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Challenge: Halloween III (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: dining room
Date: Oct 31, 2009
Aperture: F/8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Emotive, Horror
Date Uploaded: Oct 31, 2009

This idea just popped into my head yesterday and over the day it sort of developed. People don't give away apples these days but it was fairly common when I was younger and the hospitals would offer x-rays of the candy, just in case..Cartesia was very tired and pumped on on trick-or-treating candy yet did a great job.

convert from raw
mask out almost dark background, convert to pure black
Nik Efex tonal contrast
Nik Efex bleach bypass for eerie look on arm
clone out a couple reflections
hue/sat, curves
save for web

Place: 59 out of 97
Avg (all users): 5.3101
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.0488
Avg (non-participants): 5.4017
Views since voting: 908
Views during voting: 370
Votes: 158
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/05/2009 12:51:19 PM
Yikes!!! That *is* scary!!.....6
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11/02/2009 10:24:32 PM
I am a horror fan and you my friend have given me the willies! Great editing with the various saturations and lack there of. Totally sweet concept. I wish that it were mine. GL
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/02/2009 06:34:08 PM
This one creeped me out...is that a razor blade?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/02/2009 01:18:45 PM
This has a very uncomfortable, true to life, creep factor. Using a child's hand (evidenced by the horsey pajama sleeve) adds to the discomfort. This is the nightmare my mother scared us with all through my childhood.
That said, since this is a Halloween shot, I can cope. Looking back and reflecting, I am raising my initial score.
Assuming that's not real blood, I'd like to know what you used - it sure looks real. I would have chosen a better looking apple if possible, and maybe a red one, to go with the blood.
Still all in all, well done.
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11/01/2009 06:40:48 PM
I like your idea, and I think you did a nice job of capturing it.
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