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The Machine
The Machine

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Challenge: Image without Subject (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: Snoqualmie, WA
Date: Aug 22, 2006
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/100 sec.
Galleries: Transportation, Science and Technology
Date Uploaded: Aug 26, 2006

Saw this weird machine on the front of a black steam train engine for years near Seattle. Thought it might make a cool "non-subject". After I captured the image, I found out that it is was a snowplow used to clear railroad tracks. Bit of a letdown, as I thought that it was the Millenium Falcon! And yes...the red spot in the middle is really there.

In my eye, the metal was dark and mysterious, but the image needed some work to get there because it looked really flat after I shot it.

- shot in RAW
- cropped
- levels & curves
- saturation/selective colors
- dodged/burned
- cloned out some small reflections
- resized w/ border
- sharpening for web
- small amount of smoothing
- save for web

Not sure if anyone else will like this image, but as for all the challenges, I had a fun time shooting it.

Place: 95 out of 241
Avg (all users): 5.5065
Avg (commenters): 6.3333
Avg (participants): 5.3375
Avg (non-participants): 5.6892
Views since voting: 653
Views during voting: 258
Votes: 154
Comments: 12
Favorites: 1 (view)

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09/10/2006 07:08:52 PM
Hello from the Critique Club:

I think the comments you received during the challenge sum up your entry pretty well, “Cool, Sci-Fi”, “Lighting is great”, “Detail captured is excellent”. I must confess that I’ve never seen an image of a black object with so much detail and dramatic looking to boot. Having 20/20 hindsight commenting after the challenge, your image could just as easily have been in the top ten as any of the others. Thus, with no technical flaws and by meeting the challenge no questions asked, your score merely reflects the tastes of the voters and in particular, the small number that happened to vote on your image. You have a stunning entry here that anyone at DPC would be proud to have in their portfolio.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/03/2006 07:55:18 PM
this is so Star Wars. 7
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09/02/2006 06:56:12 PM
Whatever it is, I could have gone without the red dot. Is it a toy?
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09/02/2006 08:48:23 AM
Excellent, and should be a ribbon contender.....
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08/31/2006 08:55:23 PM
I don't know what it is, but it does look menacing, and the detail captured without having the shadows block up is excellent.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/31/2006 03:16:42 AM
what the!!!!!
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08/29/2006 07:30:51 AM
I don't know what it is, but I want one...
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/28/2006 07:04:30 PM
Cool. Sci-fi. I like it.
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08/28/2006 01:10:27 PM
:) star-trek kind of feeling
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08/28/2006 07:20:40 AM
Jet engine?
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08/28/2006 01:50:45 AM
reminds me of the matrix lol
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08/28/2006 12:41:36 AM
it looks like something from a sci fi movie...well done, lighting is great for this and the comp is perfect
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