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The Creature
The Creature

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Challenge: Free Study 2008-12 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Pentax K20D
Lens: Pentax SMC P-DA 40mm f/2.8
Location: Westminster, Colorado
Date: Dec 23, 2008
Aperture: F/8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/350 sec
Galleries: Black and White
Date Uploaded: Dec 23, 2008

I wanted to title it 'The Dragon', but a friend said it looks nothing like a dragon. He thought it looked like an alien. I think it looks like a dragon. So I'm just going to go with..... The Creature

A Piece of wood out at Standley Lake. That's the lake in the background. Mostly frozen. It was something like 2 out there. I was proud of my Pentax, it did well out in the cold.

Edits: Opened with Photomatix and did some tone mapping. Pretty much the default settings. Then in CS3, Slight rotate, crop, convert to B&W, and then some dodge on the log.


[Jan. 3rd, 2009 06:37:53 PM]

No, not a personification outtake. I was just out at the lake shooting and liked how this looked.

Place: 23 out of 407
Avg (all users): 6.6000
Avg (commenters): 7.8182
Avg (participants): 6.4954
Avg (non-participants): 6.8036
Views since voting: 1758
Views during voting: 338
Votes: 165
Comments: 16
Favorites: 3 (view)

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07/27/2009 11:33:48 PM
excellent eye and execution

p.s. i think it's bullwinkle

Message edited by author 2009-07-27 23:34:17.
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01/12/2009 07:32:29 PM
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01/08/2009 11:16:10 AM
What a great find! It really does look like some kind of creature, your processing is excellent!
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01/08/2009 02:05:33 AM
Alien. :) SuperFantastical image, Marc!
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01/08/2009 01:22:02 AM
This looks like a troll in LOTRO! Thats how they look when they fight. Amazing picture of a weird nauture thingie.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/07/2009 10:08:00 PM
Wow. What a capture. I hope you ribbon.
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01/07/2009 08:19:36 PM
Nice conversion. Has a dark eery feeling.
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01/05/2009 12:11:10 PM
An absolutely wonderful photograph. Great contrast, composition and depth of field. Perfect sense of semi-life and movement in the Creature itself. Fantastic stuff. My choice for the Blue. 10.
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01/04/2009 11:07:31 PM
Looks like two of them grappling. Very well done.
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01/04/2009 05:55:46 PM
Wowees. This is really really cool. The b/w treatment is perfect. The detail on the "Creature" is almost tactile.
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01/04/2009 02:49:47 PM
Well seen.
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01/03/2009 11:51:34 PM
great title and excellent b and w...8
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01/02/2009 08:59:59 PM
Personification out-take? I like it anyway! Dramatic lighting. Excellent contrast.
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01/01/2009 02:37:22 AM
freaky. It looks like the hands of hell coming out of the earth to destroy the world! :) cool.
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01/01/2009 01:07:03 AM
Wow, what a cool subject. Your processing really created an emphasis on the relationship between the wooden objects and makes it looks almost like someone hugging the other. Nice
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01/01/2009 12:28:56 AM
wow - WHAT a weird 'thing." that's so interesting.
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