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Challenge: Naturally Framed (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Location: London - South Bank
Date: Jun 5, 2005
Aperture: f6.3
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/2500
Galleries: Cityscape, Action
Date Uploaded: Jun 5, 2005

An acrobat from 'Team Synergy' practices in front of the London Eye. The team were preparing for a show at West End Live.

Not a very special original but I liked the capture, while knowing that I could lean on post-processing to rescue the dynamic exposure.

Edits:
> single RAW file converted for two exposures (in my view this should not be legal, but since it is, I did it)
> Gradient Map for toning

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 223
Avg (all users): 7.6753
Avg (commenters): 8.5862
Avg (participants): 7.2105
Avg (non-participants): 8.1282
Views since voting: 28479
Views during voting: 594
Votes: 231
Comments: 142
Favorites: 175 (view)


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05/11/2008 01:16:05 PM
wow this is awesome, how the ferris wheel acts as a frame for the guy is brilliant also, great shot!
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05/11/2008 11:10:47 AM
He is making me nervous in this shot, looks like hes bout to break his neck....nice silhouette though, great pic!
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03/07/2007 09:26:22 PM
This is an amazing capture!!! Love the color and the comp. 10 in my book!!! I am curious about the gradient mapping though, would you mind explaining what that is exactly??? Fantastic shot!!!
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08/20/2006 10:37:39 AM
Fun-tastic. The color is great. The action and even the sky is great. Nice nice picture.
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07/18/2006 04:18:40 PM
W0O0OW WONDERFUL! i just registered and already found the best picture!
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07/06/2006 04:09:13 PM
Thbis is one of the most beautiful photographs I have ever seen... Keep up with the wonderful work.
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07/03/2006 09:29:50 AM
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05/22/2006 10:54:55 PM
this is a great photo but i think it would haave looked more professional if the person wasn't in it.... it is already such an interesting photo
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09/27/2005 01:20:42 PM
I think this is one of the best photos on the whole site. No joke. It's amazing. I love the colors, and the whole idea of the shot. The title is perfect.
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07/24/2005 07:50:20 PM
As nobody has mentioned the title I must. It's a very clever one. The wheel which spectators view the city from new heights, the up side down viewpoint of the acrobat and at last your viewpoint framing the former two.

Brilliant.
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07/08/2005 09:15:54 PM
Very good idea , and very well executed.
After reading so-so reviews of the Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lense , this convinced me to get one.
Wow ;)

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06/18/2005 06:31:42 AM
amazing..........
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06/17/2005 01:49:59 AM
you really have a touch
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06/15/2005 03:59:59 PM
Great shot Jon, congrats!
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06/15/2005 12:24:05 PM
Could not be any better has bangs of impact. Bravo!!
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06/15/2005 10:20:31 AM
Not sure I can add any thing that hasn't already been said before, but hot damn that's a fantastic photo! I'd add you as a favorite photographer right now if you weren't already there!
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06/14/2005 11:46:51 AM
Fabulous image and worthy winner..that old 20D has been good to you!!
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06/14/2005 10:24:32 AM
This IS a great shot...completely impressive. I love it. Great composition. One of the best I've seen here to date.
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06/14/2005 08:31:09 AM
Absolutely incredible photograph. The composition, tones and overall color are superb.
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06/13/2005 08:46:03 PM
This is the first time I've noticed that more people voted this image a "10" than any other score. You've truly created a masterpiece here. Exceptionally well done & congratulations!!!

