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The Dock
The Dock
maestro


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Fireworks (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G
Location: Florida
Date: Jul 4, 2006
Aperture: f-9
ISO: 200
Shutter: 4 seconds
Galleries: Sky, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Jul 5, 2006

I use Paint Shop Pro

rotated 90 degrees clockwise, leveled the dock, cropped, brightness/contrast, grunge-smudge-soften brushes, greyscale, and then I threw ALL of that out the window and played with some adjustment layers. I loved the "disolve" on this particular shot at 100%. I think it makes it look like a drawing.

So in daring to be different and have people stop and say "WTF" after all of those color firework shots, I hope it pays off. It's a love it or hate it scenario but I thought it would be fun to see the reactions.

Disqualification Details
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Statistics
Views since voting: 2167
Views during voting: 740
Comments: 67
Favorites: 25 (view)


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AuthorThread
07/16/2006 05:07:05 PM
Makes sense. Those 33 "10s" look real out of place. There seems to be almost two times too many when you look at the rest of the vote spread.
07/15/2006 10:36:38 PM
Originally posted by mo5988:

what are "multiple accounts?" anyone?

what a disappointment! i wish this had ribboned


Multiple accounts = one person with more than one username, allows things like voting on your own images which is obviously not fair...

Message edited by author 2006-07-15 23:39:46.
07/15/2006 10:55:11 AM
what are "multiple accounts?" anyone?

what a disappointment! i wish this had ribboned

Message edited by author 2006-07-15 11:01:16.
07/13/2006 04:50:10 PM
Originally posted by maestro:

I loved the "disolve" on this particular shot at 100%. I think it makes it look like a drawing.


I think you are exactly right! And the reason this photo definately appeals to me. Kudos for attempting to be different and succeeding well.
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07/13/2006 03:24:11 PM
Congrats on the 6th place, great shot!

Message edited by author 2006-07-13 15:24:55.
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07/13/2006 02:56:41 PM
How creative! It's a beautiful shot, and has just been added to my favorites :)
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07/13/2006 02:52:31 PM
Originally posted by dahved:

Distinctive shot! Wait, you rotated this 90 degrees? You were going to enter it with the dock pointing up on the left? I think this way is better.


lol. Now that you mention it I don't know where I got the 90 degrees from. I think when you go to turn it clockwise or counter clockwise it says "90 degrees" in the program. But I had to turn it upward from on its side and chose the clockwise I believe.

Message edited by author 2006-07-13 14:53:56.
07/13/2006 01:32:14 PM
Distinctive shot! Wait, you rotated this 90 degrees? You were going to enter it with the dock pointing up on the left? I think this way is better.

Message edited by author 2006-07-13 13:33:09.
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07/13/2006 12:40:26 PM
wow, phenomenal job on this! highly impressed!
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07/13/2006 11:10:21 AM
hey there. congrats on your high score. i for one gave this a 10. so amazing!
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07/13/2006 09:57:06 AM
I'm delighted to see this totally out-of-the-box take on fireworks do so well! NO color? REVERSED? You got to be kidding! jejeje™
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07/13/2006 09:42:51 AM
I'm so amazed! The voters *almost* got this right! This is easily the best in the challenge - amazing PP seeing the original - great work to get from there to here.
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07/13/2006 08:59:00 AM
Congrats on your top 10 placing with this out of the box presentation. Creative thinking and excellent results. Well done!
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07/13/2006 04:51:21 AM
After coming back to have a look at this shot again, and seeing the original, I like it even more.
This one should get a special award for creativity in the post-processing phase. You took a mediocre shot and turned it into something that really stands out.
Congratulations. Great entry.
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07/13/2006 01:12:59 AM
I also want to give a very special thank you to those that chose this as a favorite. I now have 9 !

I wrote to each of you with a personal thanks! You all ROCK!
07/13/2006 01:02:17 AM
This absolutely blows me away. Congratulations on your excellent shot and top 10 finish.
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07/13/2006 01:02:02 AM
Even with the low votes you managed to pull out a top ten. Congrats for being different and doing well for it.
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07/13/2006 12:28:49 AM
The original? Let me resize it. Be back!

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Here is the original. As you can see its a bit dark and barely needed a crop. I think I only had to crop it because of rotating it slightly to get the dock level. That is really a wharf and I should have called it that. lol.

There were only about 18 people on the wharf. This a large lake and a small town display. The normal town goers don't really go much anymore so the crowds are minimal. I think the fact that there were so few people and so little confusion below in the shot and on the wharf made this appealing. I knew I had to get a foreground "something or other" so I walked around the lake till I had the dock in front of me.

I did toy with the original and in color but the light inside the gazebo at the end of the wharf had that yucky incandescent lighting glow. It was "ok" but not great although it balanced the shot. Also the fireworks were way up, way low and then medium. I got a few captures of it medium height and this is one of them.

