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I've had enough and I want OUT
I've had enough and I want OUT

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Challenge: Contre-Jour II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 35mm f/2.0
Location: my son's room (thank heavens he doesn't know)
Date: Dec 6, 2009
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250s
Galleries: Self Portrait, Horror
Date Uploaded: Dec 7, 2009

Let me start with a simple prediction: this won't score high; it's not a pretty sight.

Let me answer that with a simple statement: I don't care.

Pic turned out almoast exactly as I wanted. That required a bit of luck, as I only noted that my tripod had moved from its well-chosen position when I had time for one more shot. This one.

Yes, there's all kinds of stuff leaning against the wall behind me. Yes the window is dirty (apart from the blood, that is). I know. I chose not to empty the room or clean the window. This is not supposed to be a clean set up.

Details: it's a self portrait. Been a while since I did a good one. One strobe with standard reflector behind me. All other lght is reflected from the single source. Push the timer, enter door, take position.

PP: rotate, crop, levels, desat 15% (film blood is too red), resize, sharpen.

Tried channel mixer, didn't work out.

and yes, the title again hints to a song

Place: 152 out of 164
Avg (all users): 4.2476
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 4.1970
Avg (non-participants): 4.2714
Views since voting: 800
Views during voting: 358
Votes: 206
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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12/22/2009 03:49:11 AM
Hello! You have requested a comment from the critique club:

First Impression/Opinion: WOW! if you were going for the 'freak people out' factor you sure nailed it here! what an unexpected image for this challenge! this is a really raw, intriguing shot, and also not something we see here on DPC every day! I keep looking at the image trying to decide how i feel about it. I think you have created a successful photograph here because 1) it gets a reaction out of people and 2) it gets people thinking. congratulations on that!

Composition: I would have chosen a tighter crop on the person and not so much emphasis on the door. it is a lot of wasted space that could have been taken advantage of (especially with our size restrictions.)
Actually maybe even a horizontal image may have had a stronger impact on the viewer here? Also you said in your photographer notes that you wanted the background to be cluttered and messy.i think maybe a cleaner background would have given more attention to the subject, it is a little distracting.

Post Processing: like i said before this shot gives off a very real and raw feeling so i think i prefer the processing how it is, it seems like this is happening before my eyes! no fancy processing is needed!

Challenge Criteria: it does fit the challenge.

My Vote: I did not vote on your image, i would have given it a 6 or 7

Placement: you were well aware of what you were getting yourself into when submitting this shot! haha. But for a shot like this a 4.2 was probably expected. Don't let the voters get you down though, this is not a run of the mill photograph!
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12/16/2009 02:53:33 AM
You can't walk away now......(sinister laugh), I didn't vote but would have given you a high mark for the title.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/14/2009 02:10:48 PM
Troubling shot. What makes you dream this up and then shoot it? Will read up your comments post results.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/14/2009 01:05:57 PM
Unexpected and terrifying. Also very well done.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/13/2009 09:40:40 PM
Different in both subject matter and crop. 8
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/13/2009 01:35:07 PM
Shock value.......yes. Composition though is not as good as it could be, and I think for this type of image to really work, all of the technicals have to be spot on, as other voters are going to vote it low on the subject..........
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12/09/2009 04:41:05 PM

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