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The Long Walk
The Long Walk
Pelle


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2009-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D
Lens: Tamron AF 55-200mm F4-5.6 LD Di-II for Nikon
Location: Santa Monica, California
Date: Jan 4, 2009
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jan 7, 2009

This man is strolling along the Santa Monica city beach, 5 min from my house. I considered this for the sand competition but chose another photo from the same viewpoint (a surfer on a bike). The pattern in the sand comes 50% from the wind and 50% from the nightly beach cleaning tractor pattern.

Would the picture have been better with tighter cropping on the man?

-I increased the wind and drift sand effect by using the unsharpen contrast trick with 50px radius (!) and 15% strength.
-Added a digital warmth filter to the already sunset-colored beach
-Very slight partial vignetting
-Decreased the extreme contrast in the sand pattern (by the low angle sun) by placing a sand colored 20% matte over the picture
-USM 0.6 radius, 50%

Statistics
Place: 198 out of 454
Avg (all users): 5.6490
Avg (commenters): 6.5000
Avg (participants): 5.6796
Avg (non-participants): 5.5833
Views since voting: 516
Views during voting: 217
Votes: 151
Comments: 3
Favorites: 0


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/06/2009 04:46:42 PM
I like this enormously - very simple, but so strong. Pat of me would like the lone figure to be trudging his way across the expanse, but viewed from behind leaving the frame - but I like it just fine as it is, too.
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02/02/2009 06:02:54 PM
intriguing, I like the light play and the simplicity of the image...I might like a tighter crop better
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02/01/2009 02:16:26 PM
Wonderful composition. It all makes me wonder...
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