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Challenge: Neon Signs (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Oak Hills, CA (near junction of 395 & Phelan Rd)
Date: Nov 7, 2006
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 423.0 sec
Galleries: Humorous
Date Uploaded: Nov 7, 2006

Seeing my Long Exposure shot scoring lower than I anticipated, I decided to shoot an entry for Neon Signs as well. ;) I had been wanting to shoot something similar to this (with my uncle's neon cactus) for quite some time, so this challenge was a perfect excuse! It was shot in a relatively remote area of the high desert. I parked on the side of the road and ran 200' of extension cord down a hill from the inverter in my car. My friend stayed in the car and flipped the inverter switch on and off to light the cactus up when I told him to.

The actual power cord for the neon cactus is coming from the right side of the frame and is buried beneath the sand. The power cord you see is just a decoy that I grabbed from a CD player (I really wish it had been white for this shot!). I picked up the power outlet (which is propped up here by a rock to provide a better angle) at a Home Depot about 2 minutes before they closed. :) I started the exposure, had my friend flash the cactus on and off, then exposed for several more minutes to allow the full moon to light up the landscape. I wish the moonlight hadn't lit up the glass neon tube so much and washed out some of the neon, but there wasn't really any easy way to avoid it...

A cop showed up while we were shooting this and asked what we were doing on the side of the road at 2:00 AM. I told him I was doing some long-exposure night photography. Then came the question of the year - "So you takin' wildlife pictures or sumtin'?" :/ ...... Yep, that's EXACTLY what I'm doing. Long-exposure nighttime wildlife photography is the BEST!!! Right there, right there - see that blur? I call this one 'Squirrel by Moonlight'. :D

* Post-challenge: Thanks everyone for the awesome comments!!! This was a blast to set up and shoot. :D And oh yeah - Jason, don't even sweat the vote. I can see how some people may have thought this didn't fit Basic Editing rules. Thanks for taking the time to explain your vote, and welcome to DPC! :)

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 124
Avg (all users): 6.8876
Avg (commenters): 7.6000
Avg (participants): 6.6462
Avg (non-participants): 6.9653
Views since voting: 9857
Views during voting: 564
Votes: 267
Comments: 74
Favorites: 16 (view)


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12/13/2006 05:16:25 PM
very very cool shot... love it
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11/21/2006 12:45:23 PM
Creative idea and great composition, I love it!
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11/16/2006 06:20:24 PM
well done and deserved!!
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11/16/2006 03:20:09 PM
great work - glad I gave it an 8!
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11/16/2006 11:59:01 AM
Great shot and title... I didn't get to vote in the challenge, so I'm commenting now. And the appropriate response to the cop would have been "Here's Your Sign" Congrats on the blue.
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11/16/2006 11:05:28 AM
Brilliant! Well done on the blue ribbon!
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11/16/2006 10:41:50 AM
Awesome picture and hilarious story! Great wildlife shot!
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11/15/2006 09:55:59 PM
Wonderful creativity... my kind of shot! Congrats on making the effort and pulling it off so well. :-)
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11/15/2006 06:13:07 PM
Outstanding idea and excellent execution. Perfect for the challenge and so worthy of the top prize... well done!
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11/15/2006 03:27:29 PM
haha this is great!
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11/15/2006 11:42:51 AM
Excellent shot, congrats!
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11/15/2006 11:17:19 AM
Sweet ~ Congrats on the blue!!! This was one of my top picks!!
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11/15/2006 10:51:29 AM
Congrats on your blue!!! Certainly a photo and a story to remember for a long time to come!!!! Well done.
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11/15/2006 10:17:08 AM
I would like to publicly apologize to Sean for my 2 vote. I am a new member and this is my first time voting. I was quickly flipping though the photos and when I saw that one I didn't think it was real, I thought it was fake. Can you see the descriptions before voting? If I had read Sean's description I wouldn't have made that mistake. Is there someone I can email to change my vote? Anyway I'm glad that my stupidity didn't cost you a blue ribbon and I hope you will accept my apologies and congratulations!

Is there a way to change a vote? I realize now that I need to vote on the actual photo and not what I think it was or was not...Leave the reviewing up to the site admins. I apologies to the whole site for that.

I look forward to participating in the future and will not make that mistake again!
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11/15/2006 09:23:44 AM
"Right there, right there - see that blur? I call this one 'Squirrel by Moonlight'"

Hilarious!! :-D :-)
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11/15/2006 09:02:20 AM
This was my only 10 of the challenge. Very creative -- I certainly enjoyed reading your description! Aren't power inverters nice?
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11/15/2006 08:53:56 AM
Very creatvie idea, congrats on your blue ribbon!
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11/15/2006 08:47:35 AM
This is So DNMC!

Congratulations Sean. You Rock!

I would love to know what the folks who voted 2,3, or 4 were thinking.

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11/15/2006 08:29:14 AM
That's funny...Saguaro Catus aren't even native to Las Vegas or even to Nevada. Unbelievable...congrats.
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11/15/2006 08:23:09 AM
Excellent Image!!
I had a great laugh when I read your story. If you light the tail it makes a great trail!!
Oh God... I'm a poet and I didn't knowit!
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11/15/2006 08:10:46 AM
I had this one pegged for a ribbon. Very creative in a difficult challenge. Well thought out and executed.

