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Government Censorship - Protecting you from reality
Government Censorship - Protecting you from reality

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Challenge: Effects of SOPA (Expert Editing*)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Location: My Garage
Date: Jan 21, 2012
Aperture: f8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/15
Date Uploaded: Jan 21, 2012

After my first attempt at a portrait in my garage, which I thought went OK (see Portrait II). I tried it again for this entry. Being expert editing I'm sure there will be a lot of great heavily processed images but I hope this does well.

Hung a red sheet in for the background placed a work light behind us to brighten it up. I used another work light directly to the left of us at 45 degrees. Final light was my speedlight attached to the camera and pointed up. My sister held a white reflector over it to attempt to spread the light more evenly.

Place: 20 out of 38
Avg (all users): 5.8497
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.9630
Avg (non-participants): 5.8254
Views since voting: 1163
Views during voting: 377
Votes: 153
Comments: 4
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02/03/2012 09:00:24 AM
I liked the idea and the way you implemented, and gave it a 6.
The choice of WB/hue didn't really work for me though, and probably the red background was not the most effective choice.
I would think that a neutral/desaturated rendition, kind of corporate style shot, could go well with the concept. Or an high key, luminous feeling, coherent with the fictional 'happy/safe feeling' the government is portrayed to offer, but in contrast with the actual meaning of the image.
The choice of clothes is just spot on.
Illumination works well in that it's even. Another possibility could have been something more contrasty and dramatic, or softer and sunny .
Two very minor nitpicks would be that removing the hp logo would make it more general, and perhaps the "government censorship" bit in the title could be redundant. The image is extremely effective in conveying that part of the concept even without spelling it out and people like the feeling of grasping the concept without too much help (a balance difficult to strike, sometimes, my titles are endless :).

Another possible take on the scene could be the gov't guy holding a blindfold in place with one hand and offering a cup of tea with another, a different PP for the area illuminated by the laptop and for the surrounding environment.
But I am probably just being delirious :)
Good job, I think with a different PP it would have scored much higher.

Message edited by author 2012-02-03 09:03:38.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/30/2012 07:50:09 AM
Good idea, focus composition. 6
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01/27/2012 11:34:45 PM
Nice, corporate image, except for that GLARING ORANGE background..
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01/27/2012 05:20:37 PM
Great idea. The suit works perfectly. I just wish the white balance were adjusted so the skin wasn't so purple.
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