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The Magician's Illusion
The Magician's Illusion
Montereykiddo


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Illusions II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: Seattle, WA at my house
Date: Aug 4, 2005
Aperture: F4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125th
Galleries: Performance, Digital Art
Date Uploaded: Aug 5, 2005

I took about 10 pics this afternoon...I had the card rigged up on some very thin thread and everytime I set the self timer on the camera and ran into place, the card would turn the wrong way! Finally, I got something I could work with. I'm very happy with this image and I hope it breaks through the 6 barrier!

POST: Lots....Curves, dodging/burning, tritone with black, orange, and green, crop, and small cloning.


Statistics
Place: 8 out of 127
Avg (all users): 6.7007
Avg (commenters): 7.9636
Avg (participants): 6.2667
Avg (non-participants): 6.8922
Views since voting: 4232
Views during voting: 702
Votes: 294
Comments: 70
Favorites: 7 (view)


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01/08/2006 11:30:55 PM
very nice image. your intense focus on the card really adds. well done.
08/16/2005 06:40:26 PM
Certainly did break 6 - well done, I voted a 9 on this. I loved the expression on your face plus the composition of the image. Great work
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08/15/2005 01:34:13 AM
no ribbon!?
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08/15/2005 12:28:50 AM
Congrats on your top ten! Nice lighting effects, cropping...
Keep up the great work!
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08/15/2005 12:22:44 AM
not that it did poorly, but I would have placed it higher if I could :) congratulations on the good performance.
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08/15/2005 12:16:07 AM
Congrats on your top 10 finish!
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08/15/2005 12:11:32 AM
Congratulations on your top ten finish. Great intensity and great sepia.
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08/15/2005 12:07:44 AM
Thanks for all the high votes! I actually did NOT stick the card to my thumb. I used a small thread and lit it so the thread didn't show.
08/15/2005 12:02:32 AM
awww, that's too bad, i guess no dinner on you this wednesday then =(. anyways, congrats on another top 10.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/14/2005 11:55:05 PM
8 from me

last min bump
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08/14/2005 03:18:48 PM
Creat capture. Like the intesnse look.
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08/14/2005 02:47:00 PM
I like the lighting, and the expresion on the subjects face, very theatrical well done.
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08/14/2005 11:58:38 AM
The effect here is good and the lighting is satisfying. The idea is clever, however, by using a hanger wire and wrapping a part around your bicep and then you can use hot glue to place the card on the wire and now you can show the complete hand including the thumb. This is just a suggestion because evrything else about this image is great including the intense concentration and eye placement. I like it.
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08/14/2005 05:28:51 AM
Very good
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08/14/2005 04:57:30 AM
Very well done. I don't normally like sepia toned images, but this one really impressed me. The facial expression and pose are perfect, as is the focus on the card.
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08/13/2005 07:13:01 PM
Good "illusion" shot and I like the tonal qualities - although the "magician" himself seems a bit scary. Cool photo.
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08/13/2005 06:44:00 PM
Great perspective, composition and contrast.
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08/13/2005 02:52:46 PM
funny idea and interesting composition
nice tone too
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08/13/2005 02:28:19 AM
Wonderful expression on his face, and great illusion. I also love the toning (is it duotone?). Great job here....9
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08/13/2005 01:04:19 AM
excellent photo..one of the very best of the challenge...I really really hope you get a ribbon or at least top 5!
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08/12/2005 11:19:55 PM
This image has so many good things going for it. It is simple, with great composition. The color is perfect and the the exposure of the subject and lack thereof regarding the background is excellent giving this an old world voodoo vibe. The intensity of the subject's gaze is riveting. Best one yet! Great work.
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08/12/2005 05:11:07 PM
I dig the look of concentration here. The thumb is pulled enough far away from the lens that this trick is pulled off :) Great expressions and lighting.

