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Judi


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: The 80s (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Challenges People
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM
Location: Central Queensland, Australia
Date: Feb 18, 2006
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 1000
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Fashion, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Feb 18, 2006

This is actually my husband. He normally wears a Mohawk so I clippered the top and shaved the sides with a razor so I could paint the skin.

During the painting, which took over an hour, he actually fell asleep and started snoring....gotta love it!!

The lighting was simply a low strength light to the side with an umbrella. He was worried his tongue would not be long enough for the Gene Simmons style but I think it was quite suitable...LOL!!

Post Processing was the following -

- Levels.
- Dodge on the eyes and teeth.
- Touched up a couple of light areas.
- Neatened up a couple of the paint edges.
- Reduced yellow and blue hues.
- A small amount of burn on some of the shadows.
- Crop.
- Resize.
- USM.


Post challenge -

Okay there has been a lot of debate on whether Kiss was masked or unmasked during the 80's. So here is my viewpoint.

I chose the Gene Simmons look because of the fanfare of that group. I live in Australia and we are behind the USA in music therefore during 'MY' 80's they were painted...not for all of the 80's though. I also did some research and based my knowledge on this link....

http://www.mtv.com/music/#/music/artist/kiss/bio.html

So some of you were wrong in your information that you found....but that is okay.

For the ones that felt the paint was from the 70's...that is okay. You see.....Kiss was still playing in the 80's and later. But they were known for their paintwork. So if I had photographed someone sticking their tongue out without any makeup can you imagine the comments I would've received. Half of you would not have known what the heck I was on about. So with the makeup it was obvious that I was referring to the band 'KISS'. So I used their trademark....regardless of whether they were painted in the 80's or not....it showed who they were by their trademark.

But anyways...thankyou to everyone for your continued support and wonderful comments...oh and of course the votes.

Now everyone, get out there and take some photos....just don't use too much makeup....lol!!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 101
Avg (all users): 7.3611
Avg (commenters): 7.9535
Avg (participants): 6.5932
Avg (non-participants): 7.5959
Views since voting: 20018
Views during voting: 605
Votes: 252
Comments: 109
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12/14/2007 03:29:24 PM
Fairy is good but Gene Simmons is the KING !
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12/11/2007 09:17:32 AM
Here's a vote for keeping the kiss on top of the fairy. Translate that any way that floats your boat.
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12/10/2007 10:18:44 PM
I pick this one, it's always been a favorite of mine!
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12/10/2007 06:49:32 PM
I vote for this one. :P
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06/24/2007 03:39:15 PM
AMAZING portrait. Great job!
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04/14/2007 11:45:13 PM
Oh wow! Very nice. I love the way the "v" in the makeup on his forehead, his chin, and his tongue all point in the same downward direction. And also that the red below the eyes the red tongue. Well done.
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04/01/2007 04:59:49 AM
Yes, Kiss in the US was still in makeup in the early 80's, I was and still am a Kiss fan...GREAT SHOT!!!!

Jack
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03/05/2006 11:45:49 AM
LOve it!
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03/04/2006 05:56:50 PM
Outstanding... :)
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03/03/2006 01:40:24 PM
Congrats Judi! What an awesome photo :-)
Sure, Kiss maybe wasn't the dominating powerhouse that they were in the 70's, but they were definitely alive and well and putting stuff out in the 80's! They have some of the most rock solid fans there are (try telling any Kiss Army member they weren't an 80's band!) And as TC points out, they were still in makeup til 83, and had some hits in the 80's. The photo is just great though. It reminds me of when the guys all put out a solo album. Maybe a square crop would make it feel like an album cover :-)
Great job! Awesome photo! WTG!!!
:-)
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03/02/2006 11:29:21 PM
I just LOVE this! It was my 10 in this challenge. Every time I look at it I love it more. A well deserved Blue!!
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03/02/2006 09:17:29 PM
Great job! Love the expression here.
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03/01/2006 06:52:29 PM
From the Critique Club

I hate drawing a shot to critique that has won a ribbon. What can I say that the voters haven't said already? I could go even more in depth into the history of the band, but that isn't really the purpose of a critique now is it?

