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Freedom for the condemned
Freedom for the condemned

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Challenge: Freedom III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens
Location: strines, uk
Date: Dec 6, 2011
Aperture: f5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Black and White, Horror
Date Uploaded: Dec 6, 2011

first idea that came to mind, shot it at work using a forklift to hold the noose

Place: 52 out of 64
Avg (all users): 4.7020
Avg (commenters): 9.0000
Avg (participants): 4.3659
Avg (non-participants): 4.8273
Views since voting: 614
Views during voting: 253
Votes: 151
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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12/14/2011 06:13:22 PM
DPC doesn't like simple they like pretty (for the most part). I think this image is great and can't wait to see your heavy metal entry.
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12/14/2011 04:51:40 PM

I didn't feel your photo was abrasive or edgy really. I understood what you meant by freedom for the condemned, and that's all very clear. This is a well lit noose to me, and that's about it. If you look at the top shot, for example, that's an image that conveys emotion, and a very special moment that fits the subject perfectly, and it just happens to be a dog. People may say "Well, people like dog shots because they're cute." I would beg to disagree, and I think you'd disagree too. People hate dog shots, because they represent a few things:

1) Amateur hour
2) People who aren't adventurous with photography
3) More of the same

However, it requires a unique shot to be something special in my eyes, and I just don't feel like you captured something unique.

If you had shot a man injecting heroin, head titled back, eyes closed, and the light falling on his face, or even simulated this (slightly strange), now that would've earned a 10 from me.

Just my opinion, and that is something that is just as subjective as anyone else here.

Looking back, I think this shot deserved a 6 or 7 from me, and I regret the 5.
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12/14/2011 10:40:54 AM
Hmm, I think you're always going to get a few low votes here for shooting slightly outside the box on any challenge, and a few more for having a morbid subject. Taking that in to account though I still think for a photo designed to express freedom there should be more information in the scene. As it is (at least to me), the image only makes sense when coupled with the title. It'd be nice for the title to perhaps compliment the image, but for the image to be able to stand on its own in this category.

Subject aside though I think the image is decent and the simplicity is nice, but outside of a series (where it could perhaps work quite well) I think the simplicity also lets it down - there's no "wow" factor or hook, which when asking people to rate an image on a scale of 1-10 makes it hard to find a reason why this image should get higher than average marks against many other well executed photos. In this instance I look at the photo, burn the image in to my brain, but then there's nothing left to study that'd make me want to return to look at it again (which is a quality I tend to expect at the very least from all my >6 votes).

This is my take on it anyway. The problem with photography is it's highly subjective and the popular vote isn't always right. I hope getting a different viewpoint is helpful though.
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12/14/2011 09:27:22 AM
thanks guys :)

im trying to not fit in with the pack all warm friendly freedom esq hehe i liked the simplicity and teh starkness that actually for a man that is condemned to die the only freedom is death itself

my heavy metal one is going to be non mainstream as well hehe :)

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12/14/2011 05:05:33 AM
I am not sure what to think, particularly with a pretty clear title as this, I expected this to end up top ten. Did people see this as a pro-criminality advertisement? As death penalty criticism, one way or the other? So many speechless low votes..
It was a 9 from me.
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12/14/2011 01:58:53 AM
This shot was never sub six.
I think your shot suffered from those who found the idea distasteful judging by the amount of ones you received.
I personally thought it was a very good idea and was well presented, it was a seven from me.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2011 07:02:05 PM
The prisoner is free, and the dismayed noose is left staring empty and useless at us. Or instead, final liberation in dead.
I am guessing it's probably the first.
Very effective lighting and detail on your rope and missing main protagonist, or lack thereof :)
An excellent idea.
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