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Barcelona Glassblowers on Break
Barcelona Glassblowers on Break

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Challenge: Best of 2004 (Advanced Editing III*)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700
Location: Poble Espanyol de Montejuic, Barcelona Spain
Date: Apr 20, 2004
Aperture: f/3.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60th sec.
Galleries: Candid, Travel
Date Uploaded: Jan 1, 2005

I took this shot while on vacation in Europe in April 2004. We only did a day trip into Barcelona, and our first stop was the Poble Espanyol de Montejuic, an authentic Spanish village with specialty artisan shops. I saw these four glassblowers taking a smoke break just as the urgent need for a bathroom struck me. I grabbed the shot and ran- I got lucky that the one and only picture I captured of these craftsmen was the best photograph I took all year.

-Rotated to make paint line at their heads level with the ground
-cropped then filled in white space in the corners
-Neat Image
-Auto Contrast
-Auto Levels
-Master saturation +20
-Blues saturation +10
-resize to 640 x 465
-convert to lab color
-USM lightness channel 200%, .5 pixel radius, 2 level threshold
-convert to RGB
-save for web

Place: 234 out of 530
Avg (all users): 5.7414
Avg (commenters): 6.5882
Avg (participants): 5.6538
Avg (non-participants): 6.0000
Views since voting: 1437
Views during voting: 514
Votes: 348
Comments: 21
Favorites: 7 (view)

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01/16/2010 07:38:07 AM
This is fabulous!! And perfect in color - don't change a thing!
02/01/2005 07:59:52 PM

Message edited by author 2005-07-11 21:21:16.
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02/01/2005 03:44:54 AM
Great candid, I really liked it. Maybe B&W or sepia would look better, but i'm not sure if thats something you'd like...
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/23/2005 02:46:04 PM
The horizon is pretty crooked, but given that this was a condid moment, I think you did an excellent job composing the scene. The windows above add a great sense of scale and the jump suit colors really pop. The interaction between the 2 guys in the middle looks great too.
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01/22/2005 12:19:08 PM
Great candid
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01/22/2005 06:43:37 AM
excellent image. one of my top picks. can't offer any improvements, so i'll just sit here a minute and enjoy it, if you don't mind ;-)
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01/19/2005 10:41:47 PM
Every picture tells a story, and this one is begging for a script. Great pic! --- Here's my take on these guys, left to right ---- (1) This guy doesn't like his job much, probably suffering from burn-out. (2) Here is the guy you can mooch smokes from.... but won't let you use his lighter. (3) This guy seems like a easy going guy, but can't kick the habit. (4) Last, the story-teller, but current company has heard this one before.
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01/19/2005 07:19:05 PM
This image has potential, IMHO, but suffers from a tilted horizon (needs rotating clockwise or perhaps a slight perspective shift), flat lighting, and not much of a centralized focal point. My eyes are drawn up to the busy paintings and the whitish splotches on the left side, which IMHO compete for the attention away from the glassblowers. Focusing in on one or the other might make a big difference. The colors are nice, which helps, but the light is rather uninteresting at best. The title, which is fine, is a bit of a misnomer as we have no idea if these guys are glassblowers or not just by looking at this image. You obviously have an eye for candid moments, which some of us (myself included) just don't have. Keep shooting and pay attention to where your eye is pulled in the image...what draws your focus... and you'll be ribboning in no time. :o)
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01/18/2005 03:32:08 PM
I like the composition and framing of the gentlemen and decision to inclue more of the painted windows. Simple and effect. Good Luck.
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01/17/2005 07:31:16 PM
lovin the man to the right. great picture, everones expressions and actions are perfect
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01/17/2005 05:20:30 PM
Feels like two very good photos.
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01/17/2005 10:47:12 AM
Picture seems slightly slanted. I do like the candid aspect.
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01/16/2005 06:21:40 PM
You can't not laugh at these guys. Focus seems a little soft on the glassblowers, but I think that might just be the resizing. This shot (thanks to its subjects and your skillful composition) has a lot of character.
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01/16/2005 06:21:27 PM
Loads of interest in the candid shot, great composition and colors. This is one instance where the title really adds to the shot. ...7...
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01/16/2005 05:22:15 PM
1) So what did you have for dinner last night?
2) Paella, again, paella. You know my wife cant cook.
3) I had a sausage, sooo big. Now it gives me gas! Pwwfffrrrtt
4) And I've got to work with this bunch?

Nice capture of street life. :)
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01/16/2005 04:56:48 PM
"It was thissss big." hehe Fun candid.
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01/16/2005 03:25:28 PM
I love candids like this. It reminds me of a shot I did of some construction workers on a smoke break. I love the guy on the left looking off into the distance. His face tells of an interesting life. Great photo.
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01/16/2005 01:41:57 PM
Interesting shot. Would have really worked for me with just about a foot under the guys to a foot over the guys.
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01/16/2005 09:00:52 AM
this was a great shot last summer , and is still a great shot
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01/16/2005 08:43:56 AM
I wonder what they are discussing?
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01/16/2005 12:49:17 AM
Nice photo. I'd like to know what the guy on the far right is doing.
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