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Challenge: Shadows III (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Disney
Camera: Pentax *ist DS
Lens: Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 LD for Pentax
Location: Disney's MGM Studios
Date: Jun 7, 2006
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/2000th
Galleries: Performance, Action
Date Uploaded: Jun 10, 2006

Taken and Disney MGM - Their new Lights, Motors, Action, Extreme Action show. If you have the opportunity, it is a must-see.

This is midway through a 3-story drop. I chose a tight crop to emphasize the shadow, but the long view is really impressive.

Adjusted white balance and contrast, resized and sharpened.

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Post-challenge notes.


First of all, a thank you to everyone.

A lot of people asked how I set up this shot. To be honest, it was pure luck. I was shooting some action sequences at the park and was shocked and thrilled when I realized the shadow was so striking.

For those interested, here are the sequence of photos shot of the fall.

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finally, I went back and forth on what crop to enter. I really liked this one
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but was afraid it looked too much like a trampoline shot.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 154
Avg (all users): 7.4921
Avg (commenters): 8.4808
Avg (participants): 7.3067
Avg (non-participants): 7.6140
Views since voting: 14007
Views during voting: 443
Votes: 189
Comments: 101
Favorites: 28 (view)


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04/12/2008 07:55:13 PM
SO cool!
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01/10/2008 11:02:46 AM
This might be fun to re-edit under the new advanced rules to try to composite the action sequence.
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06/24/2006 05:43:15 PM
About time you ribboned! This was my favourite by far, well done!
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06/24/2006 03:54:43 PM
Great captures. While I love the one you chose to enter I think I prefer the one that you say looks like a trampoline shot because it looks more like the shadow is trying to catch the original.

Great job.
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06/23/2006 03:57:13 AM
very clever! congrats
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06/22/2006 10:29:59 PM
Great shot Sam! The outtakes are great as well. Congrats on your first ribbon!
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06/22/2006 06:30:09 PM
Love the picture. And that show... I have a similiar picture... wonder if it is the same guy?

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Message edited by author 2006-06-22 18:30:50.
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06/21/2006 11:21:39 PM
I'm still trying to figure out why Nobody won the red ribbon this week. hmmm...

Great shot Sam. Congrats on the ribbon. Well deserved.
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06/21/2006 09:30:58 PM
This is such a great shot! Great candid capture!
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06/21/2006 12:15:01 AM
LOL! I can't stop laughing!

I hope no shadow puppets were injured in the making of this photograph!

Great job! Congrats!
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06/20/2006 12:04:53 PM
You got it!!! Congrats1
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06/20/2006 08:04:01 AM
Wow! One of the best photo I saw in a long time!
Congratulation!
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06/20/2006 02:33:55 AM
Well done Sam!

Congrats on your long overdue first ribbon.
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06/20/2006 01:37:12 AM
As a inveterate shadow and reflections seeker, I applaud your masterpiece. Luck helps but you still have to take the picture.
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06/19/2006 11:40:38 PM
Congratulations! This is really outstanding. I love the way you cropped it, and it was a super catch!
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06/19/2006 11:31:42 PM
This is indeed an interesting shot. No doubt. Congratulations for the ribbon
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06/19/2006 10:12:20 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon. Outstanding shot!
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06/19/2006 09:18:28 PM
A fantastic image! Congratulations on your RED.
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06/19/2006 08:52:50 PM
Excellent capture! Congratulations!
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06/19/2006 03:35:42 PM
Congratulations on your first ribbon, excellent shot!
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06/19/2006 11:47:57 AM
Excellent! Brings a smile! Very nicely done! Notice your votes distribution; only 16 people thought it was "average" or worse :-) Congrats on your ribbon!
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06/19/2006 10:41:35 AM
Great shot, Sam. Grats on that first ribbon!! :D
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06/19/2006 08:48:59 AM
Congrats on the ribbon! Excellent timing and post editing!
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06/19/2006 07:52:04 AM
Terrific!! Congrats!!
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06/19/2006 07:29:27 AM
This is a very cool shot. Instantly reminded me of Rene Magritte's Golconde. Great stuff.
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06/19/2006 07:28:10 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon!! Glad you explained what it was.
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06/19/2006 06:54:19 AM
Conratulations on your first ribbon Sam...feel's great don't it?!

I really thought this might win because of the unique quirkiness of the shot. Thanks for taking the time to make the explanation of how you shot it and for including the outtakes.

Great work!

May you get many more ribbons!
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06/19/2006 06:28:21 AM
What a fantastic shot Sam! I wasn't sure if this was suicide in play, until I read the story. Congratulations with a well-deserved ribbon!

