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Hey! No Cuts!

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Challenge: Cheater! (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Olympus D-490Z
Location: Oakland, California, USA
Date: Nov 15, 2005
Aperture: 4.4
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Photojournalism, Transportation
Date Uploaded: Nov 20, 2005

Some (explitive deleted) in an SUV messing up commute traffic by cutting over from the exit-only lane into through traffic at the last possible moment.

"No cuts!" is a common protest by school children, when a kid cheats by cutting into line instead of taking their place at the end.

@ RGB Curve
@ Crop and reduce to DPC size
@ Noise Reduction with PictureCooler
@ USM at 16%/64 dia/TH=0
@ SaveAs JPEG at 8/10 quality = 133kb

Place: 85 out of 105
Avg (all users): 4.8585
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 4.4265
Avg (non-participants): 5.0625
Views since voting: 852
Views during voting: 468
Votes: 212
Comments: 9
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12/02/2005 07:00:26 AM
Greetings from the critique club :)

I haven´t seen this image before since I didn´t vote in this challenge but to be honest I probably would have given it a 4, mainly since the image quality isn´t terribly good and the whole shot has a "snapshot feel" to it. I assume it´s mostly because you shot this through the front window, frankly it shows as the whole shot is a bit "muddy" for lack of a better word. No idea on how to improve that though, wouldn´t wanna suggest you stick your head out the window for photography while driving :D

I am not really fond of the cool WB, I personally would have liked this more if it were slightly more neutral, BUT, it does make the taillights stand out more so if that was your reasoning then it worked very well.

Exposure is a little dark but kindof fits the shot so no qualms about that. Composition isn´t bad at all but not really interesting either, hard to see how you could have improved that though sitting behind the wheel.

Certainly meets the challenge but I am not really familiar with american lingo I didn´t get it at first so for me personally it wasn´t obvious that it referred to the jeep crossing the line to enter another lane (I assume that is what point of the shot is, please keep in mind that english is only my third language)

Anyway, hope I wasn´t too negative.

Kind regards, Larus.
11/28/2005 12:35:52 AM
Originally posted by macpapas:

Ha, great capture! Hope you didn't get into an accident in trying to get this shot. :-) Great focus and DOF for a moving picture (even if moving slowly). I would have tried to remove some of the blue-ness of the picture in PS.

Thanks -- not quite! I'd guess we were moving between 15-25 mph at the time -- people perform this stunt regularly at this location, so I was somewhat prepared for it, although I couldn't stage it for them to cut in front of me.

It was a little tricky as I had to hold the camera well off to the side to shoot around the Acura. The color is actually pretty much the way it looked -- this was right around sunrise on the shaded side of the hills.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/27/2005 08:49:14 PM
All too familiar with this feeling. Of course I've done it too.... Good job catching the angle enough to make it obvious.
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11/27/2005 12:41:48 AM
It looks too... snapshotty. For this challenge, the foreground object should have been that jeep trying to cut in. This looks just like something taken out through the windshield.
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11/26/2005 07:28:50 PM
I hear ya. My kids and I always call out the highway cheaters. 8
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11/25/2005 05:30:23 PM
Nice idea.
I am not crazy about the metalic blue cast though. The lack of colors kills the dynamics IMO.
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11/23/2005 05:49:46 PM
like the cool steely blues.
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11/22/2005 03:09:11 PM
Ha, great capture! Hope you didn't get into an accident in trying to get this shot. :-) Great focus and DOF for a moving picture (even if moving slowly). I would have tried to remove some of the blue-ness of the picture in PS.
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11/21/2005 03:37:47 AM
different 10
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