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"The Creation of Adam" by Michelangelo
"The Creation of Adam" by Michelangelo

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Silhouettes (Advanced Editing I)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: Concordia University, Montreal.
Date: Apr 16, 2004
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/320s
Galleries: Sky, Emotive
Date Uploaded: Apr 16, 2004

hand of Adam: left, my hand.
hand of God: right, jonnyB.
with sun in between. Diffraction caused by small aperture. Also used a UV filter, Neutral Density 4 filter and a Polarizer.

"This photograph depicts Michealango's famous painting, “The Creation of Adam”. This interpretation of the 7th day of creation adopts silhouetting as a tool for keeping both hands anonymous, as God’s physical form should not be represented. The sun, diffracted between both fingers to create the star effect, implies a snapshot of a miraculous event: the beginning of humankind."

Cloned out some trees, a lot of contrast enhancement on many levels, sligthly increased size of right hand main finger.

Place: 4 out of 169
Avg (all users): 7.1566
Avg (commenters): 8.0333
Avg (participants): 7.2039
Avg (non-participants): 7.1053
Views since voting: 13195
Votes: 198
Comments: 50
Favorites: 21 (view)

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05/11/2008 01:18:29 PM
wow 2004, Im behind, well im just seeing it now and i love this shot!
05/14/2004 08:52:20 PM
Simply AWESOME shot! You did a great job on this! I love it. Congrats on 4th....well deserved!
05/02/2004 06:32:17 PM
Hello from the critique club!

Knew right away (obviously) that this was from the sillhouettes challenge. That's always a good sign - definitely meets the challenge.

I really like the creativity of this shot. The positioning of the hands and use of the light is perfect I think. Good use of your filters to even out the lighting to help get the effect you wanted and good editing to get them just right. I even like the fact that the sky is somewhat featureless here. A lot of color or clouds in the sky would have detracted, I think, from your main subject.

I'm not a big fan of this border. I don't think it's too bad, but I also don't think it really adds anything to the photo.

Overall, I think it's a quality shot which shows creativity and skill at your photography. Good job!

I hope you find this critique helpful!
04/26/2004 07:20:22 PM
You have great photography skills! Glad to see you use them, this is great work, keep it up :-)
04/26/2004 08:48:04 AM
I am pleased to see this did not receive any protest votes (1's or 2's) due to religious content!
04/26/2004 12:50:20 AM
Originally posted by Imagineer:

I don't believe this is a Michelangelo actually! ;)

Nice take and well shot. Thumb on the right looks artificially large though.

It's from the Sistine Chapel:
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Although technically, it doesn't depict the creation of Adam, but rather the point at which he is imbued with life or soul or whatever ... if God had ever done that before you could call him the Re-Animator ....

Message edited by author 2004-04-26 00:53:44.
04/26/2004 12:47:02 AM
Great work labuda. Great to see your photography doing so well. So close to getting your ribbons back. I'm sure you'll have plenty very soon. Gave this a 10. Going in my favorites.
04/26/2004 12:02:11 AM
This is great work and I would have loved to see a blue ribbon on it :)
 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/25/2004 11:21:00 PM
Well done and the idea to base it on classical art is excellent here.
04/25/2004 07:27:51 PM
I don't believe this is a Michelangelo actually! ;)

