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Fear Thy Sword

Fear Thy Sword
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Copyright: Mark Velasco (randompic) (21)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2011-02-21
Categories: Experimental, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed], Portrait
Exposure: f/2.9, 1/10 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-22 2:27
Viewed: 1885
Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another experiment with post-processing. I was looking at my sister-in-law's sword replica collection and was inspired to take this self-portrait with my compact camera. The sword I'm holding is the Japanese katana, one of my most favorite weapons, because of its legendary strength and effectiveness in battle.

The katana is Japanese for backsword and often refers to the uchigatana after the Muromachi period, which is a type of Japanese sword, also commonly referred to as a "samurai sword", and generally defined as the standard size moderately curved (as opposed to the older "tachi" style featuring more curvature) Japanese sword with a blade length of greater than 60 cm (23.6 inches). The katana is characterized by its distinctive appearance: a curved, slender, single edged blade, circular or squared guard, and long grip to accommodate two hands. It has historically been associated with the samurai of feudal Japan, and has become renowned for its sharpness and cutting ability. (Wikipedia)

PP: cropped, Sharpened, Adjusted Contrast/Brightness, converted to B/W, added zoom blur, slight vignetting, then resized for uploading.

Thanks in advance.

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