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Challenge: Oxymoron (Basic Editing III)
Collection: Challenges 2006
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: The Shops at La Canterra
Date: Oct 14, 2006
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 500
Shutter: 1/250
Date Uploaded: Oct 15, 2006

While wandering the very nice, new, upscale mall this weekend, I came upon this woman. To be honest, I did a double take as at first I wasn't entirely sure it was a woman. As I walked by, I turned, and saw the ad imagery behind her and voila - had to take the shot. This is the one and only shot I dared to take. If you look closely, you'll notice she has curlers in her hair.

Post - converted from RAW, cropped, sat up a bit, brightness/contrast, sharpen, resize.

Place: 113 out of 155
Avg (all users): 4.9779
Avg (commenters): 5.3636
Avg (participants): 4.7681
Avg (non-participants): 5.0495
Views since voting: 1363
Views during voting: 465
Votes: 271
Comments: 25
Favorites: 2 (view)

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06/14/2014 12:28:12 PM
Nice blouse.
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02/23/2013 05:27:25 PM
Curlers in the hair. That cannot be beat! Love how her shirt kind of blends in with the natural flora. Must be California camo :D (eta... haha i see this may not be californa lol)

Message edited by author 2013-02-23 17:30:04.
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02/23/2013 02:52:31 PM
This is awesome... so understated AND underrated..... what a find and what an eye you have!!!
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10/10/2009 10:28:04 AM
Wonderful! What losers to have scored this so.
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07/08/2009 03:32:51 PM
Gosh, I hadn't come across this one before, but cannot quite understand the 4.9 score.
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11/18/2007 09:57:49 PM
Every once in a while, I dream about this image. Oh, how I wish it was mine. I'm gonna have to put it in my favorites, so I don't lose it.
Keep up the good work.
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11/02/2006 05:20:43 PM
I didn't vote in this challenge, but this so would have gotten a 10 from me just for the humor! How did you not crack up while taking this?
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10/30/2006 10:37:09 PM
Dear me, you entered this! Unfortunately, I didn't get this far in my voting, or you'd have gotten very high marks, or very low marks, depending on whether I could see straight after viewing it.

PS to add the techicals are just super on this. Good advertisement for RAW

Message edited by author 2006-10-30 22:38:52.
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10/28/2006 01:27:52 PM
I didn't know this was yours! I thought it was a man, too....which is why aside from the garish fashion sense, it reminded me of my shot
What a great moment to catch.
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10/26/2006 04:00:24 PM
Haha :) Cool social contrast.
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10/25/2006 10:40:10 AM
Genius Deb! This is totally underrated!!!!!!!!
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10/25/2006 12:49:11 AM
Gave this a 5 and yes I had noticed the curlers.
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10/25/2006 12:23:39 AM
Yeah you were robbed for sure. The image is fantastic! What a great find. I think you beat up because of the title. Ah forget them this is COOL!
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10/25/2006 12:18:21 AM
Well, I voted this a 6. The hat/dress combination was good all by itself, but contrasted with the ad in the background, it was even better! :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/24/2006 09:27:27 PM
Hahahahaha Awesome!
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10/20/2006 02:06:34 PM
too crowded in your composition if you want to just make an opposition between pretty and ugly, stick to simple.l alll the plants, too many chairs, objects in the background, its all clumping your photo taking the viewer away from what you wish to depict, which in turn, makes this photo uninteresting.
5 for meeting the challenge.
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10/19/2006 10:55:12 PM
Meets Challenge - 2
Lighting/Processing - 2
Composition - 1
Overall Impression - 0
"WOW" factor - 0
Score: 5
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10/19/2006 10:46:24 AM
Nicely done, I especially like the real versus picture subjects it gives the photo even more interest.
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10/19/2006 10:09:43 AM
Not sure I'm getting the point here. Why the background print? Is the girl in the print pretty and the person (guy/girl?) at the table is ugly? Or, is it the hat/shirt combo you're refering to? Well, at least you're getting the viewers to stop and ponder it some. :D As for the image itself, I think a polarizer would have helped with the glare on the chair and table - overall the image feels slightly overexposed in the highlights.

Best of luck to you in the challenge.
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10/18/2006 11:46:29 PM
This frighteningly reminds me of the subject in my shot for Motion Blur2.
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10/18/2006 01:01:37 PM
good oxymoron, weird shot. The first thing I think is why in the world a poster is sitting in the middle of a backyard...4
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10/18/2006 10:38:18 AM
nice street catch
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10/18/2006 09:35:07 AM
Very busy.But great concept.
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10/18/2006 12:59:04 AM
Yup, and I'd even go as far as to say it's pretty hideous :D Nice catch!
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10/18/2006 12:37:38 AM
Theres a bit too much going on in between the two images of pretty & ugly for me.
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