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Envy Turns to Hate
Envy Turns to Hate
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Challenge: Hate (Basic Editing)
Collection: Challenge Entries (most)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A620
Location: Basement
Date: Feb 20, 2007
Aperture: 5.0
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/15s
Galleries: Emotive, Studio
Date Uploaded: Feb 20, 2007

Inspired by SJCarter's "Crushed."
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This shot differs in many ways from my other entries and my usual style.

First, this is my first attempt to use colors far outside reality to tell a story. It was fun trying to do this in Basic Editing. For one thing, the heart is really a deep blue. I knew going into this that I wanted to change it to red, so I chose a green background to let me isolate the heart with a hue/saturation layer.

Second, I don't usually use borders. But here, the thin white border seems to echo the stream of ground "glass" (actually sugar).

Third, I don't usually take shots related to dark emotions. I expect there to be some very ugly, violent entries, so part of the challenge was coming up with an idea that conveyed a negative emotion without turning to violence.

Editing: Mainly used hue/sat adjustment layers to change colors. My hand had a lot of red, so first I changed red to green. Then I changed blue to red. The sugar had no color, so remained white throughout.

Passed validation. :)

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Statistics
Place: 14 out of 132
Avg (all users): 6.1516
Avg (commenters): 6.5789
Avg (participants): 5.7308
Avg (non-participants): 6.2656
Views since voting: 1720
Views during voting: 426
Votes: 244
Comments: 25
Favorites: 0


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03/05/2007 04:26:57 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club. The following comments are in response to your request for a critique on your challenge submission. Please feel free to send me a PM concerning my comments.

The impact of this image is immediate and lasting. It is a clear portrayal of an emotion and, in the context of the challenge, I appreciate that this shows what envy cum hate is rather than showing an object of hate.

Creatively an improvement, in my opinion, on your inspiration photo...though they do not carry the same message. I think the color choices and lighting carry a great deal of the impact. I would, however, like to see a bit more tension in the fist so that it really appeared to be squeezing hard. It would also have a little more impact if the heart could somehow look more squeezed itself, distorted in some way.

I'll also make a minor quibble with the tiny highlights on the one side of the heart...they appear to be from a secondary light source which doesn't appear to be contributing to any other part of the image. Of course, outside of basic editing, they could have been cloned away but perhaps the source could have been turned off in the first place? The main reason they distract, I think, is that white is so important in your image. The white V-shaped highlight on the heart so neatly leads the viewer to believe the white crushed "glass" coming from the fist. So, though it may seem picky, the tiny white highlights are made even more prominent by the other choices in the image.

There really is little else to quibble with in this image. (I will say I disagree with the commenter who wanted to see trimmed nails...as I usually do...but since when does envy stop for a manicure?) Overall, this is very well done technically, creatively, in subject and in conception...and the votes and comments agree. Congrats on your high-placing image! Keep 'em coming!

--Kadi
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02/28/2007 09:47:30 AM
What an excellent concept and expression of feeling! Awesome job. That's all I can say. I actually think this should have placed much higher than 15th.
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02/28/2007 09:43:52 AM
Whoa! What great idea Jeffrey. So well executed!! You're awesome. Congratulations on a top 20 finish!

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02/28/2007 08:31:25 AM
Great entry, Jeffrey! One of my favorites of the challenge. I love how is seems there is dust coming from below the fist - makes me think of sand through an hourglass, reprenting perhaps the time it takes for envy to turn to hate? Anyway, very cool!
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02/28/2007 08:09:17 AM
Jeffrey, excellent shot. You did a supurb job of portraying the idea and the score verifies that.
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02/28/2007 02:36:58 AM
Clever, well thought out(!), and well done. Congrats on an excellent score and placement.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/26/2007 02:58:42 PM
interesting lighting.. i like the effects you have in this image. the idea is really unique too, great job.
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02/26/2007 11:23:23 AM
Great shot!, lighting, composition and idea!
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02/25/2007 11:52:51 PM
wow...a great idea here...really creative work
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02/24/2007 10:27:19 AM
symbolic. the green is a little to much for me. hand ok but background too. good origional idea.
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02/23/2007 06:44:49 PM
Interesting image and idea
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02/23/2007 02:12:48 PM
nice setup. perhaps just a bit too dark on the right/upper-right. - 8
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02/22/2007 09:21:29 PM
Colorful
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02/22/2007 01:32:24 PM
Original.....8
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02/22/2007 01:23:19 PM
I love the selection of your colors, so appropriate
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02/22/2007 06:14:17 AM
Very stylish - Great PP - Nice
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02/22/2007 12:48:38 AM
great photo..
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02/21/2007 04:47:16 PM
I don't get it.
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02/21/2007 02:03:57 PM
very good job. very good.
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02/21/2007 01:13:46 PM
I really like the message and the technical aspects of this photo. Great take on the challenge, and you have executed it well.
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02/21/2007 12:18:31 PM
nice
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02/21/2007 11:48:29 AM
nice pic but I think it might have been nicer without the red hart 8
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02/21/2007 11:00:56 AM
How on earth did you pull this color off in Basic?
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02/21/2007 10:46:54 AM
Hmmm - tribute to SJCarter's shot last year??I kinda like it.
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02/21/2007 09:21:18 AM
nice idea, well executed. you should've clipped your fingernails...
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