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06/19/2006 06:16:17 AM
awesome, sam! this sure is a cool thing to wake up to! w2g!!
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06/19/2006 05:45:47 AM
Great job Sam and congratulations on your first ribbon. I am glad there were no mystery 8+ scores out there and we both got to ribbon :). Its nice to see what you entered and lets try to do this again sometime.
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06/19/2006 05:37:40 AM
woah, I never thought it might be real! I was thinking the model had jumped from the ground, and it was flipped.

Great shot, well done
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06/19/2006 04:31:26 AM
Nobody did it better! ...well except jdannels, but congrats on your red ribbon! :)
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06/19/2006 04:14:54 AM
Congrats on an interesting image and your ribbon
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06/19/2006 03:50:09 AM
Awesome image, really amazing. Huge congrats on your red ribbon.
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06/19/2006 03:04:37 AM
First ribbon, way to go, amazing shot and my pick for the top.
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06/19/2006 02:52:13 AM
The red awarded to nobody? Huh? :P Congrats!
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06/19/2006 02:36:07 AM
This was one of my extremely rare 10's. The one unshuttered window just added the finishing touch for a great shot. Congrats! :D
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06/19/2006 01:47:59 AM
Congrats!!! Really a terrific image.
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06/19/2006 12:37:48 AM
I wondered how this was done! Thanks for sharing it and congratulations on your ribbon!
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06/19/2006 12:19:22 AM
Dramatic shot, very nice. Congratulations.
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06/19/2006 12:19:08 AM
What a capture this one is. Congrats...PLEASE post your long view!

Edit for comment:
You chose the perfect shot! and the crop was perfect too!
This would make a great book cover or movie poster.

Message edited by author 2006-06-19 00:58:40.
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06/19/2006 12:15:47 AM
hrmph.. knocked out of 3rd place AGAIN.
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06/19/2006 12:07:15 AM
Great job on this! Congratulations
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06/19/2006 12:06:32 AM
Awesome! Congratulations!
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06/19/2006 12:06:18 AM
Great capture and well done - congrats on your ribbon.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/18/2006 11:48:55 PM
breathtaking. 9.
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06/18/2006 04:55:42 PM
Great image
Works perfectly for this challenge

Good luck

Kev
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06/18/2006 04:43:18 AM
clever.
but still scary
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06/17/2006 04:18:44 PM
why clone out the strings of dummy/puppet?
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06/17/2006 02:15:08 PM
The things people do for a good photo. With all the effort you must have put into this photo, I hope you do well.
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06/17/2006 01:44:54 PM
Even without the guy and the shadow this image is cool. Add thse things in and you have an intriguing, humorous capture.
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06/17/2006 07:08:54 AM
Back to comment. What a fun image and a great title too. Very well done! Back to visit you again....I simply must bump you up a bit for a job well done. I can't wait to see how you did this.
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06/17/2006 05:22:50 AM
Been trying to figure this one out all week. I cant. Doesnt matter. Really fun shot and looknig forward to seeing the descrip after. Bumping up.
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06/17/2006 02:18:17 AM
great capture - 9
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06/16/2006 07:34:19 PM
This has a pretty good chance for a ribbon, I say.
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06/16/2006 04:41:10 PM
Really quirky and certainly striking! I really love the texture and colours of the weathered building behind and the way they contrast with the inky black of the falling man.
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06/16/2006 04:21:25 PM
Wow, awesome shot.
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06/16/2006 01:58:54 PM
Challenge: SHADOWS III
Description: Creatively capture a shadow

