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Grey days; thoughts on the journey home
Grey days; thoughts on the journey home
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Challenge: Complexity (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix A340 Zoom
Location: Somewhere on the way to Leeds
Date: Sep 22, 2004
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/52
Galleries: Emotive, Travel
Date Uploaded: Sep 23, 2004

I won the Simplicity challenge - I can tell you now, I ain't winning the complexity one :-)

I wanted to be complex in thought and intention, rather than in purely figurative terms; though of course it's a complex image, with the reflection of the train's interior and my laptop in the window. Something mournful, disspiated perhaps. I've tried to keep the reflected interior of the train a more poisonous orange than a warm cheerful colour, as that suits the mood, and of course I've exaggerated the threat in the sky - it wasn't that bad a day, exactly.

It isn't really dodged and burnt - I don't find those tools useful, but rather whole areas are selected using various means, and the processed by whatever means necessary to get the increase in contrast and luminance required. Added some uniform noise at around 5% to give the grainy feel, hopefully without feeling digital - though the inevitable jaggies on the wires are a bit of a shame - though perhaps unavoidable at this resolution.

Of course, it's probably highly unlikey to do well - there are about four unspoken dpc rules that I've infringed here, are there not?

Look at the rails and sleepers, the white fence, the reflected seat pattern, the gate to image left - all the same structure of crossed lines.

Statistics
Place: 44 out of 148
Avg (all users): 5.7277
Avg (commenters): 8.2353
Avg (participants): 5.7935
Avg (non-participants): 5.6667
Views since voting: 1463
Views during voting: 355
Votes: 191
Comments: 23
Favorites: 10 (view)


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10/08/2004 10:54:07 AM
Print?
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10/05/2004 09:58:26 AM
Provocative image in that it forces exploration. Well made. A ghosted interior reflection layered on glass over the twilight lit view - a simple idea - contempletive - beautiful, thoughtful snap from your commuter routine, my favorite of the challenge.
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10/05/2004 02:51:52 AM
Ed, I gave this a 9, I wanted to comment on it during the challenge but simply forgot. It just shows complexity in a very unique way, the thoughts are complex too...
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10/05/2004 12:02:35 AM
This is an amazing and thoughtful creation. Invokes so much feeling. I agree that in my world it would have ribboned.
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10/04/2004 06:32:16 PM
fitting of the theme, and quite an interesting shot.
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10/04/2004 12:05:19 AM
This was one of my favorite images in the complexity challenge. I gave it a 10! It screams COMPLEX and it sure should have scored higher. But who give a damn about the score, right?! This image rocks and while it might not fit the typical DCP tastes, it's still a winner. Good job!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/03/2004 10:51:35 PM
What a wonderful shot, almost erie in appearance. My number 1 pic in this challenge. 10.
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10/03/2004 09:11:48 PM
Understandibly ment to be dark but, I dont see the relivance of the red reflection and its very distracting
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10/01/2004 09:21:35 PM
Great idea and composition
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10/01/2004 07:49:38 PM
atmospheric shot..would have been nicer to have a more recognisable reflection. Midlands? Makes me think of.......' a selection of hot and cold beverages is available in the buffet car situated towards the front of the train'.
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09/30/2004 01:27:13 PM
excellent mood and colors - I like the elusive character of the reflections very much - 8
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09/30/2004 01:16:27 PM
i think this is my fav photo of all. I really like the mood and the reflection. It has a 50's feel to it. nice burning nice colors...... great image. I hope it does well...
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09/29/2004 04:06:42 PM
I don't know if others will like this shot, but I love it. I keep coming back to it, trying to see if I can see anything in the reflection. The grain as well as the darkness add to the image. I could easily see this photo on the cover of some novel.
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09/28/2004 07:22:16 PM
My top pick for the challenge. 10
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09/28/2004 07:17:10 PM
What sets this image apart from most others is that it conjures up a complex set of questions about what you intended by taking this image. The possibilities are practically endless... There is great complexity in this shot and it is an exceptionally fine image. Kudos to you.
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09/28/2004 11:58:28 AM
Very intersting. I'll be curious to see how you took this. Hope you score well.
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09/27/2004 09:52:55 PM
complex and nicely done i like it.
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09/27/2004 07:49:15 PM
I like this shot. It's very poetic and out of the box. The colors are moody and there is enough complication in the picture to match the the fantastic title.
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09/27/2004 03:58:04 PM
Did you shoot this through a window?
Usually shots done that way look cheap and ameturish, but this seems to work very well.
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09/27/2004 04:02:01 AM
Oh my. Speechless.
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09/27/2004 01:33:41 AM
This image is just good... it's very emotive and I really like the dark, brooding atmosphere of the scene. Kudos to you for thinking outside the box!
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09/27/2004 01:33:32 AM
Interesting photo.
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09/27/2004 01:08:01 AM
Lovely....
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