Be vewy vewy quiet Chris :) Bumping to 8.
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08/12/2005 11:19:45 AM
fantastic
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08/12/2005 06:17:50 AM
Nice little magic trick to create the illusion and the subject concentration looks good also.
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08/11/2005 02:29:05 PM
It´s stuck to your thumb. Good photo anyway.
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08/11/2005 01:45:07 PM
Superbly dramatic lighting.
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08/11/2005 12:28:42 AM
His look is priceless. Composition is absolutely excellent ! and along with the low-key toning and high contrast with the card makes this a top notch image. Very well done and high score given.
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08/11/2005 12:25:23 AM
Clever image. I like the stop action. Joey, is that you???
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08/10/2005 05:15:29 PM
Great lighting (and good use of shadows), unusual pose/ composition within the frame, wonderful catchlights in the eyes really focus the viewer on the model's concentration and point of focus. Nice duotoning too. Nicely done throughout.
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08/10/2005 04:30:16 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong but it looks like the card is stuck to your/your model's thumb. But aside from not being that hard to figure out (unless it really ISN'T stuck to your/your model's thumb, and it just looks like it, when you actually used fishing line or something) this is a very well done photo. And by that I mean the composition, tones, quality, sharpness, etc. are all very good, so I hope you do well :-)
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08/10/2005 02:24:48 PM
Good sepia use and image is intense.
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08/10/2005 11:55:07 AM
cool image with good lighting and composition
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08/10/2005 12:54:52 AM
The illuion is great. I find that I am distracted by the lighting differences between the card and the rest of the image, I would prefer a little more balance in this area
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08/09/2005 04:06:39 PM
is this montereykiddo? one of the best in the challenge--a genuine illusion depicted, with spot-on lighting and mood. great facial expression and hand placement. my pick for blue, actually--
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08/09/2005 03:20:32 PM
great focus and depth
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08/09/2005 12:30:02 PM
great composition and the sepia treatment works well, good luck
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08/09/2005 11:22:07 AM
Well done! I think I have found the trick, though...
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08/09/2005 10:13:57 AM
This is a classic illusion.
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08/09/2005 05:01:45 AM
Very nice. Very good job on the intense eyes! I really like this one.
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08/09/2005 04:24:47 AM
Very emotional, I like this a lot. Well done!
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08/09/2005 02:48:24 AM
Great, dramatic feel to this one - good texture and lighting to create the mood. Fits challenge well. Good luck.
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08/09/2005 01:58:58 AM
This shot is simply incredible. You have some of the best lighitng I've seen in a challenge entry for a portrait type shot in AGES! Your focus is maybe a touch off, but it works just fine IMHO! Love the tone that you gave it. Hope this does well in the standings! (oops I just jinxed you.)
TC
Hey, did ya try adding just a touch of grain? Might give it even more of a mystical feeling or then again might just ruin it...
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08/09/2005 12:30:24 AM
I like the lighting in this picture and the selective sepia tone. It is well framed and has visual impact, but I think I've figured out how the illusion was done. The card is taped to the person's thumb. Right?
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08/08/2005 11:47:22 PM
I predict a ribbon for this one. 10 and favorite.
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08/08/2005 11:22:09 PM
Fantastic image....I would guess a Top 10.
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08/08/2005 10:59:51 PM
i'm telling you chris, blue ribbon, can you feel it? the amazing rando
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08/08/2005 09:34:36 PM
great lighting and color. can't think of a way to improve the shot.
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08/08/2005 09:04:53 PM
Its stuck to your thumb.
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08/08/2005 07:13:59 PM
good shot. The card is so much brighter than the rest of the picture though
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08/08/2005 06:46:36 PM
Plain clear idea well executed. I like the post processing and the brightness of the card. Thumbs up for the concentration of the model.
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08/08/2005 02:12:02 PM
Good lighting and action. 10
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08/08/2005 01:04:54 PM
nice frame and good lighting, really nice
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08/08/2005 12:49:33 PM
This time I've seen a lot of ugly shots. This one is pretty nice!
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08/08/2005 12:38:40 PM
very very nice!! like the position of the card.
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08/08/2005 12:17:24 PM
Sepia tone looks perfect for this shot! Nice take on the challenge
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08/08/2005 12:02:01 PM
I love the moody lighting here. Intense photo.
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08/08/2005 10:57:33 AM
great texture, I like the expression, good capture.
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08/08/2005 10:13:12 AM
Excellent composition, wonderful use of lighting and a really well captured expression on the model. Really love the tone and general feel of this image. It fits the challenge perfectly. All the best!
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08/08/2005 10:03:56 AM
I wish your angle/perspective was slightly different. Nice idea.
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08/08/2005 09:50:51 AM
Well done - the expression is great! Very intense moment captured.
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08/08/2005 06:25:18 AM
The lighting and facial expression makes this for me. Love the sepia too.
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08/08/2005 06:21:48 AM
hehe, it would be more convincing if the whole of the right thumb was visible. great pose and depth of fireld.
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08/08/2005 04:46:55 AM
really nice
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08/08/2005 02:06:29 AM
Very nicely done. The "illusion" is not hard to grasp, but the execution of the shot is superb. I love it.
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08/08/2005 02:00:40 AM
lighting, theme, tone, composition, use of the Joker, intent concerntration in facial expression - nope cant find anything to complain about, great image!
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08/08/2005 01:52:50 AM
its that kiddo-who-is-a-monkey
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08/08/2005 01:43:24 AM
nicely shot... i especially like the lighting on this one.
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08/08/2005 01:22:27 AM
Love this photo, the concentration on his face really makes it for me. Beautiful DOF. 10
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08/08/2005 01:19:09 AM
easily one of the better shots in the challenge
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08/08/2005 12:13:49 AM
Very cool, did you tape the card to your thumb??
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