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New bales of hay
New bales of hay

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Something New (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus E-100RS
Location: Hvalfjörður,Iceland
Date: Aug 11, 2002
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/800
Date Uploaded: Aug 11, 2002

Big mushrooms? No, just bales of hay wrapped in white plastic. Last minute idea.

Place: 26 out of 168
Avg (all users): 5.8055
Avg (commenters): 5.9762
Avg (participants): 5.4080
Avg (non-participants): 6.1818
Views since voting: 1395
Votes: 257
Comments: 43
Favorites: 0

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08/21/2002 09:21:00 PM
I knew people would get confused with the whole plastic hay balle thing. Oh well, it still is a great shot. I love this country look. It makes me think of home.(WI)
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/18/2002 11:19:00 PM
Ugh, looks like my backyard. Not quite sure why you did this in black and white. Without the color, this kind of looks like shiny marshmallows. I would have to see the comparrison of this with the original color though to decide which I would like better. The lighting is great. I like the little sun star reflections on the bales. Makes them look new. I definately see the reference to the challenge here, and the angle is very nice. Good luck with the challenge.
08/18/2002 04:25:00 PM
I love it. My 10 for this week. I`m surrounded by farmland where I live. Love the sun`s reflection.
08/18/2002 02:53:00 PM
Nicely cropped and perfect highlights!
08/18/2002 12:29:00 PM
This is a nice image... the color range seems a little flat though... I like the glisten from the hay bales but would like to see a little more contrast in the overall image... good shot :) - jmsetzler
08/18/2002 12:28:00 PM
bales of hay sparkle?
08/18/2002 03:42:00 AM
this shot has a really flat tonal range, and it hurts it a lot. the lack of any real black or white makes this a bad candidate for a black and white photo. i don't know if you used a star filter to get those light flares, but i think they add a harshness to this image that detracts a bit.
08/17/2002 11:44:00 AM
I think this photo will freak out some people. I don't know if everyone knnows this or not, but these are hay bales that have been wrapped in plastic to keep them fresh and free of bugs. If you don't know what they are they can look a little scary. It looks like aliens came down and cacooned them in some kind of protectice sealent. I think this is a great photo. You get a (9)
08/17/2002 07:41:00 AM
Excellent. The reflections make the picture, and the b/w works really well.
08/16/2002 04:32:00 PM
not sure b&w is the right medium for this subject
08/16/2002 12:29:00 PM
The setup drew me nicely into the photo. I'm ready to walk through the field.
08/16/2002 11:27:00 AM
Just a little lighter would have improved it. But it is very nice anyway. I like it.
08/16/2002 04:35:00 AM
yes you have a star filter! but it still will not make bales of hay superstars. Dit you intend to make this a 'romantic picture' or a funny one?
08/15/2002 06:35:00 PM
I like the sun flares on the bails, but not the overall darkness of the shot. Even with the flares, I think there needs to be more light contrasting color for this to work in black and white. Could you have arranged the bails into some sort of interesting pattern, spelling out new, or dpchallenge, or something like that! (just kidding!) 7 Swash
08/15/2002 05:06:00 PM
I like this photo! The starbursts are a nice touch. I might have exposed this just a tiny bit more, but that is *all*
08/15/2002 04:01:00 PM
Wow. I really like this, maybe a tad dark. I love the mystic feel. Good work. Kee Score-7
08/15/2002 08:58:00 AM
This is a love it/ hate it shot… Personally, I love it. Use of B&W stops it from being over cluttered; this gives the image more personality and the light reflection off the bales has been well used. Overall, it's a fairly boring shot made interesting by good technique… No offence meant by the way… (8)
08/15/2002 12:56:00 AM
They look like marshmallows!!! Bring out the roasting sticks!
08/14/2002 10:34:00 PM
hmmm...I like it.....
08/14/2002 03:15:00 PM
This is a pretty good photo although I don't know if b&w is the best option (color would be nice if the grasses were green and on the light conditions were favorable). Another reason is that the contrast in b&w is really low with a small range of greys and in color the contrast should be less noticable because you're getting more than just different shades of one tone (grey). I would also be interestd to see how the composition would look framed vertically, especially if it allowed for any sky to be seen at the top of the frame which could help with the contrast if it were still in b&w.
Score: 5
08/14/2002 02:08:00 PM
Over-doing it there with the flares...
08/14/2002 11:56:00 AM
I really liked this pic. Especially the way the sun shines off the hay. It even makes them look new!
08/13/2002 10:39:00 PM
Is that what those are?
08/13/2002 04:47:00 PM
Good photo. I'd like to see this one in color. There doesn't seem to be enough contrast for b&w to really work well. I like the usage of the varicross lens. Focus is good, subject is well presented. 7
08/13/2002 01:50:00 PM
Nice reflections. Would be interested to see outtakes if you took others of this subject. I find the round field intruding at the back right a distraction, wonder if it would have been possible to get similar shot looking at slightly different part of field, and losing that bit? Or maybe close in on just one group of bales? Just thinking out loud here...
5, Kavey
08/13/2002 08:11:00 AM
Cool! How did you get them so shiny?
08/13/2002 01:04:00 AM
I would have loved to see this picture in colour as I think it would have worked well. The highlghts on the bales of sileage (not hay I'm afraid) are a bit high for my taste but a good effect all the same.
08/12/2002 10:22:00 PM
like the flares
08/12/2002 09:36:00 PM
Technical Aspects5
08/12/2002 08:41:00 PM
the composition is good..like the reflected light on the bales..great in greyscale
08/12/2002 07:08:00 PM
plastic hay? must be something new! nice picture
08/12/2002 06:58:00 PM
I would have loved this shot had it been in color. With the beautiful contrast that fields can offer (the tans and greens), I don't see the advantage of doing this in B/W. I do like the way the sun glimmers on the bales, though.
08/12/2002 06:46:00 PM
I didn't know hay could sparkle.
08/12/2002 05:01:00 PM
Nice picture, but I think in color would've been better.
08/12/2002 03:59:00 PM
Looks like a marshmallow field to me....(that's what I tell my kids....) Awfully dark
08/12/2002 03:10:00 PM
The sparks really make the difference. Well done!
08/12/2002 03:09:00 PM
I'd love to see this in color...not sure on your choice of B&W
08/12/2002 12:00:00 PM
why b&w? it seems to me in color would look much better AND newer...
08/12/2002 07:27:00 AM
Nice photo. I just wonder how it would have looked in color.
08/12/2002 05:43:00 AM
interesting how you get the hay to shine i like it
08/12/2002 04:01:00 AM
This is one where color might really help. Without the title a lot of people would not know what these were, unless they lived in farming country. The composition seems good, but color would really help.
08/12/2002 03:27:00 AM
Those look like big marshmallows!
08/12/2002 12:42:00 AM
What a great shot ! Love the b&w too. lhall

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