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Challenge: The Spirit Of A Country (Basic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Location: Concord, California, USA
Date: Nov 16, 2009
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/202
Galleries: Emotive, Political
Date Uploaded: Nov 16, 2009

... or the sequel, For A few Dollars More (with no apologies to Clint Eastwood or Sergio Leone) ... money/greed seems to be the current ethos of the USA, especially unearned money (think Super-Lotto or Wall Street), and I wanted an image which would also echo the image of the Statue of Liberty.

I wanted to get a shot with sun-flare behind the fist to evoke the torch flame, but by the time I could set up the shot the sun was positioned where there would have been too many trees/leaves in the background.

' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Isaac holding up so bills against a clear sky.

-Handheld, Manual mode
-Fill-flash
-RGB Curve
-Blue/Yellow Curve
-Resize
-Crop a little from left
-USM at 66%/0.6 dia/TH = 5 (applied twice)
-SaveAs JPEG at quality 10/10 = 171KB

Statistics
Place: 61 out of 63
Avg (all users): 4.4329
Avg (commenters): 5.5000
Avg (participants): 4.1563
Avg (non-participants): 4.4774
Views since voting: 694
Views during voting: 367
Votes: 231
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0


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11/26/2009 01:02:43 AM
Originally posted by Nuzzer:

Which country? Oh, if I look close I can see these are US dollars. SO the spirit of the USA is greedy capitialism is it? I'm not convinced. The shot lacks definition. Sorry, DNMC IMO.


his "statement" is spot on the challenge, IMO. the greed is good immorality ran into the perfect storm of a willfully ignorant populace that worships militarism. guess what? we cant afford empire now. time to see if perhaps our values are askew; time to see if our citizens might needs some of these bucks instead of the arms merchants and the other war profiteers. but I digress. great job of smacking the challenge theme over the head!
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11/25/2009 12:18:58 AM
Well, the Statue of Liberty reference is a little vague, but I'm glad someone made a critical statement!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/24/2009 02:03:14 AM
Nice concept
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11/23/2009 08:53:51 PM
Rather dark and flat
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11/23/2009 07:20:34 PM
Great idea and composition, but I think that you could have improved the exposure, metering the sky and using some fill flash to give more colors to the picture.
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11/23/2009 03:45:51 PM
Great idea, but the skin colour looks realy odd.
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11/23/2009 12:31:14 PM
On the money in terms of meeting the challenge.

A tad under-exposed.

This is crying out for a poignant background (like a school or hospital perhaps) to amplify the cynicism.
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11/21/2009 09:21:39 PM
IMO I think this would work better with the light source on this side of the hand instead of backlighting it..
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11/18/2009 09:48:44 PM
This is sadly sometimes only too true. It would be nice if we could change that spirit.
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11/18/2009 06:34:18 PM
Cynical but too true - sigh...
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11/18/2009 04:42:09 PM
Now we're talking USA!
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11/18/2009 10:02:05 AM
It's under-exposured to me.
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11/18/2009 08:43:09 AM
possible a reflector to add a bit more detail might have added to this image
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11/18/2009 01:56:00 AM
Which country? Oh, if I look close I can see these are US dollars. SO the spirit of the USA is greedy capitialism is it? I'm not convinced. The shot lacks definition. Sorry, DNMC IMO.
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