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  #69 Spooky
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Get outta here!!       ©2009 dodrizzt
Pentax K10D       5th place, 123 points
1/59s, ?, ISO 100, 75mm, Manual, Center Weighted Average, no flash
Post-Processing: Crop, cloned out some distractions, applied Dragan effect, added vignette, resize, soft unsharp mask with max radius       Extra Info: "... leave the dead rest in peace until the end of time, damned souls!!"
Taken at a little but stunning local graveyard, with lots of spectacular tombs... brrrrrr!
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Nov 27, 2009
    Congratulations Billy, though I nagged a little bit, it still is a beautiful picture and a very deserved T5! I think the angel just looks too much like my former landlady - especially with this gesture... "JUST ONCE AGAIN AND YOU ... ARE OUTTA HERE!" ;-) :-D

Nov 25, 2009
    Ufff...I really prefer this one....
I think It's more spooky...I see a menace in this angel...

Nov 24, 2009
    Many, many thanks again to all of your for such nice comments, I'm veeeeery happy you liked so much my two pics, thanks!!! :-) :-) :-)

The two pics are taken at the graveyard of AvilÚs, a close city to mine; I myself was astonished when I found this graveyard so close, I did a google research trying to find a little local graveyard in my region with some statues, croses and the like, and when I saw this one, I inmediately knew this was the place for my pics... glad you liked them :-)
The PP is very strong on this one because just behind the grave is the church... and it's painted in an awful colour :-P I'm very happy with the result considering that :-D
I thought of going there by night, but the graveyard closes early in the evening... and, after taking the pics in the morning, I've decided that I DON'T want to visit this graveyard by night LOL!
Franz, yes, I thought of taking this from a lower point of view, but then the grave looses his aspect (it's really a huge one) and the angel seems to be looking at the sky... much more spooky when it looks at me directly :-D
Hope I'll post some outtakes later for you to appreciate the rest of the graveyard... brrrrrrr!!!

Nov 24, 2009
    Congratulations Billy. If you keep this up we are going to have to give you a handicap LOL

Jade O.
Nov 23, 2009
    A win and a top five finish. Impressive!

Nov 23, 2009
    Congratulations Billy! :-) A perfect shot!

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Nov 23, 2009
    Very good shot; the pp works well. Graves don't spook me personally but I can see how this would give a spooky feeling to many especially with the expression on the angels face! It's in my tt.

Nov 23, 2009
    Simply great!
I like the subject and the mood of this pic!
Well done!

Nov 22, 2009
    You've done an amazing job of lighting the figure, and bringing out the detail in the carving. It must be eerie to see at night.

Nov 21, 2009
    Nicely composed, very good PP treatment. The extra contrast helps to emphasize all that rich detail.
Not the most spooky shot of them all, but a beautiful one.

Edit: I wonder what it would look like if you had lowered your point of view? But crawling on the floor of a graveyard could easily cause a stir. Other visitors could feel annoyed. I hate those situations...
Edited on Nov 22, 2009

Nov 20, 2009
    Viewing this on mobile, not sure if it is the same on a pc. But this should be in my faves. Good luck!

Nov 19, 2009
    As an image I like this a lot. Great post processing. It isn't spooky to me. The face on the statue is not menacing or scary. The post processing is what gives this a dark feel.

Nov 19, 2009
    Some nice graves shots. This also works very well. What an odd and interesting ornament to put on a grave. Certainly not one I would choose. The very dark vignette concentrates our attention on the grave and the odd angel and perhaps on the psychology or ornaments for death.

Jade O.
Nov 19, 2009
    I wanted to rate this lower for the title and higher for the extra info. but in the end I called it a draw. In my top 5. Nicely framed, captured and with effective use of PP. Nice interpretation of an original sculpture.

Nov 19, 2009
    I am having trouble seeing this as spooky, although it is extremely effective. I like your treatment of the scene and the b&w interpretation. Very nice contrast and tone. I suppose that 'graveyard' is automatically spooky, so this one gets in my TT.

Nov 19, 2009
    right, amazing monument. not familiar with 'dragan' effect but nicely done. face almost looks cloned on from real person. high in my picks. good luck, el
Edited on Nov 20, 2009
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