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Not So Scary Monster
1st PlaceNot So Scary Monster
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Challenge: Halloween (Classic Editing*)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Location: Home
Date: Oct 31, 2003
Aperture: 18.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Family, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Oct 31, 2003

"Not So Scary Monster"
Jonah found Josh's monster costume from two years ago and put it on this morning. The boys never let me take their photo, but Jonah agreed to sit down for a shot. I attached the Brolley to one of my Alien Bees 800 strobes and fired this test shot. He bailed on me before I could make any adjustments for a second shot, so it is a little hot on his facial highlights. With a busy three year old, one shot is all I get sometimes...

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 76
Avg (all users): 6.9079
Avg (commenters): 8.0714
Avg (participants): 6.5667
Avg (non-participants): 7.1304
Views since voting: 5730
Votes: 152
Comments: 57
Favorites: 32 (view)


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02/18/2007 10:28:14 PM
Just super. Congratulations. Faved for the study in light.
10/11/2006 04:25:25 PM
this is just beautiful.. faved.
11/13/2003 03:51:55 PM
Congrats on placing first!! I love this image and what makes it special to me is your son's eyes. He has beautiful eyes...and you captured it beautifully! Great photography, JD -- I just love your work!
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11/10/2003 04:42:22 AM
Excellent shot! Congratulations on your ribbon , well deserved I might add!
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11/09/2003 01:47:35 PM
I know what you mean about 3 year olds, got one too! You got a great shot though! Congratulations on first place!
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11/08/2003 06:00:26 PM
Great job JD. This was one of three I gave an 8 to on this challenge. As I said before - the lighting in amazing....even if it was only one take :)

Pedro
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11/08/2003 10:55:59 AM
I am so glad you won the blue for this -I love it!!
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11/08/2003 09:35:28 AM
this was a great shot, JD. Congrats.
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11/08/2003 09:09:24 AM
Congrats Brother on your first Blue Ribbon! You really deserved this one. T-11 days
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11/08/2003 08:51:55 AM
Congrats JD on an awesome shot and the blue ribbon!!
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11/08/2003 04:28:33 AM
Congratulations on winning a blue one with a child picture! I guess Jonah melted everybodys heart ;) Beautiful picture! Well deserved ribbon :)
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11/08/2003 04:17:32 AM
Wonderful shot, and congrats on the win, too! :-))
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11/08/2003 03:17:08 AM
great job, finally the first blue ribbon, congradulations!
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11/08/2003 03:01:44 AM
Great shot & your first blue too!!! Good deal!
TC
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11/08/2003 02:44:54 AM
Woohoo JD you got it. This one was long overdue, congrats.
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11/08/2003 02:13:39 AM
Thank you everyone for the great comments! Although I had Jonah sit where I could use by Alien Bee 800 with a brolley box, it is still somewhat a candid because he never cooperates and I don't pose him. He sat there for a minute or so and did what he did, and I was lucky enough to get a wonderful shot with just one photo!
This is pretty much straight out of the camera, converted to grayscale using the channel mixer in Photoshop. The only other editing was a light pass with the dodge tool for the eye highlights. I never thought I'd see the day that a child photo would win a challenge here, let alone one of mine! Thank you all for your votes and comments!
JD Anderson

