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  #69 Spooky
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Psycho       ©2009 Mepo
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       12th place, 53 points
1/8s, f4.5, ISO 200, 35mm, Aperture Priority, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Removed color cast, adjusted brightness & contrast, filled in an overblown area, tilted photo onto black mask, USM       Extra Info: Many people were unable to take showers after the original Hitchcock film. I hope this will send a chilling reminder :-O
 
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Mepo
Nov 28, 2009
    Franz: Thank you for the comment - it meant a lot to me, especially as it comes from someone who's work I respect. And you are right - it was a temptation - I have some beautiful knives I would have liked to include LOL

Franz07
Nov 27, 2009
    Hi Mepo, I'm sorry your shot didn't reach a higher ranking - it deserved it. Your idea was a different one, what I always like very much. Maybe it would have been more thrilling to others with a threatening knife in his hand...
So I want to say: Many Many Thanks for keeping up the rules against all temptations to go the easy way!!! Very well done!

Btw, your plumber has a nice jacket... :-)

Mepo
Nov 24, 2009
    Thanks Jade - appreciate your support. And yes - I want it both ways LOL

Jade O.
Nov 23, 2009
    Mepo, I had this in my top 10 so obviously I thought it deserved to place higher. That said, I'm unsure about your rationale for keeping the knife out; this is THE famous scene from Psycho! Can you really have it both ways?

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Mepo
Nov 23, 2009
    Billy: Happy to be in your tt. B & W would have been better (more sinister for sure) I live and learn :-) And you are right - I did not include a knife for that reason. But really - if someone dressed like that pulled open the shower curtain I don't think you would say "Get lost - where's your knife" ROFL. Appreciate your comments as always.

leanneqld: I agree but I wanted to follow the rules - see above. Thank you for commenting - it is all valuable.

dodrizzt
Nov 23, 2009
    Nice idea about the scene, a very chilling one no doubt :-S
I like the rotation as it adds dynamism. I'm missing the knife :-) but it's ok as is, as the rules said no "bloody" feeling.
What I miss the most is the B&W... don't know how this would look in B&W, maybe not so good, but I really imagine Psycho in black and withe... colour is not so spooky.
Anyway, your pic is finally in my TT, as I really like that you decided to make this little homage to Mr. Hitchcock, and, almost forgot, the shadow on (behind?) the shower curtain definititely makes the shot, well done! :-)

leanneqld
Nov 23, 2009
    Maybe more of a chilling reminder had a shiny blade been in the pic.

Mepo
Nov 21, 2009
    Old Finn: Thank you, I'm glad you liked it.
Franz: Thanks for the comments. I am relieved to see you also liked the rotation. I thought this challenge would be easy but could not think of anything really scary so I decided to ride on Hitchcock's tail and hope that some people still remembered how scary his movie was. Apparently some still do :-) Time for a shower - ugh I mean a bath with no curtain LOL

Old Finn
Nov 21, 2009
    Well done, high in my favorites.
Edited on Nov 21, 2009

Franz07
Nov 21, 2009
    Very different idea for the challenge. Interesting manipulation to rotate it. Hitchcock would be pleased!
I saw "Psycho" when I was much too young for this and remember the effects very well ... I still don't like non-transparent shower cubicles.
This certainly gives me a thrill!

Mepo
Nov 20, 2009
    Una: Thanks for the reaction - I hope it won't last :-) I had a lot of fun making this shot. I did not have anyone around to help and had to fake the woman in the shower and hold the camera remote in my left hand.
Raf: Thank you - I'm glad you liked the off kilter frame, I was worried about that. I think you are right about the B & W, it would have been more sinister.
Jade: Sorry you didn't like it, I realized that it would never compete with the fantastic film sequence but I hoped I would bring back some memories of something that was really scary for a lot of people. As for the knife - the challenge ruled out violence and, in my opinion, a knife would have transgressed that boundary. I also vetoed ketchup splattered on the inside of the shower curtain but that's because I would have had to clean it up :-)

Jade O.
Nov 20, 2009
    As a photograph, I'm uncertain how well done this is. It looks like a fair reflection of the film and also seems quite ordinary. But it is clean and free of distraction, well lit and appropriately angled. I think if it fails anywhere it is by setting up for the comparison with the film; the scene in the film is a classic and it is tough to measure up against it; but without the film, the image itself lacks effective punch, foreboding and context. I think it would have helped to have the knife visible.

rafinmelb
Nov 19, 2009
    Even ignoring the Psycho reference (finally one I have seen) there is something odd about this. It is seldom that somebody dressed like this would pull aside a shower curtain and as such it has a sense of menace. The off kilter frame add a little to that and is a clever touch. Did you think about a b&w? Not a big thing but the blue on the right does not work for me.
Edited on Nov 19, 2009

Una
Nov 19, 2009
    It did indeed!
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