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Last Stop in Life
Last Stop in Life

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Challenge: Road Signs Revisited (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-D60
Location: Austin, Tx
Date: Jan 14, 2003
Aperture: f22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 0.3s
Galleries: Sky, Emotive
Date Uploaded: Jan 14, 2003

The last stop on the way through life. Bright day, polariser on the lens, long (over) exposure and zooming with the shutter open.

Place: 8 out of 174
Avg (all users): 6.5196
Avg (commenters): 7.7879
Avg (participants): 6.5175
Avg (non-participants): 6.5222
Views since voting: 1812
Votes: 204
Comments: 40
Favorites: 3 (view)

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02/23/2008 07:31:16 AM
The old majestic Stop sign in the sky...

My first thought is that this is what you see when you're on your way to heaven and they realize they made a mistake by letting you in.

I'm 100% sure I will encounter this sign on my journey to the beyond.lol
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01/27/2003 09:10:24 PM
Gordon, I thought for sure this would be the winner, It was in my book. I had the same idea but wasn't quite sure how to pull it off effectively without the rear-sync capability on my camera. Hmm, maybe I could have backed away from the stop sign instead of going towards it. My plan was to take it at night though so that would have been different. Anyway it is an awesome effect and very well done. Very dramatic.

01/27/2003 07:00:19 PM
Critique Club Comments by Grayce

Gordon, I'm not really sure what to say about this that hasn't been said already. This is very effective, just as you have it. It's a simple uncomplicated composition that works well.
In this case, having the stop sign centered was a good idea, since it is a sort of "in your face" concept. Thirds wouldn't have been quite as effective.
The "blue rays" look like they're radiating from heaven, which is appropriate.
Great concept, creative, and good use of technique. Congrats!!

01/27/2003 07:55:43 AM
excellent moody picture
01/27/2003 12:09:12 AM
Overexposed in Manual mode to give the white light impression and then zoomed the lens through a long shutter speed to get this effect. Used a polariser to darken it up enough to allow the long exposure.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/26/2003 11:16:51 PM
Wow! Good concept shot and well executed. Very good job!
01/26/2003 10:22:12 PM
Very neat shot. I like it.
01/26/2003 10:10:42 PM
Waiting on the HOW TO on this one. SWEET
01/26/2003 09:59:02 PM
Great effect! But.. There is nothing much to this picture. jgillard6
01/26/2003 08:19:27 PM
it is not pleasing to my eyes, sorry
01/26/2003 01:42:27 PM
sweet, winner. ten. will watch to see your story of how you put this together. real nice.
01/26/2003 10:08:40 AM
Great shot. $10 saysthis is Gordon (seen him experimenting with this a few times). Good job and good luck. Jacko. 9
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01/25/2003 08:39:28 PM
Interesting effect. I'd like to know how you did it.
01/25/2003 01:08:45 PM
Interesting effect. Waiting to see how you achieved it. Composition is good given the subject and effect. You achieved a nice, eeire, vaugely ethereal feel with this photo, which I am sure was the intent. Good job. 7 md
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01/24/2003 07:42:50 PM
Wicked and very eye catchy! I really like the sign and diagonally the lower right half (does that make sense?). The light rays with the trees behind them is simply spectacular! Less than fond of the other half that is totally blown out, but I'm sure that was a trade off and I can accept that. Visually WOW!!! 9 Swash
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01/24/2003 01:45:08 PM
Wow, excellent! Really like this effect, and the background is suitibly eerie :)
01/24/2003 02:51:02 AM
I suppose there were always going to be loads of STOP signs in this challenge. Many congratulations for doing something different and extremely effective with the idea.
01/22/2003 08:38:27 PM
Great shot...I like the trees reaching skyward and the effect made by timed exposure.
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01/22/2003 05:51:37 PM
Great visual impact! Good work! 8
01/22/2003 01:45:27 PM
i don't like the title, but that has little to do with the fact that this is a good pic. i like how you can see the beam of light through the whole in the bottom of the sign. is this possible on a non dslr camera. i don't think i could so this. can you explain how this is done? thanks
01/22/2003 01:09:07 PM
One of my faves of this challenge. 10.
01/22/2003 11:08:49 AM
cool! intrested to know how you did this 10
01/22/2003 08:01:14 AM
wOOHOO! Oh , Ireally need to know how you did this! This is one for the " How.d they do this" section. 8 from me!
01/22/2003 12:40:43 AM
Very Cool.
01/21/2003 11:51:00 PM
Nice work - you have created the effect well. Your title is also very witty. One of very few "artistic" signs in this challenge. Well done.
01/21/2003 08:57:36 PM
This is first place!! Awesome. "WOW" I don't know how you did this but it is wonderful. The absolute greatest. I had better be #1. It deserves it. No words to describe it. it's a 10.
01/21/2003 08:10:34 PM
this photo is going to make me vote on others just so your mark counts,
it's the first one i picked out to vote on, 10, please tell me this was zoom to get that effect, it's the only good one i like, the rest are just pictures even though others are great none of them made me vote apart from yours. well done.
01/21/2003 05:04:50 PM
zooming while taking the photo? I did a photo similar to this for action, it was of a gravestone.... this is very well done, I love the glimpses of trees behind this, and it looks like the stop sign is glowing. Very nicely done... only thing I might say, is I would have tried to make the sign straight... it looks tilted... otherwise great job. Good luck!
01/21/2003 07:47:00 AM
I want to know did you lasso the sun for this photo, just kidding but the effect is good.
01/21/2003 05:00:04 AM
Nice effect
01/21/2003 12:11:14 AM
01/20/2003 06:10:56 PM
Pretty cool, how did you do that?
01/20/2003 05:14:28 PM
01/20/2003 02:14:57 PM
Brilliant shot. I would very much like to know how this was done. Good job.
01/20/2003 02:12:28 PM
great effect! how did you do that? if you had increased the saturation would the red have come out a bit stronger (or maybe have used your flash to fill it out) - or would that have screwed up the effect?
01/20/2003 09:07:12 AM
spooky. great picture.
01/20/2003 02:12:49 AM
Oooppss. I'm not in a hurry to see this. Great shot!! Perfect composition... Cub
01/20/2003 01:27:23 AM
Excellent shot! How did you get the light beams to look like that? Was it foggy out? 9
01/20/2003 01:25:36 AM
Awesome ! 10
01/20/2003 12:24:58 AM
Very nice effect

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