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Challenge: Posthumous Ribbon (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Custom Made Pinhole
Date: Nov 25, 2010
Galleries: Pinhole/Zone Plate
Date Uploaded: Nov 25, 2010

pinhole

Statistics
Place: 21 out of 133
Avg (all users): 6.1525
Avg (commenters): 8.1053
Avg (participants): 6.5000
Avg (non-participants): 5.8660
Views since voting: 1234
Views during voting: 374
Votes: 177
Comments: 27
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12/05/2010 07:40:30 PM
What I love about it is the outrageous shapes and contrasts that just don't seem to fit the perspective we're expecting to see. Elements seem to float, or belong to other worlds. "contrivedness" is not so bad when it's taken over the top. As I told Paul, you both surprised me in this challenge.
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12/03/2010 01:26:16 PM
I don't know about all that deconstructed contriveism of German Expressionism, but marvel at this shot. Pinhole photography is a whole dimension away from what I do, but may one day explore. This is a joy to look at and interpret. I only just now noticed the blood on the back of his hand.
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12/03/2010 11:10:15 AM
Originally posted by yanko:

When I first saw your photograph I had similar thoughts as Louis. It's interesting because had the person been something else like an inanimate object, I probably wouldn't have objected to the contrived nature.

Very observant, Richard (and Louis). I had originally set this up to be a campy pinhole shot with lots of blood and overused icons, while at the same time drawing on the pinhole's infinite DOF for a surreal effect. The harder I tried, the darker it turned, finally resting in limbo - genre-less, and lacking a statement.
Even though I personally consider this photo a miss, I greatly appreciate the generous and constructive comments.
12/03/2010 02:21:54 AM
When I first saw your photograph I had similar thoughts as Louis. It's interesting because had the person been something else like an inanimate object, I probably wouldn't have objected to the contrived nature.

ETA: That said, upon second viewing I do find myself appreciating it more. The concept, the sense of scale both literally and figuratively, the juxtaposition and the style of rendering do play a compelling tune.

Message edited by author 2010-12-03 02:27:48.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/02/2010 11:45:24 PM
Coming back to comment. This is quite bizarre on several levels. Staurophobia is the fear of crosses, or a crucifix. There being no crucifix in the image, one focuses on the nail. Nails, of course, or more properly "spikes", are an integral part of the crucifixion. So that is the connection, but tracing it through the entirely UN-crucified pose, and the stone blocks (is this related to His tomb?) is an awkward intellectual journey.

All in all, a strange and evocative image, one of my high-scorers of the challenge.

Coming back to this, I give you the Silver Paw :-)
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12/02/2010 11:23:42 PM
excellent composition and textures. I like the light and dark tones, too. 7
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12/02/2010 07:57:03 PM
The idea behind the Posthumous Ribbon is to encourage you to break the rules, to find new and different ways to express yourself. To free your mind to think clearly toward the solution that is certain to come, to laugh at world and at life, not doing what others are expecting you to do, but just following and listening to what's in your heart. DPC itís a wonderful learning place where everyone should be supported on their way to be a photographer. A special attention should be aimed to those working hard with different views and approaches to photography, those not aligned with the mainstream taste and receiving no recognition. Itís our responsibility to support these photographers creating diversity and expressing different visions. Being active at the Posthumous thread itís the best way to do it. Being active at the Posthumous thread itís the best way to protect your and the otherís freedom of being different. Thanks for taking the time to enter this challenge. Stay wild.
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12/02/2010 07:37:15 PM
ahhh nothing hits the spot like a little German expressionism!

I'm hanging this in the posthumous art gallery.

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12/02/2010 12:27:01 PM
My choice for yellow (title couldn't be better).
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12/02/2010 11:05:53 AM
I like the setup and the execution of this, and it's very compelling, but in the end, it seems contrived to me somehow. There's something lovely about it, but also something self-aware.
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12/02/2010 05:05:13 AM
well it least it made me open my dictionary, its rather grim in a good way, i suppose we can't always shoot happy plasticky scenes and you even got blood on your hands for this one.
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12/01/2010 08:10:45 PM
Daring yet so subtle.
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12/01/2010 12:50:18 PM
wonderful tones work well for this image. Love the composition too. 7
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11/30/2010 10:33:02 PM
If I were to think of this challenge 20 years down the road, this is the entry I would remember, best of luck. NV.
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11/30/2010 09:13:22 PM
interesting composition
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11/29/2010 12:25:45 PM
This is amazing. Focus is truly dream-like, the natural framing is exactly what I love. Composition is with relatively straight vertical and horizontal lines, yet it's divided well and presents a rather unnerving and unconventional scene. The title of course is great, and the subject reinforces this by clutching his arms to himself, afraid to stretch them out for fear of what may happen. A metaphor for the challenge? Outstanding photo.
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11/29/2010 11:27:31 AM
great-comp---9
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11/29/2010 10:23:01 AM
This image would make a nice pair with another entry in this challenge "the confiteor". Judeo-Christian gloom & grit at it's best.
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11/29/2010 07:41:49 AM
very intriguing image. -8-
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11/29/2010 07:20:08 AM
Thanks for making me Google as knowing the title adds so much more to your image, especially the nail. Excellent!! 9.
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11/28/2010 05:12:15 AM
Had to look up the term :). Great composition, one of my top picks.
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11/27/2010 11:53:55 PM
Absolutely stunning. This is my favorite of the group. 10
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11/27/2010 11:44:14 PM
interesting! 9
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11/26/2010 01:06:24 PM
Nicely done and mysterious. Great composition and in this particular case the lack of focus is key. 8
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11/26/2010 11:58:40 AM
Like a dream. So well composed and executed. The muted tones, the subtle red, the lack of clarity and extreme clarity all at once...a real masterpiece.
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11/26/2010 10:48:49 AM
Very much like the composition, multiple crosses can be seen, and the obvious pseudo-hanging on the cross.
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11/26/2010 02:02:38 AM
Superb. Fabulous use of dof, and the desat is so effective here. A masterpiece of framing.
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