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Cycle of Death
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Challenge: Purple II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: Anacortes, Washington USA
Date: Sep 24, 2006
Aperture: F/11
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Digital Art, Science and Technology
Date Uploaded: Sep 26, 2006

Photographer’s Notes
Anacortes Washington (USA) holds a motorcycle event each September. This year’s was the 25th annual “Oyster Run” wherein 15,000 motorcycles descend on a town of 9,000 otherwise peaceful, if somewhat eclectic, folks. Everyone is well behaved. Everyone gets along remarkably well. Everyone seems to have a good time. See my “Oyster Run” portfolio folder for some of the bikes, bikers, and biker babes from last Sunday!
For the record, I spent the day shooting with [user]jbsmithana[/user] who lives in Anacortes and part of the time, we were shooting together. I have no idea if he will submit, or what, but he's pretty good and I'll look forward to seeing what he gets!
I am bummed about Basic Editing. I would have liked to tone down the hot spot on the fuel tank, and there are a lots of specks I would have preferred to clone out. These’ll probably hurt the score. In any event, the event was fun and the photos will be a fun reminder of it.

Post processing
Surprisingly little post processing was needed here:
• Convert From Raw (Nikon Capture)
• Rotate
• Correct Color (Curves Adj. Layer)
• Boost Red in Cyans and Blues (Selective Color Adj. Layer)
• Filter: Dust & Scratches
• Filter: Despeckle
• Sharpen (USM)
• Crop (Bicubic Sharper)
• Save for Web

Camera Data
• Nikon D200
• 2006/09/24 14:49:14.7
• RAW (12-bit)
• Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
• Color
• Lens: VR 70-200mm F/2.8 G
• Focal Length: 98mm
• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
• Metering Mode: Spot
• 1/400 sec - F/11
• Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
• Sensitivity: ISO 400
• Optimize Image: Vivid
• White Balance: Auto
• AF Mode: AF-C
• Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
• Color Mode: Mode III (Adobe RGB)
• Tone Comp.: Normal
• Hue Adjustment: 0°
• Saturation: Enhanced
• Sharpening: Medium high
• Image Comment:
• Long Exposure NR: Off
• High ISO NR: On (High)

Place: 142 out of 290
Avg (all users): 5.1269
Avg (commenters): 6.4286
Avg (participants): 4.8981
Avg (non-participants): 5.2813
Views since voting: 697
Views during voting: 357
Votes: 268
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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10/09/2006 01:20:50 AM
Critique Club Review:

Focus is excellent. Lazer sharp capture.

Color/saturation/hue: I think you lost points on the lack of purple. I noticed it commented below, and the purple is minimal on my monitor also. Did it look more purple on your monitor? There is some nice purple reflection in the chrome. Nothing is over saturated, and hues look normal.

I would have liked to see a little more of the engine work and tank towards the front of the bike. But then that could be more of a personal I like bikes request as opposed to absolutely necessary for the image thing.

Great detail on the engine, all the various lines and surfaces reflect and compliment the image well.

I would have thought this image would have scored somewhat higher. It wasn't a very purple image, but it is a very good image.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/02/2006 12:37:00 PM
good composition.
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09/30/2006 03:43:10 AM
Ok..sweet! The blue is almost over-riding the purple...what the heck...live hard and ride...9. Thanks for something different and - Hooray for not flowers!
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09/29/2006 10:51:19 AM
More blue than purple, but cool bike!
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09/28/2006 10:30:53 PM
Cool shot. Well executed on the purple refelction on the bike.
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09/28/2006 09:00:16 AM
great clarity
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09/27/2006 09:39:33 PM
Good use of reflected colour.
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09/27/2006 04:09:42 PM
Ghost Rider's bike?
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09/27/2006 09:41:02 AM
Nice purple reflections. the crop feels a bit tight, but I see that the background may have been more distracting than the crop.
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