Message edited by author 2003-11-08 02:14:27.
11/08/2003 01:52:16 AM
This is a beautiful shot. I especially like the lighting and expression on his face. He has an aura of being worldly.. old eyes.
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11/08/2003 01:21:54 AM
I didn't vote but it would've been a 10 if I did.
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11/08/2003 12:55:41 AM
Magical tones here. Just priceless. The skin is almost transluscent. It certainly deserves this ribbon!
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11/08/2003 12:49:14 AM
Wonderful job! I still find it hard how people can find enough wrong to give a photo like this a one!?!?!...no more rant...Congrats!
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11/08/2003 12:29:27 AM
Way to go! This is the best shot of the bunch. It deserves a ribbon and glad to see it got 1st place. And to think it is a kid shot. lol...Congrats!!
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11/08/2003 12:14:28 AM
beautiful pic, JD...congrats!
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11/08/2003 12:11:40 AM
Great work! This is a well deserved ribbon :)
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11/08/2003 12:10:25 AM
Congs on winning I agree he's not scary good job
Sue
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11/08/2003 12:09:54 AM
Congrats!! This was one of my absolute favorites of this challenge. Well done.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2003 08:58:11 PM
Great lighting. Very nice portrait. You'll cherrish this one for a long time.
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11/07/2003 01:39:52 AM
great lighting in this portrait.
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11/06/2003 08:41:35 AM
Oh my he´s so cute! What a cute little monster! Beautiful portrait!
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11/05/2003 09:04:14 PM
This is an adorable picture! I like the use of black and white.
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11/05/2003 06:25:23 PM
Ahhh.... Cute kid and fun costum. Very professional looking portrait, well executed. I'm not sure that it's as "Halloween" enough, at least compared to many of the other entries. Nice work, though.
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11/05/2003 03:29:37 AM
hah, i dunno, i think he looks wicked.
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11/05/2003 02:54:49 AM
Not scary, JD. But your photos are always cute. Great lighting and superb clarity in the right eye.
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11/04/2003 02:54:04 PM
Precious ! Perfect light and contrast. This ISN'T just some snapshot. Very well done !
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11/04/2003 12:27:54 AM
top stuff.. great photo.. really reminds me of Anne Geddes stuff
//www.annegeddeshouse.com/?navId=2
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11/03/2003 10:57:05 PM
Very scary individual. The light on the fur really shows up as does the light in the child's eye. Great shot!
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11/03/2003 08:48:12 PM
No he's not, is he? :) He reminds me of an Ewok from Star Wars but I have to be honest, his eyes are just a little spooky, almost like, "If you take one more picture of me, so help me I won't be responsible for my actions" type look, LOL! Amazing what the camera will catch. This is a loverly shot overall, the black and white works very well, the cropping is just a tad tight to me but overall a wonderful shot. A 9
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11/03/2003 08:05:57 PM
This is a beautiful photograph! The lighting is exceptional and the child\'s expression is beautiful. His eyes are my favorite part of the photo, they are so bright and clear, Absolutely one of the best portraits I have seen on this site. I envy you your model :) PS: The hand placement is wonderful. 10!
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11/02/2003 12:16:46 AM
beautiful picture
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11/01/2003 10:14:00 PM
Fantastic portrait. 10.
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11/01/2003 07:34:04 PM
9.
11/01/2003 06:55:38 PM
Excellent in all ways....
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11/01/2003 05:55:58 PM
I'm not much on kid pic's, but that's a great look, very nice!!
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11/01/2003 01:54:51 PM
Best photo in the challenge. Wonderful pose and expression.
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11/01/2003 01:49:51 PM
NICE monster! Bring him over - we got lotsa candy left over...
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11/01/2003 12:38:36 PM
Good black & white shot. Nice composition and lighting. 8.
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11/01/2003 11:48:02 AM
I think this is my favorite shot in this challenge and not just cuz it is a cute kid, but the lighting, eyes and hand placement are spectacular. This child sure looks like a very thoughtful youngster, an old soul in a young body perhaps, at least in the way you have created a mood here. Very well done.
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11/01/2003 10:58:10 AM
On my top top 10 list. Cute shot and I love the b&w.
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11/01/2003 08:08:18 AM
very nice shot...love the way the light is hitting the bears fur on right side
excellent 9
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11/01/2003 02:58:08 AM
NIce. There should be spots of light in his /her eyes.
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11/01/2003 01:50:36 AM
Too beautiful to be scary
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11/01/2003 12:54:22 AM
wow. what a great picture. the lighting absolutely makes it..just enough shadows to give it depth without losing any detail. very nice.

P
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11/01/2003 12:51:28 AM
nose looks overexposed
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11/01/2003 12:44:54 AM
Hands Down, the winner! My wife adds "stunning"...I agree
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11/01/2003 12:25:57 AM
Nice pose in a cool costume. Nicely soft focus.
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11/01/2003 12:14:28 AM
A perfect beautiful excellent portrait! 10
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11/01/2003 12:07:29 AM
Wow . The monochrome,facial expression, lighting makes it look like a haunting,scary version of an Anne Geddes picture. Lighting it great. Shows the contrast in the furry outfit. Look at those eyes.
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11/01/2003 12:04:32 AM
Beautiful!!!!!! :)
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