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Challenge: Religion (Advanced Editing V*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: Wanaque, NJ
Date: May 29, 2007
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/40
Galleries: Emotive, Persuasive
Date Uploaded: May 29, 2007

A last minute idea. It hit me right before bedtime last night. I made the spike out of wood. Next morning drove to the marina and after sailing stopped over George's house (the big hands). We used a black t shirt draped over a stool so he can wrap hands around. The log I borrowed from the marina. Could not really edit to full satisfaction because of time. You know, you jump from idea to the next but never really follow through completely because time just keeps breathing down your neck. Natural light with a garage 500 watt halogen right in front of his garage.

This is done as a special visual study. Its aim is high contrast in the image: and then the contrast of dominating force over physical docility: hence submission to brute force. Dirt against cleanliness and then a visual contrast of triangles against a tight crop. The tight crop makes the eyes want to search for something outside the visible and the triangles force the eyes back.
This was done in daylight but with a 500 halogen garage light adjusted to give the wood a metallic feel, in doing so, it brings out the iron of the hammer even more. I made the spike out of wood and sculpt it to look like metal and painted with aluminum paint.

It is not a pretty image. The hand could have been contorted but I chose passive as in submission so as to make the image more bearable. It is a strong Religious depiction and I anticipate a good string of low votes from some of the outspoken anti religious and secular. Amazing how much inspiration has flowed from Religion dating back in artistic and musical history. My sole object was not to make a religious statement but rather a stylistic and well crafted study...I hope! lol

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 311
Avg (all users): 6.8883
Avg (commenters): 8.7143
Avg (participants): 6.6250
Avg (non-participants): 7.0348
Views since voting: 7021
Views during voting: 286
Votes: 179
Comments: 89
Favorites: 44 (view)


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11/30/2007 04:05:07 PM
I'm not a religous person but WOW!! what a photograph.
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07/04/2007 01:40:50 PM
I have to admit, a number of the contrasts in this image were lost on me until I read along with your description, but having done so this image went from "nice" to "great" in my mind. Most striking to me is the rigidity of the spike driver's hands as compared to the open submission of the victim.

Message edited by author 2007-07-04 13:41:38.
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06/13/2007 10:21:17 PM
Thank you
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06/11/2007 12:57:24 AM
An amazing photograph! Congratulations on yet another ribbon. I'm adding this one to my favorites.
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06/10/2007 10:43:03 PM
What a fabulous photo, quite emotive. Congrats man, great work !
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06/10/2007 11:40:18 AM
I'm happy to see your magic photography return to the winner's circle! Congratulations for this fine imagery.
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06/09/2007 04:11:30 AM
Nice to see you back in the winner's circle:) Wonderful image and I have selected it as a favorite. Congratulations.
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06/08/2007 06:43:46 PM
Well Daniel, you absolutely accomplished what you set out to do here.
A special visual study? I call it and exceptional visual study, Sir.
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06/08/2007 05:54:27 PM
Very powerful image.. always a pleasure to see your images in these challenges. Congratulations on the ribbon. Well deserved.
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06/08/2007 05:23:06 PM
This is excellent work my friend. Too good!
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06/08/2007 01:58:25 PM
this image deserves 1st place for sure! It evokes so many emotions. Very good job!
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06/08/2007 09:42:22 AM
Great compositin, congrats!
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06/08/2007 04:25:02 AM
Excellent work Daniel!
Congratulations, It's good to see you on the front page.
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06/08/2007 03:39:03 AM
congratulations, nice last minute idea and "execution" :-)

peace
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06/07/2007 09:04:31 PM
Brilliant rendition, congrats on the recognition and reward by the voters!
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06/07/2007 05:17:58 PM
Thank You, sir! This is a great testimony to the only King of Time & Eternity...and all that exists in todo!

You have created a graphic & admirable portrayal of the only Person to willingly nail Himself to a cross with spikes of LOVE and wake up after three days of death...simply because He wanted to do so, He had finished His assignment, and simply because He could. Death was not powerful enough to keep Him dead.

Wow! The God-Man who could hang His own body on a cross, like any other man hangs his coat on a nail in the closet. Then, He went to work ransacking His enemy's lair, and returned to the "closet" after showing the enemy who was Boss to pick up His fleshly "suit-coat" just in time for a victory celebration with friends before He returned to His Father's House to take up residence on His Princely Throne!

Be Blessed, Dear Friend, for thy creation hath caused me to wax eloquent! I liketh that very much! :)
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06/07/2007 01:28:49 PM
Mr. Funk (Daniel)

What an amazing and beautiful work of art. You are truly an inspiration to me; and thank you for all of your hard work and contribution to this site. This place would not be the same without you!

As stated before, your shot and the comments on how you created it are magnificent, congratulations on your ribbon!

