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Evolution.  Just a theory?
Evolution. Just a theory?

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Challenge: Science III (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2009 Challenges
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: La Studio dans Chateau Snaffles
Date: Nov 24, 2009
Aperture: f.32
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1.3
Galleries: Humorous, Emotive
Date Uploaded: Nov 24, 2009

One of my skeletal audience members and a chimpanzee ornament I was lucky enough to find. (I had to powder his muzzle with soot from my woodstove to kill the glare I kept getting underneath a nostril. Looked like a fresh booger!) I was given the Bible by the Sally Ann, and a client loaned me the book on Darwin. Shot with a handheld floodlight, camera on tripod. Location is the Closet of Doom in the upstairs studio of Chateau Snaffles.

Chose this idea mostly because, of course, science and religion have clashed heavily in the past in terms of Creatonism and Darwinism. Was hoping to narrow the focus a little more and winnow it down specifically to the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial which took place in Tennessee in 1925. However, it was easier to find a book on Darwin than Scopes.

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Place: 43 out of 69
Avg (all users): 5.3364
Avg (commenters): 6.4545
Avg (participants): 4.6471
Avg (non-participants): 5.4645
Views since voting: 720
Views during voting: 394
Votes: 217
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0

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12/05/2009 01:11:18 PM
Hey there from the Critique Club

My thoughts on the image: Nice combination of interesting elements that cover both sides of this 'argument' between science and religion. I like the left-to-right flow that you created with the books, but overall, the image is a bit to dark for my personal taste.

My ideas for improvement: I think that this one would have made a stronger entry with a little more exposure, as well as a black and white conversion. I'd also like to see the cloth underneath your subjects the same black color as your background.

Where I would have/did score this entry: I did not vote in this particular challenge, but I would tend to agree with the voters here. I would have most likely scored this one in the 5 range, perhaps 6 because I do like the subject matter. I think that a black and white conversion would have given this one a little more pop.

Thank you for the opportunity to provide a critique on your entry,
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12/05/2009 12:47:50 AM
Originally posted by Yo_Spiff:

You got robbed.

I agree. Wonderfully photographed.
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12/02/2009 12:10:01 AM
You got robbed.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/01/2009 08:10:49 PM
nice one 8
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11/30/2009 09:45:32 PM
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11/30/2009 12:17:49 AM
nice way to get both Science AND Religion in the challenge
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11/27/2009 12:18:01 PM
I like this in a strange kind of way...great idea... definitely out of the box
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11/27/2009 03:34:42 AM
cute idea
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11/26/2009 06:17:38 AM
I like how you put the bible and Darwin up against each other. Great idea!
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11/26/2009 02:55:02 AM
Great idea - Pitty there was no "eye" contact from the Skeleton and more light on the bible.
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11/25/2009 08:09:12 PM
Nicely put together.
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11/25/2009 03:02:44 PM
This is a good take at the challenge! I love the humor in the shot!
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11/25/2009 01:11:18 PM
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11/25/2009 03:51:30 AM
A nice idea, although maybe i would have placed the skeleton along a bit more so the title of the book underneath could be read.
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11/25/2009 03:25:42 AM
very well set up for the message you are getting across tot he viewer. I cannot help but think that if would have helped if you had more than one light source though.
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11/25/2009 12:22:36 AM
Great humor shot! Nice lighting and angle. Maybe cropped a bit tighter on the right to avoid the crease. No vote.
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