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Walkaboutwolf


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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: Oct 21, 2008
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Studio, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Mar 10, 2009

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Statistics
Place: 636 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 5.4653
Avg (commenters): 6.3934
Avg (participants): 5.4779
Avg (non-participants): 5.3947
Views since voting: 785
Views during voting: 697
Votes: 505
Comments: 68
Favorites: 3 (view)


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03/18/2009 01:47:54 PM
Thanks for the comments, everyone! I would be interested to hear from folks who voted low - and more than just, "It's too dark."

It's not too dark, it exactly the way I, as the artist, intended it. I realize that it will vary quite a bit depending on monitor calibration, but I have seen it on a professionally calibrated monitor at a photo lab, and it looks exactly as I intended it.

I certainly realize that it doesn't appeal to everyone, but that is the point of art, isn't it?

And thanks to the three folks who marked this as a favorite!
03/18/2009 12:03:19 PM
with a photo of this nature - you're bound to get an average score. that doesn't mean it's an average photo though. more that you've folks looking at it from the extreme ends of the scale. sometimes the votes aren't given based on the quality of the photo, but on how it appeals to the viewer.

had this been entered in a black on black challenge ( or similarly themed ) it would likely have gotten a much higher score...

well done ! good work with the metering and holding the highlights.

my nit pick - the orangish area on the viewers left ( subject right ) side of the head.

Message edited by author 2009-03-18 12:05:00.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 08:48:29 PM
Looks fake but has some appeal.
03/17/2009 03:50:53 PM
This is very dark in many ways but i really like the effect and the textures
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03/17/2009 07:06:27 AM
Pleasingly odd.
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03/17/2009 04:44:16 AM
too dark for my liking
03/17/2009 04:00:29 AM
very nice subtle low key image, has a real mystery to it. nicely lit as well
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03/17/2009 01:19:44 AM
Interesting shot, kind of creepy there is no face.
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03/16/2009 10:23:55 PM
It's too dark on my screen...
03/16/2009 10:10:11 PM
interesting. might have cloned out the seams
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03/16/2009 06:47:29 PM
I like your black on black treatment of this. Beautifully photographed.
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03/16/2009 03:50:38 PM
A very dark and brooding image... effective.
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03/16/2009 10:33:18 AM
Interesting photo. Wish it had a little more contrast to it - but still pretty cool.
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03/16/2009 08:19:06 AM
This is unique and interesting. The line down the top of the head seems out of place (and could easily be removed), but still, this is captivating.
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03/16/2009 01:47:37 AM
Very arty. Well shot.
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03/15/2009 08:41:23 PM
Great mood.
03/15/2009 07:41:38 PM
This is so strange, unique and cool. Like a statue got away to contemplate the meaning of its existence.
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03/15/2009 07:36:29 PM
A bit too dark for my taste
03/15/2009 07:17:57 PM
Under developed concept
03/15/2009 04:59:17 PM
Interesting but very dark image. It gives you something to think about and that's worth a lot!
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03/15/2009 04:36:51 PM
This is really interesting, nice work.
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03/15/2009 03:52:12 PM
I like the dark charcoal gray's and blacks here. Nicely creative composition. Different. 7
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03/15/2009 01:17:44 PM
This one took a while to see but what I saw, when I could see it, was well worth seeing. I hope the other voters take their time when viewing this. Nice job.
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03/15/2009 01:08:20 PM
Wonderfully dark and thought provoking.
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03/15/2009 10:17:45 AM
At first I thought this was a statue but now I think it is a person completely covered in some sort of material. It's a bit dark, maybe too dark for some, but it's certainly interesting.
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03/15/2009 05:18:09 AM
bit dark and too much space in the right for me but its very unusual and interesting
i LIke it really


;D brano
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03/15/2009 01:39:15 AM
Interesting concept but I feel the photo doesn't really do it justice. There is so much of the background that is unnecessary. I think it would work if it was negative space but not with that busy background.
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03/15/2009 12:15:36 AM
I want to like this more but each time I revisit it I feel it lacks something
03/14/2009 11:52:26 PM
wtf. Last time i saw something like that was in an underground S&M bar.
03/14/2009 10:48:58 PM
This is one of the few "wow" shots I've seen in this challenge. Your theme of contemplation comes through immediately, but as I view this it goes much deeper. The position suggests that the subject is contemplating about something not so good, and that's verified by lack of a real face. The background you've chosen suggests movement and energy to me, especially the "waves" coming off the area near hands. Low key works perfectly here.

