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Monsters Don't Exist!
Monsters Don't Exist!

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Shadows III (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: NJ, USA
Date: Jun 6, 2006
Aperture: f/9
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/13
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jun 6, 2006

A child's worst nightmare.

Post processing:
- RAW conversion
- B&W conversion (de-saturation)
- Noise reduction
- USM sharpening
- Cloned out sensor dust and specs
- Levels adjust on full image for increased contrast
- Levels adjust on wall/shadow (gradient mask) for darkening
- Frame
- JPEG conversion

Place: 8 out of 154
Avg (all users): 6.7037
Avg (commenters): 8.0741
Avg (participants): 6.6974
Avg (non-participants): 6.7080
Views since voting: 4450
Views during voting: 330
Votes: 189
Comments: 39
Favorites: 5 (view)

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06/24/2006 04:44:16 PM
Critique Club Comment

Initial thoughts: Wow, I'm not nearly qualified to critique your work! I think I've given you tens on most all your last entries... (however, I didn't vote in this challenge) but I definitely think that this one is one of my favorites

Visual appeal: absolutely yes

Subject & background: You've managed to get very nice smooth skin tones and a blanket texture that you can feel by just looking at the photo. I do wish that the monster was thicker in appearance and also a little sharper, for some reason, the left side (its right) arm seems a little thin. Also, there's a shadow above the blanket on the righthand side that's a bit distracting and maybe if the subject's hands were clenched to the blanket or something, instead of laying loosely in front, you might have been able to squeeze some more emotion into this photo, but overall, I think that these are all very minor details

Angle, framing & composition: I think you did a great job here. I like how the monster's shadow blends into the top of the photo, I like the placement of the subject and the angle from which you shot. The only thing I'd say, again, is to have had the subject's hands closer to themself and away from the bottom crop-line

Focus, clarity & DOF: The focus is crisp and clean and right where it needs to be, again, maybe a clearer (sharper) shadow

Lighting & exposure: your lighting is fantastic, maybe a little less harsh on the subject's face could have made the lightsource seem a little more realistic, but the lighting is all where it should be and the exposure looks spot on to me, I also like how the monster's lightsource and the subject's lightsource seem very distinct from each other, besides the obvious separation, I can't quite tell what puts them apart, but I like it (maybe softness)

Post processing: looks great to me, no errors that I can see... maybe since this was advanced editing, it might not have been considered a major element to clone out that small shadow between the blanket and the monster on the righthand side, don't quote me on it though, lol

Overall, my opinion: I think you did an excellent job, I had an idea like this for the challenge, but I could have never executed it nearly as beautiful as you did, congratulations on yet another well executed photo

If you have any questions regarding this critique, feel free to PM me

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06/20/2006 03:47:15 PM
This was my pic for spoiling my shot at a ribbon in this challenge. Your shots are great at story telling and showing little slices of life, you are on my highest rated photographers list and one with one with the most challenge entries I have voted on which to me shows your constant excellence in challenges. Your one of the photographers I can pick out your shots out of masses on a consistent basis. Glad to have you here on DPC to enjoy your photos.
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06/19/2006 09:28:32 PM
A great take playing on the imagination of the young. Congratulations on your great composition and top 10 finish.
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06/19/2006 06:12:39 PM
Congratulations on your top 10 finish!
06/19/2006 12:39:46 PM
I picked this as one of the ribbons, sometimes I think people on this site are on crack.
06/19/2006 07:35:24 AM
On man! Somehow I missed this in the voting! This is incredible!! I would have picked it to ribbon! Congratulations on another top rated photo Sherwin!!

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06/19/2006 12:44:00 AM
Another solid entry Sherwin-- your on quite the roll-- Nice!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/18/2006 11:59:51 PM
great storytelling. if you're not Sherwin James, then you're on his level. 8.
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06/18/2006 11:08:01 PM
Top notch technical quality and an incredibly creative way to mee this challenge. Should be a ribbon winner.
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06/18/2006 10:24:29 AM
This is superb! What emotion, almost feel afraid just watching this.

Hope you do well!
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06/18/2006 04:45:51 AM
great lighting on the child's face
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06/17/2006 02:03:30 PM
Great shot!
06/16/2006 08:48:27 PM
This is awesome use of light and shadow
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06/16/2006 07:25:08 PM
this is really great, 9.
06/16/2006 04:39:53 PM
Really wonderful use of lighting - I love how the tiny pool of light picks out the eyes and just paints a glow on the beautiful young skin. And I love the concept itself. Composition is just right and even the details such as the texture in the blanket and it's positioning too are spot on. Love it!
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06/16/2006 04:21:33 PM
VERY cool, well done!!
06/16/2006 10:06:36 AM
Definitely got the scary feeling across with this shot.
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06/16/2006 10:02:20 AM
Easy to overlook this subtle rendition. But it is really very good and something anyone from any culture can relate to. The lighting is excellent. The only flaw, IMO, is the strange face-profile-like shadow on the lower right of the wall where the blanket is. Glad I reviewed this photo otherwise I might well have missed its quality. Your quality control is very good.
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06/15/2006 08:41:10 PM
great storytelling!
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06/15/2006 06:50:34 AM
Yes they do....this is awesome.
06/14/2006 07:52:24 PM
Uha frightening....Like the bw in the shadow challenge... Good work there 8
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06/14/2006 04:40:31 PM
Yep...I can still remember all those monsters. Very well executed.
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06/14/2006 04:20:36 PM
excellent photo
06/14/2006 03:35:51 PM
I like it a lot.
I just think it would be lots better if the face looked scared.
As it is, it almost seems to be smiling?
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06/13/2006 11:41:07 PM
Oh, it looks like they do! Funny and creative!
06/13/2006 10:10:11 PM
Very good use of light here. Well done - balanced tones and tells a little story.
06/13/2006 08:28:27 PM
That's frightening. Very nice lighting and tone.
06/13/2006 07:18:15 PM
The execution could have possibly been a bit better, but the idea is great! 7
06/13/2006 10:06:36 AM
GREAT SHOT, tells a story, sharp on the eyes, great contrasts. -10-
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06/13/2006 10:04:13 AM
well done...great eeriness about the shot, great work
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06/13/2006 01:59:08 AM
Wonderful image!
06/12/2006 05:48:07 PM
Great image! I like the selective light on the face, really brings out the eyes
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06/12/2006 12:19:00 PM
good one!
06/12/2006 10:26:31 AM
That's some menacing shadow! Nice take on the challenge.
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06/12/2006 09:11:11 AM
A boost of contrast may have improved the shadow
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06/12/2006 09:01:35 AM
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06/12/2006 01:14:39 AM
Terrific! Definitely a ribbon contender. :-)
06/12/2006 12:43:33 AM
This has got to be in the top spots for this challenge! Simply put this is an AMAZING shot that needs no improvement. AWESOME, a 10 from me and a fav!
06/12/2006 12:34:24 AM
SJ - is that you again??? Great stuff, man. 9

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