Congrats on the blue. It's a pleasure to share the fornt page with you!
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11/15/2006 08:07:39 AM
Yeah! Great idea....Classy.
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11/15/2006 07:59:01 AM
Hey Sean,

Beautiful work... lots of imagination.... love your entry.... You deserved this ribbon... congrats...
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11/15/2006 07:23:42 AM
what a creative idea. Love it! congratulations on the well deserved BLUE
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11/15/2006 06:27:50 AM
Very cool! Congrats on the ribbon!
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11/15/2006 06:15:52 AM
I didn't vote on this challenge, but this is just fantastic! Even better is that you took the time to share the background on how the shot was done. I think I see that nighttime desert squirrel running around back there in the background! :P Great job, and congrats on a well deserved blue!
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11/15/2006 04:16:48 AM
Congrats dude, I didn´t vote but judging from the top 20 thumbnails, the best shot won this challenge as far as I am concerned, good creativity, very much in spirit of Scalvert´s shots.
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11/15/2006 02:39:09 AM
Dude!

Your BLUE!!!!!!

Stellar!
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11/15/2006 02:15:40 AM
Way to go Sean. Brilliant and well done. Congratulations
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11/15/2006 01:24:45 AM
This was my only 10 - It was perfect - When a picture makes you wonder how it was takenand is also well executed - Then thats 10 in my book. Really well done. This would also make a great poster!
Jeff

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11/15/2006 12:38:24 AM
Dude! You do me proud once again! :D I knew this was a winner the moment I saw it. Congrats..
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11/15/2006 12:35:32 AM
Congrats on the blue! Man you've been on fire lately.
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11/15/2006 12:30:29 AM
Congratulations on your BLUE. This is a smashing clever response to this challenge!
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11/15/2006 12:29:10 AM
Congrats on the blue and thanks for sharing the story behind the shot as well: )
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/14/2006 07:53:36 PM
Like the composition of the photo! At first, I thought it just one of the ordinary but it's different when I looked closer. Nice!
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11/14/2006 07:08:45 PM
Great picture, wonderful lighting, and excellant idea...
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11/14/2006 03:29:47 PM
Fun shot!!! Very creative and your neon is very nicely shot. I also like the green border.
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11/14/2006 01:58:51 PM
very creative idea!
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11/13/2006 11:08:51 PM
Nice idea. I believe the outlet could be in the background and still have the desired effect.
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11/13/2006 01:08:41 PM
Original concept, good DOF, good lighting
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11/13/2006 11:28:56 AM
unreal.. so cool
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11/13/2006 06:26:17 AM
I like your creativity. 8.
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11/13/2006 12:28:30 AM
Very clever. Would love to see how you did this :) 10
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11/12/2006 09:28:46 PM
Original and funny!
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11/12/2006 08:06:12 PM
My favorite of the contest
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11/11/2006 11:40:25 PM
Fun shot!
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11/11/2006 10:01:44 PM
Interresting shot!
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11/11/2006 05:57:30 PM
Most original idea in the bunch! Well done! I see horizontal stripes in the sky - too much noise reduction? Clever idea, good luck in the challenge!
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11/11/2006 04:41:41 PM
The border and border color was a good choice and enhances the photo.
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11/11/2006 12:31:40 PM
Creative entry! The angled outlet pulls me away from the neon a bit.
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11/10/2006 06:26:28 PM
This is great! 9
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11/09/2006 10:15:12 PM
You just made me laught. Great idea!!
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11/09/2006 09:16:49 PM
Clever and fun. 6
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11/09/2006 07:19:24 PM
LOL, great concept.
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11/09/2006 06:00:41 PM
Definitely creative!
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11/09/2006 05:05:13 PM
Extremely creative idea and photograph. 10
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11/09/2006 04:30:18 PM
a very creative idea! 10
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11/09/2006 11:29:26 AM
clever take of the contest. Well composed image and humorous too. :o)
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11/09/2006 09:54:32 AM
lol
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11/09/2006 03:50:47 AM
now that is funny!
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11/09/2006 12:05:21 AM
Lol. Very clever! 7 And another bump for creativity and sense of humor. 8
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11/08/2006 08:46:32 PM
Extra points for clever (and well executed too).
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11/08/2006 08:17:22 PM
Gee!, I always wondered how it all got started. Too cute. Good exposure, good composition, good sharpness and color. -6-
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11/08/2006 04:54:35 PM
great out of the box shot
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11/08/2006 04:05:23 PM
This is a real hoot! Very clever and well done. I'm not crazy about the green border - it does match the neon, but I feel it is also a bit distracting. But you still get a 9
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11/08/2006 10:18:06 AM
wonderful....great idea......7
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11/08/2006 10:01:26 AM
Nice one! :)
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11/08/2006 09:51:09 AM
Great shot
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11/08/2006 09:25:20 AM
ya might just have a ribbon here..gl 9
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11/08/2006 07:54:09 AM
personaly I find the border a bit distracting, especialy with the colour maching the neon, but the title, and the whole idea, is just great.
the most origanel shot here, framing is perfect, and the power point in the dirt, just love it.
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11/08/2006 04:37:28 AM
In genius!
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11/08/2006 04:18:28 AM
nice idea, lighting could be improved as it is clear, the cord's shadow isn't induced by the neon-cactus. Sky should be darker, startrails should've been cloned out. green border distracts a bit
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11/08/2006 02:36:40 AM
Very funny!
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11/08/2006 02:32:50 AM
very good, very funny and clever...like the frame which really suits this
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