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Challenge: The Letter B (Classic Editing)
Collection: Miscellaneous
Camera: Sony DSC-F707
Location: River Heights, Utah, USA
Date: Jun 28, 2003
Aperture: f 8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Humorous, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Jun 28, 2003

I actually set up a small replica of Stonehenge made from bricks in a nearby city park. People were wondering what I was doing and were gathering around as I checked my model with a small map I had of the Salisbury Plain's most famous landmark. But they also thought it was pretty cool, and were helping me get things just right.

I then took about 60 pictures of it from above, below, close ups, etc. and was amazed at how many trees, buildings, etc. managed to weasel their way in! I also had about 7 seconds to shoot each shot, as some of the bricks kept falling down! This shot was taken with a fill in flash to avoid pure sillhouette and was taken from a prone position, as you can probably tell by the grass in the foreground.

In the end, I selected this shot because it looked enough like Stonehenge, had the sun in the shot in the right place, and didn't have too many extra things creeping in. The shots from father away were all pretty boring.

Since my camera's fastest shutter speed was 1/1000, I knew I would have some playing to do with levels, and my work with levels in Photoshop was pretty drastic as you probably can guess. I shot into the sun at around 7 pm--well before sunset. I came back at sunset to shoot more pictures and clean up my bricks, but I had already worked with this shot and liked it, so my efforts later on were only half hearted. Some may suggest that it is too dark, but I default to dark and emotional and saturated rather than lighter and paler.

Thanks for reading! It's always fun to me to see how folks got a shot!

Place: 34 out of 151
Avg (all users): 5.9481
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 5.8913
Avg (non-participants): 6.0698
Views since voting: 1465
Votes: 135
Comments: 24
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06/12/2004 11:53:18 AM
In browsing your portfolio David, this is about the 20th image that made me smile at the creativity. The ideas are sensational, and the execution usually matches.

I hope you enjoy shooting these as much as I enjoy looking at them.

07/29/2003 05:03:09 PM
Pretty Cool!!!!
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07/07/2003 01:15:03 AM
hahaha...David! Great shot! You did good. You are getting very creative. Keep it up!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/06/2003 06:58:56 PM
Like the technique and the concept. [8]
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07/06/2003 03:53:05 PM
this is one of my favourites of the challenge! Funny, and I like the flare of sun in the corner, makes the bricks seem very mighty, until you see the grass! Just a cute idea executed nicely. Colours are vibrant, but not overpowering. Well done.
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07/05/2003 07:46:21 PM
Not only a clever idea, and one that made me laugh, but how long did you have to wait to get that sunflash? Excellent technical trick...it really makes it seem more like a full-size monument!
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07/04/2003 10:07:08 PM
Cute. Real cute.
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07/04/2003 07:51:28 PM
This is my favorite so far...the sun glint off the brick is a nice touch. The perspective is cool too, it looks like the bricks are stonehenge size.
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07/04/2003 07:44:13 AM
Loved this...laughed out loud. The sun flash really makes this work.
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07/02/2003 12:11:56 PM
LoL! Extra credit to any photo that makes me laugh :)
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07/02/2003 07:46:33 AM
This is a great concept and (IMO) perfectly executed. Very creative, nice colours, would be very interested to know how this was done... fill in flash to get the colour of the brick? Great job, should do really well - 10
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07/02/2003 05:52:29 AM
hehe - clever :)
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07/01/2003 12:39:07 PM
Heh.... brickhenge. Funny! I really like the sky in the background, with those expressive little clouds gracing the works.
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07/01/2003 12:14:58 PM
pefect timing with the sun!
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07/01/2003 02:52:26 AM
Great idea, and you've exposed really well.
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07/01/2003 01:28:54 AM
Clever! nice job! 9
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06/30/2003 09:16:16 PM
Now that's a good idea, very creative...I like the dark contrast, good detail & composition, good colors too...
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06/30/2003 08:11:56 PM
clever clever...good job
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06/30/2003 07:12:51 PM
creative and imaginative, I know it's tough with a shot like this but the sun draws to much attention from everthing else.
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06/30/2003 06:06:20 PM
Very very clever! Wish i could vote as you get full marks for originality and composition :)

Hope you do well
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06/30/2003 03:05:19 PM
I gotta give you points for being so inventive. A little less glare from the sun would have certainly been better. 6
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06/30/2003 07:56:22 AM
Very silly, but I really like this one. Good control of exposure, the sun flare is very effective. Great textures. Shame about the noise in the sky where (presumably) you've pushed the saturation and reduced levels. 9
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06/30/2003 04:07:54 AM
Effective. Nice idea well executed.
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06/30/2003 12:21:46 AM
original but it might have been more impressive if the sun was showing through the arches at sundown or something. a 6
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