 PM
Congratulations on your first ribbon Arnþór, Great shot!
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08/21/2006 01:47:01 PM
I thought this might win blue. It certainly had my 10-vote :) Congratulations. It's really awsesome and deserving of blue.
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08/21/2006 09:16:58 AM
good job
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08/21/2006 08:55:08 AM
Congratulations on your first Ribbon with this wonderful entry! Fantastic work!
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08/21/2006 08:18:12 AM
Til hamingju með borðann. Þetta er hreint út sagt mögnuð mynd.
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08/21/2006 06:35:59 AM
Til hamingju með þessa kall!
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08/21/2006 06:32:55 AM
When I saw this pic as a mere thumbnail during voting, it simply resonated that kind of Icelandic flair that seems to be unique and absulutely superb with the individuals who creates them.

You say you feel honoured. Rightly so. Well done.
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08/21/2006 06:07:57 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon mate, told you you´d get at least one before the year was over. Did you have to get one in the week we are playing in the WPL2 though!!! Like the little kid in "Meet the parents" said, you truly are an "esss-huuule" :)
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08/21/2006 05:44:44 AM
WOW..WOW..WOW
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08/21/2006 05:31:03 AM
Til hamingju Arnþór flott mynd.
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08/21/2006 05:27:13 AM
Great job pal, this model is Awesome, Truly the best model in the whole world :D

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08/21/2006 05:16:26 AM
Til hamingju! Það hefur borgað sig að kaupa linsuna af mér :D
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08/21/2006 04:43:57 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon. Það var kominn tími til að þú ynnir.
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08/21/2006 04:31:00 AM
What an excellent shot and well deserved blue ribbon. Congratulations Arnþór!
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08/21/2006 04:22:06 AM
Til hamingju Arnþór. Það borgar sig að leika sér að eldinum :-)
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08/21/2006 04:14:23 AM
congratulations, well deserved.
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08/21/2006 03:33:04 AM
Jei, til hamingju. Það er gott að fá borða. Nú áttu eftir að verða háður og þurfa að fá fleiri borða.
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08/21/2006 03:14:52 AM
Well deserved blue ribbon, Arnþór. Kominn tími til að krækja í borða! Congrats!
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08/21/2006 03:12:54 AM
Hey, flott til hamingju! Glæsileg mynd.
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08/21/2006 02:45:43 AM
???
08/21/2006 02:34:08 AM
Til fökkengs hamingju með þetta! geggjað
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08/21/2006 02:26:57 AM
Congratulations Arnthor! The setup and background are great.
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08/21/2006 01:09:33 AM
Strong and compelling study. Congratulations on your BLUE!
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08/21/2006 01:08:47 AM
Congrats. I guess you'll do well in Magic and Mystery also.
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08/21/2006 12:50:26 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon!

Message edited by author 2006-08-21 00:50:52.
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08/21/2006 12:35:40 AM
Your effort here has rewarded you well. Congrats.
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08/21/2006 12:16:09 AM
congrats on the blue...well deserved
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08/21/2006 12:15:54 AM
Awesome shot...Congrats!
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08/21/2006 12:11:34 AM
One of the most obvious blue ribbon winners in a challenge for some time Arnthor...congratulations on your blue ribbon and GO ICELAND!!!
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08/21/2006 12:07:13 AM
Nice work! Congrats on blue!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/20/2006 11:58:12 PM
Amazing shot. I really love the background and dramatic sky.
08/20/2006 05:25:17 PM
Excellent all around. Great storytelling. The technicals (focus, lighting, composition) are all great. I don't really see anything I would change to be honest. Nothing jumps out either as a glaring issue or even a nitpick. I'm bumping from 8 to 10. Nicely done.
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08/18/2006 02:03:20 PM
An amazing pc of art! His left hand looks REALLY weird though? Great shot!
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08/17/2006 11:03:45 PM
Definitly top 3. Probably number 1! It reminds me of Lord of the Rings.
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08/17/2006 09:45:11 PM
Nice moody feel - I'd like the fire to be a bit larger ;)
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08/17/2006 08:56:14 PM
This is a nice shot. I like the gray sky & water. The driftwood is cool too. Great lighting and focus. The fire contrasts the gray and green very nicely. Got a little bit of funky green skin on the hand but very cool shot. Back to bump you up to 8.
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08/17/2006 04:22:52 PM
What a beautiful backdrop to compliment your fire. Wow! So far, my pick for the top spot! 10
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08/17/2006 03:28:41 PM
Nice composition. One of my top picks.
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08/17/2006 01:55:04 PM
Eerie feel to this
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08/17/2006 12:36:24 PM
can't help but laugh a little. great shot though, kinda "Lord of the Rings".
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08/17/2006 02:42:24 AM
Gosh this is wonderful. Almost doesn't look real. Good tones, contrast and story. So well done.
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08/16/2006 11:06:05 PM
A fantasy world well recreated. Excellent sky, too!
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08/16/2006 08:32:49 PM
#1 Nothing more to say
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08/15/2006 11:57:00 PM
here's a ribbon right here :) great job. 10.
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08/15/2006 10:23:47 PM
I don't know what to say. Love the creativity and tone of the image.
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08/15/2006 06:26:18 PM
2nd pic of this sort I've seen on this challenge, and I like this one just as much. the sky is great too
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08/15/2006 06:16:30 PM
OMg i love this 1....max score form me ill give u 10...
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08/15/2006 05:20:01 PM
Wow, very dark, with a mystical mood. I think the sky is perfect, and generally the composition is very good, but I would hide the model's face (maybe with a hood) and get rid of the wood stick, I find it distracting. But it is a very nice image anyway.
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08/15/2006 01:01:37 PM
whoa, cool! 9!
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08/15/2006 08:05:54 AM
Great processing and cool composition. Nice job.
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08/15/2006 07:57:07 AM
thsi is very well done. great job. 9
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08/15/2006 03:16:50 AM
super lovely, albeit slightly scary creepy, stylish image. lovely ominous sky (oh, weird, i can see two eyes above your character in the clouds staring at the stick - creepy!). the colours of the image are impressively striking and rich in hues, though in that sort of familiar icelandic way. your PP skills are really top notch. i love how the flames glow such a nice bright orange against the rest of the image. the set up is great, the bent stick, the star wars garb, and the remote feeling environment all add to this. the fact that your model looks like a younger thinner meatloaf lessens the darkness factor a bit, but other than that, great stuff. 9.
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08/14/2006 10:23:05 PM
Just a perfect image for a the perfect challenge. Great work on this.
9

