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The Walking Trail
The Walking Trail

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Challenge: Nightmares II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Pentax K10D
Lens: Pentax FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited AF
Location: Lansing, MI
Date: Apr 17, 2009
Aperture: f/3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/30
Date Uploaded: Apr 19, 2009

Not a personal nightmare of mine, but it immediately popped into my head when I saw the challenge. I think both men and women should be able to relate to this shot. For any women who go walking or jogging near dark, I'm pretty sure this is a scenario that has crossed their mind. And I think both husbands and boyfriends(or any family member for that matter) hope this never happens to their wife/girlfriend/sister/daughter as well.

I haven't done much in the way of advanced challenges for a while, so I spent a little more time tweaking this one. I used the Nik midnight, tonal contrast, and vignette filters with quite a bit of masking, dodging and burning and some other minor adjustments.

This was shot about 30 minutes before sunset and I was hoping for minimal shadows crossing the trail. (I scoped the location out earlier in the day) I did bring down the color balance by around 1500K to get the scene nearer the timeframe I was looking for. The Nik midnight filter did the rest. That's a perfect filter for this type of shot and it allowed me to really go to town on the knife-wielding perps face - better than using burn.

Oh, and the hooded raincoat? A $7.50 prop from a local secondhand store. :-)

Place: 9 out of 95
Avg (all users): 6.4563
Avg (commenters): 8.1429
Avg (participants): 6.2093
Avg (non-participants): 6.5470
Views since voting: 2443
Views during voting: 392
Votes: 160
Comments: 17
Favorites: 1 (view)

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04/27/2009 04:52:52 PM
Looks like the chick would whip this dudes A** LOL...

Nice concept but the perp looks like he wouldn't hurt a fly !
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04/27/2009 12:25:14 AM
This is a real nightmare.
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04/27/2009 12:22:55 AM
Yeah, I think Michelle has it right. The guy almost looks like he is excited!
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04/27/2009 12:03:22 AM
Crazy scary, Josh. Congrats on the top 10!
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04/27/2009 12:02:43 AM
TOP TEN, Josh! ! ! Totally cool... But I still hate the image... since I'm a female walker and this is so well done. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/25/2009 07:11:59 PM
i think if she was jogging then it might seem a little more alive, good concept
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04/25/2009 05:24:26 PM
incredibly realistic, looks like an add for beware campagin. incredible job
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04/25/2009 07:37:45 AM
Very cool photo. Decided to vote on the challenge just so I could give you a 10.
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04/25/2009 06:58:45 AM
Oh, Jeez!

I love the light and processing here.
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04/24/2009 11:57:44 AM
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04/22/2009 12:25:58 PM
great editing on the man, but with the walking girl and background could have had a more sinister air as well. anyways, its still a well executed and nightmare-worthy photo:)
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04/22/2009 03:18:50 AM
Kick ass lighting on the bad guy. 8
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04/21/2009 12:09:04 PM
I really like the set up on this picture - darkness and focusing add to the feel.
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04/20/2009 10:16:36 PM
A good composition which is a very effective presentation of a nightmarish subject.
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04/20/2009 07:18:47 AM
Good image depicting a nightmare. Good that you kept the bad guy in the shadows and that part of the composition darker; while the victim is in the light and in color. The concept works well to depict a nightmare. But here's a thought, since the bad guy is in focus, does that mean the person having the nightmare is afraid of being the bad guy??? That's my read. If the victim was in focus and the bad guy out of focus, I would interpret that as the victim having the nightmare... Just a thought... Either way, well done image.
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04/20/2009 03:09:34 AM
Very disturbing and sure to be in there with a shout of a ribbon at the end. Technically very strong t, I love the light the nasty man is bathed in. Well done.
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04/20/2009 01:17:39 AM
nice shot!
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