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Challenge: Religion (Advanced Editing V*)
Collection: 2007
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Logan, UT
Date: May 29, 2007
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 800
Shutter: 13.0 seconds
Galleries: Urban, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: May 29, 2007

This has got to be the most difficult set-up I have ever done. I used a strobe to properly expose my "dead" body, and a long exposure to give the ghostly effect of me standing on the side. I don't have a portable power supply, so I had to use a converter to allow me to plug it in to the car's cigarette lighter. Unfortunately, there isn't enough power supplied there to really help out too much. It would take approx. five minutes for the flash to fully recharge between shots. Besides that, I had to try several locations. Some were too dark, so my "ghost" was not visible at all. Some were too light, so my "dead" body appeared transparent also. This spot finally made it at least worth trying.

For editing, I cloned out a small pvc pipe housing an electrical line on the building behind me, sharpened, dodged/burned, adjusted color saturation and brighness, sharpened some more, dodged and burned some more, etc, etc.

Place: 47 out of 311
Avg (all users): 5.8684
Avg (commenters): 7.2222
Avg (participants): 5.7813
Avg (non-participants): 5.9127
Views since voting: 882
Views during voting: 303
Votes: 190
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

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07/04/2007 01:46:42 PM
This image may not be as evocative as the more symbolic or grandiose ones that placed higher, but the technical skill needed to pull this off is understandably quite impressive. The result is quite well done, and I'm glad you stuck with it until you got it to work. Nice job.
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06/08/2007 03:26:57 PM
i thought as long if you not to serious abut it
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06/06/2007 10:33:39 AM
Ohmygosh! What in the WORLD is this doing in 47th place with a 5.8 score! I protest! This is AMAZING! The processing is to die for. The concept even better. And the execution: flawless!

I'm afraid you got robbed. I hate it when that happens!

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/05/2007 06:23:41 PM
Creative and nicely done.
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06/04/2007 07:15:24 AM
A very interesting concept very well portayed. Good job.
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06/03/2007 11:49:35 AM
How come the ghost change his cloth???
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06/03/2007 06:14:35 AM
woulld be nice if 8
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06/01/2007 01:24:51 AM
Well illustrated!
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05/31/2007 11:08:11 PM
very creative and well executed . Excellent election of the scene and very good illumination
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05/31/2007 04:21:57 PM
just excellent .. i love the way the body's lying on the road and the posture of the 'spirit' .. excellent idea and love your processing .. i had a similar idea, and did my first long exposure for the religion challenge .. i called it 'a soul's journey' .. mine was the soul coming out'v the body and reaching up, to show yearning for the spiritual .. unfortunately too much use of vignette and curves, plus increasing the canvas size got me a dq .. i'm happy, coz it was bombing out real bad, and now i'm just more aware of wot i can and cant do in an advanced challenge .. also if i'm at all unsure, and i have time, i'll ask for validation before the challenge starts voting .. i hope you do well in this coz it is a wonderful image .... :) =9
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05/31/2007 12:37:36 AM
Very nice d.e. Bump.
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05/30/2007 09:47:06 PM
nice look, I'm curious about your editing steps. well done. Would be nice if the laying down person didn't pop out of the image quite so much. Almost feels out of place. the spirit version fits in really well.
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05/30/2007 03:31:20 PM
great idea well executed!
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