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The New Dark Ages

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Challenge: Science II (Advanced Editing V*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Location: Berkeley, California, USA
Date: May 23, 2007
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/20
Galleries: Humorous, Political
Date Uploaded: May 27, 2007

Title from a punk song ... sign from a furniture store ... black humor from ......

My alternate title was "Reversal of Fortune" -- though the original title (Dark Victory -- from an old Bette Davis movie) would have applied had I left this in the Religion Challenge.

Trying to make it look like a large tomb seen against a starry sky.

Manual exposure, manual focus, handheld.

-Retouch a couple of reflections, partially-hidden letters
-Clone in some lower wall obscured by crossing wall
-Channel Mixer - > Monochrome (Grayscale)
-RGB Curve
-Select sky area
---RGB Curve to sky } to darken background and bring out
---RGB Curve to sky } noisy spots as "stars"
-Add stroke around edge of sign at 33% opacity to clean up edges
-Resize for DPC
-Crop all sides to 3:2 ratio
-SaveAs JPEG at quality 9/10 = 149kb

Place: 213 out of 222
Avg (all users): 4.2512
Avg (commenters): 2.7500
Avg (participants): 3.9841
Avg (non-participants): 4.3714
Views since voting: 1024
Views during voting: 273
Votes: 203
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/04/2007 01:29:52 PM
Interesting concept, but the execution could be better. It's somewhat underexposed.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/03/2007 11:36:00 PM
this is too dark, and the subject is not interesting to me. there is also alot of grain and noise and the composition is too loose
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/01/2007 01:43:32 AM
Sorry to give you a low score, but the photo quality is very low. I don't really get your "science" point either, but I'm assuming you have one and not lowering my scoring based on that.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/31/2007 02:07:29 PM
well that's an odd one.. good points for the humor factor. i'm not sure that i like the graininess of the photo, but i suppose it works if you're going for a space kind of look.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/30/2007 11:46:40 PM
Huh? Hardly a representation of science ... maybe anti-science!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/30/2007 03:11:10 PM
Too noisy IMO this isn't a good photo. Sorry.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/30/2007 02:11:06 PM
Good idea, I wish the photo was lighter though
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/30/2007 08:48:06 AM
Nice idea but way too dark for me. I appreciate why you did it but don't think it really emphasizes the point.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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