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Did I forget to lock the door?
1st PlaceDid I forget to lock the door?

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Challenge: Nightmares (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: Ohio
Date: Jul 9, 2007
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 125
Shutter: 1/15s
Galleries: Emotive, Advertisement
Date Uploaded: Jul 10, 2007

Shot in .NEF Raw + JPG-Fine, as always, Previewed these two side-by-side, to see how the camera converted the .JPG, a preview as to what can be done to the .NEF raw file.

Sorted possibilities in Adobe Bridge, then convert from .NEF raw file, adjusted Temperature, Saturation, Contrast, Brightness, Shadows, Exposure, mostly in that order. Selected 8-Contenders out of 43 shots, using the 50mm-f/1.4 and the 18-70mm-f/3.5-4.5 lenses.

In PS3: crop, Hue/Saturation, Curves, Levels, Flatten Image layers, Lower Brightness, Assign profile: Adobe RGB (1998), crop-more, resize, USM, convert to .JPG (Save For Web).

WOW 1st Ribbon! Many Thanks to all, Welcome to my Nightmare. There is nothing to be afraid of. I wasn't wearing the mask of Pennywise, the clown from Stephen King's movie IT. When I bought it last Fall I never knew anything about the clown's name and still haven't seen the movie.

Clowns are supposed to make everyone Happy. I see between Dreams and Nightmares the themes are 2-Flying, 2-Dying, 1-Angel, and this Clown. Chris did all, thanks for rooting for me. He once used the name pennywise on a computer.

I'll post a photo of my interesting setup I used for this, Friday evening. The mask is stored and was on a life sized "Woodie"'s head and neck I bought at a craft store.

My god I'm surrounded by 3 Scalvert's, someone thought this was one, that's scary.

Place: 1 out of 171
Avg (all users): 7.2139
Avg (commenters): 8.6250
Avg (participants): 6.9394
Avg (non-participants): 7.3481
Views since voting: 13322
Views during voting: 344
Votes: 201
Comments: 66
Favorites: 12 (view)

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04/13/2009 05:51:55 AM
07/23/2007 12:31:38 PM
Just checked this out..holy crap!!! I think I will have nightmares tonight from this shot. Creepy, but wow, did you ever hit the nail on the head.
07/21/2007 11:53:21 PM
Hey John, Fantastic nightmare shot! I truly HATE clowns!! Very freaky! LOVE this shot, fantastic!!! Congrats on the ribbon man!!! Way to go!!!
07/21/2007 03:08:58 AM
Way to go, John! A big Thumbs Up from me! :)
07/21/2007 01:07:33 AM
omggg. you just gave me scary thoughts for the night.

but the shot is definitely cool. loll
07/20/2007 10:47:03 PM
I actually shivered when I saw this one!
07/19/2007 03:59:26 PM
loves it!
07/19/2007 09:21:49 AM
John - Huge congrats on your first ribbon! This is beyond creepy. Perfect nightmare shot, and very well executed. The lighting is awesome in this.
07/19/2007 01:53:47 AM
Wow a picture entered in a nightmare challenge that wasn't presented in the prettiest of ways. Kudos!
07/18/2007 06:20:33 PM
This was my top pick during the voteing, congrats.
07/18/2007 01:36:00 PM
Hey John
Excellent execution for the challenge. Perfect in everyway. Congratulations!
07/18/2007 01:23:11 PM
way to go!!! strong work!!! excellent idea, and perfectly executed...
07/18/2007 12:54:41 PM
holy bad word!
you scared me so bad, i just had a heart attack!
07/18/2007 12:48:53 PM
Congratulations on the ribbon, John. Great job!
07/18/2007 12:09:02 PM
Many congratulations on your first ribbon with this outstanding image!
07/18/2007 09:49:37 AM
Extremely creepy...congratulations on winning the blue ribbon!
07/18/2007 08:16:29 AM
geez this is terrifying. got a shiver looking at it. nice work.
07/18/2007 08:09:59 AM
congz on your first ribbon !!!!
awesome & scary photo ... great work and keep up !
07/18/2007 08:05:42 AM
Congratulations to the ribbon, well deserved.
This was one of my favorites in the challenge.
And you should watch the movie, or better, read the book
07/18/2007 07:19:18 AM
Yeah John!!! Congrats on the win!!
07/18/2007 07:12:01 AM
I didn't actually vote on at least 20% (I got too freaked out halfway through) but I did give this image a 10. I clicked on it, looked away for something or other and then when I looked back at the screen I nearly jumped out of my skin. I am not particularly afraid of clowns but this one really made me jump. His expression is just creepy. Good job!
07/18/2007 06:59:02 AM
Well you got your ribbon man .... and a blue one to boot..
07/18/2007 06:39:10 AM
you did it! ... a well deserved ribbon for you - Congrats!
07/18/2007 06:02:52 AM
Ok, I just have to say, this image is freakin creepy as hell. Good Job!

Message edited by author 2007-07-18 18:00:39.
07/18/2007 05:26:50 AM
AACK! Because of King, I hate clowns. Definitely Pennywise. Huge congrats on your first ribbon, and a blue one at that!!
07/18/2007 03:23:28 AM
Wow...now I'm afraid to go to bed. Thanks a whole bunch jerk!

