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  #69 Spooky
Entry 6 of 24
Dead Cold Dawn       ©2009 Jade O.
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       6th place, 119 points
1/100s, f4.5, ISO 80, 35mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Crop, Layers, Resized       Extra Info: Dawn was a nice girl who always took the short cut across the tracks.

(And, yes, it was a frosty cold morning.)
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Nov 25, 2009
    Dear Jade,I was sure it belonged to You...
It remember me the pic with the dog or fox on the railway...
:-) Brava!

Nov 24, 2009
    Congrats Jade!!! :-)
A worthy TT for a great pic, again my applause for your masterful PP skills, well done!!
I've just seen your outtake... wow!! I like it a lot!!! but I think I still prefer this one... the other maybe it's better for the challenge, the ghost is a very spooky one, being in front of the train, but the effect is much more dramatic in this one, at least for me; so, well chosen :-)
P.S. an off-topic comment, now that the forum is back on its track after our great off-topic talking :-D, I hope you've seen my post just previous to the challenge results announcement... yes, we DO have an Air Force :-P :-P :-P :-D :-D

Nov 24, 2009
    Congratulations Jade - I understand the context now - I screwed up - Mea culpa - Glad you made the tt

Nov 24, 2009
    Congratulations jade, well done!;-)

Jade O.
Nov 23, 2009
    Thank you for all of your votes and especially for your comments! I'm a little surprised to have placed this high. I was not expecting to do this well.

Thanks, Billy, I'll post an outtake in the forum to see if you like this shot better with a different treatment; because I was unsure about recreating the same idea I used in a different theme again, I chose this one. But you and Raf still noticed the same scene shot from the almost same place!

Thanks, Una!
Edited on Nov 23, 2009

Nov 23, 2009
    Congratulations Jade! :-)

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Nov 23, 2009
    I can't miss this time, the train and the scenery is the same as in your Surrealism pic... hello, Jade!!!! :-D :-D
I have the same problem with your pic as with another in the Main (that I suspect is from Alberto :-), the fact that you included some bloody element, the dead corpse with the rats... the challenge explanation told us to avoid that, so it's a bit "unfair" (as said in Main, I would have been happy to play with some ketchup this time :-)
But, on the other hand, this is one of the better images in the challenge, I love it, your imagination with the setting up, the spooky atmosphere, the light, and your PP, fantastic as usual mixing images... simply, I can't leave this great image without votes, fair or not. So, I'll take again the middle way: it's my T5 :-)
Applauses for another little masterpiece, terrific job, well done!!!

Jade O.
Nov 23, 2009
    Mepo Violence?! Maybe death of natural causes; lots of homeless in this fine country unfortunately, many who are known to sleep out by the tracks.

hifi Almost is more than I expected. Thanks! As for waiting I have to confess that I waited all of about 45 seconds on the way to work one morning; saw the low lying fog, pulled off the road, tuddled down the side, and got set for this shot just in time.

Nov 23, 2009
    Congratulations on getting up so early, you captured a super image. My only problem is the apparent violence which I understood was verboten.

Nov 23, 2009
    This almost made my #1 vote- very close... Still, an excellent entry. I appreciate the effort you put into this waiting for the train and posing the model for the shot.

Jade O.
Nov 23, 2009
    I appreciate your input, Alberto. I actually overlaid the figure with a brown mask to darken it as I thought it was too bright. I think a lot depends on the monitor it is viewed on.

Nov 23, 2009
    This pic really disturbs me...
I like the way you edited the scene....
Perhaps the little you could enlight the girl a little more...
In my opinion...

Jade O.
Nov 22, 2009
    psguru Welcome back to Panachallenge! Lots of questions but I'm not sure whether you like the photo as presented though I do agree that I really prefer the photo (as an image) all original (without the girl).

Nov 22, 2009
    This picture brings up a lot of questions. What happened to the girl?. Did she get hit by a train?. Did she come across someone that did this to her? Did she do something to herself? I guess I could go on and on. Would be very spooky/scary to come across this scene. Would be a very nice photo without the girl in it. I like train photographs.

Jade O.
Nov 21, 2009
    Thanks, melanija for commenting. I agree this is more than just spooky but I found the image without the body not spooky enough so I understand if it does not get your vote. I think this one would have worked better on a foggy night.

Nov 21, 2009
    my, my...this pic is so mystic and spoky untill you see this body on the bottom of pic....that remindes me horror movies and makes me feel fear....By the way well done even if I would not consider it like spoky...

Jade O.
Nov 20, 2009
    More than just spooky is what worries me most here, too. After all, the topic is Spooky not Horror and I am unsure if I am worthy of your ranking for that reason. Still, I very much appreciate your commenting.
Edited on Nov 21, 2009

Nov 20, 2009
    I like this picture enourmously and I am ready to vote for it as my number one. But, and probably other people will point this out too: this is a bit more than just spooky (and I certainly hope that you agree too :-)

Well done: I hope one day I could create something similar.


Im back: as English is not my main language, I have to apologize. I checked the meaning of spooky and it is also frightening and creepy. Then I can vote with more confidence :-)
Edited on Nov 21, 2009

Jade O.
Nov 19, 2009
    raf You have a keen eye and a good memory though it was the rats that got to Dawn first this time! The line between somber horror and spooky fun is a fine one and I worried that this one might have crossed that line. By placing the hand so close to the frame I wanted to draw the viewer into a more intimate position, a less distanced observer.

elliott Uneasy and spooky were what I was hoping to achieve. Unfortunately, I do think the body draws attention away from the beauty in the image itself.
Edited on Nov 19, 2009

Nov 19, 2009
    Now I GET this one. Nothing supernatural just the lonely death that happen too often. A powerful image with a very somber mood, made more somber by the knowledge that even with the light on the train it is unlikely she will be found for a while yet and whoever loved her will have a longer wait for bad news.

A couple of minor criticisms. The hands. The right (left as I look at the photo) seems to be floating above the grass and the left could do with a little room from the edge of the shot.

I suspect I have seen these tracks before with a wolf cloned in.

Nov 19, 2009
    disturbing and spooky. put together well. good luck, el
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