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Challenge: John Lennon Song or Lyrics (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Sigma 17-35mm f/2.8-4.0 EX DG Aspherical HSM for Nikon
Location: home studio
Date: Dec 14, 2010
Aperture: f11
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/80th
Galleries: Fashion, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Dec 13, 2010

MY FIRST RIBBON and PB!
This shot was not as easy as I thought it was going to be. I had seen a rendition of this awhile back in a magazine (or online-I can't remember) and always wanted to recreate it but, just like every good husband's chores, never got around to it. Finally, this challenge came up and I thought I'd give it a shot-at the last minute of course.

I had no one else around, so I had to use my own short stubby fingers for the photo. And apparently, the further you bend your thumb towards your palm when it is tight against your ring finger, your forefinger bends too! Every shot I took, I was stretching and molding my own hand to make it look as natural as possible while trying to maintain balance and create perfect "V's" between my fingers and the bridge of the glasses. In order to get it to pop, the only things circular I wanted in the photo was my palm and the glasses.

I think it worked out well, and my hand stopped cramping a few days later and I really got it to pop with some replacement colors and contrasting. No trickery and surprisingly, no selective Desat either. I just played around this the colors abit and washed away my hand pigment while leaving the flag strong with color.

Though, I do have to agree with ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' jmsetzler's comment. I should have used the Union Jack flag instead.
Though the Beatles influence in the US was so massive and really this is where they hit the ground running.

Anyway, thank you all so much for comments and your votes. My PB and a RIBBON!! Miracles do exist at Christmas Time!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 95
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Avg (commenters): 8.6667
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Views since voting: 5758
Views during voting: 333
Votes: 165
Comments: 32
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03/06/2011 07:57:31 AM
I noticed your image was reinstated. Congrats! What was the controversy?
01/01/2011 12:11:41 PM
Still... A really cool image. Very fitting to the challenge, and the man behind the music. I like the way you focused the color on the glasses to make them really pop. I also think your choice of flags is appropriate. Lennon was from Britain, but the US was the major player in the war. Nice work!
12/29/2010 07:15:13 AM
Originally posted by Jutilda:

Too bad. I had the same thing happen when I won a blue ribbon. UGH

Live and learn. It's still a great tribute to John.


Here today and gone tomorrow.. just like the legend.
12/28/2010 12:24:43 PM
Too bad. I had the same thing happen when I won a blue ribbon. UGH

Live and learn. It's still a great tribute to John.
12/28/2010 10:22:49 AM
OH CRAP!
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12/24/2010 10:52:16 PM
Congratulations! Your creativity and persistence really paid off. :)
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12/24/2010 12:09:19 AM
A perfect recreation of the 'U.S vs John Lennon' poster. //www.imdb.com/media/rm2240057856/tt0478049
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12/23/2010 07:46:01 PM
great work. i gave peace a chance. so far, so good.
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12/23/2010 04:47:41 PM
Very cool! Congrats!
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12/23/2010 03:04:00 AM
Great photo Lars...congratulations my friend....kinda nice to ribbon, feels good doesn't it ?
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12/22/2010 07:47:13 PM
Debbie- I had actually popped out the lenses of the glasses, used them as templates to traces two seperate photos of the flag, and inserted the flag cutouts into the frame itself. Worked pretty well!
12/22/2010 07:34:56 PM
Wow, this is fantastic and says John Lennon like crazy! Kudos to you!
So the flag was photographed separately and photoshopped in?
Debbi
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12/22/2010 05:19:41 PM
Great image. Lennon fled England never wanting to look back. He loved NYC, our flag was most appropriate. Would have been a great LP cover. Congratulations!
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12/22/2010 03:37:50 PM
Loved this. Glad it ribboned.
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12/22/2010 01:13:36 PM
Great shot....congrats on your ribbon and new PB!!!!
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12/22/2010 11:05:28 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon!
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12/22/2010 10:46:56 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon! Well deserved.
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12/22/2010 10:05:40 AM
Fantastic! Congratulations on your first ribbon!
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12/22/2010 08:31:48 AM
Lars, way to go, awesome image, you're first ribbon and PB very nicely done and well deserved!
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12/22/2010 02:51:42 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon and PB. This was one of my favs.
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12/22/2010 01:38:49 AM
Right on! Congrats - top notch entry!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/20/2010 11:25:25 PM
Amazingly well done. Super creative and appropriate.
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12/19/2010 12:43:48 PM
Nice job. Perfect representation of the title.
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12/17/2010 04:42:51 PM
I love your take on this. Gave it one of my best scores this challenge.
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12/17/2010 12:19:34 AM
This is front page stuff. Not only the execution but the concept. Bravo.
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12/16/2010 04:34:38 PM
Muy conceptual e iconica.
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12/15/2010 11:17:39 PM
I'd have given this one an 11 if you had used the Union Jack rather than the American flag in terms of this challenge. This is a fantastic photo.
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12/15/2010 09:17:42 PM
Brilliant Shot!!! Captures the true essence of Mr. Lennon and his message... A perfect 10
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12/15/2010 01:22:32 PM
You were the only one to come up with something for the song that to me says John Lennon. Great job! 10
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12/15/2010 12:04:55 PM
Very Nice!!!
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12/15/2010 08:24:57 AM
I love this!!!
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12/15/2010 02:04:02 AM
Just cool!
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