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Challenge: Duotones IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2009
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro for Canon
Location: honlulu
Date: Jun 14, 2009
Aperture: f 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/30
Date Uploaded: Jun 14, 2009

i highly doubt this will do much as far as score. too "dark" and will surely turn people off. wasn't going to submit anything but a couple of hours before the deadline, i was watching some TooL videos and came up with this shot. yes, disturbing inspiration, i know.

very little pp, rotate, levels, contrast, levels again, contrast again, levels again,channel mixer, photo filter: orange, resize, usm, sfw


post challenge:
thanks to those for taking the time to comment and vote.
about cropping the very bottom section, i was thinking about it but as i looked at it, it gave me an illusion as if i were looking through a bedroom window. i figured it wouldn't really make a big difference in the final score anyway since i knew this one would tank primarily because of it having such a dark theme.

Place: 215 out of 253
Avg (all users): 4.9091
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 4.8148
Avg (non-participants): 5.1000
Views since voting: 560
Views during voting: 217
Votes: 121
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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06/27/2009 08:05:32 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club

I have just read the comments on this image, which are actually quite interesting. Of them all, I have to agree with 21_N.gif Zeuszen.

Of course, the subject is a little dark for DPC, and because it requires the viewer to consider it for more than 5 seconds, I suspect you got some low votes from the speed voters, which is a pity, as it certainly an image that tells a story.

I would personally never tell you that you should have cropped out the foreground. However, what I will say is that if you are concerned about your score, then cropping the foreground may have helped you. I have noticed recently that DPC voters don't particularly like shallow depth of field in the foreground. I happen to like it as is, it adds to the overall mood.

I could see this image used as a dust jacket for a murder mystery.

As far as the score goes, I think you knew going in that this may not score so well. The score certainly does not reflect on the quality of the image.

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06/22/2009 11:30:13 AM
I was reading the comments on the image. The subject, of course, is not the person holding the pipe. It's fear. And no, you didn't fail to communicate this via the image. Some viewers failed to consider the obvious.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/18/2009 12:33:36 PM
quite scary this one
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06/17/2009 09:34:42 AM
Waiting in a dark place, with uneven lighting, and I can't see an escape route ... why am I not getting a good feeling about what happens next?!
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06/17/2009 12:06:27 AM
don't judge him harshly; he's on a lot of meds.
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06/16/2009 09:19:18 PM
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06/15/2009 12:28:58 PM
not enough of your subject in focus and your foreground on the bottom and left side should have been cropped out
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06/15/2009 11:48:17 AM
Am I correct if I say that there's a man waiting for a mouse? I don't know what happened in the lower right corner of the photo, looks like you added some blur for some reason. A higher DOF would probably make the hole more obvious, and I think that would've contributed to the photo. Maybe a tad dark, but the colors are great.
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06/15/2009 08:07:18 AM
weirdly touching ... i like it
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