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"Modern Times"  (1936, Woodie Chaplin)
"Modern Times" (1936, Woodie Chaplin)

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Scene It! II (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Pentax K10D
Lens: Sigma 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical HF for Pentax
Location: Japan, at home
Date: Nov 1, 2007
Aperture: f3.5
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/40
Galleries: Humorous, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Nov 1, 2007

I enlarged a still from the original movie, then used two photocopies and Li'l Woody.
Cut out some parts, glued them to cereal box cardboard, laid them over rolled cardboard to get it 3-D and placed Woody in an appropriate position. Shot from above.
In processing, straightened and cropped, made a background copy layer which I converted to B&W, and two adjustment layers (levels and hue/saturation). Flattened layers, sharpened, resized, sharpened again, saved, was surprised at how little time the whole process actually took, yippee, I don't have to do anything about it on the weekend.

Place: 56 out of 83
Avg (all users): 5.3982
Avg (commenters): 6.5385
Avg (participants): 4.9388
Avg (non-participants): 5.5291
Views since voting: 2551
Views during voting: 361
Votes: 221
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/11/2007 11:20:07 PM
Excellent performance by your stunt-double ... ;-)

Well-executed recreation of a classic scene.
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11/11/2007 10:06:15 PM
Modern Times is one of my all time favorites. I stopped to glance at your clock works here and then I noticed the cut-out lines and. They aren't all too noticeable or offensive, but a black magic marker on the edges would fix you right up. It was only after that I noticed woodie was in the picture. He's not easy to see at first glance, but.... I'm old. I do hope others stop here long enough to see the creative brilliance in this one. It's excellent!
High marks from me.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/11/2007 08:14:54 PM
10 for the hilarious factor!
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11/11/2007 06:11:36 PM
This is a fun image, and the woodie is a nice touch, however the 'cutout' of the gears is a distraction.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/11/2007 05:29:27 PM
Nice shot, I like how it looks old, lighting is nice as well, 7.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/10/2007 06:47:09 PM
Very nicely done. Exposure and toning are perfect.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/10/2007 04:17:04 PM
I have been so burned out on the "Woody" here on DPChallenge during the last couple years, but this one breaks that trend for me. I'm a fan of 'form and function' images, and this one works very nicely with your theme...
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/10/2007 12:23:36 AM
took a while to see the ghost in the machine
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/10/2007 12:00:50 AM
OK but what am I seeing. Is that a wooden figure being crunched?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/09/2007 08:25:17 PM
Oh NO, save woodie Charlie! I like the combination of gears, but the focus is a little soft. I haven't seen the movie so I don't know if this is a scene from it or not, so I'll assume this is what happened to Chaplin.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/06/2007 07:04:35 PM
LOL - gotta love the effort here - poor Woodie!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/05/2007 04:42:31 PM
Would love a wider shot to see all of this.
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11/05/2007 03:33:06 PM
nice (poor woody)
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11/05/2007 01:19:07 AM
i dunno about this one... it just looks weird

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