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Shawshank redemption: Hope can set you free
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LevT


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Challenge: Scene It! II (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: Nov 3, 2007
Aperture: f/2
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/90
Galleries: Emotive, Performance
Date Uploaded: Nov 4, 2007

me taking a cold shower under a garden hose at night :>). Nights are getting a bit chilly here, so it was not an overly pleasant shower, but other than that I had a lot of fun making this shot. Living in San Diego helped, I am not sure I would've done it at higher latitudes at this time of the year :).

I needed two assistants for this shot: one (it had to be my wife Irina - how could I deprive her of such rare sadistic pleasure?) to hose me down from the 2nd floor balcony , another to press the shutter while I was getting soaked. Used two 500W work lights directed towards me from slightly behind the hose head "through" the water, so the light is nicely diffused by water droplets, and one more work light at some distance to the left from me, to highlight my back a little bit (strobes wouldn't do since they'd freeze the water droplets) - still barely enough light for this shot. The problem is that I could not use a long exposure because I wanted short water streaks rather than a continuous veil-like flow. That's why I had to use rather short 1/90s, open up the aperture to f/2 and bump ISO up to 800. Took a while to prepare and test everything without actually getting wet, but after all was tuned, I managed to get the shot I wanted in one take! (i'm sure you understand why I wanted to minimize the number of takes :)


P.S.
Hey, thanks for the comments, favs, and of course the great score! I guess putting an effort in setting up a shot does pay off, doesn't it? It was probably the most elaborate (and cold :) setup of all my 120+ DPC entries.

I still like the photo in the original movie poster a lot more than mine (for the wind blowing off the water and his shirt, and a more tense and dynamic pose), but then again, if I had Hollywood resources, if I was Tim Robbins, or (perhaps most importantly) paid like him to do it :)...

Anyhow, in the last Scene It! challenge I was oh so close to ribboning, so this time I really wanted to nail it. Glad it worked!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 83
Avg (all users): 7.7149
Avg (commenters): 9.2045
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Avg (non-participants): 7.8667
Views since voting: 20113
Views during voting: 617
Votes: 228
Comments: 95
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01/19/2009 05:51:47 PM
one of my all time favourite movies and such a wonderful image to represent it ..
so good to see this with a blue ribbon .. CONGRATULATIONS on such an amazing photograph ..
the pain and suffering was definitely worth it .. :)
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07/17/2008 02:05:12 AM
Oh! great movie! should video a story like this. Congratulations on PB and blue!
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12/03/2007 03:43:57 PM
Funny thing...
I didn't enter but the one idea I had for a shot was this one.
I would have gotten my ass kicked trying to stage this on 9th Avenue, for sure.
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11/24/2007 09:33:55 AM
fantastic job!!! big congrats on the blue, lev! nice to read you had fun shooting it :)
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11/15/2007 11:37:29 PM
Good one!! Congrats!
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11/13/2007 09:21:15 PM
way to go! excellent shot!
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11/13/2007 06:32:41 PM
Great job!!! It looks very similar to the original shot, I'm glad you ribboned!!
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11/13/2007 02:37:12 PM
Nice work, thought of Shawshank before reading the title so excellent photograph.
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11/13/2007 01:03:01 PM
great light effect with the "rain", congrats on your ribbon. well deserved.
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11/13/2007 10:46:58 AM
Congrats on your ribbon and an awesome photo!
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11/13/2007 09:08:49 AM
great light
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11/13/2007 04:48:50 AM
Wonderful score, wonderful image! Well done and Congrats!!!
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11/13/2007 03:39:56 AM
okay, the fantastic movie played out with this fantastic photo is what i've been striving for :-) ... yada yada yada ... great work, so simple and effective ... really great. and that movie is one of the top 5 imho (at leat for me)

