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 This image was disqualified from the Road challenge.
Out of nowhere
Out of nowhere
LalliSig


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Road (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Location: On the road to Þingvellir, Iceland
Date: Jan 15, 2006
Aperture: 1.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Portraiture, Advertisement
Date Uploaded: Jan 16, 2006

The idea was to create an image that could have been on an album cover for a musician and I really like how this came out. This was one of the last shots we did before heading home and we were both absolutely freezing since it was pretty windy and several degrees under celsius. The models name is Kristin, some of you might recognise her from my Triptych entry as the girl in the middle. Was going to use some kind of fill in lighting, had my bowens lights with me but I didnīt trust the stands in the wind so this is just shot in ambient lighting close to sunset.

Edited this solely in CS2. Shot in raw like all my other shots and I used the wignetting correction tool in the CS2 raw converter to increase the wignetting to extremes to get the dark corners in the bottom. Adjusted wb, contrast boost, shifted the colours slightly too the blue side, used selective colour to bring back a little colour to her face and finally sharpened after resizing.

Edited after the challenge:

Well well well, a DQ, my first and hopefully last... Never in a million years did I think this would be disqualified, it didnīt even cross my mind but apparently I donīt interpret the rules as most people do. Anyway, strongly disagree with this DQ but I respect it so I am moving on. As far as I am concerned, this shot got a yellow ribbon but who is counting, right? :) Just to clarify, it was disqualified because I added the dark corners in the .raw processing phase of the shot with Photoshop CS2 under the lens correction tab.

If anybody is interested, there is a huge thread that has some discussion on this photo and the editing amongst other things.

As always, many thanx for all the comments and especially the many favorites, as far as I am concerned this is one of my best images that I have submitted so far on DPC and I am so glad so many of you like it :) Cheers!

Edited again in June 2006:

Well finally got a chance to redeem my only (to this date anyway) DQ in the "Take Two" challenge, here is the thumbnail to that image.


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and here is the fall version ->
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Disqualification Details
The use of effects filters (excluding Noise and Gaussian Blur) is not permitted in Basic Editing. Please review the challenge submission rules.

Statistics
Views since voting: 17488
Views during voting: 712
Comments: 73
Favorites: 106 (view)


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AuthorThread
09/23/2008 12:46:29 AM
Hi, I have been shown this image because I'm in some doubt as to why I'm about to be disqualified for doing exactly what you did here - I increased the vignette on Lightroom under the 'lens correction' tools. I agree with you wholeheartedly, this shouldn't be seen as any more than basic editing - your shot is fantastic, as is the rest of your work, and you did what I would call a global change, which should be allowed under basic editing rules. Not only that, but its a lens correction - if you can crop, rotate, adjust levels, desaturate any colour you wish and thereby creating a completely different effect, I don't see why you can't increase the vignette.
Congratulations on your amazing photos, they are all worthy of constant ribbons!
cheers,
Trish
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04/22/2007 11:17:49 PM
I don't even know how to comment. Very very nice.
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04/06/2006 12:21:23 AM
Hadn't seen this before. Splendid!
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02/15/2006 10:13:18 AM
This is a great pic and a super idea.....
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01/26/2006 06:51:42 PM
Not to worry, this could be an album cover or one for the wall. I personally value more out of peoples comments and the fact they may add my shot to their favourites. That means alot. As much as we love DPC , it is only a spec in the universe !
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01/26/2006 05:37:21 AM
sorry you fell in straddling two boats drifting apart. excellent work.
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01/25/2006 05:32:39 PM
Really sorry about the misunderstanding Larus, great picture anyways!
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01/25/2006 05:17:05 PM
I am also really disappointed that this got dq'd! As I stated during the challenge, this was my strong pick for blue. And I didn't think anything you did in RAW before you even opened the picture counted against the basic editing rules. Eeeeeeee. . ..now I know. Sorry you had to be the sacrificial lamb that taught us all that rule.

