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Challenge: Image without Subject (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Location: Burbank, CA
Date: Aug 27, 2006
Aperture: 11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 250
Galleries: Candid
Date Uploaded: Aug 27, 2006

ex-rock and roller Nathan December, now a set lighting tech.

RAW= no adjustments

PS= adj. levels, adj. curves, clone tool, heal tool, flatten, dodge, burn, selective sharpen bg, flatten, mask levels on face, mask curves on face, reduce, save for web

Place: 221 out of 241
Avg (all users): 4.4610
Avg (commenters): 4.3333
Avg (participants): 4.3133
Avg (non-participants): 4.6338
Views since voting: 563
Views during voting: 247
Votes: 154
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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09/07/2006 04:17:10 PM
Critique Club Review:

As noted in other comments Nathan comes across as the subject of the piece. You've cropped the top of his head, which is a little distracting. I'm not sure if you meant to frame the mask on the wall with Natan's arms. If you meant to, then it's almost centered in the picture (see the rule of thirds) and is small for a point of interest. If you didn't want that effect, then a shallower depth of field to isolate Nathan from the background would have helped. The triangular lighter colored object sticking out from behind Nathan's forearm also interrupts the flow of the picture. Overall lighting, focus, color, and saturation are done well.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/02/2006 03:01:54 PM
at first we think we know who the subject is, but then we realize he is framing another subject, who looks on blankly at his pain... or is that sympathy sneaking into his eyes? 8
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08/31/2006 03:15:11 AM
just not for me.
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08/30/2006 05:20:06 PM
This is a really good portrait. You can see the pain in his face, the emotion contrasts well with the skull tattoos. What bugs me is the mask (?) in the background. The photo would be even better if it was removed, or shot from a slightly different angle.
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08/28/2006 07:28:21 PM
I dont think you understood this challenge
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08/28/2006 05:43:46 PM
Not sure this is for the right challenge. I see a subject here...
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08/28/2006 03:19:48 PM
This challenge is "image without a subject" I think the man in the middle of the picture counts as a subject. It this where a challenge like say....desolation It would be very good.
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08/28/2006 06:27:27 AM
I like the lighting in this but Im not sure if it meets the challenge...
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08/28/2006 12:48:33 AM
this is such a fascinating photo... so many faces and so many emotions.. for me, and speaking only from my perspective, it is not subjectless; it is a very interesting study that has me looking at his anguished face, the neutral face in the crook of his arm and then, many faces on his arm... an 8
from me
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08/28/2006 12:25:48 AM
it doesnt look like hes actually upset. a dude with that many skull tats doesnt cry. plus, its a picture of a dude. a dude that i would call a subject.
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