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Challenge: Silhouette At Night II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: New Jersey
Date: Dec 23, 2012
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1
Date Uploaded: Dec 23, 2012

single capture

initial edits using Capture NX2 and Canvas X
-brightness/contrast
-few spot edits
-minor touchup to pants and shadows
-straighten horizontal

additional adjustments using Color Efex Pro
-Film Efex: Vintage
-Dark Contrasts
-High Key
-Classic Soft Focus

Final spot touchup, size, and save for DPC using Capture NX2

[Dec. 28th, 2012 05:31:56 PM]

well, i guess i touched a nerve as several people commented about their dislike (or even hatred) of guns. if anyone felt offended, i apologize and express my support for your right to feel that way... and that, in most circumstances, you have the right to express your opinions because someone at some time took up arms to defend your rights.

i am not a crazy gun kook, but with the world going the way it is, i think it is foolish for people to think that getting rid of guns will make us all safer. the bad guys will always get access to guns one way or another. responsible gun ownership is one way to protect yourself and your family.

finally, this is just a hunting shotgun i inherited from my father. my intent was for this to look like the good guy "sheriff" holding his ground against the outlaws.

/end rant/

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 36
Avg (all users): 6.8355
Avg (commenters): 7.5625
Avg (participants): 5.8696
Avg (non-participants): 7.0078
Views since voting: 2115
Views during voting: 343
Votes: 152
Comments: 32
Favorites: 4 (view)


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01/11/2013 09:29:40 PM
I am pretty knew here and haven't interacted much. When I saw this shot I had to click on it to appreciate it better.

I then read the varying comments about the subject and quite confused at what I perceive a sad imbalance in what we respond too.

I believe millions of people are severely hurt by pornography. If someone submitted an "artistic" photo with someone holding a porn magazine, instead of a gun, would there be any reaction at all? I wonder??? People hurt People, with whatever is at hand.

I grew up with guns on the farm. They are a tool, as other things are. I believe these video games that many of these young adults have played for years do more to promote violence, and need to be severely regulated, not guns.

Message edited by author 2013-01-11 21:38:25.
01/06/2013 03:53:30 AM
I knew it was gonna ribbon. Amazing night silhouette (little scary) and great light. Congratulations! (Had my 10)

Message edited by author 2013-01-06 03:54:01.
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01/05/2013 08:11:43 AM
WOW LOVE THIS ONE XOX
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01/04/2013 03:51:30 PM
Atmospheric as all get-out, beautifully lit. Congrats on the ribbon!
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01/03/2013 07:29:38 PM
Congratulations on the ribbon, Mark.
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01/02/2013 02:46:30 PM
I don't like snakes. I wish they did not exist. But, when I see a photo of one, I vote on the image quality. I don't think every snake image has an underlying message or do I think the person who photographed the snake is evil.

I really, really hate snakes, though. :D

This is a fabulously done image. The technicals are wonderfully satisfied.
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01/02/2013 10:16:03 AM
Congrats on you ribbon, and the roll that you have been on.
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01/02/2013 09:48:35 AM
I hate guns but it doesn't mean this not a very good image.

Otherwise we couldn't watch western movies :)

It looks like a movie scene (as many of the front page images, included mine).

Congrats on the WD red!
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01/02/2013 06:42:14 AM
congratulations!
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01/02/2013 06:19:28 AM
Congratulations on the red. Nice work.
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01/02/2013 06:01:17 AM
Originally posted by tanguera:

Good guy, bad guy, guns, no guns... doesn't take away from it being a great image. Congrats on the ribbon. Love the smoke in the bg.


+++ What tanguera said. Great image. Congrats on the red.

To add, this is a success on many fronts. You won a ribbon, you invoked strong opinions.
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01/02/2013 05:26:15 AM
Congrats on the ribbon.
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01/02/2013 04:21:04 AM
Good guy, bad guy, guns, no guns... doesn't take away from it being a great image. Congrats on the ribbon. Love the smoke in the bg.
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01/02/2013 02:29:58 AM
if anyone felt offended

not offended but my dislike of guns does affect my interaction with and interpretation of the picture. if photography is viewed as art and not just a technical process of capturing an image, then it isn't just about the technical aspects of the photo but how the viewer interacts with it as well.

I think that there are a few examples in the comments below of how the opinions of the viewer affect the interaction.

You wanted to convey the good guy "sheriff" holding his ground against the outlaws but more than a few comments below show a completely different interpretation despite your title. It is described as 'ominous', 'menacing', I used 'vigilante' and others referenced "Deliverance". This would indicate that on some level with some viewers your image failed to convey a 'good guy' impression. Perhaps the absence of a clear 'bad guy' in the image contributes as well as the fact that your character is wearing a black hat which image is well embedded in cowboy symbolism as belonging to the 'bad guy' and not the 'good guy'.

Something to think about anyway.

Message edited by author 2013-01-02 02:32:05.
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01/02/2013 12:11:02 AM
An ominous mood to this. Congrats on an excellent image and ribbon.

ETA: I just noticed participants score this image below 6. That seems completely crazy to me. I am not a huge fan of guns, but come on. This is a fantastic shot.

Message edited by author 2013-01-02 16:26:24.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/01/2013 11:25:10 PM
Bit too contrived.
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01/01/2013 11:22:22 PM
nice one 9
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01/01/2013 09:46:01 PM
Yes! Well done staging of the Clint Eastwood esthetic. Bump.
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01/01/2013 07:26:09 PM
Impressive tension.
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01/01/2013 07:02:17 PM
In my top ten. Love the ball of light. 8 (voted earlier)
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01/01/2013 02:07:07 PM
SQUEEL LIKA PIG!
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12/29/2012 10:49:06 PM
Nicely done, good bw tones and lighting.
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12/28/2012 05:07:23 PM
Technical excellence gets this an 8, but I don't like guns and I don't like the vigilante stance of the person. The light ray effect by the right hand is also a bit too bright and distracting so I'm afraid when I add in how I feel about the picture my score drops.
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12/27/2012 02:29:38 PM
Oooh, very menacing. Great use of noir.
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12/27/2012 01:53:36 PM
Great fun. The execution & processing could hardly be better.
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12/26/2012 07:14:03 PM
very well done, the light in the hand adds nice interest
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12/26/2012 06:38:11 PM
top 3
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12/26/2012 05:37:57 PM
I love this image. The silhouette and shadows are great. Lighting is awesome. I like how he seems to be "holding" the light.
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12/26/2012 08:27:43 AM
Seems rather ghostly. Great capture of the light in the hand.
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12/26/2012 07:46:01 AM
9 great moody shot was my idea as well car head lights rain, shotgun and setson and maybe a broad mac coat but didnt have time to do it on xmas eve, just need more light from the front or the car further away
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12/26/2012 03:13:05 AM
One of the best in the challenge. I only miss an outline in the upper part of the silhouette
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12/26/2012 02:36:12 AM
I hate guns, sorry


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