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The Secret Shadow Government
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Challenge: Conspiracy (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: 2005 Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Fredericksburg VA
Date: Sep 16, 2005
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: .6
Galleries: Political
Date Uploaded: Sep 17, 2005

This was actually taken at night. I picked a location with some good shadows, but it turned out that the light was bright enough to almost make it look like it was taken during the day, so I ended up doing some serious Photoshopping.

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Statistics
Place: 6 out of 114
Avg (all users): 6.2326
Avg (commenters): 7.0556
Avg (participants): 5.8205
Avg (non-participants): 6.4111
Views since voting: 1907
Views during voting: 456
Votes: 258
Comments: 23
Favorites: 1 (view)


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09/25/2005 06:41:59 PM
Originally posted by Strikeslip:

Congrats on the great finish & cool photo.... I think it needs some teef though. ;-)


Damn! It could have been "The Secret Shadow Dentists"...
09/25/2005 12:15:18 PM
A very impressive image done to perfection. Congratulations on your top 10 finish.
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09/25/2005 10:13:17 AM
Congrats on the great finish & cool photo.... I think it needs some teef though. ;-)
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09/25/2005 12:42:22 AM
GOod finish. I wanted this to win a ribbon though. Great work.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/24/2005 11:28:39 AM
Good lighting to enhance the mystery.
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09/23/2005 01:36:25 PM
Great composition and lighting. You really hit the challenge here. Good luck.
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09/23/2005 07:34:39 AM
good matrix-like photo, but not strong enough. sorry, but I have no ideas how to make it stronger. good luck
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09/22/2005 10:10:56 PM
You've nailed it for sure here. Very X-Files / Matrix / Men in Black (not the movie...well maybe) another one for my top spots. 10.
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09/22/2005 07:47:40 AM
amazing one, i really like it
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09/22/2005 07:28:07 AM
Nice shot, a touch too literal to be clever, I like the textures.
perhaps titled "big brother"?
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09/21/2005 11:43:34 PM
I like the Matrix look of this fellow. Very intimidating / scary looking. Good job!
8^\
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09/21/2005 11:14:41 PM
Love this shot. Very mystery man like.
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09/19/2005 07:16:00 PM
Makes me think of the MATRIX!

Awesome!
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09/19/2005 06:53:06 PM
Nice composition. Just the right amount of darkness. 7
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09/18/2005 06:56:01 PM
I like the "lurking" idea. The lines in the brick really make this shot interesting. Great shadow play.
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09/18/2005 06:32:39 PM
Great use of lighting here. Should finish very well in the challenge.
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09/18/2005 04:35:38 PM
Kinda reminds me of MIB. This is such a great capture. The shadows amkes for an emotive image capture.
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09/18/2005 09:57:56 AM
It looks like the focus was a little bit in front of this guy, and I think i'd have liked to see it not completly focused on him, but a little bit more than it is.

I think this would also benifit from a little bit more contrast just to add an extra punch to the initial view.
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09/18/2005 07:37:56 AM
Terrific setup & lighting, and great meeting of the challenge. COngrats!
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09/18/2005 12:49:18 AM
I like the dark feeling I get from this, and the black and white treatment adds to it. Nicely done.
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09/18/2005 12:47:40 AM
Ooohhh...very secretive. I think I had better hide.....!
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09/18/2005 12:26:22 AM
Great shot. I like the lighting and the angle. Just that little bit of light on the face works to make him seem sinister. HEE HEE. Good job.
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09/18/2005 12:15:46 AM
now this is so great. I want to do something like this one day! you really succeeded in darkening out the body and highlighting his fast with just enough light. 10
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