This shot is simply stunning! Great choice of going with the centered subject! Doesn't always work, but this time it's perfect. Awesome lighting. Love the shadow on the right side of the subject's face (Left in photo). Focus is spot on. Everything is nice and sharp, but not to the point of hurting your eyes. Only thing I can think of to improve the image would be to have a light near the camera to put a little sparkle in his eyes. Not sure that would really help in this instance though because after all Gene was supposed to be the 'King of the Night Time World' and you captured that essence!

Keep up the good work. Let's see more ribbons.
Yours
TC
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02/28/2006 07:36:50 PM
Congrats...great picture..!!
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02/28/2006 12:19:00 PM
The 80ís? 1977 maybe. By 1980 the KISS army needed to institute a draft:)

Still a good picture though.
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02/28/2006 03:45:21 AM
For me I knew it was matter of time before you get a rank among the first three winners, but getting a blue, this requires a drink :)
Way to go Judi, keep up the good work dear,
Regards,
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02/27/2006 06:44:33 PM
Way to go Judi! Congratulations, I love this entry
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02/27/2006 06:31:28 PM
Wow - not only are you a talented photographer, you are a make - up artist of enormous talent
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02/27/2006 06:21:11 PM
Kiss actually remained in makeup until 1983 (Unmasked was kind of a spoof) making this a plausible image for the eighties challenge. I still think of them being a 70's band also. However IMHO it still meets the challenge and is an awesome shot! Congrats on the blue!
TC

Message edited by author 2006-02-27 18:27:53.
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02/27/2006 04:42:16 PM
Congratulations on a very cool entry and a very worthy Blue ribbon... GREAT JOB!
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02/27/2006 03:10:10 PM
I could say that perhaps the tongue could do with being a little more pointed, but that would be nit-picking. It's a great shot, made so strong by the wonderful use of lighting.
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02/27/2006 01:32:38 PM
You're a very talented girl. Congrats Judi!
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02/27/2006 12:17:18 PM
Oh this is AWESOME!!! So deserving of a ribbon!!! Congratulations!
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02/27/2006 11:24:41 AM
Hey, Judi, another one! NICE :)
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02/27/2006 10:37:42 AM
I had a major crush on Paul Stanley. woooot! Excellent image and congrats! I remember my brothers dressing up like Gene. He ruled!
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02/27/2006 10:25:12 AM
Back in November I selected Judi as one my favs photographers because folks there is talent here and I sensed it back then. Recently this artist has delivered two top notch winners which have captured the fancy of the DPC voting blocks. Quite an accomplishment and so are these last two images!

Congratulations on your BLUE with this electrifyong image.It is a pleasure to watch a flower blossom!
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02/27/2006 10:03:42 AM
Congrats on this well deserved ribbon!! Love it!!
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02/27/2006 09:46:08 AM
WTG Judi!! Queen of the Ribbons :)
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02/27/2006 08:13:10 AM
WTG Judi

AND she is a "Queenslander" w00t
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02/27/2006 07:38:50 AM
Originally posted by woohoopepper:

Wooohoooo, congrats! Let's face it, if you had done it w/o makeup, it wouldn't have grabbed much attention, so what you created here is perfect. BTW, what the heck does oi, oi, oi mean????????? I thought it was a Yiddish expression (except that I think that is oy) for being shocked or frustrated. Just can't be the same thing!!! LOL!


Hehehehe...Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi...is an Aussie saying...sort of like a chant used at different events, especially sporting events, when we either do well or are trying to encourage a fellow Aussie. Mainly we use it to show when we are proud. I hope that makes sense. In any case....Aussies are seen to be a little nuts....but we are fun loving...hehehe!!

Thanks so much for your wonderful support everyone...Oi, Oi, Oi....LOL!!
02/27/2006 07:13:59 AM
Congrats on the blue and WTG to your husband for being such a sport!
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02/27/2006 07:08:38 AM
Congratulations on your blue! After reading the comment above, I have to include your husband in saying you both did a GREAT job on this :)
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02/27/2006 07:07:44 AM
Wooohoooo, congrats! Let's face it, if you had done it w/o makeup, it wouldn't have grabbed much attention, so what you created here is perfect. BTW, what the heck does oi, oi, oi mean????????? I thought it was a Yiddish expression (except that I think that is oy) for being shocked or frustrated. Just can't be the same thing!!! LOL!

