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  1. tryingtimes

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    Hi all
    This is my first comp entry so I hope you like it.

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    Right from the start I wanted something dark, but I was so obsessed with trying to get the image that was in my head, and disappointed that no one was up for helping me (I needed a model) that I struggled for a couple of weeks.
    I went out to the site 4 times in the end and each time I came back with very average photos. I'll post some of them in the "it's not valid" forum.

    Quite a lot has happened to is since it was shot...
    • Started with the shot of me lying at the bottom of the cliff (Windgather rocks, just above the Goyt valley, Peak District).
    • Added a more dramatic sky
    • Used the Shadow/Highlight tool
    • Added shadowy figure at top (drawn in photoshop)
    • Used Channel Mixer to get greyscale image.
    • Added Noise.
    • Dodged and Burnt.
    • Cropped, resized, Unsharp Mask and save for web.

    This is the first time I've been out with a theme in mind - very interesting. I found out that I was poorly prepared most of the time and that getting a good photo requires more time preparing than time spent with the camera on site. I'll put that lesson into practice next time.

    Camera: Canon 400D, Canon 50mm f1.8 prime, F4, 1/100sec.

    PMing Zone in about 5 mins with the original for exif.
     
  2. Liquid101

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    It's a powerful image, if a little contrived and the post processing is a little over the top for my tastes; looks a little heavy handed. The contrast is nice, but you've lost the detail in the few highlights you have. Looks like the burning you have done on the sky has effected the top of the rock a little to much.

    Sorry if that sounds overly critical. I like the image, but feel that as you had complete control over it - IMO you could have controlled it a little better.
     
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    Excellent.A modern day Cain and abel.Is the noise intentional?.I dont think it needed it if it was.
    After saying that though; it does give it mood.

    Your persistance has paid off my friend.:smashin:
     
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    REALLY like this, alot of effort has gone into it, and you've created a very dark and effective shot, superb :thumbsup:
     
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    congtatulations on putting so much thought and work into producing this image.:smashin:
    I am sure lots of others on here will find it an excellent picture and it probably is
    But its not to my taste and thats only my own personal opinion, being as i tend to dislike heavy post processing and my opinions are generally in the minority on this subject:rolleyes:
     
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    I really like this, well thought out and very much on theme excellent.:thumbsup:
    How many friends did you have to push off before you got your desired shot?:D
    go on,
    You can tell us, we would have all done the same if we only had any friends:(
     
  7. tryingtimes

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    I understand completely what you mean. In my head it was going to be much better. I hadn't noticed the detail lost in the rocks - yes, that was probably avoidable.
    I think in the end I probably suffered from having a picture in my mind which wasn't really doable with the skills I've currently got.
    Thanks for the feedback - I've no problem with honesty :)
    It was added intentionally. It didn't have the feel I wanted until I added it. I wanted it to look like an almost-night shot (which I shot loads of times but they never came out).
    I understand - this is after all a photo comp, and to be honest I had to work hard in photoshop to make up for what was a pretty average image off the camera.
    I have friends - but they're obviously not good ones - not one of them would let me chuck them off :rolleyes: :D
    The shot I really wanted was my feet at the top looking down onto the body at the bottom. But no one was willing to model for me :(
     
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    That's a pretty disturbing shot tryingtimes but one that fit's the theme superbly.
    Well thought out and executed :smashin:
     
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    Don't get me wrong - I think it's a very powerful image - and a fantastic first entry. I suppose I look for different things in images, but that's just me.

    You have clearly worked very hard on this, and it shows. The figure at the top of the rock is very well drawn :smashin:
     
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    Very nice, and well thought out. :thumbsup:

    Ian.
     
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    Hi ya


    One off him in midair would off worked well :D :rotfl:

    I like the idea:thumbsup: , and the black and white works well:smashin: , its just a little bit dark for me, not the theme just the picture.


    Cheers Holo:smashin: :smashin:
     
  12. Gadget Daddy

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    superb mate...lot of work gone into it and well pulled off IMO

    Pete
     
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    Great first entry. Quite shocking really. I dont mind the post processing - makes it look even darker (emotionally). Top job!

    Does your arm really go that way? Have you seen your doctor?
     
  14. tryingtimes

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    Actually the arm is real. There were some climbers there and they were having a right laugh at me :)
    In the morning I'll post some shots of the climbers in the "it's not valid" - there were a couple of ones I was considering for the comp for a while.
     
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    I like this one (I like a lot of the entries this month but you know what I mean) ;)

    The post processing reminded me of when you get flashbacks in some tv dramas. All B&W and grainy.
     
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    Original picture received and exif :thumbsup:
     
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    This is excellent tryingtimes. I really like the pp and I don't think it's too dark at all (at least not on my laptop screen).

    I did think about doing something similar but I couldn't find willing models to enact the scene for me.
     

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