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Challenge: Black on Black (Classic Editing*)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G2
Location: At home on the couch
Date: Jun 19, 2003
Aperture: 2.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/8
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jun 19, 2003

My 5 year old son and I were up late playing around with lighting and shadow effects. This is probably too dark, but it was my favorite just due to his expression. The photo was a bit grainy tried to fix it slightly with g blur. I did do one spot edit, there was a hot pixel right behind his ear that I fixed.

Statistics
Place: 78 out of 92
Avg (all users): 4.5748
Avg (commenters): 5.1429
Avg (participants): 4.2933
Avg (non-participants): 4.9808
Views since voting: 893
Votes: 127
Comments: 32
Favorites: 1 (view)


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06/28/2003 12:42:14 AM
I loved this one - ghostly and beautiful - it shows fine on my laptop, dim but very clear.
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06/27/2003 05:00:14 PM
I have a 3 month old laptop. I can see the image just fine. I am sorry I predicted the fall...should have been a much better score.
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06/27/2003 09:11:33 AM
If people couldn't see something they really should fix their monitor settings. I can see your son very good. And I like your technique! It makes the photo interesting. The face of your son expresses a somewhat darker mood and the very dark lighting goes with that.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/26/2003 10:26:08 PM
very dark. i think this kind of photography is all about contrast and areas of very bright light to highlight the contours and shapes of the subject. this loses all of that by using a very low, flat light which doesn't really set the subject apart from the background. 3.
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06/26/2003 11:17:16 AM
My computer monitor is not bad, but I can hardly see the baby 5pt
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06/25/2003 08:39:56 PM
It sure is "black on black". I think maybe we need a bit more light!
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06/25/2003 08:14:31 PM
This pic intrigues me. The thumbnail looks almost all black. I enjoy seeing the face appear out of the darkness when I see it close. You get a lot of detail for such little light, but it is still just too dark for me.
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06/25/2003 07:47:33 PM
What a great low key shot. Should be the winner, but won't be. 10
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06/25/2003 04:28:10 PM
I like that you can only just see him. A lot will say too dark but it`s very deliberate.9

Message edited by author 2003-06-27 12:32:29.
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06/24/2003 09:11:34 PM
I'm sure you've already comments stating the photo is too dark, or to some monitors, appears to have nothing there at all... I did a levels adjustment in Photoshop to be able to see the image, and I find it a really compelling portrait that could have done well - if only it could be seen.
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06/23/2003 03:57:21 PM
The key is just to low... 5
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06/22/2003 12:39:04 PM
Darkness really add a strong mood to this photo! Nice work. Even with the BoB challenge, this may be a little dark, but I like it.
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06/22/2003 05:50:53 AM
Had to import this one on photoshop to find out what it was all about. Not a bad picture but you were realy a little heavy handed on the black that day.
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06/22/2003 03:41:39 AM
so interesting...
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06/21/2003 11:41:52 PM
I honestly see nothing at all but a black square. Perhaps you meant it that way. Doesn't do a lot for me. Sorry.
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06/21/2003 10:06:18 PM
I'm sorry I can not see anything? this is the only image like this. I just came home and set my screen all the way to the top...and now I see your image... you can not get anymore black on black than you did! given the way things have gone this time you get my vote...9
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06/21/2003 06:11:20 PM
SO subtle! Well done! (Only downside I can think of is - how much black inl my printer would use to print this... ) Unique and HEAVY wow factor!
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06/21/2003 02:38:46 AM
Hard to do low key with various monitors. I, unfortunately, cannot see anything at all.
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06/20/2003 09:29:18 PM
I can see the face of the child, but barely. I'm sure you're hearing a lot of "too dark" comments, so I'm not going to pitch in. The expression on the child's face is very nice, like a "little thinker".
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06/20/2003 06:35:46 PM
This is to dark. I see the girl and it would have been a cool shot if you lightened it up a bit. Don't give up. Keep shooting.
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06/20/2003 03:40:58 PM
Sorry - possibilities here but much too dark for me - 5
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06/20/2003 02:20:40 PM
I''m sorry, but for me this is way too dark, even for a low-key or black-on-black shot. My monitor is professionally calibrated and, yes, I can see the portrait, but ... 5 Jak
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06/20/2003 12:45:12 PM
What? This picture is completely black!! You may need to adjust your monitor?
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06/20/2003 10:50:47 AM
Unfortunately, your shot is completely black. I can see every other submission to this challenge (even Black Feather, for which I had to turn up my already-calibrated monitor), but I can't see yours, even with Contrast and Brightness pumped all the way to 100%. Sorry, the inside of the lens cap is not a valid low-key choice. :->
06/20/2003 09:37:42 AM
I've got my contrast and brightness ramped right up on this monitor and I can't actually see anything in your image.
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06/20/2003 09:12:02 AM
To me this epitomizes Black on Black/Low-key. Maximum detail with minimal use of light. You could have even ligthened it up a little. I used This as my basis for voting. 8 (Avg. Vote Cast in Challenges to date 5.1344) Hope the link is working :)
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06/20/2003 09:09:46 AM
wonderful. But I think you are really going to suffer from the 'too black' vote as on a couple of monitors I looked at this on , there is nothing there!

Very subtle shot though.
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06/20/2003 05:05:55 AM
your image is gonna get hammered. I can barely see this child and my monitor is calibrated. It\'s so faint that many are gonna see nothing but a black frame.
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06/20/2003 04:15:50 AM
Nice idea but just too dark - even with the brightness up full, I can hardly see the image
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06/20/2003 04:01:10 AM
this might be a tad too dark, which is a shame, since i'm sure it wasn't and you just darkened it for this ridiculous challenge. I've seen the worst shots on here yet. This could be one of the best of them if it was just a little lighter. I believe you can have your highlights at 30% black for lowkey, which is actually pretty light. I'm still scoring this high, but it's a bit of a challenge to look at it in itself!
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06/20/2003 03:01:37 AM
The thumb looks pitch black, the photo looks fricking awesome! Very cool usage of both low key photography and black on black. excellent job! I'm guessing quite a bit of this was done in photoshop, but it's just very well done. I like your use of negative space on the left side of the photo, makes you wonder what this kid is looking at. Once again... well done, this is the photo that first caught me eye, it's the first one I'm voting on, so it's definitely my first 10 :-) Good lucK!
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06/20/2003 02:01:18 AM
I am only seeing a black patch here. My monitior is calibrated monthly, too
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