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Then the Lord God formed man from the clay of the earth
2nd PlaceThen the Lord God formed man from the clay of the earth
markwiley


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Challenge: Biblical (Expert Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Date: Jan 31, 2013
Galleries: Black and White, History
Date Uploaded: Jan 31, 2013



[Feb. 7th, 2013 10:41:41 AM]

I had been trying to think of something simple to do for the Biblical entry all week. I had just about give up when on the last day of the challenge I got this idea I thought I might be able to pull off. On my way drive home from work I stopped at an art store and bought a $3.50 block of clay in the hopes that my son did not have plans or too much homework that night. Having live-in models is a blessing. I set up the flash stand and umbrella in his bedroom. We took some shots of him in fetal position on the floor and some more of my hand holding a ball of clay. We were careful to make sure the angle of the flash was roughly the same for each. Then, I spent some time crudely making a composite of the two scenes. The background in the hand shots was all white and just looked blah. With about 20 minutes to deadline I started searching my random shots from the weekend for one with some clouds and dropped it into the image and submitted with a few minutes to spare.

With about 12 hours left in voting it is sitting just below a personal best. I really appreciate the great comments and the Verineat.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 38
Avg (all users): 7.6015
Avg (commenters): 8.6429
Avg (participants): 6.7826
Avg (non-participants): 7.7727
Views since voting: 4649
Views during voting: 385
Votes: 133
Comments: 41
Favorites: 6 (view)


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04/24/2015 02:36:39 PM
that is very oddly touching: your model is so contemporary, the black and white toning so classical, and the theme possibly as old as time itself. I see I only gave you a 7 - was prolly in anti-TheBook mode (comes and goes).
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02/14/2013 09:49:06 AM
Loved the story doing this just in time. Very creative shot. Congrats.
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02/10/2013 10:03:44 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon, Mark. Creative, simple, and powerful.
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02/08/2013 10:04:29 PM
Excellent, buddy. Masterfully done, and the idea itself was fantastic. Congratulations.
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02/08/2013 09:16:36 PM
Wow Mark - fantastic! Creative image. Congrats on the red!
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02/08/2013 07:36:24 PM
Congrats Mark. Nicely done.
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02/08/2013 07:17:08 PM
Great work Mark, huge congrats on the red!
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02/08/2013 05:46:06 PM
Congratulations Mark on the very good score and ribbon. You beautifully managed to translate the concept into your picture, and that was quite a challenge. Quite a creation, if I dare the pun.
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02/08/2013 12:29:53 PM
I'm glad you were able to get this in on time, it can be a bit of a panic watching the clock count down the minutes. Great idea, nicely executed.
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02/08/2013 11:41:32 AM
I didn't vote but this was at or very near the top of my list when I ran through the entries. Wonderful idea, beautifully executed, Mark. I love the simplicity of the composition and the tones are very nice, too. Congratulations on the ribbon.
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02/08/2013 11:22:38 AM
The most creative award from me. Not a complicated image and yet so powerful. Congratulations.
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02/08/2013 11:07:01 AM
My favorite of the challenge, Mark. Just love the simplicity and the execution. This definitely ribboned in my book. Glad to see it did in actuality as well.
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02/08/2013 10:55:01 AM
Not bad...not bad at all...keep tucking away those ribbons!!! Freaking fabulous idea!!!
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02/08/2013 10:00:18 AM
Congrats on the Red!! :) Great idea!
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02/08/2013 08:51:42 AM
Awesome shot, Mark! Congrats
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02/08/2013 07:57:19 AM
Wow! Very impressive in an expert editing challenge.
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02/08/2013 06:18:48 AM
Fabulous image,Congrats.
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02/08/2013 02:11:37 AM
Congratulations! Heckuva score, too.

Message edited by author 2013-02-08 02:12:12.
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02/08/2013 01:34:23 AM
Wonderful. Thanks
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02/08/2013 01:08:16 AM
Awesome shot Mark, I didn't vote but I should have, this is both deep and tender.
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02/08/2013 12:21:54 AM
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Well done on your first ribbon for the year, and with an awesome shot! 20 mins before deadline, wow, that was impressive!

Message edited by author 2013-02-08 00:39:30.
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02/08/2013 12:06:02 AM
Excellent work Mark! Congratulation on the red. I really did like this one during voting :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2013 11:52:37 PM
well done
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02/07/2013 07:17:17 PM
Excellent!
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02/07/2013 04:34:18 AM
Wow that is pretty awesome and something I could just imagine... he just needs to be a bit bigger, but nothing is too hard for God!

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02/06/2013 11:16:19 PM
This is super cool. I can't vote, but I'm pretty sure this is my favorite.
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02/06/2013 05:26:17 PM
Wonderfully done!
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02/06/2013 03:42:01 PM
Well formed. Top five.
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02/05/2013 09:39:31 AM
One the most creative images in this challenge
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02/05/2013 01:24:26 AM
Powerful image. I especially like the cloud / mist in the background, and you've done a masterful job blending the clay with man's body. Do you realize that God spoke the rest of creation into being, but went hands-on when He created man?
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02/04/2013 11:48:38 AM
Whoa cool!!! the hairy part of the main subject arm needs to be cleaned up (the edge) that done it would be a perfect 10
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02/04/2013 09:24:50 AM
Great technique, beautiful light and texture.
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02/03/2013 12:18:08 PM
One of the best.
An actual scene from the bible as opposed to a quote or passage that I see so many doing. Well done.
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02/03/2013 04:10:12 AM
Love the textures...!!!
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02/02/2013 09:39:21 PM
Beautifully photographed and pp'd. The tones are really beautiful and well-modulated across the range. Perhaps the image could use a tiny bit more brightness. My only nit is the masking on the lower left portion of the forearm.
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02/02/2013 07:13:21 PM
Superbly done! Top 3 for sure!
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02/02/2013 03:49:09 PM
Now that is forming a man from clay! Great set up and tie into the challenge! I love the sepia too.
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02/01/2013 04:55:29 PM
My fave of the challenge. Well done!


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02/01/2013 04:40:52 PM
Excellent
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02/01/2013 11:00:45 AM
Nice job mixing the differing light sources in the background and on the hands. Alos in creating the composite of the clay and the person in the hands. A wonderful job of illustrating the creation story.
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02/01/2013 12:12:11 AM
Best in show award, congrats
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