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Challenge: 2-Second Exposure (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: My Driveway
Date: Mar 19, 2006
Aperture: f/5.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 2.0 sec.
Galleries: Macro, Transportation
Date Uploaded: Mar 19, 2006

This was shot in my Pontiac Grand Prix, while in neutral and revving the engine. Used my tripod to prop up the camera while I pressed the accelerator. I really wanted to try a photo that would dramatically show the 2 second exposure.

I tried to start at 4000 RPM and go up from there, but the engine didn't react nicely to the high RPMs, so I went to more of a cruising engine speed.

The other nice part of this shot was it confirmed that my Canon 50mm f/1.8 II is okay after dropping it about 15" onto a concrete floor. Whew!

Photoshop Processing:
- RAW Conversion
- Curves Adj. Layer
- Channel Mixer Adj. Layer (50% Opacity)
- Curves Adj. Layer
- Selective Shadows/Highlights
- Selective Hue/Saturation Adj. Layer to correct colour variations
- A Little Cloning and Healing
- Resized
- Canvas Size Adjustments

Post Challenge: Alright, I'm very pleased with a 20th place finish. This isn't the easiest composition to get. I didn't want anything else from the dash to come into this photo, so I had to be careful with other readings not getting into the frame. Also, if you've ever tried this, you know that it is very difficult to get a stright on view with the steering wheel in the way not to mention your body. This was as straight a view I could get.

Anyway, thanks for all the great comments and encouragement. I'm very pleased with how this turned out.

Place: 20 out of 192
Avg (all users): 6.3589
Avg (commenters): 6.9412
Avg (participants): 6.0860
Avg (non-participants): 6.5776
Views since voting: 1997
Views during voting: 414
Votes: 209
Comments: 22
Favorites: 3 (view)

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03/30/2006 09:18:42 PM
my only 10
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03/29/2006 02:34:15 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club...

Hi woutje :)

This is an excellent photo and I believe the voters agreed. Graphicfunk's post challenge comment sums up why this photo is appealing. It has simple visual appeal and it does meet the challenge very well. It's clean and simple. Photos that show a great execution of a technique (like long exposures) generally do well. I can't offer you any suggestions for improvement on this because I don't think there are any. Excellent work :)

John Setzler
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/27/2006 04:36:05 PM
may not scream photography/style, but does scream perfection in what you were attempting. Quite frankly, could not be improved upon.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/27/2006 12:53:21 AM
This image was perfectly excecuted and is indeed an attractive visual.
Congratulations on your top 20 finish.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/26/2006 05:49:40 PM
Nice idea and good execution.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/25/2006 11:51:14 PM
Super cool! Bump.
03/25/2006 12:25:09 AM
Great Shot.
03/24/2006 04:17:04 PM
Nice shot. Would have been nice if it were rotated a bit.
03/24/2006 04:15:06 PM
Very Original.
03/24/2006 01:19:39 PM
I really like this one! I only think it might have been better not slanted, but level. -6-
03/24/2006 11:10:27 AM
03/23/2006 11:09:35 AM
not bad,bit like the others like the reds!
03/23/2006 12:10:37 AM
This is a fun pic
03/22/2006 06:28:06 PM
were you speeding up or slowing down ? :)

super shot.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/21/2006 05:42:38 PM
At first glace I was afraid this was another clock, but this is MUCH better than all the second hands!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/21/2006 03:04:36 PM
Nicely done, I even like the thin border you used and I don't usually care for borders much, but this one seems to enhance the photo well. Good luck
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/21/2006 09:04:57 AM
niiiccceee, and interesting
03/21/2006 05:45:24 AM
This is one of the better clock pics. I give it a 7
03/20/2006 11:11:33 PM
Like the image but the last time I looked ar my rpm gage it was centered. Good luck...
03/20/2006 07:42:21 PM
03/20/2006 01:38:21 AM
well done!
03/20/2006 01:32:53 AM
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