once again, big congratulations!!
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11/13/2007 12:07:13 AM
regardless of the challenge theme - this is an excellent photo!
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11/12/2007 10:00:04 PM
Excellent rendition of this scene - great to see your name on the front page! Congrats! I really appreciate you sharing the thought process and setup. Glad you had fun with it, too!
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11/12/2007 04:32:08 PM
This is just AWESOME. Wow.
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11/12/2007 03:03:32 PM
I am glad this did well, its a great shot, idea, and setup. Well done and congrats on the Ribb. Hope your water bill wasn't too much this month... :P
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11/12/2007 02:47:22 PM
Well done, congratulations Lev. This is wonderful.
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11/12/2007 02:45:36 PM
Charlie Chaplain and now Tim Robbins! Love the pic and glad it did so well. Congrats!
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11/12/2007 02:36:05 PM
Great! Congrats. :)
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11/12/2007 01:12:49 PM
Lev, many congratulations on another ribbon with another beautiful image! You're good.
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11/12/2007 09:13:27 AM
Congratulations on your blue ribbon! This is such a great shot and it is so nice when the effort pays off.
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11/12/2007 07:52:20 AM
Great shot and congrats on the ribbon. Very well done :D
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11/12/2007 06:57:09 AM
Congrats on the Blue! One of my absolute favorites from the challenge - so well composed and delivered.
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11/12/2007 06:33:44 AM
Really glad to see this ribbon and score where it did. When I think of the last Scene It challenge I think of your Chaplin entry and now when I think of this one its this image. I was so curious as to your setup. Thank you for posting the details. Congrats on a well deserved first place, especially considering your setup. Brilliant!
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11/12/2007 06:11:16 AM
Great idea well executed, very cool shot! Congratulations on the Blue!!
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11/12/2007 06:02:28 AM
Favorite movie and fabulous, outstanding photo! It well worth the blue.
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11/12/2007 05:20:36 AM
Really nice - Good effort...
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11/12/2007 02:45:51 AM
Congratulations on the blue and personal best score Lev. Your portfolio is is an impressive collection of art.
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11/12/2007 02:08:09 AM
Fantastic shot!! Congrats on your well deserved blue!
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11/12/2007 01:23:42 AM
glad this won mate
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11/12/2007 01:19:59 AM
Great Capture, Great Film and enjoyed youe Story
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11/12/2007 01:04:10 AM
Awesome shot. Congratulations!
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11/12/2007 12:35:39 AM
Oh Wow!, what a brilliant shot. Congrats on the blue. Excellent work.
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11/12/2007 12:30:45 AM
I am so glad this won, I thought it was amazing and would have been shocked had it not recieved the blue. Congratulations on this outstanding image!
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11/12/2007 12:28:51 AM
Congrats, twas my only 10!
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11/12/2007 12:13:01 AM
I knew this would be on tops...Awesome shot and very fitting for an awesome movie. Well done and well deserved, my fav of the challenge!!!
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11/12/2007 12:13:00 AM
Great finish, Lev!
Excellent score, well deserved Blue! Congratulations!
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11/12/2007 12:07:49 AM
Congratulations on a new personal best!
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11/12/2007 12:05:34 AM
OH !! GOOD FOR YOU!! One of my 10s this challenge! and fantastic rendering of an awesome film scene!!
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11/12/2007 12:03:55 AM
Congrats on the blue! Very well done!! : )
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11/12/2007 12:03:05 AM
well worthy of the blue, GREAT shot. congrats :D
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11/12/2007 12:02:11 AM
Great shot, well deserved ribbon. Nice to read about all the effort that you put into the shot as well. Grats!
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11/12/2007 12:01:05 AM
Congrats, saw this one coming ! :D
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/11/2007 11:53:56 PM
Has to ribbon right? the light is fantastic, I love the movie- its just super
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11/11/2007 07:57:03 PM
This is Fantastic, there just a couple minor things, things only the truest of fans would know, but I won't bore ya. Fantastic Shot, Very well done.
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11/11/2007 07:08:52 PM
Great shot. Great emotion. Great lighting. Great composition. Very well done.
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11/11/2007 05:55:13 PM
I love this movie and you have captured this scene and the emotion wonderfully!
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11/11/2007 03:11:42 PM
Very nice shot.
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11/11/2007 11:48:27 AM
Like the setup & lighting.
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11/10/2007 11:07:10 PM
Brilliant! Well captured this moment
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11/10/2007 09:07:47 PM
This is my son's favorite movie of all time. Very cool shot; lighting is terrific.
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11/10/2007 07:41:03 PM
Holy cow! You nailed the pose, the set-up and the lighting! Love how you captured the golden light that illuminates the rain and the your model for this shot. Great pose! Technically and compositionally this is just fabulous! I really don't have any critiques for this one. Great job!
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11/10/2007 06:22:24 PM
great shot! Great movie!!! 10
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11/10/2007 04:21:41 PM
Beautiful job with the light and theme on this photo :)
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11/10/2007 11:17:15 AM
Great shot - my pick for red (at least - maybe blue - I can't make up my mind!). Awesome light and detail and very pleasing color tones. Back to bump you up to 9.
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11/10/2007 10:40:26 AM
Wow, really, really nice! 10
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11/10/2007 10:33:12 AM
Great lighting, great pose. Very well done.
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11/09/2007 08:59:13 PM
Great colour and use of light - love it
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11/09/2007 06:40:15 PM
winner
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11/09/2007 04:33:00 PM
One of my favorite movies! Beautiful capture of this powerful scene! 10 for me! :)
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11/09/2007 03:07:23 PM
So awesome - its my favourite film ever and you have nailed the one-sheet perfectly. Well done and good luck. looking forward to seeing who put this together.
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11/09/2007 11:21:45 AM
Nice image, great exposure and lighting. good luck psart 8
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11/09/2007 08:37:33 AM
Looks just like the movie poster.
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11/09/2007 12:03:29 AM
Fear can hold you a prisoner but hope can set you free. I think this even looks like Tim Robbins in profile. This is magazine worthy. The coloring and editing are stunning. My only 10 in the challenge. 10! Good Luck on the Blue.
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11/08/2007 10:15:06 PM
very nicely done, with good lighting-10
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11/08/2007 08:48:12 PM
winner!
i love this
10

