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Ratman's Notebooks by Stephen Gilbert
Ratman's Notebooks by Stephen Gilbert

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Challenge: Book Titles III (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D3100
Lens: Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2 for Nikon
Location: My spare room
Date: Jan 21, 2012
Aperture: 10.0
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/160
Date Uploaded: Jan 22, 2012

Ratman's Notebooks was a book written in 1969s by Irish novellist Stephen Gilbert, about a reclusive misfit who looks after his old abusive mother in their decrepit home; his father is dead, he is miserable at work and terribly lonely. He finds solace only in the companionship of a hoard of rats that live in his basement; his favourite is a white rat he names Socrates. The book is written like a journal - it was made into the movie Willard in 1971 and another version was produced in 2003 starring Crispin Glover. Fantastic movie; the photo on the desk represents the deceased father and is in fact a portrait of Mr. Glover. My lovely fiancÚ John posed for this picture for me with our white rat Kain. I actually prefer my outtake for this challenge in every way except for Kain, in which he was randomly looking at the ceiling; I thought this looked better. I don't expect this will do well but I liked it and feel it represents the title and not just the story.

I'm tired of typing out the PP steps for every entry so I'm going to stop it; nobody is really bothered anyway and I feel like I always say the same thing since my process of editing doesn't really vary much.

[Jan. 29th, 2012 10:06:51 PM]

Edit: It's the last 2 hours before voting ends and my score is crashing. I've gone from 6.14 today to 6.07, very disappointing. I only hope I don't drop from the sixes!

Place: 28 out of 118
Avg (all users): 6.0847
Avg (commenters): 8.4000
Avg (participants): 6.1000
Avg (non-participants): 6.0690
Views since voting: 581
Views during voting: 216
Votes: 118
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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01/31/2012 01:36:07 AM
I had this picked for a ribbon. It's a great illustration of the title and story.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/29/2012 11:26:51 PM
Well done!
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01/29/2012 02:46:13 PM
Because they are the lightest parts of the image, the lacy collar and the knuckles draw my attention mores than the rat or the portrait on the desk.
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01/28/2012 08:21:53 AM
This photo is interesting so it made me google the book, and what I found is your entry really captures what "the google" said this book is about, so to you sir.. I give high marks. The noir style of the photograph is a nice touch, good luck in the challenge!
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01/27/2012 11:13:54 PM
I like the lighting.
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01/23/2012 08:36:10 PM
Oh, you missed the pet challenge!!! Guessing this might be the recent ratty parents...?
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01/23/2012 10:20:58 AM
Awesome! Wonderful creativity.
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