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Crown of Thorns
Crown of Thorns

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2007 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Brighton, England
Date: Oct 12, 2007
Aperture: f13
ISO: 100
Shutter: 30s
Date Uploaded: Jan 20, 2008

Shot in Brighton at 2.30am underneath the West Pier in October 07. Long exposure at smallish aperture to get the barbed wire detail all the way around but enough background detail and texture. This one took too many attempts to mention but I think I finally got it right.

The image speaks for itself soI didn't name it anything too fancy. Personally I think it's a beautiful image but I want to leave as much interpretation to the viewer as possible, hence a basic description to pick out the barbed wire.

I'd like to think this will score in the 6's but I have no idea how this will be perceived.

PP: convert from RAW, greyscale, duotone, contrast, usm, resize, jpg.

Post Challenge: Wow...what a mistake putting this image in. It was a toss up between this image and this one:

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I'm astounded that this image was so disliked and misunderstood - 5.03 and a position in the lowest 8%? I'm still going to continue to submitting edgy and non cliche images where I can because I don't believe in the value of warping one's own artistic drive just to meet a mass opinion whose value I question when it comes to non-cliche or challenging images.

"Too grainy and focus" - this image might have suffered in the reduction process but there's no way it's grainy and out of focus. It's ISO 100 and the out of focus I think you're referring to is the spray paint at the edges of the stencil.

"i wish this had been exposed a bit more so i could see the details in the surroundings." - it's shot in the dark at 2.30am and the only surroundings are the sea behind it. There's nothing to see, and the nighttime shot I thought gave it more focus and attention/mood.

This is an image of Jesus on the cross, wearing a crown of thorns. The crown is the barbed wire, the cross is the shape made by the pillar and cross beam, and the hands is the graffiti - leaving an implied body on the upright. It's such a shame to have to explain this. That's my either my fault or DPC taste.

It wasn't blatant, and the graffiti at the bottom has been deliberately kept in shot to represent hands. It's not instantly gratifying enough, or DPC voters just don't have the brain or clue to register anything other than a sunset or dog shot. Ah well. I love it and even with the shocking score I'm glad I submitted it. I'm not christian or a even a religious person, but the look in the eyes seemed so expressive that it had a real urban beauty to my eyes.


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Place: 440 out of 484
Avg (all users): 5.0300
Avg (commenters): 4.6667
Avg (participants): 4.8869
Avg (non-participants): 5.4000
Views since voting: 810
Views during voting: 383
Votes: 233
Comments: 10
Favorites: 1 (view)

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12/05/2008 06:37:34 PM
This is great, stick to your own creativity and don't sway to the DPC masses, as a photographer you need your own style. Well done.

02/03/2008 05:21:12 AM
too good
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/31/2008 11:04:33 AM
Yes, do keep entering edgy photos that you like.

But you might want to back off a bit on your anger at the voters. They're entitled to their opinions.

Putting those two together, enter shots like this to share them with others and see what kind of reaction you get, not for the score.

BTW, in case you don't know who Joey Lawrence is, you should be very pleased he faved this, esp. during the challenge.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/28/2008 03:16:28 AM
I'm disappointed this didn't meet with more approval - I found it intriguing and thought-provoking.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/27/2008 03:45:05 PM
i wish this had been exposed a bit more so i could see the details in the surroundings.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/27/2008 01:25:39 PM
obvious yet mysterious. iconic yet haphazard. sentimental yet street. past yet present. god yet man.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/22/2008 09:38:05 PM
Decent attempt, but unforetunately the result does not appeal to me. Too grainy and focus is soft which doesn't work for me. Sorry. Good Luck. 3.
01/22/2008 12:08:15 PM
Nice use of lighting.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/22/2008 08:08:23 AM
looks sort of Banksy-ish
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/21/2008 11:08:22 PM
Very interesting capture, and a great job of contrasting the face to the rest of the image. The cut-off portion at the bottom is a bit distracting from the main subject, but overall a good shot.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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