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The Dark Fright
The Dark Fright

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Challenge: Rejected Movie Poster (Expert Editing*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Boulder / Denver
Date: Apr 28, 2010
Aperture: f/9
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/320s
Galleries: Humorous, Advertisement
Date Uploaded: May 2, 2010

Ok, this represents waaaaaay too much time invested. About 3 hours shooting and driving and at least 9 hours of editing.

Originally I wanted to create the Dark Knight poster exactly, but I couldn't figure out how to get a good picture of Batman, so I came up with this alternative.

I shot clouds, buildings, fire, and even took my girls (as a cover story) into McDonalds to shoot the Ronald statue.

I imagine that this will be quite a competitive challenge, so I hope this stands up. It's the most time I've ever invested in a challenge, so if it tanks - I give up. =)

Editing steps:
- used shots of clouds for the sky and smoke/fog
- each building is a separate shot. the two skyscrapers were 2-story buildings I cloned up
- Ronald is a statue, I burned in shadows and liquified the menacing expression
- the fire was the worst part; it's hand painted then smudged, and I ended up doing it more than once
- text layers give it that "movie poster" feel with a couple hand-drawn logos.
- various adjustment layers to get the lighting just right
- a dark and light noise layer to unify the multiple images and match the Dark Knight original

Can't wait to see the other images in this challenge. I enjoy this kind of creative editing.

Place: 20 out of 215
Avg (all users): 6.5509
Avg (commenters): 6.4286
Avg (participants): 6.3556
Avg (non-participants): 6.7792
Views since voting: 3835
Views during voting: 505
Votes: 167
Comments: 12
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05/10/2010 12:15:27 AM
I thought this was wonderful! Top 20 isn't bad at all.
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05/10/2010 12:10:11 AM
Don't every give up, Jeff. Fabulous score in this fine competition.

Nice finish, indeed.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2010 06:30:17 PM
Looks great. I think your score would have gone through the roof had you used a model made to look like Ronald.
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05/04/2010 04:57:54 PM
ok,,, like the mcdonald´s logo,,,,,,,,,
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05/03/2010 05:30:12 PM
Creative idea... mcyd's is evil. Bit more blending to make Ronald sit in the photo more making it look like one image. But good idea, good text and I hope you didn't really set that building ablaze.
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05/03/2010 08:36:29 AM
ROFL. I am so glad that you added all of the extra text to make it look like a real poster.
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05/03/2010 06:20:10 AM
great poster
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05/03/2010 03:23:23 AM
Ummm... Heath Ledger - he'd be dead right?

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05/03/2010 02:25:24 AM
LOL. Awesome!
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05/03/2010 01:16:47 AM
i like it
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05/03/2010 01:16:29 AM
LOL, brilliant idea and good PP
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05/03/2010 12:29:15 AM
well done...great processing
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