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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Image Grain II (Basic Editing)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Nikon D1X
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED
Location: England
Date: Mar 8, 2007
Date Uploaded: Mar 8, 2007

Tonemapped with violence to pump the grain up, converted to B&W, usm to get it all going on and then a curves run to balance the whole thing out a bit bright/cont add border, resize, submit.

I really like the story this shot can tell I hope it does well and my present 'ROLL' continues


est score - 6.4
dream score 7.0


WOW!!! I saw some great works in this challenge, I thought my score had a good chance to ribbon but BLUE????

Too happy for words right now, Thank you ALL!

*runs off to get the original*

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 399
Avg (all users): 7.1711
Avg (commenters): 8.3125
Avg (participants): 6.9252
Avg (non-participants): 7.5000
Views since voting: 13959
Views during voting: 371
Votes: 187
Comments: 70
Favorites: 36 (view)


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09/24/2007 08:50:43 PM
amazing!!!
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09/13/2007 04:26:28 AM
Great image...
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05/21/2007 08:44:00 AM
I saw this picture again and actually thought the figure was flying... I'm so losing my mind.. love the perspective btw..
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03/23/2007 07:12:36 AM
Congrats on this beautiful image... Very well done, congrats :o)
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03/22/2007 07:26:14 PM
totally freaking cool!
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03/22/2007 07:11:30 PM
amazing :)
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03/22/2007 09:30:26 AM
Firstly this is a great photo, one I like very much and congratulations on your ribbon. However Looking at the image I am struggling to see that much grain in it. To me (and I have looked at it on different monitors) it seems that its more the fact that it has more 'texture' rather than grain?

Mike
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03/22/2007 09:21:11 AM
So fabulous. Congrats. This is REALLY a great image and deserved the blue.
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03/22/2007 05:15:47 AM
very well done on your first blue, and your other recent ribbons.
hope to meet up again on another gtg soon!!
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03/21/2007 08:41:02 PM
very nice and a lovely model!!!
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03/21/2007 05:27:02 PM
Wish I could have helped our team enough to keep us in the game. You would get league MVP for sure. Great work MAK.
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03/21/2007 05:17:48 PM
Awesome shot!! Congratulations on the Blue!!
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03/21/2007 04:59:55 PM
Wow, i love the look and feel of this shot. Great post processing! I only find the light blotch around her right foot a little distracting, but very minutely. Congrats on the ribbon
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03/21/2007 03:55:16 PM
On a roll Idren!! Congrats!

Big Up!
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03/21/2007 01:41:36 PM
Great work, very well done!
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03/21/2007 01:27:48 PM
Congratulations on the blue. This is a very powerful image well conceived and exectuted IMO ...
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03/21/2007 01:13:33 PM
SO nice; very graphic novel; I would like to see this with splashes of color- but hell- its just great anyway.
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03/21/2007 01:05:35 PM
Such a great shot! Congrats!
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03/21/2007 11:50:59 AM
'tone mapped with violence'
heh, I like that. usually I dispise the look of tone-mapping, but I really enjoy your violent methods on this picture.
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03/21/2007 11:15:27 AM
Excellent image! congrat on the blue!!!
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03/21/2007 11:01:31 AM
OMEDETOOOOOOO!!!!!
Congrats on you GIRST BLUE RIBBON! for that shot ... i would like to be slave for 1 week for you ... MOOOOO!
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03/21/2007 10:46:50 AM
Surreal! Can't tell you how much I'd like a print!
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03/21/2007 09:55:04 AM
This is AWESOME! Isn't it nice when your dream exceeds your imaginations? :) Congratulations. . this is a no-brainer for blue!

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03/21/2007 09:39:55 AM
Congrats, a well deserved blue. I knew it was just a matter of time.
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03/21/2007 09:17:32 AM
Terrific! Congrats on the blue ribbon.
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03/21/2007 08:49:56 AM
Finally a well deserved blue ribbon. Love the setup and editing here. The sky and water just looks incredible. Excellant idea and setup. Congrats.

Message edited by author 2007-03-21 08:50:23.
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03/21/2007 08:25:17 AM
looking at your stuff recently, I thought it was just a matter of time before you earned your first blue. Well done, mate. :)
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03/21/2007 07:00:14 AM
Originally posted by bob_bobski:

Great shot MAK, it really makes me laugh that 4 people could score this 3 or below. Are they looking at a different picture ??????

Bob


Yes I propose to set a counter for people voting 1 or 2 ribbon shots and send them to Siberia (without any camera) for a week after a certain number of occasions.
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03/21/2007 06:29:13 AM
Congrats. Nice symbolic image there.
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03/21/2007 06:13:18 AM
SuhWeet! Congrats on your well deserved Blue and your new PB. Gnarly photo! :-)
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03/21/2007 06:13:14 AM
Great shot MAK, it really makes me laugh that 4 people could score this 3 or below. Are they looking at a different picture ??????

