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Life's One Certainty
Life's One Certainty
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Female Portrait II (Expert Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Location: Home, various
Date: Aug 30, 2011
Aperture: f/4.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Aug 31, 2011

This is my grandmother...a terrible picture of my grandmother. I edited the picture to make her look much older and weathered than she really looks.

Three images were used to make this:
- Grandmother (camera settings are for this shot)
- Weather vane
- Texture: scratched plexiglass with the sky reflected in it

Nothing too exciting happened in the editing. Mostly just work with layer masks and some curves.

As for the meaning, the title refers to death, of course, as many figured out. The weather vane represents change, and it also points toward the sky. The scratches are mostly there for mood and as something to frame the image with, but life (and death) does bang you up pretty good, so it could add that meaning too. I was originally going to add an old pocket watch in the upper right corner, but I ran out of time to shoot. I worried that the watch would make the image too cluttered, which one of my WPL teammates mentioned as well.

Statistics
Place: 9 out of 49
Avg (all users): 6.5143
Avg (commenters): 7.7500
Avg (participants): 5.7778
Avg (non-participants): 6.6486
Views since voting: 1762
Views during voting: 426
Votes: 175
Comments: 20
Favorites: 2 (view)


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09/15/2011 10:57:58 PM
I gave this photo a 7. A fascinating and frightful picture.
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09/09/2011 06:33:46 PM
I love the fact that an interesting face did so well. Very different and evocative!
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09/09/2011 08:43:50 AM
I think I like this one the best. at least top three. I am not sure how you received votes of "1" in this challenge. great work!
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09/09/2011 06:34:29 AM
Nice job Stefanie. Creative idea handled very well.
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09/09/2011 02:41:50 AM
Awesome :-)
Great finish.
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09/09/2011 01:27:06 AM
One of my favs. Outstanding. Congrats on top ten!
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09/09/2011 12:35:08 AM
Fabulous image. Congrats on the top 10.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/08/2011 01:54:34 AM
WOW.
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09/05/2011 02:56:27 AM
Very creative I like this 9
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09/03/2011 03:14:28 PM
Soooo nice!!!!!
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09/03/2011 12:11:23 AM
Taxes? :)
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09/02/2011 10:08:51 PM
Fantastic piece of artwork. Beautifully done.
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09/02/2011 09:44:34 PM
This I do like pretty much!.. Could be in top3, if mine doesnt get a ribbon. so I prefer that you score at best a 4th position (so I can be in top3) :P

Good luck in the challenge!
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09/02/2011 07:15:26 PM
Wow! How did your model feel about this? Excellent use of expert editing.
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09/02/2011 03:26:18 PM
wow - i want to rate it very high because of the creativity - but i want to rate it low because it scares the hell out of me...
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09/02/2011 03:17:26 PM
The fact that this isn't head and shoulders above the crowd is a testament to how good the top ten is in this challenge. Strong idea, well executed with good textures. My only knock is that the lace around the model's head is a bit blown. Normally that would be fine to get the skin tones in her face, but in this rule set you could have layered in a darker shawl and gotten that detail and pushed the eye more strongly to the face. Ought to ribbon.
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09/02/2011 01:42:48 PM
Wind vanes is certain? Oh, now I get it! This is the tax collector!
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09/02/2011 12:23:36 PM
Wonderful concept, her eyes are riveting!
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09/02/2011 08:22:28 AM
WOW - this is crazy. She looks straight out of a fary tal. Love the weather vane.
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09/02/2011 12:51:19 AM
Incredible face. What an awesome piece of art.
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