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Challenge: Broken (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S3000
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Date: Dec 9, 2004
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Action, Transportation
Date Uploaded: Dec 9, 2004

I was shooting for MagnumPhoto in East Berlin in 1974 when I captured this image of an attempted escape to the West through Checkpoint Charlie...


A broken down old Merc parked in a driveway which I see from my bus on the way to work....

you decide!

Early morning capture.

Basic cropping/USM/curves then three layers created:-
1) High contrast windscreen (windshield)
2) Optik verve 'radiant' filter on body of car
3) burned/dodged background followed by motion blur.

Three layers blended.
Flipped horizontally

Place: 5 out of 177
Avg (all users): 6.3784
Avg (commenters): 7.4667
Avg (participants): 6.3152
Avg (non-participants): 6.4409
Views since voting: 1994
Views during voting: 314
Votes: 185
Comments: 24
Favorites: 5 (view)

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11/22/2005 08:06:02 AM
this is very cool looking!!
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11/22/2005 07:09:43 AM
there are several pictures in your portfolio which i've really enjoyed Ben, but this is brilliant.

Shooting for Magnum in EastBerlin around 1974... we must have just missed each other - although I was lot younger then.
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12/23/2004 12:06:56 AM
Honestly man i dont comment a lot in fact hardly at all. But this picture is amazing, like i dont understand why u didnt win first place seriously the rest look pretty bad compared to urs good job ;)....... but im pretty sure ur aware that the voting on this site is corrupt ;(

Excellent work U have tallent!

Too bad i didnt vote i wold have given a 10

Message edited by author 2004-12-23 00:08:07.
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12/21/2004 11:11:54 AM
beatiful work!
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12/20/2004 04:46:16 PM
Congratulations on your 5th placing! Great job of transforming this broken car into art!
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12/20/2004 06:14:23 AM
Congratulations on the high placing Ben.
So nearly a ribbon...well done.
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12/20/2004 12:36:45 AM
A beautiful shot -- congratulations for making 5th place!
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12/20/2004 12:12:51 AM
Congratulations on your 5th placing with this broken gem.
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12/20/2004 12:08:07 AM
Very nice shot. I didn't vote on all images and this was one i missed.
I find it interesting that many on this site are anti-PS 9or editing/effects/etc) and yet vote such an image very highly.
You did get some comments that seem unable to tell, and one that was on the money.
Well done!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/19/2004 07:28:43 PM
Is this about editing or photography? I can't decide, for myself. The base photo is OK, but it's difficult to say that the impact of the shot is not primarily down to that motion blurring - and why doesn't it affect the radiator grill, and the badge, and the headlamps ... sorry, I don't like it.
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12/19/2004 02:29:32 AM
very interesting feel. looks like someone had a big accident (i'm guessing that bullets don't quite shatter to that degree) and is speeding off to get away. what's interesting is that the rest of the car looks untouched (perhaps a missing symbol/emblem in the circle on the hood, but it may just be really faint).
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12/18/2004 06:08:58 PM
Beautifully done and awesome lighting. It should finish very high.
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12/17/2004 12:12:41 AM
Ouch! Such a beautiful automobile, too. I love the exposure and the motion blur. Delicious irony (motion vs. busted windshield). The soft focus effect is quite pleasing.
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12/16/2004 10:06:01 PM
This is excellent. Good execution.
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12/16/2004 09:48:14 PM
I like the motion in this one. You should do well in the challenge.
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12/16/2004 07:45:51 PM
good composition, nice !
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12/14/2004 12:17:41 PM
Excellent shot, composition, lighting, everything. Bumping up.
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12/14/2004 06:26:46 AM
Composition: 7, Technical: 5, Appeal: 6, Challenge: 6, Overall Calculated Average Score: 6
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12/14/2004 04:45:31 AM
Composition: 8, Technical: 9, Appeal: 9, Challenge: 9, Overall Calculated Average Score: 9
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12/14/2004 01:59:00 AM
This is a slick and clean image. has the "Bond car chase" feel to it. I like it alot. Good luck!
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12/13/2004 11:39:55 PM
Wow. Great composition, great effect.
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12/13/2004 03:47:06 PM
i like your subject. I will be curious on how this places in the end. Good luck
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12/13/2004 05:00:13 AM
You got my vote for ribbon. Clearly a excellent photographer, both composition makes this very interesting, the colors/reflections/light setup. It's all good. 10 (so far 2)
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12/13/2004 04:37:01 AM
Nice motion shot and a really dramatic subject. Great job!
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