Steve
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06/06/2007 10:29:13 PM
Daniel, your description of this photo and how you used technicals to get your point across is simply amazing. technical poetry. The image has power, and you broke it down beautifully. One of the best photographer comments I have come across. Congrats on your ribbon, the image is stellar.
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06/06/2007 10:27:05 PM
I take pictures. You make art. What an inspiration. Some day maybe I'll be half as good. Well done! (and thanks for returning to DPC!)
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06/06/2007 10:19:52 PM
Can't tell you what a treat it is to see you back in your rightful place. Congrats Daniel on a beautiful image.
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06/06/2007 07:16:18 PM
Outstanding as always Daniel! Congrats on the ribbon and so good to see you back and in the ribbons again!
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06/06/2007 06:54:38 PM
Great job, Dan! Beautiful lighting and textures, and thetight crop works very well.
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06/06/2007 05:08:13 PM
Brilliant shot Dan. The lighting is great. B & W works very well on this one. Very nice work. Congrats on your ribbon.
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06/06/2007 01:22:21 PM
First off congrats on your ribbon. Secondly, I didn't look or vote on this challenge because I didn't feel comfortable with the topic. But if I had I would have given yours a 10. You did a very nice high contrast B/W photo. I just love the processing. I am a big fan of B/W photos. They always seem to have so much detail and emotion. I can't believe I am going to say this but I am going to have to make this one of my favorites. You really did a great job.
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06/06/2007 01:13:46 PM
Great picture. Beautiful textures and tones, and I enjoyed reading your thought process. Congrats on yellow.
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06/06/2007 11:53:10 AM
Great job and Congrats! very emotive and absolutely stunning from a technical perspective.
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06/06/2007 11:44:39 AM
Awesome job Daniel! One of my fav's during the challenge! Great job with the b/w and the detail. Add to fav

Congratulations!!!!
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06/06/2007 11:31:14 AM
Yet another well-deserved ribbon... My hat is off to you sir on a powerful image!
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06/06/2007 11:12:35 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon and an exceptionally powerful image for this challenge. Well done!
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06/06/2007 10:39:11 AM
Wow Dan, this is brilliant! The details are so well thought out that it compels viewer almost subliminally. One of your best images IMO. Congrats!
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06/06/2007 09:49:28 AM
Daniel!!!! This photo is aMAZING! It touches me deeply, and I am so happy this won a ribbon! Congratulations, and this is going straight to my favorites!

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06/06/2007 09:13:23 AM
Wow this is fantastic. Great textures. So much feeling here. Congrats on the ribbon.
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06/06/2007 08:40:05 AM
Great b&w tones in this strong depiction...congratulations on winning the yellow ribbon!
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06/06/2007 08:27:24 AM
Daniel,
Congrats on a highly deserved win. This was one of the most powerful images in a very difficult challenge, and I'm truly impressed. Into faves.
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06/06/2007 08:03:26 AM
Nice to see you back. Congrats!!!
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06/06/2007 08:00:41 AM
Congratulations on a great shot and your ribbon,

Jack
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06/06/2007 07:09:41 AM
I love the "passive" hand as you said in contrast with the giant set with the tools. This really does accomplish a depiction of the sacrifice of Jesus along with a graphic and powerful image in its own right. Simple and extemely powerful. Good to see you on the front page.
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06/06/2007 07:06:47 AM
Daniel, this is a wonderfully stylized shot and meets the challenge perfectly. Well done!
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06/06/2007 06:46:49 AM
WOW! very solid entry Mr Graphicfunk congrats on this yellow ribbon shot.
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06/06/2007 06:45:48 AM
To say "well executed" would be glib. But you know what I mean. Well thought out and exceptional result.
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06/06/2007 05:32:38 AM
A powerful study. Congrats on your well deserved ribbon. Great to see you back on the front page!!!
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06/06/2007 05:01:54 AM
Great image, congratulations! And thanks for the extensive explanation of the 'making of' process, very interesting.
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06/06/2007 04:46:32 AM
Absolutely great. Good job.
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06/06/2007 04:42:15 AM
Amazing work, as only you can do it my dear friend. I hope you are well. Congratulations on this well deserved ribbon.
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06/06/2007 04:15:42 AM
Amazing work Daniel. Congratulations!
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06/06/2007 03:34:45 AM
well done Daniel! i knew this would score high, happy for you
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06/06/2007 03:30:22 AM
This is a stunningly powerful image and I'm so pleased it deservedly won a ribbon. Congratulations.
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06/06/2007 02:44:03 AM
Congratulations, Daniel!
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06/06/2007 02:24:36 AM
This is amazing. Wonderful. Thank you for taking it. A well-deserved ribbon.
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06/06/2007 02:21:37 AM
powerful stuff, glad to see you on front page again.
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06/06/2007 02:17:46 AM
Congratulations too Daniel! This is a very powerful image and I really liked it a lot!
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06/06/2007 02:08:26 AM
Very powerful image! Beautiful work Dan!! Congrats on your well deserved ribbon.
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06/06/2007 02:02:56 AM
the contrast and B&W tones here works wonderfully.
congrats on the well deserved ribbon, Dan.

