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Bloody Mess
Bloody Mess

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Challenge: Free Study 2009-02 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
Location: Los Angeles, CA - My Apartment
Date: Feb 27, 2009
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Feb 27, 2009

Outtake from Brown Ribbon Deja Vu, thinking maybe you guys prefer a subject who looks down the lens? Or maybe just want another (hopefully) 6+ score to counteract the clunkers I've entered lately.

Shot was lit directly above and front by an SB-900 in a DIY turkey-pan beauty dish. Opened in camera raw and added a slight boost to contrast. Changed to Lab color and gave a strong contrast curve to the Lightness channel, and dragged down the center of the a/b curves very slightly. Converted back to RGB, made a strong b/w version of the shot (optikverve's Hollywood filter), which I then set to multiply, at 27% opacity. Used a curve to darken his ear, lighten his neck. High pass-ed version of the shot, at 4px radius, set to Hard Light and 56% fill. One more curves layer to brighten up the image and the red channel a little. Resize, sharpen, save for web.

These were the steps copied and pasted from the Brown Ribbon challenge, but they should be about the same. Enjoy! Again!

Original (after RAW adjustments):
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Place: 275 out of 436
Avg (all users): 5.3285
Avg (commenters): 6.8333
Avg (participants): 5.1170
Avg (non-participants): 5.7907
Views since voting: 662
Views during voting: 256
Votes: 137
Comments: 8
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/05/2009 07:06:13 PM
Interesting photo. My frist thought was..."What terrible thing did he do?" But, after looking at it for a bit, he could have done something good. Finsihed operating and such. I like how it doesn't give the answer. It makes you think and find what you want too find within it.

Like the choice of lighting here, makes it look as though it's in an inclosed area that's dark. The only nit pick would be the lighting on his left arm. 8
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03/04/2009 11:20:03 AM
great shot
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03/03/2009 09:08:26 PM
He must really like ketchup
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03/02/2009 03:22:47 PM
raw and gritty....I can't say that I personally like it, but it is a well executed photo
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03/02/2009 01:48:07 PM
He is but nice photo.
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03/02/2009 10:49:36 AM
Technically well done, just not very appealing.
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03/01/2009 11:39:51 PM
Nice Shot
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03/01/2009 01:18:45 AM
I think I liked the brown ribbon version a bit better. Great picture anyway.
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