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The Exorcism
The Exorcism

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Challenge: Free Study XIII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Location: Piotr's House
Date: Sep 27, 2006
Aperture: 20
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Studio
Date Uploaded: Sep 30, 2006

piotr exhaling shisha smoke against a mirror

Place: 19 out of 615
Avg (all users): 6.7026
Avg (commenters): 7.7333
Avg (participants): 6.6424
Avg (non-participants): 6.9091
Views since voting: 2659
Views during voting: 388
Votes: 195
Comments: 23
Favorites: 7 (view)

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10/13/2006 03:45:03 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

I am very impressed with your image! The concept shows quite a bit of creativity, which I like--and it's also carried off well.

Your choice of subject is intriguing as well as appealing to the eye. I think it's a very interesting (but good!) choice for a Free Study photo. It breaks out of the box that many Free Study photos fall into.

The lighting is probably the first technical aspect which jumped out at me. I know from experience that it's not very easy to photograph smoke in terms of lighting. And the fact that you managed to also light the person in a dramatic way really grabbed my eye. Looking at it further, I enjoy the fact that opposite sides of the face seem to be lit (due to the reflection) which offers a certain symbolic element to the shot, giving it more depth. The focus of the shot is also done well. The smoke came out crystal clear, as did the model and his reflection. The title of the shot is incredibly well depicted.

As far as improving this image for DPC voters, I'm not sure I can offer any suggestions! This photo really seems to be spot on. The dark background works perfectly for what you were trying to depict and I love the mood the lighting creates. You've done a really fabulous job with this shot. Keep up the good work!

--ladyhawk22 (Elizabeth)
Feel free to PM me if you have any other questions or thoughts :-)
10/10/2006 02:52:19 PM
Incredible image. Congratulations on your top twenty finish.
10/08/2006 05:29:38 PM
The execution of your images are so polished that they appear to come from a magician. Outstanding smoke convulations with lighting that moves the inner psychic to entertain the theme of the title. Congratulations on your top 20 finish.
10/08/2006 02:04:22 PM
sweet !!

10/08/2006 02:30:48 AM
What an awesome shot and idea! I gave this a 9 and was among the highest I got to. How creative. I didn't think mirror at all actually because of the faces.
10/08/2006 12:26:54 AM
That's a very cool image. I really like the lighting and how the central swirl of smoke came out.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2006 01:21:05 PM
I've been looking at this image on and off for days - this is excellent.
On my short list at the top!
10/07/2006 01:04:46 AM
This looks so sinister...great job!
10/06/2006 10:18:44 AM
really cool shot...I'll be interested in seeing just how you did this, although I suspect I already know :)
10/05/2006 07:07:36 PM
Great idea!
10/05/2006 12:45:48 PM
exceptional... a 10 for sure!!!!
10/04/2006 06:56:03 PM
Excellent rim lighting on the faces. The smoke rings almost look like hearts. I wonder if a diagonal representation of the faces would work. Anyway, very nice image!
10/04/2006 03:54:01 PM
10/03/2006 11:16:23 PM
haha wow, thats interesting.
10/02/2006 10:19:35 PM
very cool!
10/02/2006 09:56:14 PM
Very interesting! Great shot.
10/02/2006 06:58:58 PM
Breathtaking. 7.
10/02/2006 04:45:33 AM
amazing...that is awesome...mirror right? hope this does well for you...but quit smoking, it's a nasty habit !!!
10/01/2006 03:13:33 PM
Interesting effect, good mirror quality.
10/01/2006 12:58:58 PM
Now that is really imaginative. Very cool idea. I wonder how it will go over with the voters. I hope well!! 7
10/01/2006 12:31:34 PM
This is an awesome shot. Great lighting, and sweet idea too. 9
10/01/2006 06:35:34 AM
crazy that it was the last photo...
10/01/2006 05:36:08 AM

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