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σιρόκος (Sirocco Sand)
σιρόκος (Sirocco Sand)

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Challenge: Free Study 2012-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Location: Yarrow Point, Washington (USA)
Date: Mar 17, 2012
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1250
Date Uploaded: Mar 17, 2012

Photographer’s Notes
I haven’t picked up my calendar since January 18th. After the WPL I felt burned out and frankly went through a bit of WPL withdrawal. During WPL I had let a few things get neglected at work. One of my IT suppliers is under performing. And one of the start-up Boards I sit on is dealing with an under-performing CEO.

Shit happens and it tends to come in clumps. And I haven’t made time to shoot and enter here for a couple of months.

But today I dragged my camera out and shot some macro abstracts. I know abstracts tend to do poorly in the voting but I like the forms in this.

Post Processing
• Convert from RAW (PSCS5 Camera Raw)
• Recolor (PSCS5 Hue/Sat layer)
• Contrast (PDCS5 Curves Layer)
• Dodge & Burn (PSCS5 Overlay Layer)
• Sharpen (PSCS5 USM)
• Destroy Sensor Dust (PSCS5 Clone Layer)
• More Contrast (PSCS5 Curves layer)
• Desaturate (PSCS5 B&W Layer)
• Crop (PSCS5)
• Resize (Perfect Resize)
• Save for Wed (PSCS5)

Camera Data
• Date: 2012.03.17
• Camera: Nikon D3
• Lens: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
• ISO: 400
• Aperture: f/6.3
• Shutter: 1/1250

Place: 243 out of 279
Avg (all users): 5.1360
Avg (commenters): 7.2000
Avg (participants): 5.2159
Avg (non-participants): 4.9459
Views since voting: 272
Views during voting: 207
Votes: 125
Comments: 6
Favorites: 0

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04/12/2012 01:49:33 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

I love the swirly moving textures here, looks like white down or blurred fabric. I especially like that you chose to damn the torpedoes and enter a shot that you knew wasn't likely to do well, but which you liked :-) The graininess does add to the feeling of grit and softness / delicacy, an interesting juxtaposition. Bet it would make a nice print.

Overall a very underrated image, but am glad to see a hefty dose of 6s...so some of us got it!

Feel free to PM me

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/07/2012 08:38:32 PM
beautiful music of an image
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04/07/2012 06:22:53 PM
A roller coaster of light
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04/05/2012 11:09:25 AM
I'm going through the entries, stopping at those images I feel have had the benefit of an unconventional eye and dwelling a little longer to try to see and appreciate what you saw. This is one of those images.

Positives: The harmonics of noise - in oxymoronic challenge to all that is random! This is an image of such dynamism - it almost dances before us. The texture/noise is of course the making of the image; without it, it would be much diminished.

Critical stuff: Not a crowd pleaser - but you already knew that.

Overall: A fine conceptual piece.
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04/03/2012 09:18:26 AM
Very different. Love the abstractness to this shot. And the grain works as well. :)
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04/02/2012 07:11:27 PM
I love the gritty look.
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