But everyone's right. It doesn't take away from how awesome the photo is. . .only that there's a pink highlight marking it instead of a yellow ribon :(
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01/25/2006 03:50:10 PM
Bummer. I had hoped for a ribbon.
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01/25/2006 11:42:37 AM
Was it the selective colour tool that DQ'd this one?
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01/25/2006 10:27:44 AM
I am having a hard time understanding why it was disqualified.
Excellent work. Well done.
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01/25/2006 08:01:53 AM
A truly stunning photograph, sorry it was disqualified as it really had ribbon potential.

Message edited by author 2006-01-25 08:09:00.
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01/25/2006 06:39:03 AM
Þvílík synd. Þessi var lang best.
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01/25/2006 06:06:49 AM
I don't understand why this picture got disqualified. As far as I can tell there was no spot editing although Larus did use the vignetting tool in the Adobe Camera RAW converter. I feel it extremely difficult to understand how that can be called 'spot editing' and for that matter I've used it in a basic challenge myself - //www.dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=271074

I hope this judgement will be reconsidered, at least if the vignetting was the sole reason for the disqualification.
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01/25/2006 03:40:18 AM
I thought it was your photo, great shot and one af the best in the challenge. The DQ was a disappointment,- have a better luck next time!
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01/25/2006 03:08:16 AM
Looks like ogres and trolls were out to get this photo no matter what! Goes into my favorite as genuine and artistically made..beautiful in every way.
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01/25/2006 02:23:46 AM
Man - can't believe this got a DQ, was my pick for the blue.
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01/25/2006 02:02:25 AM
What buzzrock said!! :)
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01/25/2006 12:25:35 AM
Very Strong-- was My blue-pick

Still gonna fav it- no matter the DQ.

Message edited by author 2006-01-25 00:58:27.
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01/25/2006 12:20:20 AM
Very strong. I'm amazed this is basic editing, wtg!
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01/25/2006 12:14:22 AM
This was my pick for the blue - very beautiful composition.
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01/25/2006 12:12:52 AM
Beautiful. congratulations on the 4th.
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01/25/2006 12:12:33 AM
Awesome!
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01/25/2006 12:09:53 AM
This should have won. But 4th isn't bad higher then I have even been. Excellent job as I said in my post.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/24/2006 11:04:14 PM
Nice image! My ribbon pick!
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01/24/2006 06:39:33 PM
Cool shot.
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01/24/2006 05:14:49 PM
Not fair, putting a beautiful woman in your shot ;-) It certainly works.
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01/24/2006 01:28:03 PM
Brilliant lighting!
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01/24/2006 11:30:42 AM
striking
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01/24/2006 05:13:06 AM
This has a really lovely feel about it, I like it a lot.....It is quite magical.....
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01/24/2006 02:55:04 AM
like a cover of a cd album
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01/24/2006 01:41:32 AM
This is an excelent photo; the contrast, the sense of motion, the expression on her face. The only thing that would make it better, for me, is if there was a bit more detail on her cloths. I can sees the belt buckle but everything else is lost in the darkness.
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01/23/2006 09:52:58 PM
Awesome! Nice concept. I'm interested to know how use obtained the gradiant effect, i.e. bright center, yet darker around the edges. Again, great photo. congrats.
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01/23/2006 11:50:31 AM
Lovely feeling, elegant and effective. I usually comment on too central composition, but it works for special cases, like here.
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01/22/2006 11:01:40 PM
I think that was my dream last night.....super shot !
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01/22/2006 09:51:13 PM
Well done
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01/22/2006 05:03:21 PM
One of my favourites, the model is beautiful, her expression too, and the haziness very well done.
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01/22/2006 01:50:14 PM
Great image! You have to tell me how you got this effect via Basic ;) Beautiful image!
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01/21/2006 11:22:31 PM
Wow! Definately a road... but what a creative idea. One of my top picks from this challenge!
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01/21/2006 12:32:34 PM
i like your subject placement and her expression. this along with the brightened background gives it a neat, heavenly, washed out look. nice.
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01/21/2006 11:10:36 AM
Coley???
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01/21/2006 05:32:04 AM
Very striking, very graphic. Like it.
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01/21/2006 01:54:57 AM
beautiful
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01/20/2006 08:17:39 PM
This is just great, love the look and the exposure. The way her pink skin stands out from the background is great.
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01/20/2006 07:07:39 PM
Okay, cold, a bit dark, beautiful woman and great photograph. Must be Iceland? :)
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01/20/2006 06:57:51 PM
Good exposure and perspective.
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01/20/2006 06:40:24 PM
I'm gonna go out on a limb and say this photo is #1.
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01/20/2006 10:39:48 AM
nice.. woulde like to see more of the road but thats just me.. 8
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01/20/2006 09:29:11 AM
Very nice photograph, it has a starkness that is very dramatic. Great shooting angle, you used the road well to frame the subject and lead the eye. Well done!
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01/19/2006 11:39:15 PM
Wow! I haven't gone through all the images, but I have a feeling that I won't find a better one. Great contrast, good composition. One thing I would have tried is a different crop. Centered composition is rarely the best choice, especially since the bottom of your photo is dark. I would have cropped out most of the road in front of her feet.

