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Spokes & Gears
Spokes & Gears

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Challenge: Complexity (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S7000
Location: Kamloops, B.C.
Date: Sep 26, 2004
Aperture: f3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/13 sec
Galleries: Still Life, Science and Technology
Date Uploaded: Sep 21, 2004

The deraileur(sp) of my 21 speed mountain bike. A pretty complex piece of mechanics for something we take pretty much for granted.

Editing included brightness/contrast, curves, USM, noise reduction, desaturation of green and yellow channels, and some cloning.

Place: 124 out of 148
Avg (all users): 4.8571
Avg (commenters): 5.6000
Avg (participants): 4.8817
Avg (non-participants): 4.8350
Views since voting: 749
Views during voting: 307
Votes: 196
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/02/2004 08:31:00 AM
Nice idea for a subject that depicts complexity. Shooting with a different background and in different lighting would really add a lot to this photo.
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09/30/2004 09:39:43 AM
It does depict complexity for sure, but the image itself doesn't really have that kick to it which makes stand out from the pack. I probably wouldn't have shot this straight on but chosen a different angle and definitely a different background.
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09/29/2004 01:50:33 AM
Not bad, but I would have preferred to see just the gears closer up, but that's just me...
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09/28/2004 05:10:23 PM
wonderful idea but the picture just doesn't please the eyes. i think this idea could have been taken further with maybe a different background and lighting... keep up the good work! it's so fun to learn more techniques and tips and this website provides a lot of help
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09/28/2004 10:53:54 AM
Gears? Complex? Aren't they classified as simple machines? ;) Alright, I'll stop being a geeky engineer and look at this photo as a photographer. The composition is very good and well balanced. The only thing I would change is to give the bottom of the derailleur a bit more room. It's looks somewhat crowded with the close crop. Also, the spokes just left of the derailleur look a tad out of focus and some others (along with parts of the frame) are refelcting too much light. But believe me, I know how hard it is to not get bright reflections when photographing round metalic objects. As far as the color of the grass, I suspect you may get a few comments about it not being green. Personally, I like the desaturation. It gives the grass a metalic feel that ties it in nicely with the subject.
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09/27/2004 05:15:09 PM
watch the background, things like grass tend to be distractions
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09/27/2004 10:41:10 AM
An interesting idea but one that falls compositionally short. A more interesting angle, something unusual in the lighting or shadows, a macro or a more compelling crop - any of these ideas might have taken this "good photo" and turned it into a compelling entry.
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09/27/2004 06:02:28 AM
i think i find the grassy background a bit distracting. It also seems to be a fairly flat light.
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