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Challenge: Literary Adventure (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Pentax *ist DS
Lens: Pentax SMC P-DA 40mm f/2.8
Location: Westminster, Colorado
Date: Mar 12, 2006
Aperture: F/11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/180 sec.
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Mar 9, 2006

All 007 has to do is kill one of the most deadly freelance hit-men in the world - one Paco 'Pistols' Scaramanga, the Man with the Golden Gun. - from The Man With the Golden Gun by Ian Fleming.

Playing the role of Paco 'Pistols' Scaramanga is yours truly.

I was looking at my bookshelf, for an idea, and came across my Bond books. The first one I considered was Goldfinger, but didn't want to paint my finger gold. So instead, I took this old prop gun and painted it. Went out and got the tux shirt and tie from Hobby Lobby to go with my old jacket. I had to tape the tie to the collar, as it kept bending down.

For lighting, I used my Novatron lighting system, bounced off the back wall and back onto me. Camera settings were manual. It took a few shots to get it right. I kept getting the white shirt blown out. And then a few more shots to get a pose I liked. This was shot # 122. The reason for the cut-off head, is for that air of mystery. Makes you wonder, who is this guy.

PSPX edits:
Crop, clone some lint, a zit, and the tip of my ear, color balance, clarify +2, saturation shift -15, and resize.


Place: 35 out of 165
Avg (all users): 6.1270
Avg (commenters): 6.9167
Avg (participants): 6.0822
Avg (non-participants): 6.1552
Views since voting: 2328
Views during voting: 311
Votes: 189
Comments: 14
Favorites: 1 (view)

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03/20/2006 12:32:25 AM
Very nice shot, one of my high scorers.
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03/20/2006 12:15:11 AM
Great idea. I like it.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/19/2006 12:33:51 PM
Great idea and well executed. I think more dramatic lighting (more shadows, even a little)would have enhanced the mood. -7
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03/18/2006 04:44:31 PM
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03/18/2006 03:23:20 PM
Instantly recognizable, well composed... nice job! :)
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03/17/2006 07:15:18 PM
Very well done!!!
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03/17/2006 06:31:14 AM
To me, the idea is ok. However, I am impressed with the exposure. You did a nice job with a difficult subject... black, white, and gold all in the same image. An exposure nightmare. Nice job.
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03/16/2006 07:59:56 PM
Very well done - I would have gien it an even higher score with a crop that stopped just above the bow tie.
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03/14/2006 11:38:54 AM
either a little less (no mouth) or a little more in the crop to make this image just a bit better. it also seems like he is leaning off to the right side of the image, not very strong
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03/14/2006 04:35:09 AM
You could have shaved... :) Nice shot.
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03/14/2006 01:51:58 AM
Great work...where do you buy guns like that???
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03/13/2006 05:32:59 PM
hehe, I keep on trying to scroll up to see the models face (you?). Not much to say other than a well exposed and framed shot, the jacket button is a little distracting for me though.
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03/13/2006 09:05:22 AM
This is another amazing image. Very well composed and detail. Good luck!
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03/13/2006 12:29:59 AM
Great composition. Tell the guy that Bond would never go unshaven. LOL
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