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Stranger to the Ground
Stranger to the Ground

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Book Titles (Classic Editing)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S602Z
Location: Santa Barbara
Date: Nov 6, 2003
Galleries: Sky, Action
Date Uploaded: Nov 6, 2003

The lens flair made this really interesting, in my opinion, but I'm sure some folks won't like that. I try to make art out of imperfections. Of course, the blurs gonna hurt too. I'm very happy with this though so I'm gonna think it'll do well. Prediction 5.8

Place: 169 out of 231
Avg (all users): 4.9360
Avg (commenters): 7.8000
Avg (participants): 4.7603
Avg (non-participants): 5.1008
Views since voting: 1242
Votes: 250
Comments: 16
Favorites: 2 (view)

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11/19/2003 01:25:53 PM
Since I have not had a chance to comment on this before, and it seems to be the topic for the day, let me do so now. I gave this an above average score for a photo that meets the challenge (I think scores should be anonymous, with maybe exception of those giving 1s, so I try not to tell). I do like the capture of the diver, and the composition and crop is good. I also like the texture given by the noise, and the colors of the sky.

However, the flare doesn't work at all for me. I think it works for some people because they see it as an "object", as if this was the moon with the diver just below. That would indeed be very nice! But it's flare. ;-) There's also some other small defects which detract and influenced my scoring (which was still pretty good): a large white spot or something like that just above it, and the fact that the diver is oversharpened, which is what makes him stand out with contrast (but unnaturally IMHO).
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11/19/2003 11:33:55 AM
This shot should have placed much, much higher.
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11/19/2003 07:20:12 AM
Hey jason, I loved this shot. Beautiful and artistic. And...it would truly make a wonderful book cover!
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11/19/2003 05:16:31 AM
No No No. What's WRONG with these voters man? I knew it had elements that pdc would hate, but to score under 5 with such an atmospheric shot is a shambles: there should be a minute's silence. My highest rated shot of the challenge - and you should take comfort in the votes from people like crabappl, Catherine and magnetic.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/18/2003 10:23:23 AM
Intersting effect of light - is this taken through a window? The graininess, and the bleeding away of light in the corners helps the mystery of it, though the white pentagon is weird. Intersting stuff, thankyou for submitting it.
11/17/2003 09:54:44 AM
This I can see on the cover of a book! Well done shot. Like the overall mood presented here. 9 -danny
11/16/2003 11:15:24 PM
Even though the moon looks like an ad for Chrysler (smile) I think this is simply wonderful. You have captured perfectly the floaty motion of chute falling. Beautiful contrast and blur treatment. If you'd had a round moon, I'd have called this a ten and a half. -9
11/16/2003 03:07:53 PM
I really like the dream-like quality of this photo, although that speck in the upper left is a little distracting. Still very effective techniques here, nonetheless. The scores are close for me, but I might as well boost one above the rest; this is my top score for the week.
11/16/2003 11:42:20 AM
I like the dreamlike quality of this shot, the colors, the framing... very striking.
11/14/2003 02:41:24 PM
11/14/2003 11:27:32 AM
nice idea....
more focus would make it better
11/12/2003 09:46:16 PM
i actually think the big iris flare is cool
11/12/2003 07:56:54 PM
interesting view
11/12/2003 02:16:30 PM
amazing shot, very creative, need to know how you did this I like it
11/12/2003 12:07:38 PM
This is one of those photos that is hard to rate. At one glance the big white spot seems to add interest, at another it seems a distraction. I think the parachutist could stand on his own, without that blob to pull the eye away from him.
11/12/2003 08:29:28 AM
well composed, good use of light

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