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Death Proves Life
Death Proves Life

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Challenge: DPL Album Cover (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
Location: my kitchen in the oven
Date: May 11, 2007
Aperture: f/4.2
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/90 sec
Date Uploaded: May 12, 2007

I was kind of excited when I saw this challenge. I really like making albumn covers. I also am a musican in various forms of strange things. I used one of my projects as a inspiration for this challenge. here is the page for that stuff //www.myspace.com/reptilianhumanoid.
here is all my picture info

Nikon D50
2007/05/11 17:53:56.4
Compressed RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
Lens: 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 28mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/90 sec - F/4.2
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Landscape
White Balance: Preset
AF Mode: AF-A
Flash Sync Mode: Rear Curtain
Auto Flash Mode: Built-in TTL
Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp.: Auto
Hue Adjustment: 0
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Medium high
Image Comment:
Long Exposure NR: Off

1..add noise 29.94 uniform monochromatic

2..channel mixer/monochrome
red +136 green +32 blue -122 constant -4%


4..curves rgb input 53 output 77

5..resize canvas 3008 wide 3008 height

6..rectangular marquee tool and paint bucket to create border

7..add horizontal text "death Proves Life" font kristen itc
regular 36pt crisp red

8..add horizontal text "slave to the grain" info same as above.

9..merge layers

10..resize 640x640

11..flatten image

12..save as jpeg

Place: 74 out of 153
Avg (all users): 5.7251
Avg (commenters): 7.0714
Avg (participants): 5.4375
Avg (non-participants): 5.9008
Views since voting: 888
Views during voting: 390
Votes: 211
Comments: 19
Favorites: 2 (view)

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10/25/2008 08:06:13 PM
Wow... don't really see how this scored as low as it did. Maybe a little too creative for some of the voters. I like it!
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05/21/2007 12:39:11 PM
Didn't get a chance to comment during voting, but this was one of my favorites (you got a 10 from me). Congrats on your personal best. Thought this would end up even higher than it did.
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05/21/2007 02:38:00 AM
Hey there from the Critique Club

First of all, congrats on a new best score. I am sure that many more will follow, but it's always nice to have a new image sitting on the profile page.

Camera Work/Technical: Your choice of presentation fits your subject matter very well. There are some hot spots, suggesting a little overexposure, but, in combination with the graininess of this image, the overexposure works nicely.

Lighting: As mentioned before, a little overexposed, but I would not have changed anything about the lighting. You created a very nice, high-contrast image.

Composition/Content: The items seem to fit well together, representing the finality of all things. I like it, but it may have been just a bit too busy for the voters.

My Opinion: 5.7 is a very respectable score, and you finished with a well-deserved new personal best. Voters tend to vote lower on duotone images and images with grain. Even with that, you were able to pull a 5.7. Nice work, and I look forward to more.

Thank you for the opportunity to provide a critique on your entry,
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/20/2007 02:26:40 PM
Very original - love the photography parephanalia! There is so much to see here; in virtually any other challenge the photo would be too too cluttered, but as part of the album cover it works for me.
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05/20/2007 01:24:58 PM
I LOVE this photo. It's brilliant. I would have chosen a different font though for the text.
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05/19/2007 12:59:54 AM
Death Proves Life was started in 1977 by Tom Waits' little sister. She was only 14 at the time, but she loved to rock. She also became fascinated with the idea that she couldn't really be sure she was alive until she died. Morbid for a child so young, but her big brother had been taking her to cemeteries and making up stories about the people who were buried there. She couldn't help but notice that their stories were so much more varied and vivid than the lives all around her, even and especially her own life. She started her band with a couple of her disaffected classmates in an attempt to commune with those myriad magnificent dead. She turned their stories into songs, hoping that they could hear her, hoping that she could hear them. At age 16, she made her final album, "Slave to the grain," after realizing that her brother had just made up all those stories. For her the "grain" represented the direction her life was lumbering, but also the noise in the air, the noise that she used to think was the dead trying to speak to her, but now seemed nothing more than the blare of expectations, the fuzz of normalcy deadening her existence.

They found the suicide note taped to her mirror. Drawn on the bottom was her symbol for the constant noise that she couldn't get out of her ears: a swordfish trombone.

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05/18/2007 12:52:59 PM
very interesting...i like it a lot
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05/17/2007 02:13:08 PM
You can't be king of the world if you're slave to the grain.
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05/17/2007 09:35:35 AM
Definitely looks like cover art, kind of reminds me a little of a Herbie Hancock video(can't remember the song name anymore). Like the collection of stuff...the grain works well with it.
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05/17/2007 09:13:41 AM
the grain seems to go with the vintage style here. Its a busy photo though still has a definite focus. The red text doesn't really go with the photo.
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05/16/2007 07:16:35 PM
Weird photo. Very industrial rock... Would make a decent album cover, although the text doesn't seem to match: fontwise, and also it clashes a bit with the graininess.
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05/16/2007 04:57:48 PM
Perfect!! Where'd you get all the junk?
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05/15/2007 05:58:17 PM
Very unique... curious to what type of music? I like the imagery and concept.
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05/15/2007 09:18:27 AM
I can actually imagine a band being named that. very creative. As for the picture, I like you grainy quality.
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05/15/2007 04:58:00 AM
Wow. that is a busy image. Seems pretty crowded in there, but it still works for me.
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05/15/2007 02:42:18 AM
Ohhh.... your picture is so amazing but the text just kills it for me. It's a very cheesy font and I think it could have been positioned better. Still giving you a decent score but I wish I could give much higher.
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05/15/2007 12:48:10 AM
Eerie and very interesting. Bump.
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05/14/2007 04:35:02 AM
demented shot.. but I like it..
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05/14/2007 12:27:20 AM
Man, that really looks like an album cover. I like the composition and the text. Very 70's.
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