I would love to see this on the front page come rollover. New fave.
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03/14/2009 08:59:52 PM
I really like the low key aspect to this.
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03/14/2009 05:34:45 PM
Nice impact here - I wish i could see a shadow of the eyes though. (7)
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03/14/2009 03:42:21 PM
Eerie. Almost too dark to be seen.
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03/14/2009 12:53:03 PM
Interesting shot but I wish this image was of a bit higher contrast.
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03/14/2009 10:53:52 AM
I like the person. I think a plain black background might have been nice, so then we could focus solely on the subject.
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03/14/2009 06:40:45 AM
I like the feeling fo being inside the womb, safe.
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03/14/2009 05:11:19 AM
mysterious and bold , 6
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03/13/2009 07:22:06 PM
very different...rich tone
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03/13/2009 06:08:42 PM
Very interesting
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03/13/2009 02:50:11 PM
Nice placement of the subject and I like the difference in textures between the subject and background. However, this is pretty dark and it seems to distract from the picture.
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03/13/2009 02:48:05 PM
Very avant garde , strikingly bold...
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03/13/2009 02:30:03 PM
surreal image, very moody
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03/13/2009 02:16:41 PM
Nice idea but a little to dark for me. Still a nice shot.
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03/13/2009 09:38:26 AM
Very thought-provoking.
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03/13/2009 09:29:04 AM
the picture is much to dark, or at lease there is not much of a difference between the background and subject.
03/13/2009 08:55:23 AM
Very artistic feel. Nice composition and tones.
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03/13/2009 07:25:12 AM
Good shadow
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03/13/2009 03:01:25 AM
Excellent. It made me stop for quite a while.
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03/12/2009 09:33:50 PM
Great, low-key capture that has a lot of interest.
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03/12/2009 08:11:19 PM
wow, very dark and emotional. I like it :)
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03/12/2009 04:01:30 PM
This looks very #D. What did you use for the backdrop?
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03/12/2009 11:01:29 AM
I like it. It is very artistic and speaks to me.
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03/11/2009 11:00:40 PM
Dark image that makes me wonder...
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03/11/2009 10:42:00 PM
I really like the dark tones.. It's all about the mood, and I would have understood the message without the title.
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03/11/2009 09:56:54 PM
I wish it were just a little brighter
03/11/2009 09:54:54 PM
I wished the backdrop didn't have so much detail.. a smooth background with nearly camouflaged subject would make it pop...
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03/11/2009 08:34:15 PM
a little too dark in my opinion, the background makes it a little too messy. interesting pose and composition.
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03/11/2009 06:55:46 PM
nice tone
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03/11/2009 06:40:53 PM
Nice job with the lighting to separate the black on black. Interesting concept to put the figure in an androgynous outfit in this pose. Nice work. The background is distracting me a bit from the message. Ordinarily I'd give this a mid score because of the messy-looking background, but here I sense an attempt to convey a message and fine attention to storytelling, so I will bump to 7 for creative effort.
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03/11/2009 06:20:09 PM
Very surreal. Nice lines and contrasting darks and lights! 9
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03/11/2009 04:32:52 PM
Stunning.
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03/11/2009 01:00:43 PM
Edgy and moody - I like it!
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03/11/2009 09:29:20 AM
I'm not even really sure what I'm seeing here. But that's a positive for this one.
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03/11/2009 05:55:50 AM
interesting image, I like how the arms and legs move to the right and the lines in the wall move to the left, well done
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03/11/2009 04:33:27 AM
Interesting, makes me wonder what they are going through ... could they be in a prison cell waiting for interrogation .....
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03/11/2009 03:37:29 AM
seems very dark on my monitor so I come back to this one after a recal
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03/11/2009 02:38:45 AM
looks very plasticy
03/11/2009 01:58:08 AM
I have a super bright monitor and this is showing up really really dark... I hope others can see it - very thought provoking shot. I wish there was a tad more space on the left of the frame. Great work!
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