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Urban Oasis
Urban Oasis

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Challenge: Free Study 2007-04 (Expert Editing*)
Camera: Kodak DX7590
Location: Cascades Park, Jackson, MI
Date: Apr 21, 2007
Aperture: f3.1
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/120
Galleries: Urban, Travel
Date Uploaded: Apr 30, 2007

So my intention with this shot is to take something that is very everyday, but that I don't think people ever really stop to actually look at. I had a chance to study this scene for a little while since I was waiting for my wife and daughter to finish :-) I guess I'm looking for some feedback, to know if there is anything to it, or just my weird view of things. I think I must really be a glutton for punishment, entering this shot in an Expert Editing FREE STUDY! But oh well, we shall see if even anyone see's things the way I see.
In ps- cropped, levels, curves, curves, curves, hue/sat, curves again, cloned out a few minor distractions, vivid light layer and color burn layer with low opacity, resize, smart sharpen, border, sfw
Thanks for checking out my pic :-)

Place: 423 out of 573
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Avg (commenters): 6.0000
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Views since voting: 585
Views during voting: 231
Votes: 178
Comments: 6
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05/08/2007 04:54:18 PM
Yes, this is definitely an oasis. You're right about the little things that nobody notices. Neat idea.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/06/2007 10:14:06 AM
I'm a huge fan of these kinds of minimalist compositions and this one is done very well in my opinion. I think though, that the image could have benefitted from something (or someone) sitting on the bench. My eye is drawn almost immediately to that part of the photo and lingers there looking for a element which isn't present.
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05/03/2007 04:09:39 PM
Lovely balanced composition, but to be fair theres only so much interest you can extract from a brick wall with a sign and a bench.
Might have worked better in b+w as the colours don't seem to add anything here, and the texture of the wall is really the main subject.
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05/02/2007 10:11:56 PM
Good focus in the photo. The elements a little too close to the borders. If you took a few steps back, I think less focus whould also be drawn on the dare I say boring wall.
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05/02/2007 05:25:23 PM
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05/02/2007 08:55:47 AM
I like the texture on the wall but this is just not interesting enough for me
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