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Challenge: Body Parts II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenges 2008
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro for Nikon
Location: Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA
Date: Apr 5, 2008
Aperture: f/ 7.1
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/30 sec.
Galleries: Emotive, Macro
Date Uploaded: Apr 6, 2008

At some point during the Philadelphia GTG at the Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA, I asked Jeremy ( [user]jmlelii[/user] ) to pose for a shot with his hands through bars of one of the gates in the prison. He said he used to be a professional hand model. He may have been joking but he took direction well enough that it is a possibility. I took three shots of which two came out very well...they were probably my best shots of the day sans tripod. We'll go back to do some over immediately cause this place has some GREAT textures that I want to get.

Post: Camera Raw adjustments in PSElements 6.0. Open and convert to 8 bit. Distortion correction tool to straighten the left most bar. Layer adjustments for levels, brightness/contrast and hue/saturation. Dup layer and hi pass filter and changed opacity to soft light. Merged Down. New layer of hue/saturation to desat. Merged down. Virtual Photographer Plug In, Photo Copy. Played with the sliders to lighten as the result was way dark and too contrasty. Closed in PSE6.0 and opened in PSP2X. Clarify. Closed in PSP2X and re-opened in PSE6.0. Resize. Sharpen.

Place: 29 out of 156
Avg (all users): 6.1600
Avg (commenters): 6.2857
Avg (participants): 6.0317
Avg (non-participants): 6.2190
Views since voting: 1510
Views during voting: 331
Votes: 200
Comments: 7
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/13/2008 10:59:02 AM
Too much processing for my tastes. My personal rule of thumb is...

either process to enhance something that is missing, or go so far that you create something unexpected.

Neither of which I see, sorry.

Art speaks differently to different people.
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04/11/2008 12:57:20 AM
Sorry if I am being sarcastic, but every hand in the entire challenge needs to be washed with soap. That just seems weird to me.
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04/10/2008 09:16:16 AM
immediate feeling of the grimyness of this photo. The texture on the hands and bars is great. I only wish the brown tones in the BG were a bit more subtle--specifically the patch on the right, to me its a touch heavy.
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04/09/2008 11:27:12 PM
Nice image - Find the brown part of the wall very distracting though. Nice processing.
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04/08/2008 10:10:14 PM
great photo, love the hands. the position of the hands is very intristing and catches my eye great job.
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04/07/2008 04:22:14 PM
I like the grunge look of this shot.
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04/07/2008 04:38:03 AM
good gesture, color and comp, way oversharpened, palm is pixelated
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