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06/13/2005 08:19:38 PM
Wonderful sense of dynamism. Great post processing, altogether superb.
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06/13/2005 06:32:52 PM
Ah dude, you are good. It's funny, but when I read Xion's post in the "frame" score thread saying his average was 10 after 8 votes with 2 faves and 1 wish list (if I remember right) I believed it (cuz Xion is good too!) and I went searching for his photo through the thumbnails and I immediately knew it HAD to be the orange one with the upside down dude...
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06/13/2005 06:27:23 PM
Congratulations on your Blue Ribbon with this outstanding capture! Amazing!!
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06/13/2005 06:18:08 PM
Congrats Jon ! That is just an awesome photo. Such warm and rich tones. Of all your wonderful ribbon winners, this one is my favorite.
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06/13/2005 06:01:18 PM
You certainly live up to your username. Congratulations. This reminds me of work by Henri Cartier-Bresson. One gripe I have is the tone of the image. It looks too much like a coffee stain. I wish it was a lighter tone. Other than that, this is excellent.
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06/13/2005 05:54:13 PM
Thanks so much for the warming comments. The 115 mentions here amount to a fair bit of time spent looking at this, so it does mean a lot to me (the best element of this site are, as ever, the written thoughts).

For the record, I was in two minds about the toning, but I did want something warm, radiant and eye-catching that reflected the energy of these amazingly supple gymnasts. They were all amateurs 'off the street' and thoroughly nice guys too. The photo does look quite busy at this size but I can tell you that the full size version is oozing with detail and little facets of interest. Here's a detail from the print:
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Thanks again.
Jon
06/13/2005 05:39:40 PM
Congratulations, I knew this would win as soon as I saw it!
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06/13/2005 02:49:54 PM
I agree with Apee.. Wow.. Took my breath away, and gave me inspiration to get back to dpc challenges. This is fantastic Jon, congratulations!

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06/13/2005 02:35:27 PM
Hi Jon - what can I say? Its a wonderful photograph. Now give the rest of us a chance...

Mike
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06/13/2005 01:22:48 PM
Wow... nothing else to say...
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06/13/2005 01:00:27 PM
WOW....
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06/13/2005 11:23:24 AM
wow! congrats on the win! love the energy and choice of subject!
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06/13/2005 10:47:59 AM
Very, very well done! Congrats! :)
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06/13/2005 09:51:30 AM
Congrats. I commented on this earlier. Definitely worthy of the win. What a second captured in time! Excellent exposure.
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06/13/2005 09:43:42 AM
Congrats. Wonderful wonderful.
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06/13/2005 09:38:17 AM
A well deserved win. Congrats!
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06/13/2005 08:45:18 AM
I wondered if this was one of yours when I saw it!
Congrats!
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06/13/2005 07:26:15 AM
So instead of coming to the GTG, you were out getting ribbon-winning shots? Pah! That's really selfish! Couldn't you have invited us lot along? ;oP

Seriously tho, it's a great shot, love the orange tones, congrats!
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06/13/2005 07:02:22 AM
Happy that you won!
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06/13/2005 06:36:51 AM
Outstanding shot, congratulations on the blue.
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06/13/2005 06:02:12 AM
Another great shot but too heavy on the PS :D Would rock in B&W.
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06/13/2005 05:41:19 AM
There was only ever going to be one blue. I knew from the first run through this was IT.

Amazing shot, my congratulations.
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06/13/2005 05:33:28 AM
Great shot Jon, fantastic :)
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06/13/2005 05:29:12 AM
Brilliantly done, congrats,
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06/13/2005 05:15:19 AM
um, simply fantastic.
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06/13/2005 05:10:43 AM
Truly amazing shot, and good job on the post-processing.
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06/13/2005 05:08:45 AM
Congratulations! What a moment!
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06/13/2005 04:19:17 AM
Amazing pic. Congrats!!!!:)
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06/13/2005 03:53:22 AM
Congrats Jon on your stunner!
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06/13/2005 03:40:31 AM
Congratulations Jon.
Good capture and splendid PP.
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06/13/2005 02:53:12 AM
That damn London Eye..

When I saw this, I said to myself, "that's a sure-fire ribboner". I didn't say "blue".. but I had a feeling.

It's too bad I can only recognize ribbon winners when I see them in a challenge.. not when I shoot them myself.
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06/13/2005 02:50:00 AM
Congrats on the well deserved blue Jon!! Framing is wonderful!
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06/13/2005 01:43:42 AM
I knew it ! Congratulations !
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06/13/2005 01:36:10 AM
Clear winner. This was always gonna be blue.
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06/13/2005 01:23:54 AM
Congratulations on the blue! Well deserved.