Nice take and well shot. Thumb on the right looks artificially large though.
04/25/2004 04:42:06 PM
nicely done but a bit too obvious
04/25/2004 02:25:39 PM
Nicely done!
04/25/2004 12:15:44 PM
Great idea and wonderful execution...my favourite
04/25/2004 09:23:55 AM
Very clever! I like! The sillhouette goes so nicely here. Nice placement of sun! 10
04/25/2004 07:59:03 AM
extra point for a very creative idea -- well executed.
04/25/2004 04:18:30 AM
Sensational and very clever use of light.
04/25/2004 12:56:05 AM
If this picture doesn´t win, then there´s something very wrong with the voting. It´s just perfect, hard to believe it´s real
04/24/2004 06:49:55 PM
Great shot.
04/24/2004 07:57:15 AM
very creative, well done. 8
04/24/2004 06:48:42 AM
perfect of getting glitter star good composition perfect anatomy expresion in subject
04/22/2004 07:26:35 PM
Wow, this should be a painting!
04/22/2004 05:03:50 PM
Nice depiction of the hand of god. Simple but strong composition. I think it would have been more powerful taken later in the day, or with more billowing like clouds in the background, but these things are not always within our control. Good Luck, Todd. 7.
04/22/2004 04:28:00 PM

Message edited by author 2004-07-28 21:55:30.
04/21/2004 10:29:41 PM
Man, I wish I had thought of this first. Great shot Love it. Would even say it is a ribbon winner! Good luck! oh yeah, 10!
04/21/2004 09:58:56 PM
My favorite of the challenge. Very creative. Well done.
04/21/2004 06:02:16 PM
Amazing idea and extremely well executed. If I could vote, this would get a 10
04/21/2004 04:47:56 PM
Don't wanna say more...this should go at the top without any question!!!
Xellent job Xellent :)
04/21/2004 04:06:24 PM
very well executed. shame of the border though
04/21/2004 12:11:40 AM
excellent idea ... i really like the little spark in the middle ... hope it is not photoshop-created ;-)
04/20/2004 04:14:46 PM
Very Nice. Great idea.
04/20/2004 11:21:31 AM
I can't really describe how much I like this photo in 'words'. I am quite familiar with the Michelangelo work and this particular element of it is a strong focal point for me. I wish I had thought of something like this on my own. It would fit well as the '7th' photo in the 'creation' series that I'm working on....Phenomenal work... = 10

I also like to put 'best of show' on one photo in each challenge, and this is that one for this week... kudos :)
04/20/2004 07:57:44 AM
Good idea, well executed. Simple and effective. 9
04/20/2004 07:57:37 AM
neato.. love it
04/20/2004 05:40:03 AM
Stunning. Great idea, perfecty executed.
04/20/2004 12:27:02 AM
you have the hands almost identical to the painting!!wow!
04/19/2004 10:11:27 PM
Very creative. Great example of silhouette. Composition is also very strong. The glimmer of light between the two fingers is briliant (not meant as a pun).
04/19/2004 08:52:30 PM
great conept.....
The background is a little posterized but overall good job.
04/19/2004 07:53:30 PM
I hope you score high if not a ribbon. Beautiful shot. I even like the border, it helps give continuity to the light at the center. How were you able to get the light to work while shooting directly into it though? I've tried but it comes out too bright or too obscure. Anyway, 10 from me.
04/19/2004 05:23:40 PM
Verry clever idea and nice entry. I've just started scoring this challenge but I like yours very much. Well done!
04/19/2004 04:36:47 PM
Unique shot...nice job!
04/19/2004 02:41:42 PM
The hands are positioned just perfect. Great sky to suite it.
04/19/2004 02:19:49 PM
Neat photo
04/19/2004 01:14:50 PM
'Creative' shot. :) I really do like this, I hope others will, and you do well with it.
Good idea, done well. Bravo.
04/19/2004 01:07:35 PM
Nice "s curve" of the hands. Good positioning of the models' fingers.
04/19/2004 08:16:51 AM
Very classy indeed. This is one of the two I have seen so far who I believe may well win ;) (10)
04/19/2004 07:36:49 AM

I love it, top 10 I hope (though the bad news is, those that I ussually predict for top 10 rarely get there, not sure if its my fault...)
04/19/2004 06:43:39 AM
Great Creative idea!
04/19/2004 04:45:32 AM
Lovely idea, creative and fun too!
04/19/2004 02:58:58 AM
Nice, one of my favorites so far. I love it. 10

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