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Challenge: Harsh Environments (Expert Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Date: Dec 28, 2006
Aperture: F/10
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/80
Date Uploaded: Dec 28, 2006

I just couldn't resist....people actually live in this awful place.

Place: 78 out of 116
Avg (all users): 5.4648
Avg (commenters): 6.6250
Avg (participants): 5.3667
Avg (non-participants): 5.5033
Views since voting: 973
Views during voting: 381
Votes: 213
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0

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01/05/2007 07:42:13 AM
' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/53572/thumb/447651.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/53572/thumb/447651.jpg', '/') + 1) . ' or there's the rather cheap b/w with colour flag - a bit cliche, but sometimes that works...
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01/05/2007 07:34:53 AM
' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/53572/thumb/447648.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/53572/thumb/447648.jpg', '/') + 1) . 'ewll, it's obvious that mary and i think similarly! i ran this through alien skins cross process e100, but to get a similar result you could do a high pass layer, contrast, and hue/sat bumping up red. then i did a gradient layer for the vignette, and after flattening a gaussian blur layer. both the gradient and blur are masked to choose only the areas i wanted affected.

it's a great image, but i agree with the flatness comments. t just mneeds a little oomph to get it going.
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01/05/2007 07:29:46 AM
' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/40973/thumb/447647.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/40973/thumb/447647.jpg', '/') + 1) . ' this was a 1 minute bad edit trying to increase the contrast a bit and make the flag pop out. A photoshop guru would be able to do a lot better.
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01/05/2007 04:33:32 AM
I agree with Kelly and Julianne. I didn't get around to voting on this challenge, but I think this one would have picked up a 5 or 6 from me.

It meets the challenge and is detailed and, I think, well composed, but the flat lighting and general murkiness of it does not make it stand out as a photo. It's a funny one, because the challenge "harsh environments" suggests darkness etc., but what you want to avoid is a drab photograph that lacks bite, unfortunately I think that's what has happened here.

Two possible alternatives to it could be - try taking the shot at a different time of day to see what difference lighting conditions make, or play around with curves to see if a particular bit of post processing alters the lighting enough to make the house stand out a bit more - with all that grey it's going to be tricky, though.
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01/05/2007 02:11:40 AM
I gave it a 6 as well, and my main reason was also that it seemed "flat". I think that if this had been a basic editing challenge this photo would have been great. I mean, it's a good subject that fits the challenge nicely, the composition is great, and I think overall it is a good photo! But in advanced editing, and now in the new expert editing, I think generally the voter is going to look for a photo that has more "wow factor" or "impact". Maybe if the house had been colored a different color (which I'm assuming could theoretically (if difficultly) be done in expert editing)... but then it wouldn't be as drab looking.. so you're kind of in a bind as to what to do. I do remember thinking as I voted that the drab feeling definitely suited the subject matter... so I don't really have anything to suggest. Hope this helps a little bit anyway.
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01/05/2007 01:56:40 AM
You captured an amazing scene here. This is a harsh environment for sure. What really gets to me in this image are the flags decorating the front of the house. There is still some life and joy in this pitiful shambles of a home.

I gave this a 6, because the image seems to be a little flat. I don't know if you used HDR or some expert editing techniques to create this effect deliberately, but this sometimes happens to my pictures when I use Shadows/Highlights. I find that if I use Exposure after s/h, and tweak offset and/or gamma ever so slightly, the photo pops back to life. Also,I think saturating red a little more would bring some color to the brown areas without destroying the harshness of the scene.

This scored quite well, considering nobody has quite figured out what to make of these Expert rules. Too bad SkyNavada didn't give you that 8 he thought you deserved. And a FAV! Woohoo.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/03/2007 08:35:43 PM
this is a real fix-r-upper....at least they are patriotic
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01/02/2007 07:39:25 AM
Lol! I would be afraid to go in there in case it might collapse! Definately meets the challenge :)
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12/31/2006 11:32:11 PM
'Cmon this is expert editing
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12/31/2006 01:30:23 AM
10+ Nice new roof....I could live there.
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12/30/2006 12:51:31 AM
Fantastic photo location.
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12/29/2006 09:34:21 PM
Well, I guess it's harsh...a little dark to me. I guess its intended that way. I'm not voting, I rarely vote in challenges I participate in. I'd give your photo an 8 if I were voting.
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12/29/2006 02:21:51 PM
Hey!! You found my childhood home!! If only I were kidding...
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12/29/2006 02:05:01 PM
Happy New Year! - 7
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12/29/2006 05:03:29 AM
MAtches the challenge for sure.
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12/29/2006 12:33:34 AM
Oh Great job! This is a perfect illustration of a harsh environment.
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