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06/13/2005 01:17:09 AM
Quite frankly with composition this good I don't care how hard you had to push the processing to get this result.

Fantastic.
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06/13/2005 12:53:29 AM
Wonderful image Jon! Congrats!
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06/13/2005 12:45:13 AM
Tutorial? :)

Congrats on the blue and your skillful PP.

Alex
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06/13/2005 12:27:58 AM
jon, this is simply FANTASTIC!!!!!

a most heartfelt congratulations! damn fine eye!
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06/13/2005 12:20:23 AM
Brilliant shot Jon, congratulations on the win!
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06/13/2005 12:15:47 AM
I knew this would place! I love this photo! Congratulations!!

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06/13/2005 12:09:50 AM
Jon. You are one of my favorites and not only because you spared me the humiliation of soiling myself. :)
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06/13/2005 12:08:31 AM
Congratulations Jon! Excellent work.
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06/13/2005 12:07:35 AM
this is magnificent Jon!
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06/13/2005 12:04:31 AM
Outstanding image, congrats on the blue!
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06/13/2005 12:04:12 AM
Hey Jon: A truly amazing capture. Yes, I figured some shortcomings in the post processing, but the overall weight rests in your favor and deserving of the blue. Congratulations, the image still rings in my head. It is indeed an enviable capture. Way to go!
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06/13/2005 12:03:57 AM
congrats on another blue :-)
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06/13/2005 12:03:54 AM
I figured. Well Done indeed!!!
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06/13/2005 12:01:55 AM
beautiful work well done!!
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06/13/2005 12:01:44 AM
Thought it was yours! Congratulations. Great work.
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06/13/2005 12:01:40 AM
This was my pic to win. Great job.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/12/2005 11:18:24 PM
Awesome! 10
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06/12/2005 07:35:00 PM
This is surely one of my favorites...but I'm not so sure about the BRIGHT orange, I think I would have preferred a more toned down version...buts that's just me...still an awesome image, really cool.
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06/12/2005 10:06:41 AM
Love It!
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06/12/2005 04:45:58 AM
First of all, the composition is marvellous - you had quite the luck with this shot.
The orange tone added is amazing, I love that.
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06/12/2005 02:57:08 AM
You got the shot. I like the color and the unique subject. D. Kostrzab
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06/11/2005 08:27:38 PM
This is gorgeous. The colors and the composition are beautiful, but the acrobat is clearly the star! What an original interpretation of the challenge. 10.
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06/11/2005 08:00:07 PM
This is terrific. So hard to do a stop action and get it within a "target" as you've done with the ferris wheel. Nicely done!!! This could be a ribbon winner.
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06/11/2005 05:29:38 PM
Excellent capture. Interesting filter. One of my top 3 picks.
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06/11/2005 07:21:19 AM
If this is not imagineer's image I will be more surprised than if this does not win. Awsome shot (jon?), although I don't like the colouration, far too saturated for my taste, the image stands head and shoulders above the rest - 10
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06/10/2005 02:19:03 PM
wow, so cool ,nicei like every thing about it
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06/10/2005 11:55:53 AM
Now that's one heck of a good photo! I bet you had to have one or two attempts before you got this one! And I'm keen to know what editting you did to get the colours like that... especially the effect it has on the clouds.
I'll be surprised if this doesn't get you a ribbon. Well done
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06/10/2005 11:51:36 AM
That's just awesome! I think the color is a little much but what a shot!
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06/10/2005 03:33:48 AM
Seems posed ;-)
Nice shot though, with creative formation process. The colors are nice. The shadow of the flipper is a slight distraction. Probably will end up as one of my higher scores in the challenge. Right now, let's do an 8, with possible bump. I'll do it a 10, because it is the most striking image in the challenge for me. Same sky/clouds as Pedro's horse shot in silhouette...
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06/09/2005 11:32:22 PM
Very cool looking!!!
