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Challenge: Masters' Free Study II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: San Juan Island, WA
Date: Nov 23, 2008
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/50th sec
Galleries: Persuasive
Date Uploaded: Nov 28, 2008

Well... this certainly took a lot of doing. Quite the trek out to this place that Debby found (in a book). It involved a 2 hr drive to the ferry, and then 2 hours by ferry, followed by a 30 min drive, and a long hike. We packed in a LOT of gear for this - four lights, lightstands, umbrellas, power-pack, costumes, cooler (for the dry ice, which didn't work too well), tons of props, etc. We were a bunch of mules.

But it was worth it. This place is so surreal... truly in the middle of nowhere. It is actually a Mausoleum, at the end of a private family cemetary. I originally wanted to use Knights, as this is the perfect round-table. Will definitely make the trip back some day - when I find the right Knights willing to make the trek.

The family were Masons, and this place lives up to the expectations. There are so many small details that this size does not do justice to. For instance, each stone chair has a family member's name inscribed in it... two of them reading "Knights Templar" after the name.

I had to crop the bottom 3rd off of the frame to even get this much detail in. Can't wait to get some of these printed off in a 30x40 size.

Thanks to my models (and assistants) Debby, Rai, and Matt - for braving the journey.

Hope this can hold it's own in the Master's. Truly a daunting task :O) (yikes!)

Statistics
Place: 16 out of 170
Avg (all users): 6.8889
Avg (commenters): 7.8148
Avg (participants): 6.7700
Avg (non-participants): 6.9380
Views since voting: 1618
Views during voting: 638
Votes: 342
Comments: 36
Favorites: 2 (view)


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12/12/2008 06:22:43 PM
Brilliant shot. Congrats on your high finish!
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12/10/2008 07:29:33 PM
Wow, a bizarre place--and I applaud your effort in making this photo. Well done!
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12/09/2008 01:19:22 PM
Surprised this didn't score higher, it's an amazing concept and very well executed.
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12/08/2008 09:21:07 PM
Striking and unique. Magical and misterious. A great example of what can be done when we have the will to do it. Congrats for this amazing image.
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12/08/2008 02:47:51 PM
This is an incredible shot, I thought it would place higher. Also, you have an AMAZING and diverse body of work ...
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12/08/2008 09:26:26 AM
This is a really interesting picture. Really makes me wonder what is going on.
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12/08/2008 04:37:32 AM
A 6.88 and top 20 in the masters - you should be very happy! It is a great image and a fantastic looking setting. Again, it looks like it's one more secret location I will have to get you to reveal to me. How do you feel about waterboarding? Are you allergic to sodium pentathol? :) Congrats, Rob!
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12/08/2008 12:28:25 AM
This is brilliant!! I love this image and you did great!!!1
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2008 11:06:09 PM
cool LOTR effect.
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12/07/2008 09:16:28 PM
love this. 10
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12/06/2008 06:13:20 PM
wow nice, i would like to know if this was on a set?
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12/06/2008 12:31:32 PM
Cool photo.
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12/06/2008 10:41:48 AM
Very, very neat!
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12/06/2008 09:30:04 AM
An excellent job.

I am assuming all 3 models are just you. If the case, an excellent example of the mastery of exposure.

NIce job.
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12/05/2008 07:24:15 PM
wonderful setup, excellent lighting. 9 for the effort.
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12/05/2008 03:38:21 PM
Excellent!! One of my favorites in this challenge. It leaves a lot of questions unanswered to me - very exciting. Without a doubt: 10
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12/05/2008 02:52:06 PM
very cool scene - I see it's been validated, glad I waited on this one because I have to say I was wondering myself. The tree in the immediate background looks added and it is odd that the distortion of the pillars doesn't seem to match the people. Maybe it is a painted backdrop & this is a scene from a play - that would certainly explain the discrepancies & the strange mix of colors... good luck! -- 7 --
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12/05/2008 06:34:26 AM
it seems a little flat and uneven. this might work for some, but not for me.
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12/04/2008 09:48:32 PM
Spooky lighting, so evenly lit, but only in the foreground, and very few shadows. Makes it look like a painting. I like.
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12/04/2008 02:38:31 PM
I like the architecture but not necessarily the monks. But, it's not about what I like and more so about photography right? Overall, I think it's a 10 of a photo.
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12/04/2008 02:06:15 PM
I cant wait to see where this is so i can visit
Great theme and lighting
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12/04/2008 01:04:15 PM
This is excellent from a technique and quality standpoint. What makes it really stand out to me is the suggested message of some dark ritual captured. It's unnervingly well done. 9
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12/03/2008 07:02:10 PM
This is kinda scary. :) I am lovin the skull back there and the placement of the figures. That bg tree/trees really add to this image, IMO.
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12/03/2008 09:50:13 AM
Well set up and executed. You went to some trouble for this shot. 9
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12/02/2008 11:45:36 PM
Looks like a lot of work in lighting and costume and general set up. Not sure if I can tell why or what for.
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12/02/2008 10:37:47 PM
Something truly original - well done.
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12/02/2008 08:45:49 AM
I love concept photos, and you have executed this beautifully.
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12/01/2008 11:37:33 PM
Holy smokes, Great image, another fav! Nice colors, lighting, detail, and the look in his eyes. Everything rocks! Great image, good work! 10
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12/01/2008 08:49:52 PM
oh man, I love this!... I want that location for one of my photoshopped images sweet!
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12/01/2008 03:40:17 PM
Really striking photo. Very unique.
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12/01/2008 01:40:32 PM
Cool set. Great light.
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12/01/2008 01:02:20 PM
whhaat. is this a real place or a set? very cool though.
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12/01/2008 04:04:51 AM
interesting idea, well exposed. don't like the greenish cast. had preferred the front figure to be included in full length
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12/01/2008 02:40:33 AM
Wow this is like the front of a movie poster! I love this, top scorer ;)
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12/01/2008 12:23:25 AM
Great location. Nice lighting too.
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12/01/2008 12:19:25 AM
The gray of the background sky throws me off. It's a neat scene, but I'm working on the purpose. Just sorta wacky like an album cover? or are we to get more out of it? 6
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