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Challenge: The Letter B (Classic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Olympus D-490Z
Location: Oakland, California, USA
Date: Jun 25, 2003
Aperture: 4.4
ISO: 127
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Abstract, Digital Art
Date Uploaded: Jun 26, 2003

...branches being brightly backlit by bending beams before bonded building blocks.

I took this silhouette of a potted plant (stem) at work, in front of the glass brick wall, backlit by a cloudless sunset.

The "naturally-lit" version is OK but dull--the shot with the best perspective did not really show the golden lighting, so I'm going with a version using more (radical) tone curves applied to individual color channels, making the cool patterns in the glass more visible, and helping the sticks stand out.

Crop/resize, multiple tone curves, plain black border; no sharpening on the colorized version (I ran 2 passes with USM on the "normal" version).

You can see the original at pBase' . substr('//www.pbase.com/image/18360738/small.jpg', strrpos('//www.pbase.com/image/18360738/small.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

Place: 147 out of 151
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Votes: 130
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/06/2003 05:31:01 PM
Interesting abstract and patterns. Good application to challenge (the title and subject).
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07/05/2003 07:47:41 PM
If I were a member and could vote, you'd get an extra point just for your vocabulary. ^_^

I'm fascinated by the colours you got here. Very nice indeed!
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07/05/2003 07:09:39 PM
sorry but HUH??
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07/05/2003 11:07:36 AM
An interesting abstract, but has too much black at the bottom. Familiar editing style, if not result. (looks like the good GeneralE here)
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07/04/2003 07:48:07 AM
I am not usually into abstract, but this one was great and the clever capture of the "B" angle was excellent idea. thanks
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07/03/2003 05:14:49 AM
Awesome colors in the glass blocks. Has a really surreal feel about it. Not so sure about the subject. Looks like something getting in the way more than anything.
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07/03/2003 12:20:37 AM
It's probably my own ignorance, or something, but this shot really doesn't appeal to me. Though I like the bright colors, it almost looks like it has used extreme post-processing to cover up a basic flaw in the photograph.
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07/02/2003 07:49:54 AM
OK so I admit I had to check what bifurcating meant! As pop art it may work well but it's too busy for me.
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07/02/2003 05:15:37 AM
I had to look up "bifurcating" as I had no idea what it meant and got the following definition "to divide into two branches or parts" - so I'm still not sure what it has to do with this picture??
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07/01/2003 11:24:56 AM
Is that something in front of the glass bricks? Even if it isn't a split in the glass I feel it would meet the challenge as it visually splits up the picture. Lots of procesing but the colours work well together, good luck with it.
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06/30/2003 09:57:14 PM
Bicurcating: To separate into two parts or branches; fork. If nothing else, I just learned something new ... had to look up what your title means :) Met the challenge. This very much looks like digital art to me, and it doesn't often happen that that kind of shot appeals to me. Unfortunately, you fell a bit short of it here, too. The "thing" on the right that's branching out, is it a branch? Judging by the title, this is the subject of your photo, to me, without the title, it's a little distracting from those glass block windows. Not sure about the colors, either, sorry ... :( I guess I just don't get it.
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06/30/2003 07:25:26 PM
excellent allusion but the colors just didn't apeal to me.
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06/30/2003 07:19:20 AM
Bifurcating... that's a new one to me! I'll add it to my vocab. I'm not averse to abstracts, but this one just doesn't do it for me... and I don't think you thought of the word first and then took the picture, so it feels like this has been stretched to meet the challenge. The intereference patterns are interesting, but the overall composition is not pleasing to my eye... the branching line is not immediately obvious, so once you know what the word means, the relevance still doesn't jump out at you. Perhaps if you cropped so that only the 1 1/2 squares in the bottom right were visible this might improve it for me. 4
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