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Challenge: Road Signs Revisited (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G1
Location: Paper Mill in Camas Washington
Date: Jan 19, 2003
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Urban, Political
Date Uploaded: Jan 19, 2003

A local paper mill spewing forth. The image was cropped, all channels but red were desaturated. Played with contrast, red levels and sharpness, then added small black border.

Place: 10 out of 174
Avg (all users): 6.4950
Avg (commenters): 7.5667
Avg (participants): 6.7281
Avg (non-participants): 6.1860
Views since voting: 1756
Votes: 200
Comments: 34
Favorites: 2 (view)

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01/30/2003 08:55:16 PM
The image says it all!!! No title was necessary. I liked the idea that you incorporated your sign with the back ground image. Advanced thinking skills. The color of the sign and the black background and image works absolutely great together. I am shocked you did not score higher.The cropping everything works. No less than a (9) from this judge. JG
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01/27/2003 07:56:19 AM
absolutely one of my fave shots of this challenge ! great statement
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01/27/2003 12:49:57 AM
congrats on your placement. i rated this photo very high and am glad that you got the recognition you deserve for this shot. i figure top 10 to 15 could always be top three depending on the mood of the voters. this is a fantastic shot. cheers, tom
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01/27/2003 12:41:11 AM
Thanks for all the comments. Woo hoo, my first top ten finish! Regarding some of the comments: I also wanted the entire stop sign in the photo, but unfortunately, there was a street sing on top of the stop sign which really distracted from the shot. I felt it was better to crop off the top than to leave on the sign. A copy of the original shot can be seen here...


If I could have selectively desaturated, I would have removed red everywhere except for the sign. Lastly, this was taken at a paper mill. I don't know for sure if the stuff coming out is steam or not, but I highly doubt it as it stinks of sulfur and can be smelled for miles. regardless, that's not the point. This is not about this one particular paper mill, or paper mills in general. This is meant to be more of a symbolic reflection upon the waste and pollution which is deposited into our ecosphere with rapidly accelerating abandon. It's merely my own personal statement reflecting my opinions about man's propensity to destroy his own environment.

Thanks again to all who commented. The time you took to share your thoughts was greatly appreciated!

Message edited by author 2003-01-27 00:43:28.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/26/2003 09:00:04 PM
Good shot. No arguments or nit picking here. Like the title. Photo says it without the title. I think the border works well here.
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01/26/2003 06:19:20 PM
01/26/2003 11:30:42 AM
nicely done
01/26/2003 07:01:39 AM
Good strong image, IMO the top of sign needed to be in shot.
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01/26/2003 04:42:02 AM
Nice photo. I think it would have been better to include the top of the sign rather than cropping it off but it's still a good shot. I like the lack of colour in the background buildings but I keep being drawn towards the little red light on the building on the left.
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01/26/2003 02:53:28 AM
Nice picture...
01/24/2003 11:34:16 PM
I like how you took out all of the colors except red. little dot under sign on building doesn't really make a difference to me. Great message as well.
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01/24/2003 03:39:23 PM
Excellent. Great composition, nice colour desaturation and a good message. Top work. 10
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01/24/2003 01:44:22 PM
really nice photo, good message too. like the fact the stop sign is red against a very muted background. only thing that distracts me a little is the sign cut off at the top. still, a 10.
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01/24/2003 11:45:33 AM
Very nice graphical composition. It seems several people (including myself) chose to have colored signs with desaturated backgrounds in this challenge, but I think I like yours best of all so far. The steam or smoke adds a nice dynamic to ths shot and the b/w has very nice tonal qualities. (8)
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01/24/2003 06:59:49 AM
Well composed message shot. Creative, especially with the red against the grey sky and colorless buildings. Excellant
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01/23/2003 05:52:19 PM
Wonderful message and well done composition.
01/23/2003 03:49:23 PM
A great statement
01/23/2003 12:41:09 PM
It may be harmless steam, not pollution.
01/22/2003 11:33:54 PM
Stop What?! Is it steam? Pollution? You don't really tell us.
01/22/2003 05:47:13 PM
Good job. Great pic.
01/22/2003 03:16:12 PM
The best stop-sign this week and a very good photo. Good focus and a great composition.
01/22/2003 12:59:47 PM
wow the contrast of red on black and white is cool. nice sharpness throughout, and good capture of the acid rain damage on the sign
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01/21/2003 05:27:50 AM
Very good capture and the idea is great. The background seems to be black and white which enhances the stop sign greatly. This photo is one of my favourites and gets a 10 from me.
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01/21/2003 12:20:37 AM
Nice use of selective colouring - there's just one tiny red light on the leftmost building. I like the title as well - very smart. The simple border is nice - just enough to frame the image without taking it over. Well done. Any reason why the sign is partially cropped? Is it just to stop the sign from totally taking over the image?
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01/20/2003 07:00:47 PM
Wow...love the statement...love the colors, composition, the light....they whole shot is mighty good work.
01/20/2003 06:02:24 PM
Should have titled it: "....the Polution!" Pretty good however.
01/20/2003 03:40:32 PM
I like a good photo with a powerful message behind it . and you got it . good job
01/20/2003 02:50:24 PM
good message, well composed
01/20/2003 01:24:22 PM
Great shot and with a message
01/20/2003 11:44:21 AM
Very evocative. Good photo.
01/20/2003 11:24:26 AM
great color/gray contrast. one of my favorites this week. good shot.
01/20/2003 05:50:33 AM
Clever title & nice use of colour.
01/20/2003 03:18:45 AM
If the STOP sign were not clipped at the top I would have given a higher rating. I thought this was a very nice concept and picture.
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01/20/2003 02:48:54 AM
Great shot. I can\'t think of anything to improve it! 9 Cub

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