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Civilized Hatred
Civilized Hatred

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Challenge: Hate (Basic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-W7
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Date: Feb 19, 2007
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/40
Galleries: Black and White, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Feb 19, 2007

Taking this shot I realized that my room is much too dark and I have too many posters! Getting the black mask to not be see-through was almost impossible. It could have used some burning but I couldn't due to basic editting rules. *sigh* I will be glad when they do an advanced editting open contest again.

Place: 97 out of 132
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Votes: 220
Comments: 7
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/27/2007 11:11:31 AM
I like the high level of contrast to this image. Nice job.
02/23/2007 02:02:16 PM
nothing about this except the title conveys the idea of "hate."
02/22/2007 11:05:18 PM
This one had some potential, but you lost me in two areas: 1) i think cutting off the top of the sword was a mistake, and 2) the lighting is a little harsh, making the image a little flat. Some side lights to capture the texture of the mask would have improved this a lot.
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02/22/2007 10:06:22 AM
3 because of the harsh direct lighting and kinda boring composition. Sorry. It would have been better without the flash (making it low key maybe?) or bouncing the flash (if possible) off the ceiling or behind you. Also, maybe move the subject away from the wall several feet?
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02/21/2007 05:56:07 PM
I like the image a lot, but here are my suggestions:

Step back from the wall a little so that it gets blurred into a plain, pure white background. The I think the flat lighting is interesting, but I'd be curious to see it with dynamic side lighting--particularly if the sword were to be a physical divider between the lit and shaded sides of the mask. Because of this, it is important to keep the sword exactly vertical. Vertical lines imply potential energy which is what this piece is about. Potential, implied violence.
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02/21/2007 09:56:44 AM
it's a sport, has nothing to do with hate.
02/21/2007 12:15:11 AM
Good idea, but I think the direct flash hurts your picture. Try a background that won't reflect flash so strongly.
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