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Challenge: DPC Cinema (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: Millersville, PA
Date: May 6, 2006
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Portraiture, Studio
Date Uploaded: May 7, 2006

I've been practicing a lot in my studio with a white background, this is my first time shooting with a dark background, and, indeed my first ever attempt at low-key photography. I'm happy with the results, and feel this fits the challenge well, so naturally, I'm doomed.

Place: 34 out of 207
Avg (all users): 6.2217
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 6.0294
Avg (non-participants): 6.4158
Views since voting: 1312
Views during voting: 340
Votes: 203
Comments: 21
Favorites: 0

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05/18/2006 11:12:11 PM
Hi from the Critique Club!

This is indeed a low-key image in every sense; its colour,lighting and mood.

The facial expression intrigues me; I don't know if it is challenging or menancing or simply irritated.

As a viewer I feel like he is watching me rather than the other way round, especially with that camera, I feel like I am the subject. But the camera is dead, isn't it? A relic? Dead and buried like those men and women that once created their view of their world through it? A view and past that now only lives on through the images they left behind. They have become immortal through their photography.

Those eyes hold all the clues,and I love the white highlight in the right eye. But I wish the hood would have covered the hair and forehead, to create even more emphasis and drama around the eye area.

I love the creased detail in the cloth, it adds a contrasting texture to the smooth black background. As does the beard.

The use of lighting had made it appear that the man is coming out of the darkness or shadows towards the viewer, creating tension and movement.

A very moody, intriguing, low-key image.
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05/16/2006 06:11:35 PM
thought this would be top 5. Great lighting!!
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05/15/2006 11:23:25 AM
Looks good. I would like to see a bit less definition in the cloak in the center, near the camera, giving more of a 'floating' look...

The rest of the cloak looks pretty good, save for the wrinkly bits on the left of the pic...

I don't mind that the camera is not perfectly aligned, it contributes to the 'floaty' feel.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/14/2006 02:59:15 PM
can i join?
05/13/2006 11:41:45 PM
I like how you can still see definition in the cloak - great title, especially considering your viewers - good job
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05/12/2006 06:15:20 PM
Haha,. Great title.. and ofcourse great photo. hihi
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05/11/2006 07:49:07 PM
Love the reference to dead poets ... (I assume). Good humor and good lighting. The slightly off-center composition could be improved by either centering the camera or making it obviously off center. 7
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05/10/2006 06:12:26 PM
I like the title and the picture, you could have done something interesting with the PP since this is advanced editing but maybe you're not into that. So I'll give you an 8 just in case.
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05/10/2006 01:23:07 AM
I gave this a 10 during voting.
It's quite refreshing as it does look unique among the rest.
definately low-key at work, good job.
IMHO, I'd have the hair covered by the hood a little more.

Message edited by author 2006-05-17 23:37:31.
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05/09/2006 09:26:44 AM
great idea and execution, very good
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05/09/2006 06:08:35 AM
Looks kind of funny and creepy at the same time. I like it. Nice lighting.
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05/09/2006 03:04:54 AM
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05/08/2006 04:59:05 PM
very cool, 8.
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05/08/2006 04:27:35 PM
the cawl and camera are perfect, but the model doesn't look dead enough. Perhaps you could hit him over the head a few more time. ;) Nice composition and good choice to leave this dominated by black.
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05/08/2006 02:02:40 PM
Intriguing image, very good for a movie poster.
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05/08/2006 01:12:20 PM
I like it. A bit tongue-in-cheek, and well executed. :-)
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05/08/2006 12:51:38 PM
The idea is fine but I think it would work better with the hood covering more of the head.
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05/08/2006 11:51:47 AM
Great shot. I don't know if i wanna see this movie though. 8
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05/08/2006 06:18:57 AM
You can run but you can't hide. Terry you are becoming recognisable, you are your own best model right :)
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05/08/2006 03:10:10 AM
excellent and true to challenge...great mystery about the shot conveyed through the lighting
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05/08/2006 01:20:35 AM
Great idea and execution. If this was used on a poster I would expect it to be processed more to boost constrast further so as to stand out more at a larger distance. 8.
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