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AllenP


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Challenge: Silhouette At Night (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II
Location: Jackson, WY
Date: Jun 3, 2011
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/400
Date Uploaded: Jun 4, 2011

Not that lucky, no! This marvelous piece is an outdoors life-sized statue in Jackson, WY. I was amazed by how natural-looking they have made this thing.

When i saw the theme "Silhouette At Night", I immediately thought "Shapes". Since you don't see much detail in your main subject in a silhouette shot, what stands out is the shape of the subject and not much more, so I started looking for something with an interesting shape. It never crossed my mind it must be dead or alive, I didn't care about that, all I cared about was what I can find that has a unique shape.

Regarding the title "The Wild", I gave it that title because that is what the statue represents ... wild life. The shape of the subject represents that ... again I was thinking shape the whole time.

Had this been a "Wild Life" challenge, it would not have even crossed my mind to photograph a staue, but this was a silhouette challenge and all I cared about was the shape of my main subject and nothing more.

Just wanted to explain what my thinking was.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 54
Avg (all users): 7.7124
Avg (commenters): 8.8333
Avg (participants): 7.1786
Avg (non-participants): 7.8320
Views since voting: 6378
Views during voting: 432
Votes: 153
Comments: 73
Favorites: 12 (view)


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02/29/2012 01:39:23 PM
haha i was just there :)
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07/01/2011 07:08:41 PM
Originally posted by MargaretN:

Revisited this again - it looks like it was taken in daytime, am I right? PP turned it into the night?


It was taken at 8:55 PM, well after sunset. Not pitch black dark, no, but it was night time.
06/23/2011 11:00:56 PM
Revisited this again - it looks like it was taken in daytime, am I right? PP turned it into the night?
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06/22/2011 05:31:01 AM
It's the Milli Vanilli effect. Was their music any different when it was revealed that they weren't really singing? No, the songs didn't change - but people still went ballistic. Is this photo any different now that you know it's not really "the wild?" Nope, same photo. People don't like being duped, though.

Message edited by author 2013-09-08 07:15:01.
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06/22/2011 12:30:17 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon! It's a beautiful photo.
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06/19/2011 03:16:27 PM
It never crossed my mind when I voted that this was "real"; didn't think it could be anything OTHER than a statue or monument. LOVE IT!! Congrats on the Blue!
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06/19/2011 12:52:33 PM
I think this image deserves the blue. It is a fantastic image, captured well, and processed perfectly. Who cares if it is a statue...it is fantastic and meets all the challenge well.
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06/19/2011 12:49:20 PM
Great image Allen. Congrats on the blue!
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06/19/2011 11:53:27 AM
Congrats on your well deserved ribbon, Allen.
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06/18/2011 06:53:14 PM
Cool shot. Thought it was real too but I don't want to hang you for it. lol
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06/18/2011 04:55:26 PM
Originally posted by K10DGuy:

All I can do is laugh at people that feel disappointed or tricked by something like this. A little too much time on their hands. It's amusing.


It doesn't take time to feel tricked or disappointed, it happens in an instance, a gut reaction :-)
And neither is such a feeling a bad thing. My reaction to reading the description was "Aww man, its not real, that would have been SO cool if it was real". Its not going into a rage, and it isn't devalueing the photograph either.
This is still hands down the best photo in the challenge and it deserves the ribbon. If it had been real, it would have been a miracle shot and just that tiny bit cooler as a result.
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06/18/2011 02:02:48 PM
All I can do is laugh at people that feel disappointed or tricked by something like this. A little too much time on their hands. It's amusing.
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06/18/2011 09:42:05 AM
Oh wow, I didn't even see the plaque until you guys mentioned it. That settles the "dirty trick" argument quite well. ;)
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06/18/2011 03:50:56 AM
Originally posted by xakpeet:

Ha! Interesting comments. For me, the plaque on the lower right portion of the rock served as more than adequate notice that I was viewing a very nice picture of statuary. Of the many elk that loiter in my neighborhood I have never seen any of them standing on a rock with a plaque! I guess not seeing detail in the scene one is viewing is how an illusion is created. If it fooled you and you feel duped, it should be a good reminder to look more closely at the scene you are critiquing, lest you play the fool (the role that is probably upsetting some.) Still the best photo in the challenge!


