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Challenge: Harsh Environments (Expert Editing)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
Location: My yard
Date: Dec 24, 2006
Galleries: Digital Art
Date Uploaded: Dec 24, 2006

I first burnt a door in my yard. Then had my eight year old daughter grab a door handle in the house. I moved her into the photo and added blur to her entire body, which gave it the effect I was looking for. Next I croped alittle off the bottom of the photo and flattened it and that's about it.
I also did not have any idea what I would do with the photo of the door. I was basically just jacking around in the yard. Playing with fire! It was the day after I took the picture of the door that I might be able to implament it into a contest.

Place: 60 out of 116
Avg (all users): 5.7349
Avg (commenters): 6.3125
Avg (participants): 5.6667
Avg (non-participants): 5.7613
Views since voting: 912
Views during voting: 505
Votes: 215
Comments: 21
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03/15/2008 08:49:19 AM
The door is upside down. I didn't see it at first but then I thought the door handle looked a little high and then I noticed the top of the door was at the bottom. hahah, Good take on the challenge but I think the blurry was what pinged ya. There is some lighting problems too but I mean there is a fire coming from behind the door after all. hahaha

Anyway good take on the challenge. WTG
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06/20/2007 09:42:26 PM
A couple of things I noticed:

#1 focus is good on the door. Soft on the child. This works perfectly for this shot... gives a bit of an 'off' feeling to the child. Being underexposed is quite normal and natural for the 'other side' of the light... This is not intended to be a beautifully lit portrait.

#2 the insertion of the child into the shot is very well done. Needs a tiny bit of a feather or something around the head on the right side... there's a bit of hue or something from the original pic left that gives a bit of 'cutout' look.

#3 a bit of a distraction in the top left quadrant in the flame, about a third of the way down near the edge... this is the only thing that gets you thinking about the background that would normally be around the door. Get rid of that and the illusion is complete.

All in all a truly excellent work!

Message edited by author 2007-06-20 21:45:00.
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06/01/2007 09:17:41 AM
Very powerful. Well done!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/04/2007 06:43:27 PM
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01/04/2007 12:51:33 PM
interesting, I really like where you are going with this. the problem is the focus and exposure on the boy himself...
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01/03/2007 11:28:11 PM
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01/03/2007 01:05:05 PM
i don't know how you staged this, but it looks very convincing. like a movie set.
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01/03/2007 01:38:39 AM
Facinating idea. I would like the execution better if the subject were as sharp as the door.
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01/02/2007 09:28:06 PM
highly reminiscent of the movie. I suppose there should be a red cast on the girl, but I actually like the unrealistic effect here. 8
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01/02/2007 07:38:53 AM
Looks like a cut and paste jobby.
12/31/2006 07:56:08 PM
Looks like a capture from a video tape... There is nothing really in focus... The girl is underexposed to the point that she has no detail...
12/31/2006 01:36:03 AM
nice work.....10+
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12/30/2006 07:24:03 PM
thats crazy...but good
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12/30/2006 12:53:46 PM
Wow - I'm impressed. This would be great in Pink Floyd ;)
I'd love to know how this was done. 8
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12/30/2006 01:35:34 AM
Hmmm? Harsh Environment...hmmm? I don't know...I guess. It's a stunning photo. I just don't know. I'm not voting anyway...just commenting. Hmmm? I guess it's out of the box and I love that.
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12/29/2006 02:00:23 PM
Happy New Year! - 7
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12/29/2006 12:01:56 PM
scary pic, very good - 8
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12/29/2006 11:15:46 AM
Quite disturbing.
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12/29/2006 06:13:25 AM
as in fooly cooly? have you seen that? This is a really creepy photo, but I love it and the perspective. The only thing that could make this better is if the girl was more sharp.
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12/29/2006 03:22:12 AM
gotta color correct her to orange/warm tones if you want be to believe this is real - use Color balance sparingly :-)
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12/29/2006 12:14:19 AM
I like the idea but not really executed well if you pardon me for saying so, just mainly what I dislike is the poor image quality. With these editing rules you could take a separate exposure of the flames and made sure you "froze" them better and got some texture in them. The girl then would have needed to be clearer for my taste and thirdly less grain/color noise in the door. Like I said, you got a good idea, just need better execution and you´r all set :)
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