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Stigmata
Stigmata
Jari


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Religion (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Pentax *ist DL
Lens: Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF
Location: Oulu, Finland
Date: May 25, 2007
Aperture: 1/6.7
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/20
Galleries: History
Date Uploaded: May 26, 2007

Religion as a subject often makes me think about the pain it has caused to so many innocent people. Stigmatas are one source of pain, though often self inflicted like in this case.

Setup:
For lightning I used two household lamps on both side of the hand and a bathrobe as a background. The hand is mine and I used my other hand to push the shutter button. I rubbed the hand with dirt to make it look less like nerds hand. The iron nail here is made of cardboard and duct tape. I burned it with matches a bit to make it look more rough and dark. I cut the "nail" in half and attached it to my hand with iron wire. The wire is hidden behind the thumb. The dry looking blood is a mix of ketchup and red pepper powder.

Editing:
- Converted from RAW
- flip horisontally & vertically
- Levels
- Curves
- Hue/Saturation
- Dodge/burn
- crop
- unsharp mask
- save for web

I'm pretty newb in post processing so I had to play with the adjustments a while to get the nicest looking result. I wanted to desaturate the image a bit but make the blood more visible. Finally I dodged and burned.

Statistics
Place: 33 out of 311
Avg (all users): 6.0169
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 5.9180
Avg (non-participants): 6.0684
Views since voting: 904
Views during voting: 328
Votes: 178
Comments: 9
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/05/2007 06:05:22 PM
Good idea, lighting feels slightly off but good shot. And I'm sure plenty of people have pointed out the location is wrong so I won't ;)
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06/01/2007 03:24:48 PM
I just commented on the other nail pearced shots...maybe there are more. This is very well done and I love the lighting. Maybe to graphic to score high but I commend you for submitting it anyway. 9
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05/31/2007 10:10:21 PM
Very well presented. Bump.
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05/31/2007 02:08:51 PM
Needs blood on the nail to convince me. Otherwise a great shot.
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05/30/2007 09:58:05 PM
nice, looks very real.
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05/30/2007 06:09:29 PM
nice shot good submission
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05/30/2007 03:54:54 PM
Ouch! I like it :)
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05/30/2007 10:18:25 AM
excellent shoooot !!!!
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05/30/2007 02:41:24 AM
stunning and powerful image .. =10
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