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Challenge: Clowns (Basic Editing)
Collection: Subjects
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Tranquility, NJ
Date: Jan 8, 2008
Aperture: 9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 50
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 8, 2008

500w Smith-Victor sexylight with sexy wife snapping my picture. tears and nose made with modeling clay and stuck to my face, hoping they wouldn't fall off. from my last self-portrait, I learned to just shine one light on my face. I also learned to underexpose by 1 and 2/3ds stops, so that my darks stay darks and the highlights aren't blown.

I got really lucky and the whole process from shot to pp took about 20 minutes. Crop, b/w with channel mixer, mostly on the blue channel because that brought out the yellow clay, then levels to brighten it up a bit (the blue channel is dark). I guess some people will think the clay is weird, but for some reason I find the clay makeup conveys a sort of poverty, whether of money or spirit. You can almost feel the fingers pushing it into the face. Just a few pinches is all that is left of this clown's spirit.

And yes, this is my kickass ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' timfythetoo imitation. Better than the real thing! ;)

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I meant bathos as falsified emotion, i.e., the tears added to my eyes. To be honest I gave no thought to the shirt. It didn't bother me. I liked the stripes. But I would have changed it if I'd known the reaction it would get!

Statistics
Place: 26 out of 52
Avg (all users): 5.3798
Avg (commenters): 6.2222
Avg (participants): 4.8519
Avg (non-participants): 5.4218
Views since voting: 991
Views during voting: 547
Votes: 366
Comments: 22
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01/25/2008 01:32:22 AM
Good quick sketch. (But lose the shirt!)
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01/17/2008 04:35:43 AM
I Like it Don. I gave you a 6. I don't know what Bathos means but somewhere in my head this picture seems familiar.
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01/16/2008 08:11:12 AM
I thought it was a nice shot Don. I gave you a 7
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01/16/2008 02:38:41 AM
Well, ya got a 7 from me. So much more interesting than many of the other entries.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/15/2008 03:55:28 PM
I really like the bw and the lighting in this one. To me, though, the striped shirt is very distracting and doesn't seem to "fit" with the mood of the picture.
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01/15/2008 08:20:23 AM
I like your interpretation.
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01/11/2008 06:38:01 PM
Very nice shot. I like the light and shadows. Definitely a b&w shot. So is bathos an alternative to showeros? : ) Bumping to 8.
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01/11/2008 08:06:50 AM
I see what you're trying to portray, but the teardrops don't make this guy a clown for me.
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01/11/2008 12:37:45 AM
Nice try but it doesn't work for me in this theme. Good photo though. Love the lighting.
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01/10/2008 11:16:54 PM
What a great interpretation for this challenge. You broke my heart.
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01/10/2008 01:06:08 PM
I like the lighting.
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01/10/2008 12:15:13 AM
I missed your reference? I did a google on 'Bathos' but it left me none the wiser. Nice greyscale!
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01/10/2008 12:05:28 AM
The shirt dominates try cropping the bottom off 6
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01/09/2008 09:28:28 PM
Maybe I am not familiar with the style or something but I don't understand. The lighting is different.
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01/09/2008 08:34:31 PM
Interestingly, the clay tears and nose take away from what would otherwise be a great B & W.
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01/09/2008 03:30:53 PM
Interesting portrayal. I like the lighting however the subject is too close to the backdrop and the light is hitting it in sections.
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01/09/2008 12:13:08 PM
interesting, but the shirt doesn't help in capturing the essence of bathos.
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01/09/2008 10:32:23 AM
The tears look like Play-Doh. Interesting idea, but I think it would be stronger if both tears were more 3-dimensional and casting shadows on the face, so my first impression would be the overall sad face instead of Play-Doh. Oh, and I just noticed the nose. That's not really working for me, either. Sorry.
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01/09/2008 08:06:35 AM
Interesting, B&W for a clown.
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01/09/2008 04:39:27 AM
Interesting!
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01/09/2008 02:39:00 AM
clever. nice shot.
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01/09/2008 01:22:53 AM
Don? Tears of a Clown seems like something posthumous would do. Nice shot, if a bit hot on the right side.
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