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Challenge: After Dark (Classic Editing)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700
Location: Greeley, CO
Date: Jan 10, 2004
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 8 sec
Galleries: Vintage, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 11, 2004

Photo taken on an 8 second exposure at 2.8 and ISO 200. Full moon between the trees that blew out. Had flash set to -1 compensation to illuminate the human figure by the tree. Light in my hand to leave some light trails. Ran up to the camera and illuminated my face for less than 1-2 seconds. Converted to B&W, noise, bronze coloration, and increased levels/curves to bring up the Spectre in the tree.

Place: 71 out of 96
Avg (all users): 5.0899
Avg (commenters): 5.5556
Avg (participants): 4.9851
Avg (non-participants): 5.1532
Views since voting: 1915
Votes: 178
Comments: 19
Favorites: 3 (view)

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12/21/2006 12:01:56 AM
WOW... This is riveting! Fantastically disturbing image. Severely underrated. Beautiful work.
02/22/2004 11:17:53 AM
I agree - Incredibly under-rated. This photo is so intriguing. Unique to boot. I would have given this a 10 pretty quickly if I had voted on the challenge.
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01/20/2004 12:37:32 PM
definitely THE most under-rated shot in the challenge...this composition is excellent. I especially like the misty, foggy quality of the illuminated face.
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01/19/2004 02:10:53 AM
I think this was one of the best shots of the week. I'm sorry it didn't do better. Very creative and just plain awesome. Get up the good work.
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01/19/2004 01:03:46 AM
thanks to all the great comments, and suggestions. Especially zueszen
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/18/2004 09:21:40 AM
Photo has an abstract quality. I find it hard to pull the separate elements (tree, squiggle of light, bright spot in center, ghost, branches) to make a cohesive composition..
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01/17/2004 09:37:39 PM
woah! Very uuuummmm I'm lost for words!
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01/15/2004 05:25:24 PM
This is a very interesting effect. It took me a few times to see it and once I realized what it was it made it all that more creepy. And I like the choice of a top hat too, not sure why. Maybe it just adds to the creepiness of this. Very original idea. Sidenote: the graffiti on the tree is just a little bit distracting
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01/15/2004 06:22:37 AM
Can't even tell what this is supposed to be.
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01/14/2004 02:45:25 PM
tell me how you did this, it is awesome
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01/13/2004 08:46:45 PM
i like it...it makes ya think
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01/13/2004 06:25:18 PM
Wonderful incidental treasures in this refreshingly different entry,so reminiscent of another time and photographic epoch.
The dark grainy landscape (on the right) as much as several structural elements (tree trunk and limbs left largely unobscured) along with the superimposed hatted male figure provide both an anchored setting and mood for what might otherwise be sheer chaos, albeit magnificent.

The course of the haloing (back- to foreground)appears all the more credible given the dancing motion blur of a light source in the foreground. Compositionally, I'd wish for a little more room on the left of the image (and in the direction of the errant path of light), which, IMO, would also balance the total bright vs. the total dark areas (?).

A more than interesting creation with a poignant balance between discernable detail and spectral ambiguity, which, to me, translates to magic.

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01/13/2004 10:57:17 AM
This looks like something from a horror movie all right. I prefer the wide blurry strokes to the th inner, more 'legible' strokes at left. Really fun idea.
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01/13/2004 12:17:35 AM
very cool. nice work. I like the busy light movement, and the black negative space in the right. If feels like so much went into this shot that I can't help but "feel" something. Love it, and I'd be proud to have this on my wall. 10.
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01/12/2004 10:59:42 PM
good, but really creepy
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01/12/2004 10:03:45 PM
Interesting eery image. The person or ghost is nice addition to otherwise smudgy shot. How did you achieve this artistic look? It is very interesting.
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01/12/2004 10:39:44 AM
I can't really tell what I am looking at. A very busy picture. I'd like to see how you made this.
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01/12/2004 06:04:40 AM
brilliant indeed. full of interest. 9
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01/12/2004 01:30:44 AM
badass- you'd have my vote if i actually paid for my membership..
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