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The Face Of Cowardice
The Face Of Cowardice

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Challenge: Enemies (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
Location: Milton Keynes
Date: Jun 1, 2009
Aperture: f/14
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Portraiture, Horror
Date Uploaded: Jun 1, 2009

Thanks to Lutchenko for modeling with 2 tea towels on his head to represent a terrorist. It was a toss up between this and him wearing a balaclava.

Crop, desaturation, contrast, sharpen, resize, border, save

If only this was advanced editing so that I could sepia tone the face but leave the blue background

Fingers crossed for anything above a six

Place: 13 out of 56
Avg (all users): 5.7050
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.2500
Avg (non-participants): 5.7917
Views since voting: 1570
Views during voting: 399
Votes: 200
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

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06/15/2009 04:25:21 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

WOW, this is going to be a tough one to critique, especially without stepping into the realms of controversy.

I found it very interesting to read peoples comments. It seems a lot of people immediately jumped to conclusions about what you are trying to portray here. This to me makes your representation all the more clever. As I see it, all you are trying to show is that terrorists are typically hiding behind anonymity. I see no reference to anything else. I think it says more about the commenters than anything else.

I'm not surprised this didn't break a 6, because there is an element of controversy, but it is a very strong image with a strong message. Well done for a great job.

06/10/2009 02:20:43 AM
See my comments in the photograph that finished 12th. I believe you both delved in to stereotypes. It opens the door for interesting discussion. It is funny that the Jew came out ahead!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/08/2009 07:59:46 PM
What about ninjas and all the maskerade? Dont agree with that
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06/07/2009 09:59:00 AM
A little too much for the contest, but great picture.
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06/06/2009 12:11:25 PM
great idea but are those your dishrags?
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06/05/2009 06:39:15 AM
This is indeed a very powerful image. At first I cringed at the cultural aspect of it, but on reflection, thought that it's only the terrorist i.e. cowards that cover their faces in this way and thus realised the errors of my instinctive reaction. The lighting here is excellent, as is the composition and sharpness. I truly hope that this doesn't suffer b/c of people voting on their initial reaction to this and stop and think. Excellent photo. Should do well.
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06/05/2009 05:11:14 AM
great photo! in top 10! and a 10 from me:)
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06/04/2009 10:49:27 PM
Not sure about the caption, but I like the color combo and fading/shading effects
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06/04/2009 12:08:10 PM
More like the face of stereotypes.
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06/03/2009 08:52:37 PM
are you making a cultural reference?
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06/03/2009 06:56:45 PM
Blue ribbon choice from me. Nice shot. 10
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06/03/2009 06:12:26 AM
Nice idea
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06/03/2009 12:48:04 AM
Fantastic photograph, the shadows are descriptive. I'm trying to resist the feeling that this represents a stereotype.
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