Good point on the plaque in the lower right. I could have removed it but chose not to so that people who look closely would see that this is in fact a statue.
06/18/2011 03:38:25 AM
Ha! Interesting comments. For me, the plaque on the lower right portion of the rock served as more than adequate notice that I was viewing a very nice picture of statuary. Of the many elk that loiter in my neighborhood I have never seen any of them standing on a rock with a plaque! I guess not seeing detail in the scene one is viewing is how an illusion is created. If it fooled you and you feel duped, it should be a good reminder to look more closely at the scene you are critiquing, lest you play the fool (the role that is probably upsetting some.) Still the best photo in the challenge!
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06/18/2011 01:18:36 AM
I thought this was real until I came to look over the shot and read the description.
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06/18/2011 12:53:23 AM
I was hoping this was a shot of some real elk, and was a little disappointed that it's not. But it's okay with me that it's a statue. It's an awesome shot either way. I gave you one of those 10s. Congrats!

Message edited by author 2011-06-18 00:53:59.
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06/17/2011 09:14:47 PM
I don't mind at all the difficulty or easiness of obtaining an image. What matters is the image (to me). An image is only what it appears to be ... and nothing else.

It only can stand upon what it shows the viewer.

And... you've shown us a magnificent silhouette shot.

Kudos to you and congrats on your ribbon!
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06/17/2011 05:18:41 PM
Congrats on the ribbon!
I'll admit I was a bit dissapointed that this isn't real. Not because it decreases the quality of the photograph (because this is still absolutely fantastic) but because it greatly decreases the difficulty level of obtaining the shot, and to me that matters when considering how impressed I am by a photo.
Cheers on the nevertheless fantastic photograph
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06/17/2011 04:49:05 PM
Statue or not - this is a great image! The highest score I've given any photo.
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06/17/2011 03:49:18 PM
nice! I didn't vote but just checked it out. I knew something was wrong because you don't see bulls with cows this time of year- thought at first it was a date violation but since it was a legal date - more power too you. I've seen a lot more leeway with the rules on challenges than this photo - OK in my book
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06/17/2011 02:41:19 PM
Originally posted by nightpixels:

Originally posted by yanko:

Originally posted by nightpixels:

Originally posted by yanko:

I'm glad I didn't vote in this challenge because I would have been very disappointed to learn that this was just a statue. You're a good photographer, but it looks like you're letting the ribbon chase get in the way of the making honest to good photographs. Even as someone who use to compete in the ribbon chase this feels cheap. You're much better thant that.

Anyway, dismiss this if you like. Just one man's opinion.


Not sure what you mean. It was a Silhouette challenge and nowhere it said I cannot photograph a statue. Then I guess you can make the same argument about people who use fishing lines to come up with photographs that look "deceiving" which is something I never do.


You're not getting it. In most cases the viewer knows that fishing lines or something else is being used in the trick. The viewer knows that a trick is being done. In your case you're attempting to pass off something as real when it wasn't. If it was judged as the trick it was it would have scored 5.7 not 7.7. You know this. That's why you called it "The Wild" and not the name of the statue.


Actually it is YOU who is NOT getting it. Where in the challenge did it say we are not allowed to photograph Silhouette of a statue??? show me! It is none of your business if I choose to photograph a statue and also not of your business what I call it. Get that through your thick skull, moron!


Awesome.
06/17/2011 02:34:55 PM
I think many people knew this was a statue and still gave it a good vote. I could tell right away that the elk weren't real, once I made the photo bigger. The lines are too smooth & the elk are too dark in comparison with the rock for it to be real. Also... I mean, come on, look at them. They are all looking in different directions, some are moving and some are standing still. The bull is calling out but the does aren't even paying attention, and those critters are loud. There was no trick here. It's just a wonderful photo of a statue. What's the big deal? I didn't vote in this challenge, but if I had, I would have voted this up because of the quality of the photo itself, not the validity or realness of the elk.