Message edited by author 2006-02-27 07:08:28.
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02/27/2006 05:45:20 AM
CONGRATULATIONS to a fellow "AUSSIE"....."wow"wow"wow", so well done, and you so deserved the RIBBON.....
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02/27/2006 05:42:12 AM
Onya Judi, two on the front page.
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02/27/2006 04:39:48 AM
Huge congrats Judi! Very well done
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02/27/2006 04:27:56 AM
It's raining ribbons this year at Judi's house!! :)

Well done! Another great pic!
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02/27/2006 04:07:12 AM
Thrilling in effect! Congratulations on the blue, Judi.
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02/27/2006 03:30:50 AM
This is an awesome shot ! Congratulations on your ribbon !
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02/27/2006 03:10:54 AM
Yet another Aussie Ribbon...go Aussie Judi...you are on a roll. Well done.
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02/27/2006 02:47:17 AM
Congrats on your blue Judi, another great photo by a GREAT photographer!!!
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02/27/2006 02:21:53 AM
Im glad this won,lovely pic,gr8 detail
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02/27/2006 02:07:07 AM
Congrats again Judi.

The aussie brigade are doing quite well recently.

bazz.
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02/27/2006 01:52:11 AM
This brought back so many memories.....ya I'm old LOL Congrats on your very well deserved win (((hugs)))
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02/27/2006 01:36:18 AM
Yup, this one had to be the winner. Congrats!

R.
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02/27/2006 01:19:27 AM
Told ya!!!
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02/27/2006 01:16:48 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon. It's funny, but to me KISS is very much a band of the 70's, but I sort of ignored most music from the 80's. I actually thought they went unmasked only recently...
You may not know, but the Canon Rebel is called Canon KISS here in Japan. For advertising purposes, they use a quartet of non-Japanese children made-up as the KISS members and they sing "I was made for loving you, baby". Quite cute, in a way.
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02/27/2006 01:00:51 AM
Your husband rocks!!!! Congrats.
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02/27/2006 12:48:49 AM
I loved this! Flawless! Congrats on an absolutely well deserved ribbon!
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02/27/2006 12:25:21 AM
i knew it - well deserved !
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02/27/2006 12:22:40 AM
WTG on your Ribbon!!

according to Kiss's own web site they were very active in the 80s, and started out with the makeup in that decade, Unmasked was out in May of 1980.. so they did start the decade out with make-up... on their web site they have photos of themselves with makeup on as late as June of 1980. SO,, there are some DPCers here that were incorrect.. :) Judi was right!!

Message edited by author 2006-02-27 07:45:43.
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02/27/2006 12:21:00 AM
Excellent work Judi, great image. Who cares about all this crap 70s or 80s it was all a blur to me. Apparently I'm not alone.
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02/27/2006 12:13:43 AM
kiss took off their makeup by the 80s ;-)

ahah congrats on another one judi
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02/27/2006 12:13:03 AM
Wow you're on a roll and getting better with entries like this. Congrats.
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02/27/2006 12:10:37 AM
Great win Judi, Oi,Oi,Oi
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02/27/2006 12:09:16 AM
Woohoo Judi! Yay! Another ribbon!
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02/27/2006 12:08:37 AM
You are on a roll Judi. Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi. :)
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02/27/2006 12:08:23 AM
Good on ya .. I remember their music on TV .. so it must have been the eighties :) Congrats and the blue.
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02/27/2006 12:07:15 AM
Wrong decade.