crayon
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06/06/2007 01:49:44 AM
way to go..Daniel..you're the best
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06/06/2007 01:32:59 AM
Jeeeeez, a ribbon and it doesn't even show on your profile page, such talent. Really enjoyed your image, grats on the yellow.
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06/06/2007 01:03:37 AM
Dan, Great to see you on the front page again with this exquisite image. Big congrats on your ribbon!
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06/06/2007 01:01:52 AM
Great shot and a well deserved ribbon. Nice work!
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06/06/2007 12:46:56 AM
Dan, a very strong and powerful shot. Congrats! Here's to hoping you peaked one week too early...
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06/06/2007 12:44:16 AM
Good to have you back!
Congratulation on a well deserved win. Thanks for including so much information in your comments. As always, they are very helpful.
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06/06/2007 12:36:47 AM
Very powerful image...Congrats!
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06/06/2007 12:33:45 AM
I only got through 3/4's in voting as I hit Science first. This would have gotten one of my better scores if I'd have gotten to it. Kudos on an excellen capture!
TC
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06/06/2007 12:21:32 AM
Ouch....the contrast and tones really define the objects in the photo. Clever thinking in such a short time. Very emotive and poetic rather than giving a religious message as you intended and good thinking outside the box.
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06/06/2007 12:18:17 AM
Congrats Daniel! Fabulous comeback :)
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06/06/2007 12:16:42 AM
he's back!
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06/06/2007 12:15:45 AM
Fantastic. In or out of the studio, you are amazing. Congratulations!
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06/06/2007 12:15:31 AM
Congratulations, Daniel - a very powerful image from an artistic perspective as well as a religious one, and I'm in awe of your carving abilities! Beautifully lit and I'd say you more than met your goals for this one.
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06/06/2007 12:12:44 AM
Great work and congratulations on your ribbon!
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06/06/2007 12:11:23 AM
Congratulations on a great shot with some wonderful tones and textures.
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06/06/2007 12:08:48 AM
Awesome Daniel, Congrats on the ribbon!! Great shot!!! Love it!
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06/06/2007 12:06:51 AM
Congrats, Daniel! Woo hoo!
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06/06/2007 12:06:35 AM
Awesome! Great picture and processed just right.
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06/06/2007 12:04:54 AM
Thanks for the excellence in your photo and congrats on your ribbon!
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06/06/2007 12:04:40 AM
Congrats on ribboning with a super fine image!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/05/2007 12:33:26 PM
Love the hands. No pun intended - but this tells a gripping story. Great use of black and white.
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06/05/2007 12:07:58 AM
Great shot. 9. I like the contrast and the gritty hands of the "nailer." Just a suggestion, not a nit pic at all, but maybe some leather straps or something wrapped around Jesus's wrist would make that hand seem less posed.
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06/04/2007 09:00:14 PM
I really like this but the Jesus hand needs to be more roughed up. He went through more than we could imagine. Hand looks too clean in other words.

Back to bump. 9 Nice job.
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06/04/2007 07:47:08 PM
Wow!! I need this print........nice!! (this is the first 10 I have ever given)
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06/04/2007 06:44:07 PM
great job converting to B&W, nice tight crop
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06/03/2007 11:13:00 PM
Well done on the shot. Taking it in B/W is great idea and suits the mood of the scene
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06/03/2007 10:30:57 AM
Think this might be the winner for me! Tone is perfect and subject plus composition is very powerful. Crop might be just a bit too tight, but hard to say without another version to compare it to. Great work!
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06/03/2007 04:39:18 AM
A couple similar photos, but this was my favorite, and one of only 2 10's that I gave out. My second favorite of the bunch.
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06/02/2007 09:06:30 PM
nice depiction and the black/white is very effective, I think
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06/02/2007 05:26:08 PM
b/w super
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06/02/2007 03:31:22 AM
I like the high contrast and low key setup for this shot. You have really simplified this subject by showing only the hands and tools. You "nailed" the title.

Only drawback seems to be that the frame seems a bit crowded with 6 items (three hands, hammer, nail and cross) squeezed together, but I think it works nonetheless. Only wish I could make a shot half as compelling.
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05/31/2007 10:02:07 PM
The monochrome, combined with excellent highlights and contrast makes this an exceptional shot. For example, the white highlight on the near edge of the hammer saves that part of the shot from being too dark. The dirty hands on the hammer and nail vs. the clean hand. Even the wood of the cross looks metallic in this lighting.
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05/30/2007 10:42:46 PM
Wow - Strong image! Nicely done!
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05/30/2007 05:33:56 PM
beautiful my favorite your veiw is refreshing thanx for the art
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05/30/2007 11:07:12 AM
Powerful image! It's well executed and well processed. B&W was a great choice. But its strongest feature is its composition. Composition of the hands is terrific. Triangle formed by the head and point of the spike and the hammer reinforces the triangle formed by the hands. The overlapping triangles swing your eye round and round the frame.
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05/30/2007 08:40:18 AM
Ooh, good dramatic shot. Very emotive. 8
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