Well done, nightpixels. :) You earned a well-deserved ribbon.
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06/17/2011 02:16:27 PM
Originally posted by yanko:

Originally posted by nightpixels:

Originally posted by yanko:

I'm glad I didn't vote in this challenge because I would have been very disappointed to learn that this was just a statue. You're a good photographer, but it looks like you're letting the ribbon chase get in the way of the making honest to good photographs. Even as someone who use to compete in the ribbon chase this feels cheap. You're much better thant that.

Anyway, dismiss this if you like. Just one man's opinion.


Not sure what you mean. It was a Silhouette challenge and nowhere it said I cannot photograph a statue. Then I guess you can make the same argument about people who use fishing lines to come up with photographs that look "deceiving" which is something I never do.


You're not getting it. In most cases the viewer knows that fishing lines or something else is being used in the trick. The viewer knows that a trick is being done. In your case you're attempting to pass off something as real when it wasn't. If it was judged as the trick it was it would have scored 5.7 not 7.7. You know this. That's why you called it "The Wild" and not the name of the statue.


Actually it is YOU who is NOT getting it. Where in the challenge did it say we are not allowed to photograph Silhouette of a statue??? show me! It is none of your business if I choose to photograph a statue and also not of your business what I call it. Get that through your thick skull, moron!
06/17/2011 02:09:07 PM
Originally posted by nightpixels:

Originally posted by yanko:

I'm glad I didn't vote in this challenge because I would have been very disappointed to learn that this was just a statue. You're a good photographer, but it looks like you're letting the ribbon chase get in the way of the making honest to good photographs. Even as someone who use to compete in the ribbon chase this feels cheap. You're much better thant that.

Anyway, dismiss this if you like. Just one man's opinion.


Not sure what you mean. It was a Silhouette challenge and nowhere it said I cannot photograph a statue. Then I guess you can make the same argument about people who use fishing lines to come up with photographs that look "deceiving" which is something I never do.


You're not getting it. In most cases the viewer knows that fishing lines or something else is being used in the trick. The viewer knows that a trick is being done. In your case you're attempting to pass off something as real when it wasn't. If it was judged as the trick it was it would have scored 5.7 not 7.7. You know this. That's why you called it "The Wild" and not the name of the statue.
06/17/2011 01:11:20 PM
Originally posted by yanko:

I'm glad I didn't vote in this challenge because I would have been very disappointed to learn that this was just a statue. You're a good photographer, but it looks like you're letting the ribbon chase get in the way of the making honest to good photographs. Even as someone who use to compete in the ribbon chase this feels cheap. You're much better thant that.

Anyway, dismiss this if you like. Just one man's opinion.


Not sure what you mean. It was a Silhouette challenge and nowhere it said I cannot photograph a statue. Then I guess you can make the same argument about people who use fishing lines to come up with photographs that look "deceiving" which is something I never do.
06/17/2011 11:51:03 AM
I'm glad I didn't vote in this challenge because I would have been very disappointed to learn that this was just a statue. You're a good photographer, but it looks like you're letting the ribbon chase get in the way of the making honest to good photographs. Even as someone who use to compete in the ribbon chase this feels cheap. You're much better thant that.

Anyway, dismiss this if you like. Just one man's opinion.
06/17/2011 11:35:34 AM
Like everybody else, I was fooled.
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06/17/2011 10:34:21 AM
My 6-year old saw this on the screen and loved it. "Ooh cool … is it real???" LOL … she's got one on quite a few DPC members ;)
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06/17/2011 08:33:28 AM
Had me completely fooled too! Good work on the blue!
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06/17/2011 06:35:42 AM
Had me fooled too,Congratulations on the ribbon.
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06/17/2011 06:17:32 AM
Great rendition of this famous western statue. Congrats on the blue! That sky really makes the shot.