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06/09/2005 11:07:44 PM
Wow - great idea and execution. I like the toning you chose - great job!
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06/09/2005 08:18:56 PM
Unbelievable capture. Quite an accomplishment. I don't care much for the color cast though, too orange. Stunning shot nonetheless!
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06/09/2005 06:41:21 PM
Very cool shot. One of my favorites so far.
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06/09/2005 06:07:05 PM
freaking nice ....
jop well done...
god luck...
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06/09/2005 03:54:08 PM
a lot to like here - perfect timing, pleasing tones, unique and a bit quirky... one of my ribbon picks
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06/09/2005 01:17:04 PM
Wow how did you do that! One of my favorites
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06/09/2005 12:49:05 PM
Fantastic shot! How cool... This one certainly stands out in the crowd. I wasn't crazy about the sepia tones at first, but they've grown on me and now think they add to the image rather than detract. Nice job. (10)
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06/09/2005 11:21:21 AM
Oh my! This is good!
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06/09/2005 10:35:54 AM
Sure to a Ribbon winner here. Good job.
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06/09/2005 09:32:08 AM
Awesome and daring capture. 7 on first round.
A very special effort with a unique concept. The post processing leaves a little to be desired but it is perhaps the best that can be done to present image as a silhoutte. You have my 9
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06/08/2005 10:09:55 PM
Have returned to this shot four times, struggling with how to present my praise. The best I can come up with is "wow." Congratulations on a fantabulous shot - timing is perfect and so are colors. Again, wow. Wowee. Wahoo. I'm rendered speechless. Obviously - (10)
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06/08/2005 04:43:06 PM
going for #1 ! ! !
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06/08/2005 02:17:59 PM
Absolutely perfect. Wonderful colors, great frame, but not just interesting this is an outright spectacular photo. A perfect 10!! Keep up the wonderful work!!!
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06/08/2005 02:05:25 PM
Great use of Sepia and a fun picture. One of my top picks. Good luck!
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06/08/2005 12:37:21 PM
Great idea and capture and love the cloudy backdrop - not too sure about the amount of toning though - good luck
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06/08/2005 12:18:59 PM
No doubt in my mind this gets the blue. Your composition is excellent, focus and contrast beautiful. Your post editing really highlights the intensity and movement here. 10+!
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06/08/2005 12:06:17 PM
The 1st photo i voted on and i think it could be a winner. Very strong sepia but i like it. Great timing to catch this suicide jumper only a fraction of a second before impact :) A ribbon for sure. 10
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06/08/2005 09:50:04 AM
Wow ! I love what you did. I think it is very creative and very well acomplished.
Congratulations
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06/08/2005 09:20:37 AM
cool image. Don't like the post processing/toning.
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06/08/2005 06:17:49 AM
cool
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06/07/2005 11:08:32 PM
Wow, atheletic model! Very eye catching. The man seems reminiscent of the circus, like he part of the acts/show. I might have preferred is you had a square frame and cut out most of the grass on the bottom.
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06/07/2005 06:30:46 PM
Fun composition. I like how the person is positioned against the ferris wheel. The color of the sky and clouds is gorgeous. You captured very special lighting.
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06/07/2005 06:17:10 PM
Oh no, not The Eye again! But what a shot!!! Excellent composition and surprisingly nice ultra-sepia effect. Suspect ribbon coming your way.
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06/07/2005 05:52:34 PM
Stunning....Nice use of color. One of my 10's
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06/07/2005 03:14:37 PM
Top notch, wonderful image
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06/07/2005 02:47:53 PM
Very cool. Looks like Duotone right? My favorite in the challenge.
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06/07/2005 12:01:17 PM
BLUE ONE HERE
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06/07/2005 10:44:30 AM
Awesome capture! My favorite so far. Hey and it's actually framed. :)
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06/07/2005 02:13:31 AM
This is a great idea, I am afraid that I don't like the filter much though.
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06/06/2005 11:25:16 PM
