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Challenge: Personified Smiles and Frowns (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Stories
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM for Canon
Location: Tranquility, NJ
Date: Jan 17, 2010
Aperture: 8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 60
Galleries: Still Life, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 17, 2010

napkin puppet. do not try this at home. only the most committed idiot should attempt something like this.

crop, calculations to b/w (multiply two red channels), USM

you do see the old man looking down into his childhood, don't you?


got some comments on the bar. That's a support bar for a lampshade. The old man is looking down into a lamp. I know I could have cropped that all away, but I liked revealing the illusion. I know, I'd be a terrible magician.

Place: 79 out of 82
Avg (all users): 4.2147
Avg (commenters): 5.3333
Avg (participants): 4.1026
Avg (non-participants): 4.2464
Views since voting: 660
Views during voting: 351
Votes: 177
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0

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01/15/2013 02:37:47 PM
Our family finds the best use of puppetry within old socks, but napkins add a flavor of divine humbleness.
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01/29/2010 11:50:47 AM
The first time i looked, i did not see it. (but wasn't voting either). Now, however, I am wondering how in the world I missed it. It does look like a little old man.
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01/25/2010 09:39:22 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club, Don!

Ooh, I see him, I see him! I also see where and why some would like to see the bottom third and left third cropped. Would work, from a technical standpoint, but would also take the 21.gif posthumous-ness from the shot. And that would never do.

The lighting and glare is a teeny bit strong but also helps to illuminate the face. Can't argue with the settings, though someone I know would say to put the camera on a tripod, stop waayyyyy down and shoot for 30 seconds or some such tomfoolery :-) The bar is a little distracting but honestly, I only noticed it cause others mentioned it. Composition daring as he is almost leaning out of frame, but makes the shot all the more interesting imho.

Artistically, a lovely and fun piece of work and very well done, lighting up the angles and planes of the face and catching a hunched-over, studious pose. Not sure if I see him peering into his childhood per se, but I see him peering into something and boy does he look pissed!

Great work, you really do deserve a posty blue for this.

Feel free to pm me with any questions,

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01/25/2010 03:57:43 PM
I think it's time you give yourself a posthumous ribbon! This is so very creative an humorous! Try to repost taking some of the comments into account just for kicks!
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01/25/2010 12:44:25 AM
Actually, my dad made napkin puppets. All the time... I see the old dude. I like the offered librarian conceit very much. I can handle childhood as well, never having quite left mine. Well seen, as usual :-)
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01/25/2010 12:26:31 AM
You got robbed. This was one of my 10's. Wonderful play of light and shadow. I wasn't sure what he was supposed to looking at, however. It looked to me like a librarian poring over an old book.
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01/25/2010 12:05:42 AM
um no lol - where is the childhood? seriously, tell me. I don't see it.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/24/2010 11:37:43 PM
One of my two 10's. Don't ask me why. It just feels right.
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01/24/2010 11:30:05 PM
I think I really would have liked to have seen this without all the extra stuff in the bottom 1/3. I think the face and lighting is intriguing but it has to compete with that extra paper - which to me does not really add too much to the scene.
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01/24/2010 10:21:41 AM
Very cool crinkle face!
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01/21/2010 06:02:41 PM
Cropping off two-thirds of the left side would have been more interesting---and creepier.
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01/21/2010 11:21:37 AM
don't get this at all and I don't see how it meets the challenge...sorry
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01/20/2010 03:24:16 PM
Excellent! I'm curious if you created the paper face, or just happened to notice it in the crumpled paper and decided it would be a good entry.
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01/19/2010 06:10:25 PM
Woah, very interesting. I only wish the black bar at the bottom weren't visible!
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01/19/2010 05:01:00 PM
I'm sorry, but I can't see how this meets the challenge at all. If it does, it's so far out of the box it has me baffled. Can't see a smile or a frown no matter where I look.
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01/18/2010 04:27:20 PM
Took me a minute or two to see the face... Very imaginative and it does emit some emotion with the bowed down look. However, I think the tonal range of the shot is fairly blown with too bright highlights and too dark shadows.
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