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Challenge: Distracting Elements II (Extended Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Apple iPhone 7
Date: Oct 16, 2016
Date Uploaded: Oct 16, 2016

I shot this for "Married, No Faces", but didn't get it in in time.

I didn't realize that this was an Extended Editing challenge until I got home from being a Peeping Tom.

So, I jazzed it up a bit.

But, really, it's just Standard... with confidence that I didn't go overboard on anything.

ETA: To me, the couple was interesting. Not a distraction.

I meant for the bar across their faces to be the distracting element.

But, I love hearing how others see my images.

Thanks for the RIBBON, folks!!


Place: 3 out of 49
Avg (all users): 6.5167
Avg (commenters): 7.3750
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Avg (non-participants): 6.3667
Views since voting: 1639
Views during voting: 134
Votes: 60
Comments: 19
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11/05/2016 06:36:43 PM
This is a strong image for me. Didn't score this challenge, but would have ranked this high. Put me in the camp of not disturbed by the gradient colors, and clear that the railing in front of faces is the distraction. To me the color cast is a counter balance to the sameness of the repeating balconies. There the same, but with a different mood in each one. I'd expect the inhabitants of each unit to be in some way defined by the colors. Congrats and kudos!
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11/04/2016 06:40:13 PM
As far as this image, the toning didn't bother me so much, different to be sure but I wondered if the photographer did it as attempt to make us wonder if IT was the distraction. The most obvious distraction to me was the break in the pattern of empty balconies. Honestly didn't even notice the railing through their faces (or better said, I noticed it but I guess it really didn't bother me because the pattern break seemed more important in the overall scheme of things).
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11/04/2016 04:07:00 PM
For what's worth, it was a 7 from me. I liked the image a lot- the distractive element was the uneasiness we felt at looking at it.
I had a feeling of deja vu, but it did not matter. Yes, save for the filters, this was one of my favorite images.
Excellent title also.
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11/04/2016 03:28:29 PM
An excellent image that fits the challenge perfectly, a great moment captured, this may have worked better in b&w or with a different processing but nevertheless the moment was caught, well done.

Message edited by author 2016-11-04 15:28:56.
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11/04/2016 01:04:29 PM
The distraction here for me is the balcony fence bar disrupting a clear view to their faces. It's like we are not able to ID these people because of it. I don't understand how the toning comes into play here, but it was a 7 for me.
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11/04/2016 01:52:07 AM
I gave this a 9 it made me think of an old movie I've seen. Great Job and Congratulations to Ms. Peeping Tom. He He
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11/01/2016 12:45:49 AM
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10/31/2016 01:39:51 PM
Your camera leaked light onto the film roll..
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10/31/2016 01:35:09 PM
good catch. congrats on the ribbon
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10/31/2016 10:03:50 AM

Glad it did

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10/31/2016 12:22:36 AM
Congratulations, Lydia. Stand alone top for me :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/30/2016 11:55:33 PM
HA! Great find.
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10/30/2016 11:27:25 PM
Made me stop!! 7
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10/30/2016 09:41:30 PM
My top pick though I find nothing distracting - least of all the couple in the upper right and the fact that the perspective puts a bar across their faces. Genius.
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10/30/2016 07:06:23 PM
Interesting image.
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10/30/2016 11:52:05 AM
I really wish you hadn't done the toning on this one. I think it takes away from a spectacular impact. With everything being so much the same other than the people, just doing a B&W or sepia, of something that made everything feel like the same scene, would have given much more of an "oh!" when I got to the people. I think this could have rated around an 8-9, but it ends up as a 6 as is. Just thought I'd muse out loud... It is a great find -- especially the line going straight across the faces.

(btw, this photo just made me create a whole new "dpc bugs the crap out of me" thread. All because of the lines going through the faces. I found myself irritated at the line. finding it to be lousy placement, finding it to be a problem in the photograph, and then finding it to be fascinating. Realizing how unimportant faces are. I always knew this. I love the photos from behind, photos where you're not seeing the faces. But I never realized just how good it was to obscure a face through unconventional means. The photo is still a 6 because of the toning. But I wanted you to realize just how much I'm enjoying the discoveries here. :)

Ignore all of this if you'd like. Just thinking out loud. :)
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10/29/2016 03:45:30 PM
Distraction? Maybe but I prefer them there. Terrific catch!
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10/29/2016 02:51:48 PM
how dare they be having a life. great find and treatment.
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10/24/2016 09:52:21 AM
love it!
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