wow this is very cool
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06/06/2005 10:15:45 PM
Nice angle! Works well with the sun light!
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06/06/2005 09:46:13 PM
excellent take on the challenge! border is a little bit too think for this but doesnt take away too much from the photo. IMO this should ribbon or at least be in the top 10...good luck
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06/06/2005 09:06:40 PM
Cool shot. Don't care for the processing - a simple B&W or sepia tone is more my style. This feels heavy and oversaturated for the feeling of fun that the subject evokes. I would also prefer either more light or no light on the face - the details are only visible to the point where it's kinda annoying. I love the composition.
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06/06/2005 06:10:50 PM
Wow this is like the best one ives seen. Too bad i cant vote in this one but it would defiantly be a 10. i really like how u can see the textures of the clouses and that the wheel looks like its tilting and the sepia colors are awome also. haha i wouldent be suprised if this turned out 1st
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06/06/2005 06:10:00 PM
Very interesting take on the challenge, good execution, possibly a ribbon (10)
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06/06/2005 05:12:24 PM
Stellar shot. Hope it wins. 10.
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06/06/2005 03:12:23 PM
Well, now, that's just bloody fantastic. One of the most dramatic photos I've seen on here.
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06/06/2005 02:01:15 PM
This is wonderful!!! I absolutely love it! 9
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06/06/2005 12:52:48 PM
Excellent idea and superbly captured. I really dislike the orange toning - a true black and white or a more subtle toning would have appealed more to me and upped my vote.
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06/06/2005 11:19:00 AM
Cool pic! The 'circle' got me first, I thought "Oh, I hadn't thought of that, a circle makes a nice frame!" I like 5 elements: the sky/farris wheel/gymnast/color/how low the camera is to the grass. Well done. Wouldn't change a thing.
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06/06/2005 08:35:41 AM
I don't see how this couldn't win...it's fabulous! 10
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06/06/2005 07:20:27 AM
great shot, but orange is to much, a bit less saturation and I'd like it better
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06/06/2005 06:23:12 AM
wow, fab composition and colour! love it
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06/06/2005 05:36:17 AM
excellent photo. Love the colours and action. Not really framed by nature though. Still give it a 9
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06/06/2005 05:21:48 AM
how the heck? 7
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06/06/2005 03:04:28 AM
Very good ... I bet that took a few shots to get it right. I thought maybe it is a bit dark otherwise well done
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06/06/2005 02:07:55 AM
Wow, very cool shot! Great timing and the subject is SO well framed within the wheel!! I can't imagine how many takes this must have had, but I think it will definitely pay off for you! Love the lighting and the colors...they sky looks amazing. Great job.
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06/06/2005 01:59:41 AM
Interesting.....is it framed naturally... I don't know.... but it is a great PIC...
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06/06/2005 01:55:36 AM
I'll predict a ribbon for this because Ferris Wheel's always ribbon. ;-)
Actually this is a fantastic shot - everything in the composition is an interesting element, each in its own right - the wheel, the sky, the acrobat. GREAT job. 10
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06/06/2005 01:53:05 AM
Best one yet! (and I've scored most of them so far) If I could give you an 11, I would!
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06/06/2005 12:58:37 AM
nice movement, good capture, nice b&w, overall very nice job
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06/06/2005 12:53:08 AM
Good take on this, props to your model.
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06/06/2005 12:38:03 AM
Fabulous, busy but somehow I'm not distracted. Maybe it's the sienna filter. Bet this does well.
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06/06/2005 12:36:07 AM
very clever and well excuted. im not a fan of the toning however.
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06/06/2005 12:32:57 AM
Well, here is a top three I bet. Good job. Great treatment as well.
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06/06/2005 12:23:44 AM
If this doesn't win I'll crap myself. Adding to favs.
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06/06/2005 12:16:04 AM
Brilliant. I love this surreal image. Most creative.
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