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The Workings of a Mad Man
The Workings of a Mad Man

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Challenge: Illusions II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Hollywood, CA.
Date: Aug 5, 2005
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 100
Galleries: Studio
Date Uploaded: Aug 5, 2005

On the set of the show I am on during lunch time.

Props dept., the girl, helped out with the....props. She took her top off volunteerally for this pix. She also let me use her 7.7 MP Nikon point and shoot for this effort.

The doctor, a set lighting tech, helped as well.

I used some of the lights from my department to light my image.

Nothing in this pix is real. The needle is retractable, the blood is motion pix quality.

PS= No crop, Levels sampleing, burning, contrast adjust, USM, high pass with hard light, adjust the highlights and shadows.

Place: 87 out of 127
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Avg (commenters): 5.3810
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Views since voting: 1673
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Votes: 287
Comments: 25
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08/18/2005 04:40:44 AM
It's even more mad when you're the patient! My brother-in-law has undergone something like this a few times to have his bone marrow checked for malignant cancer cells. Straight through the breast-bone, I imagine the needle is bigger though. He passed out the first time, now he requests a general anaethestic for the procedure.
This is pretty close to how I picture it.
Good image in anycase.
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08/18/2005 03:33:04 AM
Originally posted by eschelar:

Hey. Great light on the doctor, wild setup.

it's not a doctor, it's a madman.

thanks for your point of view.
08/17/2005 10:13:26 PM
Hey. Great light on the doctor, wild setup.

No offense intended, but you can tell this isn't a real doctor. The first thing I thought of when I saw this pic is "why is the doctor trying to use a syringe to go through a half inch of solid bone?

Most people are aware that the center plexus region is a meeting of many bones and heavy cartilage in the ribcage creating a really tight barrier for a syringe, even one as veterinarian as that.

It might have had better effect if you had left the blood (albeit a little more of it, I thought that was a shadow at first glance) and switched the syringe for a power drill. Alternatively, you could have moved the syringe over to a place where the rib cage has some gaps.

A couple of taps on your own ribcage would be useful here.

I actually like the choice of girl and her bra. It adds a bit of realism in that she doesn't look too perfect. She looks plainly like a typical hospital patient.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/14/2005 09:06:39 PM
To me, I look at this shot and see more of a story than an illusion. The more I look at it, the more I wanna know the back story.
08/13/2005 03:00:48 PM
how creepy and well done Mr Frankenstein
08/12/2005 07:51:50 PM
I don't think I understand the illusion
08/12/2005 02:59:05 AM
Illusion? No, not to me. 4
08/11/2005 06:03:12 PM
Wow this is different, you have captured a good illusion and will certainly cause comment.
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08/11/2005 02:17:52 PM
Spraying her with red paint. Well maybe illusion to some.
08/10/2005 01:53:55 PM
Interesting composition, but the link to illusion is a little tenuous for me.

The image itself is unusual and creative and deserves congratulations.
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08/09/2005 02:20:34 PM
i do not understand the illusion ere. Good set up for a "horror show" challenge though.
08/09/2005 12:12:51 PM
well, i like the model she looks like she is asleep the probs are good, unlesss you really are a surgen of sorts, still im not sure what the illusion is, is that blood in the middle of her chest, i guess that could be the illusion, the light takes away fromt eh needle, cant really see it,
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08/09/2005 11:28:32 AM
a cool idea, just needs something. can't really pick it out. it may be that ultra bright light that hurts the shot. i know its supposed to simulate the doctors light beam, but i think it just detracts from the shot.
08/09/2005 10:08:13 AM
Nice use of light.
08/09/2005 09:45:15 AM
interesting idea..I like the spotlight and syringe...if this is your wife, she is very patient and understanding.
08/09/2005 05:22:53 AM
Pretty model. I don't quite get the rest :) The hotspot is a bit blown out, and I think this photo is begging for trhe dark, desaturated, grainy treatment.
08/09/2005 01:30:27 AM
I'm not quite sure what the illusion is but the overall image is quite effective. Great lighting.
08/09/2005 01:24:41 AM
Very Vincent Price. Great shot.
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08/08/2005 07:55:11 PM
eeek! only a madman would know what your doing, but you've captured it well, i won't try to imagine what happens next
08/08/2005 03:30:38 PM
Hmm, a little blown out on the light there, good color.
08/08/2005 02:06:36 PM
I get the illusion, however, it is really hard to see details with the action so far away and the spot light so bright. The bra is also kind of distracting. Perhaps using a man for the patient model would have been better.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/08/2005 09:52:24 AM
Ouch! Certainly looks diabolical. Great capture.
08/08/2005 09:45:11 AM
I wish you didn't lose the needle in the center lighting
08/08/2005 08:06:17 AM
What on earth is he doing then? Spooky
08/08/2005 01:44:12 AM

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