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Challenge #11 in the Photo chat series. Hosted by AndrePooh, barb_s.
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This is a complex challenge, please read the instructions and the and the comments first.*** Enter one photo of a still life with objects of your choice, which you can rearrange and reproduce later. Also enter a -dummy- photo as shown in the example below as a second picture. Then make comments about the compositions and arrangements and pp of the other photo's in this challenge. Eventually you can take and enter the second picture of your rearrangement of the same objects, by withdrawing the dummy photo.
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Spawn versus Tremor
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These are some of my favorite action figures - they have nice sculpted detail and paintwork - so I find them interesting to take pictures of. The one with the red cape is comic book anti-hero Spawn, and the muscular one on the left, one of his opponents, Tremor. They have nice dramatic poses and I wanted that to come out in the image, without resorting to an exaggerated, unnatural perspective. You can see my 'ignore' image for the original version straight out of camera - as I did some enhancements - contrast, colors, sharpness - but also painting away seams from the figures, blending their bases a bit with the cloth and some subtle silhouette lines - for better readability.
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Submitted: Sunday, 19th February, 2012 14:09 (GMT)
Taken: Sunday, 19th February, 2012
Focal length: 18 mm
Shutter speed: 5/2 sec
Aperture: F22
ISO: 100
Notes: Shot on tripod. Light is my living room window to the right, but I kept them in the shadow, to avoid direct sunlight hitting them. I stopped aperture all the way down to f22 for deep focus, to avoid the shallow DOF look, which makes things look smaller. The background is a canvas print of another image of mine - and finally a black silky cloth for the floor - to fill in with some detail without distracting too much.
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