Bob
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03/21/2007 05:55:26 AM
Didn't get to vote on this as I was away, but this is superb and a worthy ribbon winner...well done
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03/21/2007 05:44:10 AM
Congrats on the blue! Great image.
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03/21/2007 05:15:25 AM
CONGRATS! You did a great job with this one!

Message edited by author 2007-03-21 12:43:41.
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03/21/2007 04:54:16 AM
great work
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03/21/2007 04:45:31 AM
BLOODY HELL MATE! This is an absolutley crackin image, and well deserved.

I've changed my mind - go get those Icelandics!
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03/21/2007 03:57:41 AM
Congratulations on a new PB and a terrific shot!
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03/21/2007 03:54:45 AM
That elusive blue finally makes an appearance. In my opinion not your strongest shot ever, but you cant argue with the voters.. well done!
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03/21/2007 03:52:45 AM
Congrats, Marac, very well deserved ribbon!
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03/21/2007 03:25:46 AM
Congrat's ,beautiful work here .Far away the best of all
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03/21/2007 02:50:31 AM
Gimme.... gimme... gimme... a BLUE!!!

Well deserved my friend. I'm soooooooo happy!
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03/21/2007 01:29:46 AM
Stunning photo. Congratulations on the blue, Marac.
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03/21/2007 01:02:03 AM
Congratulations! Brilliant work!
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03/21/2007 12:59:04 AM
bravo mak ... a sensational photograph. blue ribbon very well deserved.

you're on a roll ... i hope you keep it up!

gimme a 'D'!! :)
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03/21/2007 12:57:42 AM
congrats on the ribbon, great shot.
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03/21/2007 12:42:11 AM
Congratulations that your dream score (per your comment above) came true!!! Well done!
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03/21/2007 12:41:52 AM
Congrats MAK. Looks like you got your dream score.
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03/21/2007 12:18:14 AM
Wow MAK, Great Job!
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03/21/2007 12:15:22 AM
Love the mood you've created. OUTSTANDING work!!!
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03/21/2007 12:06:06 AM
You are the man! Excellent image. You got your blue. I expect you're not going to be talking to me anymore.
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03/21/2007 12:06:00 AM
Marac, I was looking for your image in Crossdressing, only to find it on the BLUE! Congratulations!!! Your hard work is paying off
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/20/2007 08:04:14 PM
The angle of the shot mixed with the composition make this picture my favorite so far. 9
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03/20/2007 11:00:24 AM
like it in every respect! Great shot!
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03/18/2007 10:11:27 PM
Awesome image
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03/16/2007 10:54:26 PM
Moody and beautiful. The white area may be a little too bright, but otherwise near perfection. 8.
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03/16/2007 10:11:00 PM
This is so Larus-y. The model is too perfect. I'm pretty sure that Larus is cultivating an army of androids. He must be stopped! Otherwise it's an interesting photo, though, and the grain works, makes it feel like a charcoal drawing. 6
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03/16/2007 07:25:03 PM
the grain really adds to the feel of this spooky image - nice work
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03/16/2007 12:51:45 AM
This is a great moody shot. I love it.
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03/15/2007 08:45:54 PM
I love the moodyness and the restrained grain really well done 10
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03/15/2007 02:49:51 PM
not when you turn around
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03/15/2007 01:34:24 PM
Strong Bad says: Holy crap! Awesome image. I love the contrasty look and the way the lines of the dock recede into the distance before ending. The texture of the clouds is fascinating and the glowing sun makes a great silhouette and projects a subtle but effective shadow on the ground. The textures of the rough water and the dock surface, combined with the varying textures of the clouds, make an extremely visually interesting image. By silhouetting the person, there is no distracting detail there, and the monotone nature of the image eliminates the distraction of color. The grain is not overwhelming, just slightly apparent in the sky mostly, and complexity of all the textures in the image coordinate perfectly with the grain in such a way that the viewer doesn't become conscious of the grain.
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03/14/2007 12:04:05 PM
Very cool image. The noise works on this.
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03/14/2007 11:48:12 AM
amazing. this is so awesome. i love everything about this
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03/14/2007 11:48:00 AM
Spectacular photo!!!
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03/14/2007 10:10:22 AM
nice 7
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03/14/2007 09:59:15 AM
awesome angle and perspective shot.
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03/14/2007 09:53:21 AM
Ooh, sultry. Shame about the burnt-out sun. Nice though :)
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03/14/2007 06:21:19 AM
Love the atmosphere this shot conveys. Lighting and perspective are nice as well. Good job!
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03/14/2007 01:21:47 AM
One of my favorites, but perhaps crop the bottom (and add to the top). Great image!
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03/14/2007 01:06:29 AM
This is perfect to my eye. Love the line and the overall tones. Extremely artful 10
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