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The tree surgeon.
The tree surgeon.

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Challenge: Image Grain (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX Aspherical DF for Canon
Location: Hunter Valley, Australia
Date: Oct 20, 2005
Aperture: f11
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/4
Galleries: Black and White, Macro
Date Uploaded: Oct 20, 2005

I expect that Image Grain will not be seen as 'an integral part of the message' of this photograph.

The objective is to use a pine cone to suggest a disembodied human heart, cradled within a surgeon's palm (hence the title: 'The tree surgeon.')

Why? No particular reason; I just picked up a pine cone & thought it looked a bit like a heart.

The role of the 'grain' is to shift the two elements (the hand and the pine cone) a little closer together graphically, to imply that they are made of the same stuff ... thus rendering more credible the human characterisation of the pine cone, and making the hand look like it belongs to a tree surgeon rather than a heart surgeon.

Likely far too obscure (even for me). Bear might get it.

Place: 41 out of 274
Avg (all users): 5.9105
Avg (commenters): 7.8750
Avg (participants): 5.7281
Avg (non-participants): 6.1842
Views since voting: 778
Views during voting: 339
Votes: 190
Comments: 13
Favorites: 3 (view)

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12/01/2015 08:47:59 PM
Jesus, looks like a hand grenade. helluva way to prune.
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11/10/2005 11:18:38 AM
Hahaha... I just realized this was yours. And yeah, I "got it"; scored this fine image an 8...
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11/03/2005 11:31:33 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

Very interesting subject and title. Had I been looking at this in the challenge I may have gave you a 6 or 7 based on the graininess and meeting the challenge. However, looking at it after reading your comments I would say you did a fantastic job creating exactly what you discribe.

I do think your lighting might be a little off. The fingernails just seem to overly exposed and that becomes a distraction.

Keep up the good work and i'll be looking forward to seeing more.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/29/2005 07:02:22 PM
Proof that grain can enhance a picture, hope to see this on the first page.
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10/29/2005 03:11:14 PM
Beautiful texture, detail, and contrast. Here's a ten and a favorite...now go clean your nails.
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10/27/2005 07:28:08 PM
Liked the black and white treatment. Very good detail on fingers but the pinecone seemed lacking in definition.
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10/27/2005 05:55:04 PM
Whoa. . . what an interesting picture. Those strong hands! The grain is done very well on this -- it enhances it very much. I love it.
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10/27/2005 01:35:23 AM
Excellent job, between the noise and contrast you have the skills.
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10/26/2005 03:40:56 PM
I like this a lot. .... maybe a little too tight.
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10/26/2005 02:18:28 AM
I can feel the ridges on those fingerprints and the grain adds to the image a lot. IMHO, the ultra white background is a tad distracting... Well done!
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10/25/2005 08:35:57 AM
Great non conventional portrait here. I love the tones and contrast.
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10/24/2005 04:41:33 PM
great shot. love the contrast and the composition.
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10/24/2005 11:04:11 AM
i dont really like the pine cone but the hand looks great! looks dirty or grungy for better words.8
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