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Suicide - Still considered a crime
Suicide - Still considered a crime

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Challenge: Crime Scene (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Pentax K10D
Lens: Pentax SMC-F 50mm f/1.7
Location: Home
Date: Jun 15, 2008
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 400
Shutter: varied
Galleries: High Dynamic Range (HDR), Horror
Date Uploaded: Jun 15, 2008

The title isn't what I wanted it to be, but I figured I might get a few dnmc's because this photo doesn't depict what most people would view in their minds as being a "crime." But unfortunately, in many places of the world, THIS IS STILL A CRIME. Go figure.

This is an HDR composite of three exposures. I set up one softbox to the right and behind. I dimmed it down a bit so I wouldn't get strong shadows. I just used longer shutter speeds to make up for the lack of light.

The setup was quite easy. I took a pair of pants that I don't wear any longer and stuffed two towels in the legs. I made a couple holes on the front of the legs near the bottom. I slipped the boots up to the legs and ran the towels into the boots. I then fastened the holes in the pant legs to the shoestrings with zip-ties. The pants are being held up on a bar with zip-ties going through the belt loops and around the bar. I hand-massaged the legs and the boots to get a realistic look. I went out on the web to try and find how real hangings look - mainly their legs and feet. What I ended up with is pretty close. I also made sure that the ottoman stool fell away from where the person would have been standing on it. I did the same with the flask.

PP'ing included: Masking off the wall and applying a graduated olive filter(Nik) to give a darker feeling to the background. I also masked off the floor and applied a midnight filter(Nik) with very low settings for slight effect. Burned the pants, boots, and parts of the chair. Dodged the flask a little. Lots of minor cloning here and there to remove little irritating spots on the floor, baseboard, and remnants of tags on the bottom of the ottoman stool.

This was a fun and also weird photo setup. I had a couple other ideas that involved visiting the meat section of the local grocer, but I thought that might turn a lot of people off(picture these same pants sticking out from under a dumpster with cow intestines oozing out). I feel this shot just shows enough for the imagination to figure it out.

Place: 24 out of 62
Avg (all users): 5.9899
Avg (commenters): 6.5833
Avg (participants): 5.6000
Avg (non-participants): 6.0736
Views since voting: 1485
Views during voting: 507
Votes: 198
Comments: 16
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06/23/2008 12:20:03 AM
Lol, you have an interesting notion of what constitutes an 'easy' setup. Just checking back to see how this placed. Not bad, but deserving of better imo. Good job.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/22/2008 11:02:19 PM
Nice idea and a cool shot.
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06/22/2008 03:26:44 PM
Great lighting here and composition. I have those same Wolverine boots btw *grin* Overall a good shot for this challenge.
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06/21/2008 04:37:05 PM
Good shot, only thing that threw me was why the guy had a steering wheel sitting on the floor next to him... Maybe a more traditional 4-legged chair would have worked better. Do like the 'die with your boots on' look. Missing some booze spilling out of the flask.
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06/21/2008 02:01:28 PM
I like it
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06/20/2008 07:06:49 PM
well this one is pretty gloomy. I think maybe it would score higher for me if it wasn't so well lit--I mean your suicide here is so perfectly lit that it rings of the set up. Maybe not such nice lighting and B&W, or high contrast, or high ISO to get some grain to make this a little grittier. 6 from me.
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06/20/2008 01:05:16 AM
Wow, those are some boots. Nicely pressed jeans, too. Guess he prepared himself.
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06/19/2008 10:51:31 AM
Because suicide IS a crime. One of the best this challenge - 7
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06/18/2008 03:40:18 PM
Good clarity, just a little dark
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06/18/2008 12:51:39 PM
Nice idea. Like the framing. Maybe a more standard chair with legs would have had more impact. I spent a while trying to figure out waht the steering wheel had to do with the suicide.
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06/18/2008 11:19:35 AM
Well done, interesting scene... 9
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06/18/2008 02:50:24 AM
All of this picture work for me except the object in the left corner. What is, why is it in this picture. Think the empty whisky container and a bare floor would have been much better.
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06/17/2008 08:19:40 AM
One of my top picks for the challenge. Clean and sharp, good comp. Should score well.
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06/16/2008 06:58:32 PM
I like the colors and tones in this. Good detail and it tells a story. I wish the chair wasn't covered by the boot in the picture. Good details.
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06/16/2008 02:37:33 AM
Suicide is not considered a crime. I have never seen nor heard of anyone going to jail for committing suicide or even failing an attempt.
06/16/2008 01:01:06 AM
Very morbid but that is the point this time, well done. 9
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