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timfythetoo


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Challenge: Woody (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Sigma 18-125mm f/3.5-5.6 DC for Canon
Location: Columbus
Date: Oct 5, 2006
Aperture: 5.7
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Oct 4, 2006

I had thought of attempting a couple of deja vu entries - NicoBlue's Quasi, Breeee123's Hoops and Alexsaberis Del Primo Christo. Quasi will be in my outtake folder. While contemplating Alexsaberis shot I decided to do an original. I nailed woody to the cross and stood it up in that green florist brick foam stuff. A red posterboard in the background is lit by two desk lamps with flood lights from either side to give the glow and gradient. A small 25 watt light was used to light the front of woody. The crown of thorns is made of green florist wire wrapped in 5 strands and then clipped some to make the thorns.

This is one of the first entries i have that was taken in RAW format. I did some editing from RAWSHooter first - sharpen, saturation, exposure, and probably a couple other basic editing techniques. Once in PS I went to town. Cropped, burned and dodged a ton, saturation and a slight hue adjustment, curves, cloned out a bit of the crown, blurred the background, blurred various parts of woody, levels, high pass filter and soft layered, USM a couple of times, NI several times, and a bit of cloning to clean up some lines on woody. Please dont ask me for detailed and ordered steps cause I cant even come close to remembering. This shot is heavily processed but I think I achieved a good look and end result.

I am very pleased with this shot. I am a Christian and Christ is my Lord and Savior. I wanted this shot to be an emotive capture rather than a humorous one. There is no humor meant in this depiction and I hope that it taken that way. I realize that I may get some low votes for the material used - but I am totally cool with that. I will be honest - I have been pleasantly surprised with the placing of some of the past Christian themed entries and I hope that this will be one of them.

Post Challenge - Wow - 26 votes under 3 and I still pull off a 6. Cant say that I am not dissappointed in my placing but I knew this was going to be a tad controversial. Still - I am very pleased to have this image in my portfolio.

Statistics
Place: 41 out of 106
Avg (all users): 6.0279
Avg (commenters): 6.8750
Avg (participants): 5.9344
Avg (non-participants): 6.0531
Views since voting: 1181
Views during voting: 461
Votes: 287
Comments: 28
Favorites: 4 (view)


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11/03/2006 07:10:15 PM
I also agree that this has been taken in the very best way re all of the faiths.
A very professional image, and I for one am very proud of it Tim.....

Thank also for your recent email, as you are a true DPC friend to me, and to many others in DPCland.....

Message edited by author 2006-11-03 19:11:43.
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11/03/2006 06:11:47 PM
Tim, I'll add my voice to congratulating you on speaking your faith publicly. Just ignore those low voters. It's a nicely done shot, very tasteful and sincere.

I'm Jewish, and I sometimes have doubts about displaying my own religion here, so again, good job! :)
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10/23/2006 08:55:35 AM
Hey Tim,
I don't care much for woody shots, so I didn't enter or vote this challenge. I do have to say this was very nicely done. Sorry about your low votes, but there are some very narrow minded people here.
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10/18/2006 08:22:55 PM
WOW, just looked at your score.

23 under 3! Sometimes I think its hard to see things (woody) or other people on the cross other than Jesus Christ. I like it though. Keep up the great work my friend! And lets never stop talking or taking pictures with Jesus in them!
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10/18/2006 03:30:52 PM
Tim, thanks again for your courageous image and clear testimony in word. I hope that we all can view it again in the intended light, and appreciate it.
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10/18/2006 11:41:54 AM
Tim very nice image. It is a great score considering. This season was awesome and I thank you again for being my teammate. It is a pleasure.
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10/18/2006 09:11:10 AM
I don't think there is even a trace of "poking fun" conveyed in this photo! It's beautifully done, and it always touches me and means so much when people speak their faith in their photography, or in everything they do for that matter!

I've been so busy, I didn't get a chance to vote on this challenge, but if I had, you definitely would have had 17 10's!

And the main thing: I think your Savior is pleased and proud of you and your tribute to Him!!!!

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10/18/2006 06:42:37 AM
Post Challenge - Wow - 26 votes under 3 and I still pull off a 6.

I guess it was going to inspire or alienate people Tim, I can see what you were trying to do, but perhaps, who knows, perhaps some people thought you were poking fun. Because I know your character and beliefs I understand it, but during voting we don't know who is who and so it could have been someone being blasphemous...we spoke about that through our PM's.