Kev
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11/08/2007 07:26:45 PM
This is the winner
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11/08/2007 01:09:32 PM
If I didn't know any better, I would have thought it was an actual scene from the movie. Well done. Love the lighting, and the emotion of the image.
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11/08/2007 11:10:33 AM
Blue Ribbon. I say it now without a doubt. Nothing to add except "Well done!"
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11/07/2007 08:02:55 PM
You might as well have photographed the movie poster for this - i thought you had.
This is great!
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11/07/2007 07:33:46 PM
Oh wow, this will do well. Great film and you've evoked the spirit superbly.
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11/07/2007 11:34:09 AM
Favorite movie. Favorite photo in this challenge. you nailed it.
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11/07/2007 08:22:36 AM
Awesome work, and a great movie.
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11/07/2007 01:57:02 AM
Came out clean on the other side...Well done!
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11/06/2007 04:40:19 PM
cooool!!! I like this one a lot! don't know the movie, but the picture is great!!!
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11/06/2007 05:26:43 AM
Absolutely stunning. Well done!
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11/06/2007 12:00:00 AM
very nice -9
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11/05/2007 11:08:36 PM
Amazing!
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11/05/2007 08:44:10 PM
Great movie and a great recration of the "freedom" scene. Great work!
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11/05/2007 07:23:30 PM
I like this one, 8. I think this is my 10 for the challenge. Great flick. Nicely lit and captured.
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11/05/2007 05:07:37 PM
Nicely done, in some tough lighting conditions.
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11/05/2007 04:33:24 PM
Very nice image. I would clone out that one spot below the subject's hand.
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11/05/2007 04:25:13 PM
Fantastic!!!!! This is one of my favourite movies and you have recreated the poster perfectly. He even looks like Tim Robbins!
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11/05/2007 03:59:23 PM
Amazing shot, the lighting and pose are perfect and the heavy rain make this the best in the challenge
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11/05/2007 03:37:21 PM
Sweet capture !
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11/05/2007 12:32:09 PM
one the most memorable scenes in one of the most well-loved films and ridiculously well executed. 10 if there is ANY justice you'll ribbon.
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11/05/2007 11:24:12 AM
Nice idea and setup. Great lighting, composition, and expression. Loved the movie. Nice work.
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11/05/2007 10:53:03 AM
Outstanding shot. Love it.
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11/05/2007 10:24:11 AM
OK, you win!
Ok I can't understand why I only gave you a nine the first time, bumping to 10 and if there was anything higher you would get it. Fantastic shot not to mention this is one of my all time favorite movies and this one of the best scene's in it. Wonderfully emotional shot. This image just makes me want to go on forever about how much I love it.
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11/05/2007 09:02:57 AM
Nicely done, great lighting, 9.
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11/05/2007 08:24:44 AM
Great tribute to a great moviw
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11/05/2007 12:27:41 AM
I just rated all the photos and I must say that this is the best by far of all of them. I've seen this movie and I love it. So I would have been more critical on this shot than any since I know the movie well. I hope it wins. I gave this one a 10. Well deserved.
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11/05/2007 12:22:20 AM
A favorite scene from a favorite movie. I'm glad to see you do it justice.
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11/05/2007 12:17:53 AM
Excellent idea and lighting...a fantastic movie as well 8
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