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You can do anything if you just have faith
3rd PlaceYou can do anything if you just have faith
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Challenge: 7 Heavenly Virtues (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: My basement (when isn't it?)
Date: Feb 13, 2006
Aperture: 4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 2.5sec
Date Uploaded: Feb 13, 2006

The model is my little brother, photoshop work is minimal, punched up the red saturation in RAW, applied USM and cropped the image. (didn't like the centered position in the original, hence the crop).

It took me about 2 hours to glue the house of card together (how did you think I did it ?). It is held up on it's pointy ends by two long threads that are taped stuck to the ceiling of my basement. If you look closely at the model's left hand you can actually see the thread (took all of my willpower to not clone it out).

When I first applied USM to the image the thread could easily been seen so I changed the numbers for the USM to 500% , 0.2 radius and 0 threshold. The thread can still been seen if you look closely like I pointed out earlier but it's barely visible so I'm quite happy. To get the spotlight-like lighting I used a powerful flashlight, one of those where you can change the modulation of the light (is modulation the right word anyway?). I taped it to an broom shaft and held it over the model while taking the shot. I moved the flashlight during the exposure to prevent harch shadows.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 124
Avg (all users): 6.5630
Avg (commenters): 7.6897
Avg (participants): 6.2292
Avg (non-participants): 6.6474
Views since voting: 9020
Views during voting: 370
Votes: 238
Comments: 47
Favorites: 16 (view)


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02/28/2006 09:45:40 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club.

Wow - I got lucky to get this shot to critique. Really makes things easy! I can sum the critique up in a word - brilliant! The creativity here is a 10 and your careful preparation really paid off. I would have never noticed the string had you not pointed it out so don't worry about that. Over all you did an excellent job with this challenge and your interpretation of it. Well deserved ribbon. Congrats and good luck on your future challenges.

Cindi
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02/25/2006 09:45:09 AM
Great concept and execution.
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02/23/2006 05:53:59 PM
Congrats on your first ribbon. Góð hugmynd góð mynd.
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02/23/2006 11:30:44 AM
It's a great ideea. Tha name is perfect !
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02/23/2006 10:53:37 AM
Very clever idea and well executed. Deserved the ribbon. Hamingjuóskir.
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02/22/2006 10:23:58 PM
It's true that you have a great illusion here and it's done very well, and your lighting totally rocks, but for me the star of the show is the model.

There is something about him that really speaks a type of faith that is very "Matrix children". He's got a kind of relaxed stance as he sits there in sock feet with a typical retro, 70's/early 80's style haircut that speaks of being totally unconcerned, be it with physics or anything else.

Great capture.
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02/22/2006 06:48:52 PM
Wonderful! I enjoy playing with 'illusion' type shots and you have nailed this perfectly. Now the comp is done I hope you lose the thread and print this :)
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02/22/2006 03:55:14 PM
The work you put into getting this fantastic image was certainly worth it. Congratulations.
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02/22/2006 02:03:49 PM
This is so cool!
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02/22/2006 01:43:57 PM
Congratulations Ólafur, great shot!
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02/22/2006 11:36:15 AM
Congratulations on your Yellow with this lovely feat.
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02/22/2006 11:11:44 AM
Well done! Congratulations, this was well worth the effort you put in...til hamingju með fyrsta borðann!!!
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02/22/2006 10:24:36 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon, great shot!
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02/22/2006 03:25:56 AM
this is að great idea and well done, Til Hamingju.
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02/22/2006 02:09:03 AM
Vel gert!

Rosalega skemmtileg mynd.
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02/22/2006 01:39:03 AM
Fantastic image! Congrats on your first ribbon!
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02/22/2006 01:15:08 AM
THIS is fantastic! No question. Congratulations on your first of many ribbons!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/21/2006 08:54:54 PM
I bet a litte glue too. This was shot well nice use of lighting.
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02/21/2006 07:52:07 PM
Nice trick - nice capture - love it.
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02/21/2006 02:03:32 PM
This is my favorite. I hope it places.

Great lighting, composition, and subject. Not too cheesy either.
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02/21/2006 11:34:30 AM
Good comp, good editing.
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02/21/2006 08:23:46 AM
Passar betur á lmk.is, til hamingju með fyrsta sætið þar btw.
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02/20/2006 08:24:46 PM
brilliant idea...
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02/20/2006 07:49:17 PM
bumping up
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02/20/2006 01:09:44 AM
Very cool idea. Well executed.
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02/19/2006 10:43:26 PM
Very clever!!! My pick for a ribbon. 10
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02/19/2006 07:54:50 PM
This picture made me laugh. Good job!
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02/18/2006 08:53:16 PM
very creative!!
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02/18/2006 05:12:41 PM
Wonderful lighting & composition. 10
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02/18/2006 09:29:46 AM
Very cool image. I like the how the shapes on the floor and the house of cards play off one another - good eye. Great lighting. Good luck in the challenge. 10
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02/18/2006 05:09:57 AM
What a patience and persistence your model has! Great capture!
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02/18/2006 02:05:40 AM
Awesome image... how'd you do it?
I like the paralleling of the parquet floor and the triangular structure of the cards, very nice.
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02/18/2006 12:12:44 AM
Somehow I'm betting the cards are glued together... :-) Nice use of "spot" lighting.
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02/17/2006 01:33:35 PM
Well done... excellent concept and execution.
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02/17/2006 10:16:29 AM
it's a good shot! dont get how you made that thing tho :)
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02/16/2006 05:22:48 PM
should ribbon, great use of angles - [9]
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02/16/2006 02:42:37 PM
thats a nice concept...
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02/16/2006 11:47:10 AM
Great effect
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02/16/2006 06:38:04 AM
great lighting and nice composition
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02/16/2006 12:15:25 AM
A for effort :)
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02/15/2006 11:25:50 PM
Finally some creativity in this challenge... very well done
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02/15/2006 05:30:18 PM
Let me guess.......Lots of superglue?
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02/15/2006 01:15:13 PM
yes, you can! fabulous!
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02/15/2006 10:17:29 AM
great subject. nice angle
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02/15/2006 09:32:08 AM
Looks more like fotitude
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02/15/2006 09:07:36 AM
WOW! How did you do this? It's very very cool
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02/15/2006 07:00:54 AM
cool effect
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