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I Hate Winter
I Hate Winter

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Challenge: Hate (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2007 Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Coventry, Ohio
Date: Feb 19, 2007
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Sports, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Feb 19, 2007

We recently were hit with 15 inches of snow and about 20 below zero temperatures, so they only thing I could thing of when "Hate" was the challenge, was the weather. This was a last minute entry, I was thinking about it since the challenge was announced and this is what I came up with. I can't wait for spring and to start baseball. I just love all sports. And the only thing that can hold you back from playing them all is the damn weather. Used a tripod, and set the timer and ran into the picture. Took only 5 pics till I got the one I wanted. (Which never happens) I also liked the picture in color, but my wife persuaded me to change it to the Sepia tone. Shot at the ball fields right by my house. Hope everyone likes. Any suggestions to make it better are always welcome.

Shot in Raw
In Raw mode, changed to monochrome and added Sepia tone.
Sharpened entire image.
Adjusted Brightness
Converted to Jpeg.
In Adobe, used USM.
Brightness & Contrast
Added Border, Cropped, Resized and Saved for Web

Place: 51 out of 132
Avg (all users): 5.5238
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 5.5510
Avg (non-participants): 5.5165
Views since voting: 1288
Views during voting: 355
Votes: 231
Comments: 8
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09/08/2008 11:25:21 AM
Great photo. The dreadful off season ughhh.
03/04/2007 05:03:18 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club...

COMPOSITION... You definitely fit this week's theme, most of us can definately relate to hating the cold and the snow. Your subject is very nicely placed, and very strong. A very slight amount of sepia coloring was a good choice for this photo.

TECHNIQUE... Self portraits can be tricky to do, and you have pulled this one off nicely. The slight anominity by having the cap pulled over your face adds an air of mystery that is refreshing on a self portrait.

OVERALL.. You have met the challenge nicely, and the photo itself is nicely done. The expanse of snow, as well as the fence tend to isolate the subject, and there is no question what is running through his mind. I like this photo, but it does lack a little impact. Although the subject and the rest of the photo work well together, I am left wanting more.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/27/2007 12:17:09 AM
This is vey good, love the black/white.
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02/22/2007 09:33:03 PM
I really like the feeling of this. The focus & tones are very good and very nice contrasts.
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02/21/2007 01:04:39 PM
Great take on the challenge. It's good to see an original shot.
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02/21/2007 12:39:43 PM
Great photo, he looks really fed up, I like the tones of the black and white you have used for this.
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02/21/2007 09:46:59 AM
this is really well done ...
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02/21/2007 03:34:55 AM
Love the composition, although the photo is a bit tilted to the right (all the vertical lines are leaning too much). Also, try using the shadow/highlight feature to bring out some detail in the snow on the left.
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