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Chicken Wire Man

Post by Charles Haacker » Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:31 pm

Couldn't figure out where exactly this fella belonged so he's here. This was made some years ago, an early raw file with my Nikon P7800. We were visiting a nursery or something and here was this life-size chicken wire sculpture, a very convincing and slightly creepy man peering over the potted palm or whatever. I made one shot. I liked the warm semi-spot light in the background and was pretty happy with the relatively shallow DOF and bokeh because that camera has a 1/1.7 sensor so its DOF goes on forever. I went back to the original file and reworked it in Lightroom only. I used a graduated filter to take down the value on the foreground leaves to keep attention on the husky fella, but the DOF is straight from the camera; I've not used any desharpening.
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Post by PietFrancke » Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:44 pm

it has a sci-fi feeling to it.. the yellow behind works well with it

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Post by minniev » Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:03 am

Interesting shot. Wireman looks eerily alive, making the image slightly creepy in a cool way. Great color and excellent choice of angle for your composition, which adds to the effect.
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Post by Psjunkie » Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:12 am

Nice effect Chuck....

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Post by davechinn » Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:17 am

Charles Haacker wrote:
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:31 pm
Couldn't figure out where exactly this fella belonged so he's here. This was made some years ago, an early raw file with my Nikon P7800. We were visiting a nursery or something and here was this life-size chicken wire sculpture, a very convincing and slightly creepy man peering over the potted palm or whatever. I made one shot. I liked the warm semi-spot light in the background and was pretty happy with the relatively shallow DOF and bokeh because that camera has a 1/1.7 sensor so its DOF goes on forever. I went back to the original file and reworked it in Lightroom only. I used a graduated filter to take down the value on the foreground leaves to keep attention on the husky fella, but the DOF is straight from the camera; I've not used any desharpening.


Chuck, I can't imagine the time involved to create the 'Chicken Wire Man', but it sure is different. The composition is direct and to the point.
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Post by Charles Haacker » Fri Apr 27, 2018 11:33 pm

PietFrancke wrote:
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:44 pm
it has a sci-fi feeling to it.. the yellow behind works well with it
minniev wrote:
Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:03 am
Interesting shot. Wireman looks eerily alive, making the image slightly creepy in a cool way. Great color and excellent choice of angle for your composition, which adds to the effect.
Psjunkie wrote:
Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:12 am
Nice effect Chuck....
davechinn wrote:
Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:17 am
Chuck, I can't imagine the time involved to create the 'Chicken Wire Man', but it sure is different. The composition is direct and to the point.
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Thank you all for looking in and commenting. Your takes were the same as mine, a little eerie-creepy but quite captivating. I can't remember where this was except I'm pretty sure it was a garden supply or some such. Daphne was a gardener. She did not care either for the original or the picture as she said it made her skin crawl! (N) I like weird stuff sometimes, but this thing was a challenge owing to there being no good angle. He was fully life-size, standing, but there was miscellaneous junk around him (I seem to recall a hose and a trash can) so I was gonna skip it, but when I walked around the other side of the "potted palm" I saw the shot. I'm pretty sure I made one frame. Lucky. The background was good, the light on the man caused sparkly bits... :)
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Post by Matt Quinn » Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:25 pm

Charles Haacker wrote:
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:31 pm
Couldn't figure out where exactly this fella belonged so he's here. This was made some years ago, an early raw file with my Nikon P7800. We were visiting a nursery or something and here was this life-size chicken wire sculpture, a very convincing and slightly creepy man peering over the potted palm or whatever. I made one shot. I liked the warm semi-spot light in the background and was pretty happy with the relatively shallow DOF and bokeh because that camera has a 1/1.7 sensor so its DOF goes on forever. I went back to the original file and reworked it in Lightroom only. I used a graduated filter to take down the value on the foreground leaves to keep attention on the husky fella, but the DOF is straight from the camera; I've not used any desharpening.
When I see something like this, I marvel at the patience and time the artist took on the project. So precise and life-like. And for an exhibit in a nursery! Jeez!

Well captured, Chuck. Moody. Casual. Almost friendly. An invitation to step to the other side and look. Thanks. Matt
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Post by St3v3M » Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:47 pm

I see features in the face and its kind of creeping me out even more so that a wire frame can do that. Wow! S-
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Post by Charles Haacker » Wed May 02, 2018 12:46 am

Matt Quinn wrote:
Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:25 pm
When I see something like this, I marvel at the patience and time the artist took on the project. So precise and life-like. And for an exhibit in a nursery! Jeez!

Well captured, Chuck. Moody. Casual. Almost friendly. An invitation to step to the other side and look. Thanks. Matt
Thanks Matt. I was and remain captivated by the skill of the sculptor.
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I see features in the face and its kind of creeping me out even more so that a wire frame can do that. Wow! S-
Steve, I think that was exactly why Daphne did not like it. She didn't even like the picture! ;)
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Post by uuglypher » Sun May 06, 2018 10:36 pm

Makes me wonder how the guy got out after they molded all that chicken wire around him?

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