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The Mask of War
The Mask of War

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Masks (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon PowerShot SD870 IS / IXUS 860 IS
Location: Baghdad Iraq
Date: May 30, 2008
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/500 sec
Galleries: Architecture, Military
Date Uploaded: May 31, 2008


Place: 88 out of 89
Avg (all users): 3.7473
Avg (commenters): 3.7857
Avg (participants): 3.3125
Avg (non-participants): 3.8986
Views since voting: 1957
Views during voting: 326
Votes: 186
Comments: 26
Favorites: 3 (view)

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09/07/2012 02:41:38 PM
From the critique thread: Issues with this shot include lack of sharpness, lack of contrast. Just because it was suggested by the OP, I worked up an edit to show where I would have went with this shot in PP to give it some pop. Obviously I introduced banding in the sky by working on the small image... but here it is:

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09/07/2012 01:58:23 PM
Commenting for the critique thread - clearly you got slammed for the DNMC.

In a relevant challenge I would probably score this 5-6 depending on the strength of the competition.

It tells a story, but is clearly focussed very tightly. A wider angle view of the destruction might give a broader context.

As to this particular composition, the very bottom of the shot has some rocks that distract - a quick clone of at least the lower ones would help but that's almost insignificant. Maybe a high contrast (even HDR) black and white might be more impactive.

The shot also seems to lack a bit of clarity (especially around the top of the building) but that may be because I am viewing on an iPad currently.
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05/18/2012 10:08:33 AM
The destruction is well depicted here. Very sad.
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02/19/2012 03:38:39 AM
Wow, people threw everything they got on this one... and it's such a striking image! Congrats on taking the risk.
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02/16/2012 01:01:39 PM
i am shocked that this got the brown ribbon! I'll never figure out the tastes/mentality of the DPC community!
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03/17/2011 08:38:14 PM
Thank You
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08/17/2010 05:24:15 PM
I see that you did a remake of this shot:
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While both photos are good, I prefer the original edit much better. The subject matter, and title, beg the viewer to consider what the building is/was used for. Was it a sniper tower? Or just another architectural casualty of war? Unfortunately, the idea behind the photo is too abstract for many challenge it was in. I say unfortunate, because this photo certainly did not deserve brown.
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07/29/2010 09:55:29 PM
i cant believe this browned!!!!!!!!!!!!
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10/06/2009 11:58:24 AM
Going outside the box sometimes has it's price as far as scoring goes, but the fact is, this photo deserves at least a five.
I never got the chance to vote in this challenge but, Personally I see a seven.


There must be one hell of a story behind all that damage.

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06/11/2008 01:07:34 AM
I have to tell you, I didn't see the mask here originally. Reinforces my decision to not vote on shots that I don't feel meet the challenge. I was wrong! I commend you for your very creative interpretation of the challenge.
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06/09/2008 12:23:00 AM
The light is ALWAYS harsh there. :-) Though in the winter, there are clouds, which temper the light just a bit.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/08/2008 06:49:39 PM
Hmm, not a mask, not a person wearing a mask, not makeup looking like a mask, I cannot say this, exactly meets the challenge even loosely sorry. On the plus side the image is technically good, clear, good color.
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06/07/2008 11:19:33 PM
Not a mask, but an artifact.
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06/07/2008 06:51:52 PM
hmm probaly a dnmc, but i dont mind it-6
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06/07/2008 11:28:38 AM
A more dramatic perspective may have worked a little better here.
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06/05/2008 03:42:13 PM
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06/04/2008 10:20:33 PM
"Find or create a mask, and photograph someone wearing it this week." I had to count off for the 'no wearing' part... but I see the point of your image. Perhaps a bit more contrast?
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06/03/2008 01:52:27 PM
looks like they blew off the roof. it does look like mask to me.
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06/03/2008 11:46:27 AM
this isnt a mask, doesn't meet the challenge, sorry
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06/02/2008 09:01:02 PM
odd choice for this challenge, I get the idea but the lighting is harsh, focus is a bit off and the detail doesn't show too well
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06/02/2008 02:02:25 PM
Wow - that took some pounding !

The roof is amazing that it 's just balanced there.
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06/02/2008 12:27:16 PM
Challenge description: "We're talking about physical masks here, things people put on (or paint on) to hide some or all of their faces."

So your image is DNMC beyond any doubt. Just wait for the next challenge if you don't have an image that meets the current one. Submitting DNMC images is a hassle for everyone.
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06/02/2008 09:15:28 AM
I like the concept here. Maybe a different POV or time of day...
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06/02/2008 09:12:53 AM
Did you read the challenge description? Sorry but this is a big stretch for me.

"We're talking about physical masks here, things people put on (or paint on) to hide some or all of their faces. They can be elaborate, even baroque, or they can be simple and clean. Find or create a mask, and photograph someone wearing it this week."
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06/02/2008 03:27:53 AM
Poignant image, but unfortunately, this challenge was about facial masks not figurative ones. Still, with a little sharpening and some curves adjustment, this would make an even more powerful photo-journalistic image.
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06/02/2008 01:24:37 AM
Yeah, I get it but if you're gonna try this angle, the image quality has to be a lot stronger. Good luck!
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