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The Narcissistic Valentine
2nd PlaceThe Narcissistic Valentine
Cutter


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Heart (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: Sarasota, FL
Date: Feb 14, 2006
Galleries: Portraiture, Digital Art
Date Uploaded: Feb 14, 2006

That is the most extensive thinking and creating I have done on this site. I am very pleased with the result. The funny thing is, I had a hell of a time accepting that this is "legal". It's tough to accept the "anything goes" rules.

Anyway, the shot simply started as a "x-ray" shot done before. I thought I could add something special to it. But then my mind went into the multiple exposures mode and figured now is as good a time as any to give it a shot.

The concept is about loving yourself. I am not advocating this, I thought it would simply be hilarious and a little weird.

The camera was kept in same spot and used my SB-600 bounced off ceiling to light up shadows. I took 6 shots and combined them so I was in front of myself in the correct spots. The x-ray was clearly already on the monitor and the multiple hearts in hand were added later. I took a picture of that heart on Feb. 14th as well as everything else.

Again, I wanted creativity to rule here since there weren't any real editing rules. I hope some people like it. Thanks.

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Thanks everyone for the kind comments and generous votes. I know this is out there, kinda doesn't make sense, etc. But I had fun with it and learned along the way. You know I am getting the feeling I will never get Blue. I like to place in top 3. But something about completing that rainbow. Oh well. Can never be disappointed with successful shot. Okay, until next time.....

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 140
Avg (all users): 7.1732
Avg (commenters): 8.5161
Avg (participants): 7.1316
Avg (non-participants): 7.1935
Views since voting: 14068
Views during voting: 505
Votes: 231
Comments: 49
Favorites: 12 (view)


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06/26/2006 09:05:47 PM
I love the concept, My Friend. This is a "Slam Dunk" 10 in my book! You are tops, Dude! Hilarity, Creativity, "Pushing-the-envelope" will always get high marks from me. These qualities show that you are childlike (i.e. ALIVE!!!!) on the inside.
It is my humble opinion that unhappy childhoods cause adults who are too often serious. KEEP on spreading the JOY! :)
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02/26/2006 01:30:14 AM
Good thinking to attempt something and very well executed. Congrats on the ribbon.
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02/24/2006 03:49:57 AM
Congratulations. Very creative, thanks for sharing.
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02/23/2006 02:46:59 PM
Congrats! Great shot! :)
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02/23/2006 07:17:04 AM
I've always wanted to try the multiple exposure image. Congrats, this is well done.
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02/22/2006 01:38:47 PM
Congratulations, great shot!
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02/22/2006 01:12:18 PM
Sweet shot. Congratz!
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02/22/2006 10:45:59 AM
Hey Beau: very nice work with lots of movement and hyper activity to give the image that cool surreal look. Outstanding work with the creativity and the execution.

Congratulations on your RED.
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02/22/2006 10:41:17 AM
Congratualtions on this very creative effort and great result.
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02/22/2006 10:34:36 AM
Great job & a great image - congrats Cutter.
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02/22/2006 08:20:09 AM
It pays to have a sense of humor!! CONGRATS
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02/22/2006 02:47:44 AM
THis was my No 1 Well done,It's totally beyond me how you got so many low scores.Perhaps those that gave the 1's 2's and 3's might give us their thoughts ??

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02/22/2006 01:12:30 AM
Outstanding job, Cutter! The only thing I don't like is the desat. I would like to see the whole thing in color. Could be wrong though. Obviously MANY people loved it! :) Congratulations!
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02/22/2006 01:06:24 AM
Fantastic...this was my favourite of the challenge. I am so pleased to see it ribbon.
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02/22/2006 12:51:10 AM
congrats, very creative.....nice job
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02/22/2006 12:36:50 AM
congrats on 2nd!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/21/2006 09:21:45 PM
Very nice and taking good advantage of the open rules. Bumping up.
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02/21/2006 09:16:39 PM
A 7 for creativity.
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02/21/2006 11:48:57 AM
Okay.
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02/19/2006 09:43:27 PM
Wow! How'd you do that?
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02/19/2006 08:10:15 PM
Amazing work! Great use of minimal color to enhance the subject.
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02/19/2006 10:41:13 AM
Very clever idea, well done. 10
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02/18/2006 11:45:20 AM
Creative... you must have spent the entire 24 hours working on this one! One of my top picks from the challenge!
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02/17/2006 12:15:30 PM
Good job, I'm sure this took a great deal of time to get just right, but your score should be worth the work.
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02/17/2006 11:03:30 AM
I like the idea, good job on the photoshopping except for the heart in the lower right hand.
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02/17/2006 06:46:59 AM
My first ten of the series, and I won't be surprised if it's still my favorite at the end of it.

I'm back to say that I finished voting & I so love this image. Still my absolute favorite by far! Gorgeous tones, concept , composition, etc.
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02/16/2006 10:20:43 PM
very realistic looking heart :)
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02/16/2006 09:40:35 PM
Soooo COOL! Awesome, awesome job...what a talent!
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02/16/2006 08:19:05 PM
Holy cuteness batman! I can see why he is narcissistic! :)
Great pic!
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02/16/2006 06:39:39 PM
Clever, but it bothers me.....It makes me feel sickly, sorry. I have always been squirmish with any type of offel, kidneys, heart, and liver, etc, can't touch it or eat it, of even look at it.....but apart from that, this is a very good photo.
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02/16/2006 04:30:47 PM
i love me to... narcissism... its a wonderful editing work.
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02/16/2006 03:09:41 PM
I like it.
but the colored hearts look like they are superimposed into the picture because of the black and white; all the different "you's" are well put together, it's the hearts tht look fake!!
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02/16/2006 01:05:11 PM
Very clever idea that catalogs basically every technique discussed on DPC! Well done!
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02/16/2006 10:00:57 AM
Cool processing, I love the selective coloring. Lots of details, creative.
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02/16/2006 04:12:49 AM
please tell me thats not a REAL heart!! :)
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02/15/2006 11:24:30 PM
I love pictures like this and was hoping to see one. THis is well done, although your heart looks like a shrunken pumpkin.
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02/15/2006 10:09:26 PM
crazy shot .. a busy for my taste though
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02/15/2006 07:54:43 PM
Awesome....well executed. Definitely one of the winners here.
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02/15/2006 07:47:16 PM
I was hoping to see someone do an actual heart, but wow - this is a WHOLE lotta work for a single day challenge! Well done!
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02/15/2006 12:39:51 PM
Wow! I love this. Great execution. 10
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02/15/2006 10:30:29 AM
Great composition. 9
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02/15/2006 09:32:03 AM
10
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02/15/2006 05:03:11 AM
great composition...you obviously took advantage of the rules for this and you did it to good effect. I went to buy hearts at the supermarket and they didn't have any at 11pm! You must have had them all!
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02/15/2006 03:49:01 AM
Some work! I like it alot! The x-ray just does it!
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02/15/2006 01:56:23 AM
Cool, I am envious just looking at your Mac :-P
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02/15/2006 01:38:47 AM
Very clever ... can i have one of them?
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02/15/2006 01:03:43 AM
whoa!! awesome!
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02/15/2006 12:51:03 AM
Very well done... Love the bottom center dude. :-) Great job.
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02/15/2006 12:45:01 AM
ROFL!!!!!! Hilarious.
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