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Chinese Water Torture!
Chinese Water Torture!

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Challenge: Water (Advanced Editing I*)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4500
Location: Hull
Date: Dec 11, 2003
Aperture: f9.3
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/15
Galleries: Portraiture, Water
Date Uploaded: Dec 11, 2003

OK, luckly it didn't take too many shots cuz the floor got wet pretty quickly and I got cold!! And I hate cold!!! Brrrrrrrr..... but my girlfriend did enjoy pouring water on me!!!

Thank god for spot editing cuz I cleaned up the background nice an did extra usm and levels on the splash.

Used flash...

I doubt that this is ribbon material but I should get extra points for originality!!! :-D

Hmmmmmmmmmm.... the more I look at it the more the forehead bothers me. But if I crop more of it out I loose my reference points (the eyes) and then it's hard to tell it's a forehead. I guess I'll have to live with it.

Place: 55 out of 139
Avg (all users): 5.8621
Avg (commenters): 8.3000
Avg (participants): 5.8721
Avg (non-participants): 5.8475
Views since voting: 9447
Votes: 145
Comments: 13
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12/27/2003 10:57:57 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

This image successfully conveys the essence of Chinese water torture. The creative choices work well: The light blue color gives the impression of cold and pain a lot more than either normal skin tones or gray would have. The foreboding black background gives an air of malice; about twice as much would have had more impact. Showing the splash is visually more attractive than a drop about to hit and conveys a greater sense of torture. The lighting works well, especially the use of flash to freeze the motion of the water drop. And as you mentioned in your comments, the eye is a necessary reference point so the viewer can tell it's a forehead, although I think cropping the bottom half would have improved the photo. The technical quality is high (including the spot editing).

Overall, this is not an attractive photo, but one that does convey a specific idea very well. (And perhaps it also explains why your profile photo shows you touching your forehead. Does your girlfriend do this to you often?)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/21/2003 09:41:48 PM
Love your stop motion on this. I'm not sure if I care for desaturation/lack of color. The image might not have the same impact in color.
12/21/2003 09:11:23 AM
I've seen a lot of splash shots, but never something quite like this, great, 10
12/20/2003 02:48:01 PM
LOL. Great job isolating the splash with the black behind it. The blue tint also gives a sense of "torture" or pain a little too. 8.
12/19/2003 01:06:35 AM
Great Clarity, great tones, great photograph!
12/18/2003 11:26:22 PM
Creative setting for a well done stop action shot.
12/18/2003 10:49:44 PM
Funny. Nice capture of the splash
12/18/2003 10:09:07 PM
12/17/2003 10:13:01 PM
Hehe, the only funny shot in the challenge, and well done. .:8:.
12/16/2003 08:37:11 PM
Very well done shot, and a very cool idea. If that's your head I'll be even more impressed! 9
12/16/2003 10:40:19 AM
Great shot! I love the moment of the water´s splash. In my opinion, you´´ll get a stronger image if the water´s splash will be closer. But, it´s just an opinion. 7
12/15/2003 10:50:27 PM
Original idea. Lighting: good, Composition: good, Excellent capture of the water drops.
12/15/2003 03:22:14 AM
i think i'm going to have a headache.. or an anxiety attack..

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