Bump up to 10 on second pass. I found some better ones now that I'm done with them all, but this is still a yellow or a red ribbon potential IMO.
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01/19/2006 11:21:39 PM
This is such a striking photo! The white of the snow and the blue-gray day contrasted against the lady in black! Awesome! This is my pick for blue! It deserves to have top billing in this challenge. Good luck! 10
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01/19/2006 09:33:42 PM
Most likely the winner
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01/19/2006 04:47:35 PM
Nice. I almost get the feel that there is a printed background that she is standing in front of.
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01/19/2006 03:05:19 PM
Great shot, this is very impressive. The contrast between her black outfit and the bright white background is excellent. This is a wonderful picture...well done!
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01/19/2006 02:58:27 PM
Nice exposure here. Very difficult to expose correctly black on white.. Fill flash used? How was the vignetting achieved.?
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01/19/2006 12:49:07 PM
Somewhere in iceland, no?
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01/18/2006 09:59:54 PM
I love this. Nice change from all of the asphalt and signs. Nice imaginative take.
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01/18/2006 04:54:49 PM
Nicely done, but why not shoot at an alge, so that the road would create more perspective in this shot?
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01/18/2006 03:55:55 PM
Solitary Journey and happy about it. I love it. Good work.
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01/18/2006 02:51:13 PM
beautiful work...
hypnotic...
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01/18/2006 11:49:50 AM
The centre composition working in this instance. I like the contrast of the black against the snow.
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01/18/2006 10:02:18 AM
Love it!!
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01/18/2006 09:53:41 AM
Beautifully done.
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01/18/2006 09:52:28 AM
This is a really refreshing take on the challenge. The snow really adds to the moodiness of the shot. (as does the model in the dark clothing) Congrats - fantastic shot!
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01/18/2006 08:46:13 AM
My favorite of the challenge. If she wasnt smiling, I would have spotted it a 10, simply because it would have added to the modd a little more. Either way, I like it!! 9...oh heck, 10 ;-)
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01/18/2006 05:18:06 AM
Great shot! The leadin lines work really well. Looks like a fashon mag image. The womans clothes are a bit dark on my monitor and lack some detail. Dont mind her being centered either it adds to the shot imo. 9.
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01/18/2006 03:55:23 AM
Very powerful.
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01/18/2006 03:47:03 AM
my favourite shot in the comp so far in the voting...it really looks like this beautiful woman came out of nowhere...only negative are the tyremarks on the ground, they seem to bring the ethreal moment back down to earth...still 8
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01/18/2006 03:30:12 AM
One Word...breathtaking.9.
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01/18/2006 02:02:41 AM
Freaking amazing... This will be on the front page for sure. I'm going to take a wild guess and say this is Coley? Either way...I love this picture. 10
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01/18/2006 01:10:20 AM
i like the concept, and the model, im not sure if i like the centering and symmetry...6 for now, I might come back and change it.
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01/18/2006 12:56:41 AM
WOW! Great photo, good luck! 9
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01/18/2006 12:38:49 AM
ribbon!
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