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Demon Child
Demon Child

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Challenge: Light Source (Classic Editing)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S602Z
Location: McKinney, TX
Date: Oct 17, 2002
Aperture: F2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1.6
Galleries: Abstract, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Oct 20, 2002

This photo was taken with a strobe light and a little help from my son lifting the skull in front of my daughter.

Place: 200 out of 256
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Votes: 265
Comments: 16
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11/25/2002 04:46:00 PM
Hi crabappl3 --

This is a test critique from the critique club.

My initial reaction to this photo is that I just didn't get it. It wasn't until I read your details and saw that you used a skull that I could look back at the photo and see the detail. It's a really good shot, but it's so subtle that (to me) it was almost a little confusing at first.

That being said, the expression on the girl's face is quite haunting and appropriate for the photograph. Is there some kind of translucent scarf draped over her that is causing the ebbulent patterns? They are somewhat distracting if you are going for the illusion of a skull superimposed with the live face. Also, because the photo was compressed, the pixellated appearance of the scarf really detracts from the photo. Unfortunately, I think it takes more away than it adds. It really hurts the focus and clarity of the image.

The lighting is definitely from the right, which severely darkens the left side of the face. You cannot make out the whole form of the skull's left eye, which might be why I had a hard time seeing it at first. Perhaps lighting from the front, or below, would have been more effective and allowed a more even distribution.

The skull is too big for the girl's face, which could have been your intent. However, it looks out of place since it is not lined up with her facial features. Specifically, the difference between the top of the skull and the girl's hairline is a bit distracting. I would like to have seen the skull scaled down a bit so it is more proportionate to her size.

The multiple reflections in the girl's eyes are from the strobe light? Perhaps a different way to achieve this technique would have been to use a long exposure, light the girl's face and trip the shutter, then turn off the light and quickly replace the face with the skull and turn the light back on. This would take some doing, but if pulled off could be an interesting variation on this photo. Just a suggestion.

Overall, a very nice photo. Some minor changes in the setup and this would be an excellent shot. Great idea, good execution!

Rob 8)

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10/28/2002 06:32:00 PM
Now that I see the photo details I understand how you did the photo. Different from what I thought before but also a neat idea! ;-) Way to go!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/27/2002 03:36:00 PM
This photo definitively has a "Wow!" factor. It's mostly all in her eyes. Great job keeping them so very much in focus. I guess you did this photo by shooting through an x-ray radiograph. Neat idea! This photo is one of my favourites this week. -stephan
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10/26/2002 10:15:00 PM
oooh! this is very scary! frightens me!
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10/23/2002 10:21:00 PM
Yuk! Bet the child had fun doing this though!
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10/23/2002 09:59:00 PM
scary photo!
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10/23/2002 09:41:00 PM
What happened to this person?!
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10/23/2002 10:13:00 AM
Not very pretty.
Vote 5
10/22/2002 07:33:00 PM
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10/22/2002 12:08:00 PM
Reflections in the eyes indicate multiple sources, and at the very least are a bit distracting.
10/21/2002 11:05:00 PM
Wow. Nice. I didn't get it at first but after staring at it for a while.... interesting ;-) 8 paganini
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10/21/2002 08:39:00 PM
that is evil looking..eeeeeeeeee!!!
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10/21/2002 03:47:00 PM
very expressive. nice colors. 6
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10/21/2002 09:18:00 AM
Yep, very demon-like! Very intersting shot. Would like to know how you did this.
Good job.
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10/21/2002 08:45:00 AM
good idea for halloween.. maybe a bit too dark. lacking in something else but cant quite put my finger on it.. good effort though.. 6
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10/21/2002 01:30:00 AM
Great composition, imaginative execution.
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