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Why start smoking when you can take the easy way out!
Why start smoking when you can take the easy way out!
Dufus


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Challenge: Propaganda (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: Reykjavík/ Iceland
Date: Nov 17, 2003
Aperture: 2
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/15
Galleries: Emotive, Advertisement
Date Uploaded: Nov 17, 2003

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Statistics
Place: 5 out of 133
Avg (all users): 6.3190
Avg (commenters): 7.4286
Avg (participants): 6.0959
Avg (non-participants): 6.4214
Views since voting: 2679
Votes: 232
Comments: 29
Favorites: 6 (view)


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12/01/2003 12:20:47 PM
Greetings from the CC, here is my input, if it helps great if not feel free to disregard... Your subject choice and message are both very powerful IMO, the age of your subject is poignant, the choice of b & w is very good, adding to the seriousness of the subject matter. Even your choices regarding background wall (refering to graffiti/ads, the position of subject at bottom of stairs looking up into light is very good.
My biggest objections would be I think that you could of cropped slightly more off the right, removing the (other wall?) from the top corner of shot. And while I like the brightness at top of stairs wishing there was slightly less 'brightness', it seems to draw my a little too much, taking away from the subject a little. I would like to be forced to consider the subject a little more and her 'choice' (perhaps this is not your intention).
Overall a very well done shot.
Keep up the good work
lynn CC
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11/28/2003 01:32:02 PM
You read my mind.
11/28/2003 08:41:46 AM
does the unlit cigarette mean she right now is choosing which death she will take? this is the kind of photo people tear out of magazines and tape to their walls....and a great decision on using black and white....
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/24/2003 04:23:47 PM
This is a nice style of shot for this challenge. I was thinking about soemthign like this but wasn't able to pul it off. It sort of looks like one of thsoe high school hallway posters. Good stuff.
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11/23/2003 03:18:59 PM
Wow; I'm not sure this gets across the title message.There can't be a cigarette in the shot for that title. A better title would be "a second amendment right" or "my cold dead fingers" or "Daddy taught me how to shoot" or "bowling for columbine" or "guns don't kill people" anyway- I like the gender ambiguity of the shot, and the stairs leading up. sorry about the criticism- but this was a tough challenge.
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11/23/2003 01:55:00 PM
very good photograph, well done!
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11/22/2003 01:27:46 AM
Is this easy? very good!
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11/21/2003 11:36:19 PM
Very powerful shot. I like the way she is looking and the way the top of the steps is overexposed. It works well here
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11/21/2003 06:48:17 PM
Having smoked in my life I have heard this before. I still like the image. 10
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11/21/2003 11:55:49 AM
Very disturbing thought. Looks like stairway to heaven, light at the end of the tunnel?
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11/21/2003 12:47:14 AM
amazing. no doubt my favorite shot in this challenge. there is tension in your shot that no other pictures in this challenge have, which adds a ton to the emotional response that propaganda trys to invoke.
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11/21/2003 12:01:39 AM
Fantastic image and great message! Very powerfull. The composition with the girl looking up into the white "abiss" is great. Good job!
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11/20/2003 11:31:08 PM
Can't really rate this one on techincal aspect, as I don't believe that's what you were going for. Your overall presentation and composition is good. The fact that the person is looking up the stairs adds to the pensive mood. I'm not sure I agree with your subject matter, but as far as story telling goes, you've done well. 8 -danny
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11/20/2003 09:49:11 PM
Very well done. Really like the angle. Oh, and the message. :)
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11/20/2003 12:43:21 PM
great idea, very emotive. think the gun needs to be more prominent for it to work better.
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11/20/2003 10:24:01 AM
Without the title I wouldn't have really understood the message, though most propaganda images have supporting text, so I'm not saying that as a criticism. I like the composition, the close crop on the model works well. I also like the way she's looking up a stairway of light - is that meant to represent the tunnel of light people are meant to see on death?
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11/20/2003 09:39:24 AM
Great shading and sharpness. The only negative I see is the what-you-ma-call-it in front of her/his head on the wall, very distracting.
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11/20/2003 09:36:57 AM
this image relies entirely on the title for its connection to the challenge, there are many many other stories it could be telling, the light is interesting and the detail of the figure very good
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11/20/2003 05:17:49 AM
Sensational photo. Great, and hard hitting, message. Lighting is supberb, model's pose is perfect. Be very surprised if this doesn't get a ribbon. Great stuff!
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11/19/2003 06:56:06 PM
wow... this photo REALLY hit me... GREAT propaganda! Very Very well done... it gives a message.. it shows tension and indecision... wonderful! I even like the blowout of up the stairs almost as a come into the light kind of thing. Very well composed, and very powerful. Solid 10... good luck!
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11/19/2003 02:23:26 PM
I love the contrast and the light at the top of the stairs. Good statement :)
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11/19/2003 01:07:24 PM
Very good.
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11/19/2003 01:05:24 PM
Good idea - too bad there is such a bright area at top right -- it spoils the dark mood.
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11/19/2003 11:45:44 AM
Great shot and perfect use of B&W. Anti-smoking taken to the limits.
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11/19/2003 11:44:12 AM
I think you should have placed more emphasize on the cigarette and the gun (maybe a close up?). For now it is really more like a picture than real propaganda.
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11/19/2003 07:10:42 AM
egad... you know what? there is a man in cambodia who attributes his long life of 110+ years to smoking.. so there.. Ech.. this is a little over the top for me. I like the photo otherwise though.. interesting ( i don't know if you planned this ) that she's looking up the stairs into light.. kinda the life-after death thing going what with the christian's heaven etc.. you can smoke and still go to heaven, i believe.. but suicide is unforgiveable, correct? Don't listen to me, i'm atheist.
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11/19/2003 04:46:56 AM
Funny anti tobacco propaganda. 9
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11/19/2003 02:42:50 AM
Brilliant, I love this shot:)
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11/19/2003 12:19:29 AM
Good message and composition. I assume you planned the overexposure there, and I think that works too. I wanted to do an antismoking one myself, but didn't want to contribute and buy any cigarettes.
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