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When Memories of War Begin to Fade...
When Memories of War Begin to Fade...

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Challenge: After Dark (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus E-20
Location: Fontana, Ca
Date: Jan 6, 2004
Aperture: F4.0
ISO: 80
Shutter: 5 seconds
Galleries: Emotive, Political
Date Uploaded: Jan 10, 2004

This was taken on an overpass on the I-15 Highway just north of my house. Studio monolights were used with white umbrellas for diffusion. Monolights were used on low power, and the modeling lights were used for setup then shut-off. Once the flash fired the soldier walked off camera for the rest of the exposure.

Adjusted the blue and red levels and the brightness and contrast a smudge.

Place: 53 out of 96
Avg (all users): 5.4689
Avg (commenters): 6.7778
Avg (participants): 5.2941
Avg (non-participants): 5.5780
Views since voting: 942
Votes: 177
Comments: 11
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01/19/2004 05:42:58 PM
Thanks for all of your comments. I thought this image would do better, but after reading the comments I think I didn't do a good enough job telling the story.

The lights to right are automobiles on the freeway. Notice the white lights coming,and the red lights going. The idea is that as war memories (or nightmares) fade, a new reality appears that can be just as frightening and disconcerting as the immediate life and death situations that one faces in war-time.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/16/2004 08:23:27 PM
A long exposure an subject moved I suppose. An interesting concept well executed An 8
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01/16/2004 08:07:31 PM
Very interesting effect. I'll be anxious to know your technique for partial transparency. Composition is good, though I'm tempted to crop the sky just a little. The bright light just behind his head gets a lot of attention.
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01/16/2004 12:49:51 AM
very unusual I thought this was a bit wierd at first but It is really very clever work
I dont know how this is done though
I think this will be in the top shots
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01/15/2004 11:05:26 PM
creative presentation. good catchlights in the soldier's eyes.
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01/15/2004 04:53:30 PM
Ghost recon? Nice transparent effect. The light in the upper right is a little distracting, but I like the composition and the concentration.
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01/14/2004 11:25:07 PM
Very cool shot. Really enjoy the composition and the effect is really quite neat.
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01/14/2004 11:43:26 AM
The dim lighting on the person versus bright background gets your message across very effectively. The large out-of-focus structure at the right does pull the viewer's eye away from the main subject, unfortunately.
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01/14/2004 05:25:06 AM
Some of those memories don't fade.... What a picture... It won't soon fade from my memory either.
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01/13/2004 08:59:20 PM
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01/12/2004 01:06:26 PM
Very stagey.

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