This was my first try at fireworks and I am very pleased with the results. I have backyard ones and this display from the holiday week. Now that the challenge is over I can work on those and put them in my port to. I will work on some tomorrow. :)

Message edited by author 2006-07-13 00:40:45.
07/13/2006 12:26:31 AM
I would love to see the original.
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07/13/2006 12:24:28 AM
Gave you a 10 and this was my 3rd place pick
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07/13/2006 12:19:25 AM
Thank you jbsmithana. Shhhh, but I agree with you lol. I did get more 10's then the top winners though! :) It's just one of those things. I did get some 1's, 2's, and 3's from the haters of this love or hate it shot and that was the downfall for ribbon-hood.
07/13/2006 12:16:00 AM
This was my favorite shot. I was so tired of standard firework shots and when this came up it just blew me away. Should have been a ribbon.
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07/13/2006 12:07:02 AM
Thank you for all the wonderful comments and votes everyone! I am very pleased to be in the top ten with such gorgeous images for competition. :)
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/12/2006 11:04:06 PM
Great way to make your shot stand out from the crowd! Well done.
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07/12/2006 07:03:58 PM
This is simply wonderful! Great job!
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07/11/2006 06:04:46 PM
nice negative
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07/11/2006 04:13:34 PM
The effect on the dock is really cool.
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07/11/2006 11:49:27 AM
A very unique take of fireworks. Nicely done!
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07/11/2006 10:54:48 AM
Almost surreal! I like the PP very much.
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07/11/2006 09:13:31 AM
Very arty...nice work.
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07/11/2006 08:03:53 AM
Definitely one of the best picture in this competition!! Well done for a 10
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07/09/2006 11:52:50 AM
i like this, looks very interesting. good idea.
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07/08/2006 11:46:10 PM
WOW!!!! amazing negative! too bad you didn't have this for the negative challenge! a definite 10
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07/08/2006 10:00:21 PM
I appreciate the originality.
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07/08/2006 12:28:40 PM
that looks sweet
love the color
10
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07/08/2006 06:31:06 AM
Back to bump. This is my top pick for ribbon. Nice balance in the composition and the negative type coloring makes it so interesting....almost feels like a charcoal drawing. 9
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07/07/2006 08:51:15 PM
Now this I really like. A superb and unique take on this challenge. 10!
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07/07/2006 08:46:54 PM
I wondered if we would see one of these, and what it would look like...I love the results
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07/07/2006 06:58:31 PM
very creative usage
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07/07/2006 05:57:16 PM
negative images often get a bad rep, but I think this actuallu works very well with the image, giving it something different that you wouldn't normally expect. Hope this does well, and good luck!
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07/07/2006 05:15:44 PM
I like the composition, I just wonder if it might have been better in the original colour? Still... one of the more creative photos in this challenge.
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07/07/2006 03:59:20 PM
What makes this so striking is that the dock looks fairly normal in spite of the negative image. This strengthens the feeling of anomaly created by the reversed bursts of fireworks. 10
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07/07/2006 03:13:25 PM
This is quite different from the other entries, and as such stands out a lot. I wouldn't have thought of reversing the shot, but I really like the effect. Good thinking, well done, good luck! 10
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07/07/2006 12:58:30 PM
Great visual impact. Original and definitly one of my favorites in this challenge!!
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07/07/2006 11:19:52 AM
best of show! 10

I've seen fireworks from every other POV in this challenge - thank you for taking time to show them to me in a new light.

I hope this goes over well, that you get the ribbon you deserve for compositional and creative excellence - but I have no faith in the voters to see that.

I'm inspired.
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07/07/2006 06:41:37 AM
my favourite for the challenge, sepurb use of the negative effect. 10
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07/07/2006 02:58:55 AM
Interesting take on the challenge. The longer I look, the more it grows on me. Has an Asian feel to it. Definitely unique. Nice job.
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07/06/2006 10:21:08 PM
I like it, it was not what I would have expected!
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07/06/2006 05:38:36 PM
Clever in negative --strong visual impact
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07/06/2006 04:20:49 PM
Clearly the standout shot of this challenge for me: 10
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07/06/2006 04:05:29 PM
0-2 Meets Challenge: 2
0-3 Technical Merit: 3
0-3 Creativity: 3
0-2 Biased Wow Factor: 2
Total = 10
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07/06/2006 02:23:16 PM
I also played around with inverting my image but I didn't have anything of interest other then the fireworks... the dock works.
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07/06/2006 02:03:53 PM
I can't vote, but that doesn't stop me from being impressed by this image. Very nice.
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07/06/2006 01:08:41 PM
YES. 10.
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07/06/2006 12:04:44 PM
awesome effect!
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07/06/2006 11:11:50 AM
Hmmmmm....already double the views of all other images....played with the processing...from Florida....not hard to figure out this was yours maestro. It is a fantastic composition and the idea for the processing was very creative...Nice to see it's so well received.
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07/06/2006 10:13:02 AM
I like this image a lot. To me it amost looks like a Japanese Ink Painting. Very Creative. Good Job!
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07/06/2006 09:23:39 AM
Wow! This is so unique and perfectly executed! Love it! Great job!
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07/06/2006 06:32:15 AM
Like the new take on fireworks here. -9-
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07/06/2006 02:31:13 AM
Ohh, this one is just wonderfull and very diferent
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07/06/2006 02:21:23 AM
Original idea [I think] I like it!
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07/06/2006 02:13:40 AM
I like twist of the negitive image
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07/06/2006 02:08:17 AM
Haha. I'm giving you a 9 just because.
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07/06/2006 01:47:45 AM
Very different...usually B&W photos of fireworks don't really work...but you did it...10
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07/06/2006 01:26:47 AM
very interesting cocept for a fireworks display,tells the story well.
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07/06/2006 01:18:11 AM
Very clever. I like it.
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07/06/2006 12:35:06 AM
The negative of this is very good, too!
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