Advanced Edit
Extreme Shadow Puppets
Fit: Epitomises the idea behind the challenge 2
Very clever indeed
Aesthetics: Well composed, aesthetically pleasing 2
I like thw ay the eye is drawn from the figure to the shadow and then half down to the open shuttered window
Technical: Technically well executed 2
Maybe it lacks a little detail in the figure?
Wow: Has some impact 1
A good picture that just feels a little flat - and I am not sure why.
Total Score = 7
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06/16/2006 12:37:49 PM
This is terrific! A 10!
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06/16/2006 10:15:55 AM
Very clever!
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06/15/2006 11:47:13 PM
I absolutely love this image and can hardly wait to find out how you managed this shot, as I am certain are countless others. A great photo which meets a the prescribed criteria, and executed to perfection.
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06/15/2006 06:53:46 AM
Oh my...this is just fantastic.
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06/15/2006 06:28:50 AM
I love this shot because it is really intersting and thought provoking - also a bit ominous
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06/14/2006 07:20:46 PM
OMG... things you do for a good picture hehe... Absolutely great picture, hope you post a description after the challenge -9 from me... Stunning colors.
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06/14/2006 05:10:28 PM
what the...? how did you do this?!? 10!!!
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06/14/2006 04:15:46 PM
this is a nice image, im curious as to where he is going to land.
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06/14/2006 03:02:34 PM
WOW, you really pushed the limit ;) you deserve a high score.
EDIT: The arms pointing forwards as if you were falling rather than jumping would have enhanced the image a bit imo.
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06/14/2006 02:36:33 PM
Nice idea and execution.
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06/14/2006 10:50:32 AM
wow!!! very cool shot!
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06/14/2006 10:34:00 AM
I don't know how you did this but it's brilliant! It meets the challenge and is fun, if a little scary. Love the background.
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06/14/2006 07:44:38 AM
very clever
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06/14/2006 04:34:22 AM
simple effect but very well done. but take away the title and the shadow doesn't have as much importance in the photo.
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06/13/2006 08:26:38 PM
Brilliant. The muted and geometric background is visually appealing, but doesn't distract from the subject. And the shadow is prominent and sharp. The almost silhouetted shape is a strong and bold shape. Really eyecatching composition.
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06/13/2006 03:35:50 PM
very cool
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06/13/2006 11:30:05 AM
hehehehe....cool...:)
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06/13/2006 10:07:50 AM
how the heck did you get this shot??? wow, should ribbon for sure in my book 9
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06/12/2006 11:11:11 PM
Wow great capture I can't find anything I dislike so Hmm.. 9
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06/12/2006 10:09:06 PM
I like it, interesting shot! Hey many takes did he have to do ;) Nice job.
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06/12/2006 09:54:12 PM
My thoughts: your model is good at trampoline jumping, the house has a European look, somewhere South, where it's hot, my guess would be France. But I could be so wrong. It's a marvellous photo in every way. 9 (I don't vote 10's, nor 1,2,3's).
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06/12/2006 09:42:18 PM
Outstanding! Bump.
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06/12/2006 07:28:58 PM
This is a photo that not only entertains but has commercial use.
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06/12/2006 07:05:16 PM
Holy cr*p! The dudes gonna die! Can't wait to see your notes!
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06/12/2006 05:05:08 PM
fantastic composition creative and meets the challenge perfectly! Really cool work
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06/12/2006 04:02:21 PM
what an incredible picture! very nice, 10
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06/12/2006 03:28:42 PM
Wow how did you do that? 10
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06/12/2006 03:27:23 PM
i seriously hope that this is upside down, and it's just a bloke on a trampoline ,or even jumping... but the illusion works (style of the windows etc) so has been brilliantly executed. either that r the picture is the right way up, and the bloke has just been brilliantly executed. it's a really fun and creative shot that meets the challenge splendidly well. 9.
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06/12/2006 11:59:18 AM
Amazing! How did you get that figure there?
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06/12/2006 11:01:50 AM
Wow, I haven't gotten very far in the voting yet but I can see this winning. It's so odd and intriguing! The colours are good, the repeating shapes/lines of the windows are good and then there's that falling person and shadow. I can't imagine what situation you'd find this in, but well seen and photographed!
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06/12/2006 10:31:02 AM
Beautiful
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06/12/2006 09:18:47 AM
Very cool work. I don't know how it was done, but I only hope he is alive after this shot.

("Take one... Fred. We have only one shot of this, so make sure you are falling parallel. I already called medics, so don't worry... 3..2...1... JUMP")

LOL
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06/12/2006 08:06:07 AM
Man you must really want a ribbon! This should score very well.
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06/12/2006 06:58:35 AM
Love the humorous note. Hope this does well for you.
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06/12/2006 04:41:51 AM
Shadow is nice but I am really impressed by the technique. Is this a jump into (sufficiently deep) water, or how is it done? If model dies from broken neck for every shot, I hope it didn't take too many shots/models to get this one!

Just for the idea I cannot give less than 9 ...
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06/12/2006 03:14:53 AM
I think that is interesting that you descrive the tecnical for this image. good! 8
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06/12/2006 03:14:23 AM
This is over the top, extreme is right. 10 and a fav.
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06/12/2006 01:26:48 AM
I hope no people were harmed in the making of this image!
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06/12/2006 12:43:50 AM
amazing shot!! can't wait to see how you did it!
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06/12/2006 12:43:40 AM
Wow....ingenious. Jump and turn it upside down...

10 for the effort.
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06/12/2006 12:39:17 AM
Wow, you got me. I'm not sure how you did this. Super photo in any case!
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06/12/2006 12:25:23 AM
Man, finally a creative one! Good for you. Can't wait to find out how you did it. Imagination personified. Way to go.
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06/12/2006 12:24:45 AM
definately interesting.. nice grab!
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