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The Tenacious Dragon
The Tenacious Dragon

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Challenge: Chinese Zodiac (Advanced Editing I)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A80
Location: Houston, TX
Date: Jan 24, 2004
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 50
Shutter: 0.6 sec.
Galleries: Still Life, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 24, 2004

copy background wall, blur to remove some texture from wall, flatten image, grayscale, clean up spots with healing tool, crop, render lighting effects, border.

Place: 22 out of 77
Avg (all users): 5.9490
Avg (commenters): 6.5833
Avg (participants): 5.5806
Avg (non-participants): 6.1895
Views since voting: 1228
Votes: 157
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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02/05/2004 06:43:38 PM
From Critique Club.

I disagree with those who did not like the burned-out spot. The concept of the image IMHO has based on the contrasts: light buring the heart of the Dragon (I'd made it concentrated little higher on the chest and gave it some glow) and the shadow. The shadow does not have to stand apart from the body - overlap is OK and be lager, darker and more blurred. You can not separate the Dragon and his shadow - the self-esteem. And composition would benefit too - currently it is split unevenly leaving just the tip of wing in the center of attention. Teeth must also be in focus...

Overall: very good underlying idea, nice choice of methods to render it and need improvement in details ;-)) +5
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01/30/2004 12:15:35 AM
I read a little about the dragon and its meaning. Tenacious came up in several of the descriptions, and I wanted to portray the dragon with it's "tenacious" attitude, reaching for hard to get goals. So I used to shadow to depict the dragon as seeming larger than it really is. I intentionally burned the bottom right with the rendering in photoshop to create a fade from the bottom right to the top of the shadow in the top left. This wasn't very accepted by most voters, apparently. But this is my second submission, and I placed very good in my opinion. I am a beginner in photography, and to place 22nd is quite an honor!! Thanks for all the comments and votes! This site is really a lot fun, and I am learning so much. MUST GET BETTER CAMERA NOW!

Message edited by author 2004-01-30 00:16:58.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/29/2004 11:55:30 PM
I like the texture of the dragon, I looks wooden. The shadow is also interesting and adds an intimidation that normally are associated with dragons. The carving/figurine is nicely detailed and sharp. Only negative is the harsh/overexposed light coming from the lower right corner. I'm assuming you had to have the light that close to get the desired shadow, but the blown out area is very noticable and probably the best way to have avoided that would have been to move the light a little farther back and play with the EV levels.
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01/29/2004 10:32:39 PM
I like this 7
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01/29/2004 12:54:31 PM
Liked your idea and attempt. Would like it better if less of the dragon was seen (just enough to now what it was) and a deeper darker shadow.
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01/29/2004 12:50:42 PM
love the shadow!!
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01/26/2004 05:24:01 PM
Nice shadow effect. A bit hot in lower right corner.
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01/26/2004 02:10:26 AM
Nice shot! The dragon and the shadow both. (Black rectangle bottom right of dragon is distracting to me.)
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01/25/2004 11:19:13 PM
Lovely idea and a very effective composition. 2 negative points - the blowout on the bottom right and the head is underexposed. Also, the shadow would have been more effective if it had been darker. 6
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01/25/2004 05:58:50 PM
Hmm. This looks familiar. Isn;t this the picture that started it all? Nice dragon, nice shadow. Wish the light on the botttom right weren't so bright - the detail is a bit blown out. The contrast and detail in the dragon is good, wish the shadow were a bit darker. You could create more impact with some selective adjustments. And thanks for getting the chionese zodiac idea started, this is fun!
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01/25/2004 02:27:09 PM
Nice to see the shadow motif. Border is a bit strong for the composition.
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01/25/2004 05:41:46 AM
Really nice lighting. Some people might complain about the blown out part in the bottom right but I think it looks good.
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01/25/2004 12:29:26 AM
I love the shadow on this... and wonder how it would look cropped to exclude most of the actual figurine... or with a dof to focus more on the shadow than on the figurine. great tones, a bit too bright on the lower right. otherwise a nice image.
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01/25/2004 12:11:24 AM
awesome!!! i love the lighting.
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