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Man in the Mirror
3rd PlaceMan in the Mirror
lovethelight


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Challenge: Michael Jackson Song/Lyrics (Expert Editing*)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f1.2L
Date: Jul 5, 2009
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jul 5, 2009

I am not really a Michael Jackson fan so I didn't get that excited when I saw this challenge until I saw that it was expert editing. It has been so long since an expert editing and I couldn't pass this up. I was brainstorming ideas for "Off the Wall" when a friend suggested I try "Man in the Mirror." This is the first idea that popped into my head. It was really difficult to execute because it is hard to get the illusion that is a mirror down perfectly when there is a different world within the mirror.

The concept is a world is trapped inside this mirror, but the man in the mirror is happy and doesn't know about the woman who has fallen in love with him. She is saddened by the fact that she cannot join him in his world and that they will forever be separated. It is a kind of a cheesy concept but I am pretty happy with how it turned out.

There is a lot going on in this image and to really get it you have to stop and take a second to take it all in, so I hope that everyone takes the time to do so.

This was made from 5 images:
-The image of the boy in the mirror, the landscape portrait is all shot on location
- The frame of the mirror and the blemishes on the mirror itself all in one photo.
- The wall background
- The image of the girl's reflection and the underside of her hand in the reflection in the mirror.
- The image of the girl touching the mirror. I did the two girls separately so that I could get the backlighting on the girl's hand right. The concept I had was that the only light was emanating from the mirror itself which made the light sources on the girl tricky.


WOOO! It took two years to get a new personal best but I did it. Wow that is insane. Thanks so much guys!

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 75
Avg (all users): 7.2706
Avg (commenters): 8.9500
Avg (participants): 6.8537
Avg (non-participants): 7.4031
Views since voting: 7357
Views during voting: 460
Votes: 170
Comments: 41
Favorites: 20 (view)


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07/15/2009 06:54:26 PM
Boy, this is a really well-executed picture - it helps as I don't know of the album you mention, but the image is first-rate.

What patience and care went into it - if you don't already, I would consider doing this as a living - you have it all sewn up, so far as I can see

All the best for the future!

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07/15/2009 08:35:05 AM
One of the top 5 I have ever seen on this site. Good comp, great assembly, fine details. be sure to place this on Corbis.
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07/15/2009 06:51:13 AM
Amazing image and congrats on a ribbon!
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07/14/2009 11:37:18 PM
Absolutely brilliant. I love the concept, and the way you put everything together. Congratulations, you deserve it.
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07/14/2009 06:53:08 PM
Congrats on a new personal best! This is my favorite from the challenge =)
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07/14/2009 07:48:12 AM
Love it Congrats on your ribbon!! :)
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07/13/2009 09:01:19 PM
Lovely image Claire, congratulations! (and wow, what a score!)
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07/13/2009 06:41:35 PM
Incredible! Makes me wish I had voted for this challenge, amazing job!
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07/13/2009 12:33:26 PM
I did not vote in this challenge but this was one of my two picks for a ribbon. Congratulations for the excellent work and the new PB.
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07/13/2009 12:28:03 PM
congrats! Great work! Very well deserved ribbon!
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07/13/2009 12:26:28 PM
Yowza... I couldn't reach this with a 100 foot pole. Very nice.. it seems you really worked hard on this. I really can't stop looking at it.
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07/13/2009 10:07:55 AM
Great shot Claire. :)
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07/13/2009 05:41:51 AM
Wow, Claire! Congrats on the ribbon!
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07/13/2009 03:35:55 AM
Great picture, Claire. Lighting, composition, context, everything is perfect. Congratulations on the ribbon.
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07/13/2009 03:28:38 AM
Nice work, good BW, congrats on the yellow :)
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07/13/2009 01:04:23 AM
Well done...I knew this would ribbon...well executed
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07/13/2009 12:26:12 AM
Nicely done! Congrats on the new PB.
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07/13/2009 12:17:29 AM
Congratulations! Your ribbon is very deserved and all your work is awesome!
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07/13/2009 12:13:54 AM
Originally posted by DPC:

ERROR: lovethelight is already in your favorites list.

Figures. =D
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07/13/2009 12:06:29 AM
I can't believe you don't have a blue ribbon yet! Your stuff is awesome, gave this a no-brainer 10, congrats!
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07/13/2009 12:01:27 AM
Way to go. This was the Blue Ribbon to me.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/12/2009 11:23:19 PM
this is the first shot to stand out to me. perfectly composed. love everything about this...10. good luck
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07/10/2009 01:36:37 PM
Beautiful artistry. I love this scene - looks like a movie poster. This could tell so many stories. It's awesome! 10
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07/10/2009 09:03:45 AM
I really like this "take" on the Man in the Mirror. Very nicely done.
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07/08/2009 06:55:33 PM
I really like this one. Love her eyes and the expression on her face.
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07/08/2009 06:43:19 PM
Pretty effective and complex. Beautiful BW treatment. One of my favorites. Good luck.
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07/08/2009 05:31:42 PM
this is definitely my favorite photo on this song. it is just so well done. i cant get over it. it should be on an album cover or something
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07/08/2009 03:10:45 AM
Superb. A lot of quality in this composition. I'm waiting to see this in first page
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07/07/2009 10:50:34 PM
Challenge Relevance:8 Impact/Emotion/Mood:8 Technicals:8 Processing:8 Creativity:8

Top 5 for me
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07/07/2009 09:27:07 AM
very beautifully done
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07/07/2009 09:07:15 AM
now THAT is fabulous!!!!!! I love that he's smiling too. This is excellent. My fav so far. I keep returning and this truly is the BEST of the challenge. 10 from me. The only one I handed out. Good luck.
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07/06/2009 09:25:58 PM
Another great photo from this challenge. Nice execution and it has a very high impact. Well done!
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07/06/2009 02:35:14 PM
great image
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07/06/2009 10:35:29 AM
I really like this photograph. I think that the lack of color showcases the longing that the woman has. The reflection is brilliant, as well as the texture of the mirror/window.
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07/06/2009 03:01:28 AM
Like the emotion shown here,the image says it all will he change his ways,B/Wgoes well...
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07/06/2009 02:49:00 AM
Intriguing ... so much is hgappening here: many stories and interpretations. An intelligent and beautiful composition.
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07/06/2009 02:02:52 AM
Really nice work!
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07/06/2009 01:28:54 AM
this will ribbon...good luck in advance...excellent work 9
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07/06/2009 01:01:06 AM
This is really good... So much emotion here. Beautifully presented. Reminds me of elsapo's work.
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07/06/2009 12:18:39 AM
Nicely edited, great job! 8
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07/06/2009 12:09:18 AM
Amazing idea, I love it!
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