Wazz
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08/14/2006 08:53:12 PM
how can this not get the BLUE? Congratulations on your blue ribbon in the fire challenge...I cannot find any fault with this shot...12, I mean, 10!

I have come back to this after voting and commenting on nearly every photo...O reckon this has to be the clearest winner in this or any challenge for quite some time...well done on all the work and preparation...you deserve the blue...you can start celebrating now, cause it's in the bag!
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08/14/2006 08:10:58 PM
This is a great take on the druid concept nice sharpness in the waves, and the driftwood. The lack of DoF makes it look like a still from a video game. That might be my only critique, actually, that it looks a touch computer generated. Overall, nice work!
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08/14/2006 06:58:37 PM
I like how most of the shot is muted which brings more attention to the flames; the muted colors, while not drawing too much attention to themselves, still are very beautiful and go together very nicely. The model looks dramatic but not too staged, and many times that balance is hard to achieve. I also like how the sun is streaming through the clouds next to the hand. The minimal border puts the finishing touch on this fantastic image.
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08/14/2006 04:34:43 PM
wonderfully composed and captured. I rarely give 9s or 10s the first time through, but this gets one. 9 Bumped to 10, best in challenge for me.
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08/14/2006 02:25:33 PM
hmmmm, looks a bit creepy and overdone, but good effort
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08/14/2006 12:12:16 PM
The person in the foreground seems sort of pasted onto the background; there's like a pixellated line surrounding him, and it distracts my focus.
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08/14/2006 11:38:52 AM
Not sure about the log/stick ... a bit distracting to me ... over all I LOVE this photo ... well done ... 9
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08/14/2006 11:05:02 AM
Very epic feel
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08/14/2006 10:21:51 AM
fantastic. nothing more to add. 10. winner for sure
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08/14/2006 09:34:14 AM
good! obviously, should ribbon.
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08/14/2006 07:58:08 AM
Well if this guy was about 40 years older this shot would have a more 'authentic' feel and probably get a ten from me. As it is you'll have to settle for a 9. Well lit, composed and processed.

My other nitpick is the use of the basket - would have been more effective if the fire had just been on the ground or alternatively emanating from some rustic silver cauldron or something.
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08/14/2006 07:12:35 AM
I love the striations of light in the clouds above and beside the God's rays and how they align with the models inclined head. If the models right hand were about a foot higher and slightly to our left and left hand six incher higher and six inches to our left, the hands, face, staff, and fire would form a beautiful circle surrounding the glowing rays on the horizon. Even without, this image has a lot going for it. I'm bumping it up another point.
Very nice.
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08/14/2006 02:01:48 AM
I love the sky and the fact its different.
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08/14/2006 01:29:57 AM
This shot is amazing, I can't say that I could offer any advice to improve it at all. Well done!
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08/14/2006 01:07:14 AM
Excellent and original! Good Luck!!
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08/14/2006 01:02:32 AM
On the one hand this is a really cool shot, straight out of a sword and sorcery tale. On the other hand it's very artifical looking. Nice work, I have no doubt it will rank very high.
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08/14/2006 01:01:11 AM
Interesting and really nice executed... Loved the post processing also :)
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08/14/2006 12:53:53 AM
wow, an incredible fantasy shot, almost surreal in the colors and tones. would be perfect for a book cover, and i'll be disappointed if this doesn't top-ten.

good luck.
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08/14/2006 12:39:58 AM
Beautiful image, but that dude freaks me out. Great colors, location and shot.
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