It is amazing how many folks were 'fooled' by it.
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06/17/2011 05:09:39 AM
You had me fooled! Brilliant idea and execution
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06/17/2011 02:55:12 AM
Well done, another one for your collection.
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06/17/2011 01:57:43 AM
Really wonderful image. Congrats on the matching ribbon.
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06/17/2011 12:51:43 AM
Great job Allen..as usual. Congrats!
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06/17/2011 12:40:18 AM
Congrats, Knew this was a winner.
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06/17/2011 12:01:31 AM
Yay....Perfect! This was my winner as well....congrats to you! Well deserved.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/16/2011 11:27:54 PM
Wonderful capture!
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06/16/2011 08:05:13 PM
Cool...love the blue.
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06/16/2011 07:42:24 PM
This is just stunning. Such a story. In my top ten of the challenge. 9.
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06/16/2011 03:47:46 PM
Very first pic in my voting and WOW it's amazing!!!! I love it!!! You did a great job here.
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06/16/2011 10:54:17 AM
Holy smokes, this is beyond amazing. Only the third image I am voting on and I am pegging it for the blue. A 10 and a fav from me. Astounding!!!
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06/16/2011 04:26:02 AM
Brilliant !
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06/15/2011 08:52:06 PM
Is this real or a statue?
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06/15/2011 04:25:12 PM
one of the best silhouette challenge, i cant vote but i would give u 10
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06/15/2011 03:40:56 PM
Oh. My. Word.

This is AMAZING! 10
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06/15/2011 08:53:11 AM
I gave this a high score. (9) I can only hope and pray it is a true wildlife image. It's exceptionally perfect, as a sculptor would present. In North America, our deer are still in mid-velvet stage, so the fully developed antlers would not be found in a live animal here. Don't know about the other hemisphere. If this is a presentation of wild animals, then bravo. If it's a photo of a statue, then it's still a good photo, but there will be much disappointment on my part.
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06/15/2011 12:50:50 AM
awesome! 9
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06/14/2011 11:47:00 AM
Great shot,my tip for the top I guess.
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06/14/2011 11:43:25 AM
My favorite entry of this challenge. 10 from me my friend and hope to see it on the front page!
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06/14/2011 09:19:54 AM
I really can't imagine this was real; if not - excellent work; if it's real - you're a lucky guy/gal. The blue is a bit oversaturated IMO.
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06/14/2011 01:06:59 AM
Now that's special. 10 and probably a ribbon.
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06/13/2011 12:46:55 PM
Lovely series of silhouettes, great blue background..
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06/12/2011 11:12:49 PM
7
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06/12/2011 10:49:43 PM
This is beautiful! I love the blue clouds in the backgound. Very interesting image.
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06/12/2011 07:41:15 PM
This is simply AMAZING!!! I'd love to hear the story behind it. 10
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06/12/2011 11:11:41 AM
Really like how you have the silouetted against the dark but lighter sky. Great shot!
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06/11/2011 07:25:58 PM
This is nothing short of beautiful. IMO, top 5, AT LEAST!
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06/11/2011 02:46:22 AM
The winner!
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06/10/2011 09:45:02 PM
What a great catch! I wish you would have used the Advanced Editing rules to their fullest by pulling a bit more drama from the sky, but I'm not going to ding you for that.
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06/10/2011 05:44:57 PM
Exceptional!
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06/10/2011 11:50:29 AM
That's cool. They almost look like cut outs!
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06/10/2011 11:41:27 AM
Very cool looking image. Are those deer real or are they statues?
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06/10/2011 11:32:03 AM
gorgeous!
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06/10/2011 10:14:00 AM
Best photo of the challenge. The way the lines all come together to form a sense of movement to the male is just spectacular.
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06/10/2011 08:32:30 AM
great blue range! awesome shot
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06/10/2011 05:20:29 AM
I'm pretty sure this will do very well.
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06/10/2011 04:44:27 AM
A good capture but confuse about the color and time it was taken.
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06/10/2011 03:10:45 AM
Great shot! Although it looks like a day time shot which has been post processed. Still....it gets a high score from me.
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06/10/2011 03:06:07 AM
interesting shot, well framed, and believable night scene despite the coloration. Wish the frontmost doe wasn't there, would have made this so surreal.
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06/10/2011 01:33:15 AM
Wow! this will do very well. I had this same idea but thought the capture would be extremely unlikely, one in a million, even with all the elk around here ( Banff National Park). I was totally blown away when I saw this…then I wondered is it just too good to be a capture? so I Googled it and found the sculpture in Wyoming. What a great idea and fits the Challenge exactly! Well done. 10 from me.
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06/10/2011 12:07:31 AM
Cool.
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