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protective limbs
protective limbs

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Challenge: Branch (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G6
Location: art room
Date: Sep 6, 2005
Aperture: f2.2
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/8s
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Sep 6, 2005

ahh the wood nymph stricks again.
this was by far ~the~ most painful selfportrait i have every taken (and that is saying ALOT!!)

I now know how depp felt in edward scissorhands.

Post challenge replies

racha, ttreit : the limbs were duct-taped to my (female) arms - sleaves aren't that strong.
neophyte: might want to check that monitor - the highlights are already blown as far as i was prepared to go.
my lighting abilites have definately improved since becoming site active.
mcrochip: hair??

For all the low voters - open your minds a litte... your life might quit being so mundane ;D

Place: 70 out of 432
Avg (all users): 5.6745
Avg (commenters): 7.2222
Avg (participants): 5.5933
Avg (non-participants): 5.7568
Views since voting: 1501
Views during voting: 386
Votes: 298
Comments: 29
Favorites: 7 (view)

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10/01/2005 05:48:04 PM
Alright, I want to comment on this one as well. Lighting? Check. Crop? Check. Creativity? Double check. Inspiring? Check cubed. You are a wonderful photographer, I am still humbled by your ability.
09/20/2005 08:28:40 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!!(again)
There is not really much for me to critique! IMHO This photo is not only asthetically (sp?) beautiful, it is also intriguing and thought provoking. I see that you have gotten a very thorough critique from Neuferland, so I will only put in my little 2 cents. I like the lighting, to me it gives the impression that the subject is turning away, almost hiding, from the light. Anyway, Very nice job, well executed!
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09/16/2005 12:03:06 PM
Didn't vote in this challenge but do like this photo and all of yours! I have a very open mind about life but can't seem to express it creatively, which is what I'm striving for and starting to get very discouraged with my photography. My life, I guess, is very mundane ...
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09/16/2005 10:24:03 AM
This is a wonderfully shot with feeling and mood but there are a few things that jumped right out at me and as a result, if I had the chance to vote on this challenge I would have given this one a 4 or 5.

First, nothing in the shot really grabs my attention to start with except the hand on the left, the left side is not blown out but it's so much brighter compared to the rest of the shot it pulls me away from everything else in the shot, my eyes keep getting drawn back to that highlighted hand. Maybe tone it down a bit or bring up the lighting just a tad in the rest of the shot to balance it out just a touch more.

Second, the negative space on the right does nothing for me, if you were going for the rule of thirds, you did that but it doesn't really work for me in this shot. There is already so much darkness and the additional black space on the right does not compliment the picture to me but more takes attention away from the main subject, right after I can finally draw my eyes away from the left hand I'm taken to the dark right side.

I'm guessing you want me to see the face, the expression and the desolation in the eyes. Using my magic envelope I took off the right side and had the crop right on the right side of the branches so they were leading me out of the shot, then my eyes were drawn to your eyes in the shot, following them up the branch and it made me wonder just what was on the other side of the edge that would cause you to look that way. It peaked my curiousity and therefore held my attention longer. The way the shot is now you are looking into black space, nothing to fear or be wary of.

My crop of your shot, hope you don't mind:

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Now, your left hand isn't such a distraction for some reason, instead it draws me in on the left, making me follow the branch line, seeing your face and following it out to the right, making me wonder just what is out there that has you so wary.

Hope this helps.

If you asked for a Critique on the photo from the Critique Club, consider it done, I belong. :)

P.S. (this is the edit), the rule of thirds could still work on this if the negative space was on the left instead of the right, don't have the original, have no idea if you could pull that off, but there you go.


Message edited by author 2005-09-16 10:26:53.
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09/16/2005 07:35:44 AM
I love it. as others have said, it was a very creative take on the challenge and well executed. I would consider this under rated, but that's the way it goes sometimes, so if you are happy with it and have learned to improve your photography, then plenty of good has come out of it. adding this as a favorite.
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09/14/2005 12:05:30 AM
Unbelievable. I thought this was top 5 at least. What the heck do I know anymore?
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/13/2005 09:32:42 PM
this is really cool must have took u a long time to get this to work
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09/12/2005 08:52:00 PM
this photo kind of reminds me of an edward scissor hands person. a little strange.
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09/11/2005 01:27:59 PM
Nice picture, very original. I like it.
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09/11/2005 10:20:07 AM
Wicked Tim Burton cue. Fine lighting, the teensiest bit too bright on the hand on the left which is almost totally immatterial. Superb use of shadow and maybe makeup on the eyes.

Technically near perfect. Creatively outstanding.
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09/10/2005 11:21:03 PM
interesting i like it but to much contrast
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09/10/2005 11:03:27 PM
This kind of reminds me of Edward Scissorhands. I think this needs a hair more light, just so the branches are a bit more emphacized.
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09/10/2005 11:14:32 AM
A little too out there for me.
09/10/2005 01:19:53 AM
Cool shot.
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09/09/2005 11:43:11 PM
WHOA! This is GREAT!!! The lighting is perfect, as is the composition. This is going straight into my Favorites. Outstandingly creative and artistically presented shot.
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09/09/2005 07:52:08 PM
Wow thats really cool and creative. The lighting is good too. The person in the picture looks like Ville Valo.
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09/09/2005 12:24:51 PM
09/09/2005 09:11:15 AM
Thank you. After hundreds of branches with no context, I now have something I enjoy looking at. Think the tones work wonderfully here. Love the crop. Lighting excellent. Since I have yet to see anything like this so far and the image is extremely well done, you get my first 10. Adding to favs.
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09/09/2005 05:27:45 AM
My first reaction was "thats original!" I like it...except that the branch is obviously stuffed down his (her?) shirt sleave on the left which kind of ruins the magic.
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09/08/2005 09:07:47 PM
09/08/2005 05:09:34 PM
A little too dark for my taste.
09/08/2005 02:39:03 PM
Creepy! very well lit & great composition
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09/08/2005 01:14:51 PM
nice shot, in a challenge w/so many BORING ones, its nice to find a good one!
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09/08/2005 12:39:07 PM
A little too subtle (I.E nneds more contrast.)for the effect you're trying here. Wildly original for this comp.
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09/08/2005 06:54:50 AM
Outstanding image....incredibly dramatic. Love it!! 10 and into my favourites!
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09/07/2005 11:23:40 PM
Very 'Edward scissorhands' feel to this. Good composition, emotion and use of lines here.
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09/07/2005 08:09:10 PM
Very cool and very creative. For me, I wish there was just a hint more of the highlights - but I hope you win a ribbon on this one. :-) 10
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09/07/2005 07:55:05 PM
Wow. That's kinda cool. I really like it. It must have been hard to balance the tree branches in your hands with just your sleeve holding onto them. Cool, nice job.
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09/07/2005 03:39:32 PM
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