07/18/2007 02:48:51 AM
Excellent work John. COngrats on the new whopper of a PB and your first ribbon. So glad your signature piece is a part of your biggest success here at DPC. Great creepy shot.
07/18/2007 02:10:59 AM
You know, when I looked at the thumbnail I couldn't make this photo out...so when I clicked on it, it completely freaked me out!! Awesome Work!!
07/18/2007 01:10:28 AM
wahoo! Excellent work! Your now the top ribbon winner in the Motleys! Way to go!
07/18/2007 12:36:58 AM
07/18/2007 12:34:57 AM
Congratulations John! :)
07/18/2007 12:30:10 AM
i don't have very many photo creep me out but his one actually sent chills down my spine! Great job and defintly deserves the Blue!
07/18/2007 12:28:55 AM
I'm so glad this won, it's totally brilliant! Great work, John. Congrats.
07/18/2007 12:27:05 AM
yeah..realy number one!
07/18/2007 12:13:34 AM
JOhn! OMG you got a ribbon - a blue one! And you were just hoping for a personal best lol. Congrats! This is incredibly FREAKY. Great concept and execution. Good job!
07/18/2007 12:12:05 AM
This is just freaky! Awesome shot - congrats on the blue ribbon!!
07/18/2007 12:08:17 AM
Wow! Creepy on every level. =D
07/18/2007 12:07:03 AM
Yowza. Congrats on an incredibly scary pic! Well-deserved first ribbon and personal best!

Message edited by author 2007-07-18 00:07:30.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/17/2007 11:32:36 PM
Very well lit and creepy, creepy, creepy!!
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07/17/2007 12:21:04 PM
Of all the photos in this challenge that used faces, I found yours to fit the subject most appropriately. Nice job.
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07/16/2007 03:59:00 AM
That is creepy - way creepy - excellent shot well done 9
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07/15/2007 10:02:32 PM
HOLY @&$@(%&$((#&&@....

that was NOT nice....this is SO frightening oh man i HATE clowns...perfect nightmare you have me terrified....
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07/15/2007 08:16:12 PM
totally creepy - pop of color on the clown is too perfect - old B&W door adds to the drama -- one of my ribbon picks this challenge
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07/15/2007 01:21:08 AM
Oh My God! That's Scalvert at the door isn't it! I'd be afraid too. Now I'll never sleep - this could happen! (Not like dragons) I like it! 10
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07/14/2007 08:52:38 PM
well shot, great for the challenge
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07/14/2007 10:50:14 AM
Oh, this is PERFECT for nightmare! I'm about 1/2 way through with voting, and this is only my 2nd 10 -- so it's one I think should win a ribbon :) Good luck!
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07/13/2007 10:43:01 AM
A few clowns short of a circus. I see blue in your future. nice image!
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07/13/2007 02:10:25 AM
Creepy! Looks like something out of a Stephen King novel.
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07/13/2007 12:57:28 AM
Now that is a nightmare image! Excellent shot. One of the best I've seen so far. 9
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07/12/2007 11:22:18 PM
Very creepy - well done.
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07/12/2007 11:09:46 PM
oh my goodness, i can barely keep this picture on the page long enough to write this comment because it's seriously freaking me out! 10 for you!
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07/12/2007 03:23:45 PM
i love this picture it rocks
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07/12/2007 01:52:17 PM
what an amazing shot... the lighting is great! this is one of my favorites and it's going to give me nightmares.. nice job.
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07/12/2007 09:46:08 AM
The texture of the clown skin and the well-highlited eyeball along with the black background - even the direction the clown’s eye is looking is great. The subtle overall crop with nothing more than is needed – everyone can tell what it is but the brain / eye does need to look around to find out exactly what it is. The subject is altogether good to because I’m sure the average person sometimes wonders the very question “Did I / you lock the door?”
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07/11/2007 08:24:49 PM
love the image - great use of high contrast, wonderful lighting on the door and on the face, and great use of a clown face. Aren't clowns the scariest thing on the planet? Just look at John Wayne Gacy...
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07/11/2007 07:31:55 PM
My only 10 for the challenge. I think this looks great and the selective desat gives an appropriately creepy look.
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07/11/2007 04:56:00 PM
The evil clown - Yikes !!!! Very well done. I like the way the clown is peering through and the old door. Good composition.
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07/11/2007 02:21:07 PM
Oh man, this is good. The color is obviously a 10, leaving the door mostly black and white. The look on that thing's face is brilliant along with the makeup. This might win.
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07/11/2007 01:01:39 PM
Great shot. Very evil looking!
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07/11/2007 09:28:12 AM
A creepy clown hands on the side of the door just over the lock would of complete the photo. Excellent idea!
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07/11/2007 09:17:02 AM
Nice shot.
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07/11/2007 08:57:47 AM
cool hehe nice and scarry!
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07/11/2007 08:52:05 AM
I love this composition...it's scary and well done.
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07/11/2007 06:56:47 AM
Now that is a real nightmare! I've just watched Stephen Kings "IT" and Pennywise frightens the sh*t out of me. Excellent work.
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07/11/2007 04:19:09 AM
oooh this is geniunely terrifying, good job. Could have had a hand creeping round the door too. 9
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07/11/2007 01:21:24 AM
Like the concept
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