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Challenge: Fantasy (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: 6.x
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Sigma 18-50mm f/3.5-5.6 DC for Canon
Location: My home
Date: Jan 22, 2006
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: Bulb(55s)
Galleries: Family, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jan 22, 2006

OK, here is the deal: this is a self portrait

I cut out a half-circle 58mm in diameter, and placed it in between two lens filters. Screwed the filter loosely on the Sigma 18-50mm, picked f/4.5 for the aperture, focal length 23mm.
Lighting setting: a slave flash some 50cm above the camera, directed above the mirror (so some light reflects off the mirror).

Dressed up (I rarely wear these things), gave my son the jacket, placed him in front of the mirror

Set the shutter on bulb, lights off (not all the lights in the house, so that I could still see the filter), and fired 550EX (1/128th power) in my hand to trigger the slave. Put a cap on the lens, rotated filter 180 degrees so that the left side is exposed next.
Here, I gave the 550ex to my son - that was his condition for participation. I took the jacket, and took the cap off, verified that I have the straight vertical line, and told him to fire off the flash.
He did it straight at me so that created some harsh lighting, but there is no way to talk him into doing this again. So here is what I have.

Edits:
crop top and bottom (original width preserved)
auto curves
Some healing brush on the right side where the wall corner was in the picture
Cloned out the light fixture that was growing out of my head (hopefully not a major element)
Spot-healing brush at my neck line to reduce the shadow caused by the flash
Resize, USM, and very slight Neat Image.

Statistics
Place: 15 out of 109
Avg (all users): 6.4296
Avg (commenters): 7.4348
Avg (participants): 6.0435
Avg (non-participants): 6.5535
Views since voting: 2670
Views during voting: 543
Votes: 284
Comments: 31
Favorites: 1 (view)


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08/04/2007 08:12:26 PM
oh this is good!!
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02/05/2006 04:13:18 PM
::: Critique Club :::

Hi

I am Kari from the Critique Club. The following is a critique for "big".

First Impression - the most important one:
Clever, Clever, Clever .. how the hell did he do that!

Composition:
I think that for the subject matter and the picture you have choosen to take the composition is really good. It does not meet the rules that well .. but some of the great photographers never met any rules!

Subject:
You have a great imagination and captured the topic extremely well. I remember the feeling well from childhood.

Technical (Colour, focus, and light):
You are right the flash is a little harsh .. but hey how old is the kid .. he did a great job!

To grow its vote?:
First one over six ... fantastic ... grew the vote would take your child getting older and doing the flash a little better .. so overall awesome job.

Summary:
Fantastic ... I saw this as great during the challenge and am pleased it got you your first over 6 ... keep shooting.

if you have any questions on the critique feel free to PM me.

Regards

Kari
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01/30/2006 12:16:01 PM
Congratiulations. You have now acchieved over "6".
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01/30/2006 09:25:36 AM
Great make believe! Congratulations on your top 20 finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/29/2006 10:39:01 PM
Cool. Bumping up.
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01/29/2006 08:05:05 PM
LOL...Just saw the movie Big this morning. Should have had the kids arms in the same position. Fits the challenge great.
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01/29/2006 05:05:22 PM
This is very creative, well done.
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01/28/2006 12:13:29 AM
What a cool concept, straight out of the movie. Well captured! Good Luck.
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01/27/2006 10:13:26 PM
Thats so cool
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01/27/2006 12:25:10 PM
Nice job with photoshop and it makes me want to get more out of myself.
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01/26/2006 10:55:47 PM
i love it... that pretty much sums it up
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01/26/2006 12:28:43 AM
works. now is this the kid's fantasy or the adult's? works either way, just a thought to consider
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01/25/2006 05:27:22 PM
Great take on the challenge. (10)
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01/25/2006 03:25:08 PM
Cute! :)
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01/25/2006 04:55:02 AM
This is good, very good, well done.....It made me laugh.....
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01/25/2006 04:43:59 AM
Hmmm..I wouldn't have called this fantasy, more like nightmare. I can't imagine small children fantasizing about growing up so quickly! Nevertheless, an interesting concept, executed fairly well. I would like to have seen some slight blur or something to give it a more "dreamy" quality.
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01/25/2006 01:36:41 AM
Great concept :-)
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01/24/2006 10:38:38 PM
love the title
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01/24/2006 02:00:56 PM
Definitely meets the challenge. A fantasy or dream of every child. The mirror seems a bit high up off the floor level for the boy to stand this close though. Still good job. One of my favorites so far.
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01/24/2006 06:57:17 AM
Good idea and well done.
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01/23/2006 11:32:33 PM
This shot works - I like the concept of a carnival type mirror changing your age rather than your shape. A good take on a classic fantasy of children.
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01/23/2006 07:55:02 PM
Great image! Nicely done.
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01/23/2006 07:51:44 PM
great idea!
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01/23/2006 06:56:59 PM
Very interesting! I love the concept, and this is very well done.
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01/23/2006 06:26:03 PM
this is really well-done. excellent work. and i love the ikea mirrors too. :)
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01/23/2006 06:02:57 PM
excellent concept!!! and presentation!!! definitely one of my favourite!
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01/23/2006 01:28:31 PM
VERY WELL DONE! Creative! Love it!
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01/23/2006 11:17:05 AM
Very clever! Only flaw I can see is the boy should have is hands together in front rather than arms down the side, to match the "reflection".
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01/23/2006 11:08:57 AM
Great movie!!
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01/23/2006 09:56:34 AM
The lighting is a little harsh, but otherwise it is a good capture and is a creative take on the challenge.
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01/23/2006 09:22:37 AM
Great illusion.
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