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Theodor Geisel's "Design For Death"
Theodor Geisel's "Design For Death"

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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Dr. Seuss (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Location: Oakland, California, USA
Date: May 1, 2007
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/8
Galleries: Emotive, Political
Date Uploaded: May 2, 2007

... or

I Do Not Like When Bombs Go Wham!

In addition (actually, prior) to writing children's books, Theodor Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss) was a political cartoonist, and worked with the likes of Frank Capra making propaganda films during World War II. In 1947, he helped make the Academy Award-winning documentary "Design For Death" about post-war Japan.

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Mushrooms on a black cloth, back and top-lit with incandescent lights.

-Cloned-out speck of lint on the backdrop.
-RGB Curve
-Blue/Yellow Curve
-Red Curve
-Resize for DPC
-SaveAs JPEG at quality 9/10 = 100kb

Place: 72 out of 74
Avg (all users): 4.0596
Avg (commenters): 4.8824
Avg (participants): 4.4667
Avg (non-participants): 3.9632
Views since voting: 3512
Views during voting: 420
Votes: 235
Comments: 29
Favorites: 7 (view)

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03/15/2009 02:17:08 PM
Really looks like an old photograph from some test site... added to faves (thought it was already there!)
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06/02/2007 11:53:15 AM
To stop people and ask them to think...
ahhh such a dangerouos position to take...:)
I love when someone creates an opportunity for me to learn...
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05/23/2007 10:02:43 AM
This is highly underrated. Very mysterious and artistic.
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05/23/2007 04:58:23 AM
extraordinary. should have been listed on the other end of the scale.
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05/22/2007 01:46:20 PM
Fascinating. You often come up with interesting takes on the challenge. Thanks for teaching me something about Geisel! I went home and told my wife, who also didn't know that about him. Between this and JuliBoc's entry, I've learned a lot.
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05/16/2007 01:06:54 AM
I was really surprised by the brown ribbon on this one. I gave it an 8. Well the OOBIE should make up for that. Pretty special -- two awards in one challenge. ;P Congratulations on a marvelous entry.
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05/15/2007 11:12:46 PM
Such dark imagery. Very emotive and eery.
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05/14/2007 11:27:40 AM
a delightful brown ribbon entry and my congrats to the General!
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05/14/2007 07:53:09 AM
Hello from the Critique Club,

Wow, I really don't know where to start. This is my first Critique Club assignment of a Brown Ribbon winner and it goes to someone that has been around long enough to know what to expect in relation to the image subject chosen and the expectations of the voters from the challenge topic. First, let me start by stating the obvious. Your image does depict your vision for the challenge strongly; however, the image quality and subject choice made this an easy vote low and move on entry. I also think if you would have included Geisel's pen name in the title, Theodor Geisel's, aka Dr. Seuss, "Design for Death", your image would have made more sense to the general voters (especially those outside the US).

Reading your comments, I see that the coloration was a major factor in your processing. When I think of nuke clouds I think of big white mushrooms emanating from a focal point of destruction (I've never seen a real one, only those portrayed in the movies). I wonder how your clouds would have looked in B&W with super high contrast, as the yellowish color doesn't really work for me. OK, now Iím trying to force my perception on your artistic vision. Sounds kind of like DPC doesn't it.

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions regarding this critique.

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05/14/2007 06:07:54 AM
i also thought this was don's work. a great image, and it was very nice to see someone considering more than geisel's children's work. well done indeed.
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05/14/2007 03:56:05 AM
I thought this was Don (posthumous) - not sure if you'll take that as a compliment or an insult, though. :-) Very good take on the challenge.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/13/2007 10:49:34 PM
I had to look it up. Before I did, I liked this a lot as I could recognize what the shapes were supposed to be. Now that I have thought about it some more I am bumping you up a couple points.
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05/12/2007 07:25:45 PM
Posthumous Blue Ribbon. 10
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05/11/2007 04:20:07 PM
Clever idea.
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05/11/2007 03:27:35 PM
Not sure what it is supposed to be. Doesn't make much sense to me and image seems to have no discernible subject.
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05/10/2007 03:51:05 PM
Very dark visually and title. The over enhancement has given a lot of speckle and although it is easy to see the mushrooms the overall look is not pleasing to MY eye. Sorry
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05/09/2007 09:56:50 AM
This will score badly for focus. Going for the brown ribbon?
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05/08/2007 09:57:00 PM
Kind of a morbid picture. Those are mushrooms, right?
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05/08/2007 08:24:19 PM
This is completely out of focus and hard to look at. Sorry but I don't like it at all.
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05/08/2007 01:08:29 AM
I must be missing something-this is out of focus and I cant tell what it is...
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05/07/2007 07:37:13 PM
Wow, mushroom clouds... an unbelievable spin on the challenge. Great vision. I've not seen the movie, but can imagine this not being a story for the kiddies. Hope for your sake that people have taken the time to look this one up on the net before judging.
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05/07/2007 07:34:52 PM
One puff, two puff,
Yellow puff, orange puff.
This one is a little soft,
This one is a bit aloft!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/07/2007 03:02:17 PM
I'm missing a point of focus here.......(?)
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05/07/2007 12:51:50 PM
I don't get it. I get that the blurry mushrooms are supposed to be from nukes but I don't get how that relates to Dr. Seuss. So then I am left with a blurry photo of mushrooms.
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05/07/2007 11:03:57 AM
It took me a while, but I think I understand -- these are mushroom clouds.
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05/07/2007 09:44:38 AM
This one I am having a hard time understanding, these are mushrooms I am gathering. I am un familiar with who Theodor geisel is. That is my problem not yours, so you get a 7 for the shot.
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05/07/2007 02:07:11 AM
what is this? soooo blurry!
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05/07/2007 01:04:02 AM
The World is Over!
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05/07/2007 12:22:16 AM
majorly OOF
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