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Challenge: Religion (Advanced Editing V*)
Collection: Challenge Pics - Love 'em!
Camera: Olympus E-500 EVOLT
Date: May 28, 2007
Aperture: 5.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Sky, Still Life
Date Uploaded: May 28, 2007

I believe in God and think that the cross is an enduring reminder of His presence.

The downside of the pic is that this is part of a memorial for a nun who was murdered. A priest was recently convicted for committing the crime.

Score predict: 5.299809

Dodge and Burn
Cloned out some spot near top of cross
Gradient Level / Mask
Contrast again
Neat Image

Place: 105 out of 311
Avg (all users): 5.4651
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.1356
Avg (non-participants): 5.6372
Views since voting: 532
Views during voting: 239
Votes: 172
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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06/10/2007 06:00:18 PM

Well I will be honest and say I thought that this image whilst good was not great (please understand I thought it was good though --- I gave it 6)

However the poigniancy of the story is incredible and knowing what I do now about the image really adds to it

I guess true faith is recognising that such things occur is down to failings in man rather than God

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06/07/2007 09:32:51 PM
Michelle, I think this is a beautiful photo! I really think that it symbolizes what this challenge was asking. What can I say? I think that there's a certain "look" that voters look for in a shot and they stick that that sort of an "eye" for that "look". Anything outside of that gets an "average score". Quite sad, actually as this one deserved a far higher mark, given what I'm seeing of others entered into this challenge.

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06/06/2007 10:46:00 AM
Michelle, this is beautiful. Very well processed (the vignaetting really enhances this photo so much). Yes. The story is so sad. Whatever went so amuk in that priest's heart! Unbelievable!

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06/06/2007 09:13:13 AM
Very sad story behind the picture. Great color, simple but effective graphical presentation, well balanced.
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06/06/2007 07:17:48 AM
wot can i say?? ... its hard enough to express our beliefs in words let alone in a photograph .. i think many ppl just took photographs of churches whether they believe or not .. good on you for doing something that you truly believe in .. it may not have scored that great, but 106 out'v 305 is pretty good when i consider the amazing talent in this site ... and by the way ... you're one of them !!! :):)
edit after reading more of your comment .. hey .. it did heaps better than you predicted !!!

Message edited by author 2007-06-06 07:19:14.
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06/06/2007 12:25:56 AM
Michelle, great shot...don't know what to say. Should have scored higher...
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/03/2007 11:43:37 PM
wel centred shot and lighting works well
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05/30/2007 08:19:05 AM
Great iconic imagery, and nice simple composition. The cross seems oversharpened though.
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