Thanks for declaring your faith OUT LOUD in your explanation
1 Corinthians 15:58
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10/18/2006 05:49:20 AM
Originally posted by landcamera:

I was surprised this one didn't do better; I was expecting at least a top 10 finish if not a ribbon. Fantastic idea, your representation of the sacrifice Christ made was summed up perfectly in your title, as was the use of a red background symbolizing the blood of Christ. Thanks for sharing your faith.


I must say I completely agree with landcamera. I felt the tone of the shot and the title made it very clear that this was not a sick joke. I am utterly flabbergasted at the 26 votes of 3 and under! I'm afraid many voters (as usual) were unable to separate their feelings on the subject from rating the merits of the pic. For shame! This should have finished WAAAAAAAAY higher.

Oh yeah.....and your SEXY!

Message edited by author 2006-10-18 05:52:59.
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10/18/2006 01:10:59 AM
As a Christian in an often-hostile-to-Christian community, I was not sure if this was poking fun or if it was meant as a legitimate symbol of your faith. Glad to know it was the latter. Either way, I gave it a 7 for it's photographic quality mainly.

I'm still not wholly comfortable with the image since it's hard for me to separate Woody from humor, but I am adding to my fav's just as a reminder to be bold in my faith as you have been.
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10/18/2006 12:35:31 AM
I quite liked this one and thought you very brave for going down the religious road. A great score despite 26 fools! :)
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10/18/2006 12:21:24 AM
I was surprised this one didn't do better; I was expecting at least a top 10 finish if not a ribbon. Fantastic idea, your representation of the sacrifice Christ made was summed up perfectly in your title, as was the use of a red background symbolizing the blood of Christ. Thanks for sharing your faith.

Message edited by author 2006-10-18 00:33:07.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/17/2006 10:52:03 PM
Bold statement! Good lightning and very appropriate background colour.
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10/17/2006 08:37:24 PM
Awesome shot Sweetie! I know this was a heartfelt shot for you and I'm sorry you endured so many comments that suggested anything less. I know where your heart is and so does our Lord and Savior...that's all that matters.
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10/17/2006 09:00:31 AM
Good job! I love the lighting!!!
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10/16/2006 02:36:32 PM
10 for sheer cojones, and actually it's a good picture, too. It would make a good ikon.
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10/15/2006 05:07:51 PM
I'm not into religion. Buda woody been betta.
10/14/2006 02:22:23 PM
Nice idea, red color, lighting, good execution - pun intended only as it is redeemed by grace being poured out. I'm wondering about different composition and perspective, but the image is still simple, powerful, and effective. Well done, my good and faithful servant.
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10/12/2006 09:31:00 PM
(note to self: look past subject matter) There are bright spots on the arms of the cross that are very distracting and pulls away from the image... as I look the left side of the image is also as bright and very distracting. It looks like a pixel line from editing or such. Looking at it more, the figure itself looks very odd. I was going to say I liked the red background but it may be making the figure virbrate, unless that is the effect of too much USM.
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10/12/2006 02:01:52 PM
You missed the message of Christianity: a sinless sacrifice was required, and Woody does not qualify?
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10/12/2006 09:23:05 AM
I'm sure this will really piss some people off. I rather like it. Symbolic on several levels. I like the lighting. Smart idea!!! 8
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10/12/2006 09:05:35 AM
OK...not sure if this is being blasphemous or reverent...the image is well taken, but I don't know, a bit troubling to me (I am a Christian)
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10/11/2006 08:11:17 PM
I already voted, so I won't change my score - gave you a 6 on first pass. I do think this is very tastefully done - quite delicate, actually. A bit blown on the right, but I like blown - just not sure everyone else does.
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10/11/2006 07:50:41 PM
Nice background. i think the strong contrast works, here.
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10/11/2006 04:06:18 PM
great idea!
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10/11/2006 09:52:18 AM
Not sure I like the red background or the harsh light/shadows but the idea is creative.
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10/11/2006 01:42:37 AM
Some people might not like this because they don't like the religious message. Some people might see it as making fun of something sacred. But I just want to say that I am in neither group, and, assuming that this image is entered with good intentions like I think it is, I support it 100%.
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10/11/2006 01:02:01 AM
Clever
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