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Challenge: Close Your Eyes (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Olympus PEN E-P2
Lens: Olympus 17mm f2.8 M.Zuiko Digital
Location: Washington, DC
Date: Mar 25, 2012
Aperture: 8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250 sec
Galleries: Black and White, Street
Date Uploaded: Mar 29, 2012

For me this challenge was about catching images that are not staged or contrived. By closing your eyes you catch a natural moment. Motion blur, soft focus, grain, and other technics are fine but not required. I just set my camera to auto mode, found something interesting, closed my eyes, and clicked a few shots. This process was repeated as I walked around the city. Out of 100 tries 3 or 4 were pretty decent shots. It was a tough decision but I chose this one based on the unusual POV and composition. Because advanced editing is allowed I tried to get the most out of my shot. I think this would have been a more interesting challenge with no editing and straight from the camera. Maybe next time.

[Mar. 30th, 2012 07:29:05 AM]

I was making changes at the last minute and entered the wrong file. For some reason there is a little color in this image.

Place: 11 out of 94
Avg (all users): 6.2500
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 6.5833
Avg (non-participants): 5.8929
Views since voting: 679
Views during voting: 268
Votes: 116
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0

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04/06/2012 01:14:30 PM
such a strong composition.
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04/06/2012 11:27:45 AM
Like a game, or the scene from Big where they play the piano :-) Congrats on the bling
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04/06/2012 09:19:06 AM
Well-deserved accolades - congrats on a fine entry!
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04/06/2012 08:55:01 AM
This was in my top three. Congrats on another blue hand. I have to say that I have been admiring much of your work recently, and the more I study it the more I come to envy your eye.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/05/2012 11:49:24 PM
Ha. Great.
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04/05/2012 10:45:34 PM
Lovely photo.
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04/05/2012 08:56:28 PM
Looks like NYC. So typical and well captured.
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04/05/2012 02:16:41 PM
Great capture. I love the detail on the boot and the high contrasting stripes.
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04/04/2012 11:19:59 PM
This strange bit of serendipity is my personal favorite.

Posthumous Blue Ribbon

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04/04/2012 03:51:03 AM
moving it to a 10
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04/02/2012 12:05:15 PM
Nice shot. Love that we can't see the upper body... adds a mystery to this!
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04/01/2012 09:25:03 PM
I hope you had your walking stick...
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03/31/2012 05:59:17 AM
i love the cracks in the white paint. 6
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03/30/2012 10:08:19 AM
Very nice picture.
At first look I though that he is carrying some kind of doll or prosthesis :)
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03/30/2012 09:25:36 AM
Nice shot - tells a story.
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03/30/2012 08:35:30 AM
Nice story to this, and love the texture of the cracked paint on the pavement.
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