DPCers apparently all suffer from the same memory warp though.
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02/27/2006 12:06:20 AM
I think there is a retard in the mix of your comments... :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/26/2006 08:36:49 PM
An outstanding entry with rich color.
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02/26/2006 08:09:57 PM
Great makeup job
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02/26/2006 03:30:28 PM
Gorgeous !! Its a winner.... it must be.
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02/26/2006 12:54:18 PM
Very nice shot and I'll give you credit for meeting the challenge but it's a bit tenous as the 80's in Kiss history is know as the decade that the boys took off their makeup. I'll let it fit into the challenge simply because they actually didn't take the makeup off in public until 1983. They never again appeared in makeup until their 1998 reunion tour...
TC
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02/26/2006 10:47:57 AM
that's the coolest picture..
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02/26/2006 05:30:41 AM
Cool.
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02/26/2006 03:06:43 AM
Great! Beautiful focus great lighting and perfectly black background. 10.
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02/25/2006 02:24:06 AM
should win, great image, if only you could "warp" the rules,and make that tongue longer, bg
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02/24/2006 07:52:43 PM
I thought they STOPPED wearing makup in the 80s. Either way, great shot.
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02/24/2006 02:21:38 PM
Cool shot!
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02/23/2006 11:22:42 PM
nice. umm, yet kinda creepy, as kiss were... i like the colours, the contrastiness
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02/23/2006 12:42:24 PM
Very effective. Great job!
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02/23/2006 09:38:03 AM
This is great!!!
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02/23/2006 03:01:21 AM
I like it, will people think it was all the 80s, not sure?, good makeup and the reds/pinks of the tounge and eyes are great.
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02/22/2006 06:58:01 PM
his tongue was longer ;-)... good picture though
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02/22/2006 06:29:46 PM
It's a great photo but I think of this era of Kiss as the 70's. My recollection of 80's Kiss is when they took off the make-up. Cool photo, though.
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02/22/2006 05:43:30 PM
awesome, love this
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02/22/2006 03:42:27 PM
Nice Tones
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02/22/2006 12:51:41 PM
2 extra points for effort.
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02/22/2006 11:29:16 AM
i love it..
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02/22/2006 08:09:13 AM
Great lighting great makeup
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02/21/2006 07:11:06 PM
This is by far, my FAVORITE!
This is TRULY the 80s! Rock on!
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02/21/2006 06:52:19 PM
I absolutely hated Kiss!! Great shot though!
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02/21/2006 04:18:01 PM
Cool pic, but not accurate-the 80s were a "unmasked" KISS era.
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02/21/2006 09:48:43 AM
Wow. Very nice. :)
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02/21/2006 08:44:32 AM
Great idea and well executed. One of my top picks from the challenge!
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02/21/2006 07:46:07 AM
to dark still good
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02/21/2006 07:27:03 AM
Not quite a long enough tongue but excellent photo! 9
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02/21/2006 06:38:41 AM
Fantastic!!! 10
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02/21/2006 03:25:04 AM
very well done. not sure if id have left the hair in.
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02/20/2006 10:17:40 PM
Love the face against the totally black background, very cool! And very 80's!!! Nicely done!
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02/20/2006 08:18:21 PM
One of my top 3. Nice image. The redness of the tongue is just great.
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02/20/2006 05:59:39 PM
WOw, very good.
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02/20/2006 03:43:31 PM
My first 10. Well done. Very well done :)
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02/20/2006 02:54:10 PM
this one has a ribbon im pretty sure love the tongue
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02/20/2006 12:59:32 PM
this is super
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02/20/2006 09:40:07 AM
70's.....Helloooo. I think Kiss didn't wear makeup for most of the 80's. Nice shot and great make-up. Ya gotta love Gene
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02/20/2006 08:49:04 AM
Would make Gene proud :)
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02/20/2006 08:35:46 AM
Here is an excerpt from a website. I was a bit confused by this image because I remember KISS from the 70's and not the 80's. Seems I was correct. I researched the era and found this: ""Kiss" returns. Yes, the rock group that thrilled fans and terrified their parents in the '70s has reunited for a summer tour beginning June 28 in Detroit. The 40-something rockers haven't played together since 1979." Therefore, this image is really a DNMC. KISS albums and such may have been listened to and prevelant in the 80's, but the band itself was already diminished in the 70's and from the 70's. You missed it by one year. I still like the image though, and will give it a 5 for technicals and effort.
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02/20/2006 06:48:33 AM
Cool Photo and fantastic make-up
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02/20/2006 02:06:35 AM
awesome...love the black background...you should do well with this
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02/20/2006 01:43:48 AM
don't come any better....10
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02/20/2006 01:25:51 AM
EXCELLENT!!!!!!
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02/20/2006 12:54:36 AM
No thanks:)) Has that thing been entered in the Guinness Book of Records?
Great image!
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02/20/2006 12:48:52 AM
Wow, this is awesome! Great clarity and contrast. Love the red in the eyes and tong. 10.
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02/20/2006 12:47:39 AM
Well done.
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02/20/2006 12:10:44 AM
excellent take on the challenge, well done
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