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The Last Breath
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The Last Breath
The Last Breath
ISO 100 : : f4 : : 15 secs
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Self portrait. Achieved by lying very still and wafting a colour-changing LED torch to and fro, in and out of my mouth!

Very little post-processing other than a little dodge + burn, some levels adjustment and very slight noise reduction.
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This is intended to depict my perception of the last moments of life slipping away.

Enjoy it while it's still inside you.
© Jonathan Lucas
Canon EOS 20D Digi...

 
 
 
Kay Beausoleil
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    Oh. my. goodness -- what impact!! Congratulations on the concept and the realisation, Jonathan!

2/17/2005 2:35:32 PM

 
Mellanie 

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WOW.....very creative! I think you just might have a winner here, Jonathan!

2/17/2005 2:39:01 PM

 
Susana Heide
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This is INCREDIBLE!!!! Unbelievably awesome!!! Doesn't get more creative than this!

2/17/2005 3:40:03 PM

 
Noel Baebler
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Other worldly! Hats off! This is a winner!

2/17/2005 5:24:16 PM

 
Jim Kinnunen
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You should have added "professional die-er, don't try this at home":-) Very creative work and title, Jonathan!!!

2/17/2005 5:32:19 PM

 
cj patterson
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fantastic - yes, a winner!

2/17/2005 5:33:34 PM

 
A C
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When I first glanced at this, I thought it was all created in PS. I'm very pleased to see that this is not the case. What creativity!!! Bravo!

2/17/2005 6:06:10 PM

 
Detrick V. Martin
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Wow! Well done!

2/17/2005 8:15:27 PM

 
Tamela S. Harding

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I think this really shows the true colors of the soul! This is pure! I love it!

2/19/2005 7:26:03 PM

 
Jonathan Lucas
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Thank you for those comments - very much appreciated! It was difficult to stay still for 15 secs while moving my arm so much. Every other 'outtake' had my jaw moving or something.

Ultimately, I wanted to depict something that was very ethereal (I was in quite a melancholy mood) without the use of editing to achieve it, and I don't think I could have made it look more interesting in Photoshop. The 3D nature of the light tendrils are more easily achieved by photography I think.

Thanks again.

2/20/2005 3:50:56 AM

 
Kay Beausoleil
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Congratulations again, Jonathan, and good luck for the next step!

3/16/2005 7:02:29 AM

 
Susana Heide
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CONGRATS Jonathan for making the finalists! I am crossing my fingers for this one to be in the next round. It is absolutely BRILLIANT!!

3/16/2005 7:16:10 AM

 
Jim Kinnunen
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Congrats on this very creative and well done finalist, Jonathan!!!

3/16/2005 7:52:17 AM

 
Costas Partassides
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congrats for your winning !

Fabulus self portrait I may say . nothing I ever imagined before !

3/17/2005 4:56:51 PM

 
Jim Kinnunen
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I love this image, Jonathan! Congratulations on this very excellent winning image!!!

3/17/2005 5:30:33 PM

 
Susana Heide
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Way to go, Jonathan!!!! CONGRATS!!

3/17/2005 6:42:44 PM

 
Robert Mann
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Very cool,Jon! Glad to see this here. Many congrats on your win! RoB

3/17/2005 7:11:02 PM

 
Robert Mann
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Very cool,Jon! Glad to see this here. Many congrats on your win! RoB

3/17/2005 7:11:03 PM

 
Kelly Abernathy
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Congratulations on your win! This is very cool! -K

3/17/2005 9:23:13 PM

 
Ed Heaton
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Congratulation on an outstanding image!

3/18/2005 5:50:09 AM

 
Laura Clay-Ballard
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wow. Congrats.

3/18/2005 7:00:58 AM

 
Leonard Pierce
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Congratulations on your Second Place win, Jonathan!!!

3/19/2005 9:04:03 PM

 
Jonathan Lucas
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Thanks very much for the encouragement! I was expecting that many would view this as a Photoshop excursion, but I'm glad they didn't.

Thanks for spending time viewing it.

3/21/2005 6:22:09 AM

 
Gianna Stadelmyer
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I saw this for the first time to do and think it's INCREDIBLE!!! Such a creative concept and execution. I can imagine how difficult his was to capture so perfectly, but you did it. Congratulations on this beautiful image and well-deserved win!

3/25/2005 3:29:14 AM

 
Nancy Grace Chen
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Very, VERY cool! Creative and incredibly well-executed. Congratulations.

Nancy

3/26/2005 11:01:48 PM

 
Cora Miller
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Amazing!!! Well deserved win! Congratulations, Jonathan.

3/29/2005 12:19:50 AM

 
Murtaza H. Saeed
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The last breath - many of us don't think about it. Many congratulations on getting the message across so well. It's a message worth talking about. I have isolated images from real worthwhile discussion for far too long. I hence congratulate you, not on the image, but on refining the art so well, for the sake of the undiscussed discussion, which is God. All praise is for God.

4/1/2005 2:19:29 PM

 
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