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Challenge: Fine Arts: Exhibit II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-550D Rebel T2i
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Date: Apr 7, 2011
Aperture: f/5.0
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/4000
Galleries: Black and White
Date Uploaded: Apr 7, 2011

Wow. What a challenge for me. Such a huge step outside my comfort zone. End result is a low-key, moody image that I hope will connect with folks. I'm proud of it, which is all I can ask.


Imported into LR3
Adjusted clarity (+50) and contrast (+35)
Generous denoise
Exported to Nik Silver Efex 2
Adjust brightness, contrast and structure sliders
Exported to Topaz Detail
Adjusted small, medium and large detail sliders (-1.00)
Exported back LR3
Adjusted exposure (-4.00)
Resize for web

Place: 26 out of 167
Avg (all users): 6.0244
Avg (commenters): 7.3636
Avg (participants): 6.1977
Avg (non-participants): 5.8333
Views since voting: 853
Views during voting: 355
Votes: 164
Comments: 14
Favorites: 2 (view)

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01/12/2012 04:58:25 PM
The door, the man, the door, the man. My eyes keep travelling back and forth. Great image.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/14/2011 09:44:22 PM
Just looking at that formidable door that oozes bad vibes I would consider myself lucky I'm ostracized. Powerful image. Good luck with the jury.
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04/14/2011 12:14:10 PM
voted earlier...coming back to comment:

great mood set to this image
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04/14/2011 01:59:50 AM
Perhaps the life of a grafitti artist. 6
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04/11/2011 05:47:39 PM
I like the simplicity but it's a bit too contrived, IMO.
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04/11/2011 02:20:37 PM
nice tones and light and an interesting amount of smoothness for such a gritty place. Title fits.
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04/11/2011 12:37:06 PM
Excellent composition.
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04/10/2011 02:42:39 PM
Very powerful. I like the 'simplified' pp'ing, and how the lighting off the door and the man mirror each other. Excellent balance and composition, except for that tilt...
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04/10/2011 09:28:12 AM
I wouldn't know a piece of fine art if it fell out of the sky and hit me on the head, so I honestly don't know if this true to the genre or not. Irregardless, this is the coolest thing I've seen two thirds of the way through the voting. Nice work.
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04/09/2011 11:42:40 AM
I love the editing on this. So dark and gloomy, but in an appealing way. I also love the contrast between the door and the person, the visual weight is on the door, which just further brings home the point you are trying to convey. 7
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04/09/2011 11:17:34 AM
This could tell a story. It could be an example of social commentary of the day. Fine art? I'm not so sure. But as I struggle with so many of these images, I realize how subjective this whole subject is. I think I'll stick with my first gut reaction. 6 I like how the light above the roof of the doorway mimics the light on the guy's head and arms. Almost like the same shape as the doorway in miniature.
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04/09/2011 04:53:35 AM
I really like the simplification of form in this. The contrast has removed much from the photo. Despite the fact that nearly all of the details that constitute the human form have been removed, we still instinctively know and feel.
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04/08/2011 06:13:13 PM
Quietly terrifying.
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04/08/2011 10:25:35 AM
nothing much else to say but incredible. 9
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