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Dixie Porch Loungers

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: DPL Album Cover (Advanced Editing V*)
Collection: Settings
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Location: Espanong, NJ
Date: May 12, 2007
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 160
Galleries: Performance, Black and White
Date Uploaded: May 12, 2007

"Porch Songs" is the debut album of the Dixie Porch Loungers, which took the newly revived country music scene and the almost forgotten world of lounge music by storm in 1995, simply by combining these supposedly incompatible genres. The album was recorded on an actual porch, though not the one featured on the cover, and the open-air feeling comes through in the sound mix (the call of crickets during "Dumplin', Where Can You Be?" could not have been better timed).

The cover photo was taken at Crash Onnalevy's childhood home. As Crash explains, "that's the same guitar my Daddy used to hit me with." The photo is all natural except for some calculations in the green and red channels to make it black and white, then some curves to lighten it up and finally some USM.

a dose of reality (much as I dislike reality). This was a porch we just happened to drive past. I just made us drive past it several times to make sure I got a good shot. This is suburban, NJ, folks! heehee

p.s. I'm proud to be in the 65th percentile of a challenge with so many great entries (not necessarily the ones that scored higher, btw :P ).

Place: 52 out of 153
Avg (all users): 5.9907
Avg (commenters): 6.3636
Avg (participants): 5.6795
Avg (non-participants): 6.1691
Views since voting: 732
Views during voting: 354
Votes: 214
Comments: 22
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05/23/2007 03:08:44 PM
So, New Jersey is good for something after all, eh? (I can say that, I'm a NJ native) :) "Same guitar my Daddy used to hit me with", LOL - great story. Like how you arranged everything, font too.
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05/22/2007 11:55:14 AM
Most artistic, Herr Zimmer! But the real winner here is the band's history, especially the Crash Onnalevy part. Has Jeffrey seen this, by chance?
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05/22/2007 09:29:46 AM
You should have won the ribbon for album notes!

Great shot -- captures the feel of the old-time country albums.
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05/22/2007 04:09:17 AM
At the western end of Twelve Mile Post Road in Georgia, there used to be a Dew Drop Inn called Gummy Stu's by the locals - don't look for it, it burned down in the mysterious swamp fire of '98. Legend said that Perry Como played there one night, lost and insane on one of his legendary White Jesus binges. Folks say that it was this appearance that turned the boys known now as the Dixie Porch Loungers on the way to greatness.

Listen... the Dixie Porch Loungers played music that would get your older brother to second base but at the same time get your daddy tapping his feet. Inbred, but not ostentatiously so, these southern born down home folks didn't hold with book larning, but gleaned all they needed to know from pappy's reminiscenses of the fateful night Ol' Perry came to town and crooned for the folks until the moonshine ran dry. Folks at home told them that it wasn't right - but the boys' long-lost and enigmatic Uncle Rufus, in a gesture designed to atone for old sins he refused to name, bank rolled the boys' first legendary recording. Rufus, a greasy combination of entrepeneur, audio engineer and short order cook was the right man at the right time, recording the boys right there out front of their home. And Porch Songs was born.

Message edited by author 2007-05-22 04:11:37.
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05/21/2007 01:23:40 PM
Jeez, almost a 6. Love the title, it cracks me up. Extra points just for the story. You probably got dinged a bit by the contrast police so prevalent on this site, but I think it works perfect as a cover as is.
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05/21/2007 11:51:40 AM
Don, nice job. Congrats on a very nice finish. And loved the story!
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05/21/2007 09:47:52 AM
I really liked the photo (gave it a 9), and after reading the "Photographer's Comments", I love the narration! :P
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05/21/2007 07:36:23 AM
Difinitely has that country/folk feel to it. The peeling paint really adds a nice touch to it.

Go Team Spleen.
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05/21/2007 12:36:15 AM
Hello from the Critique Club

First Impression,

Look like a country cover.

Technically.Nice details, door looks a little grainy compared to the rest of the picture.


I like the set up of the picture,has an old feel to it. I would have like to have more porch roof in the picture.

Editing.. Feel just a little dark, could have used some color on the guitar.. with the advanced editing.

Over all a good picture and nice finish. Congrats

Best of luck in future challenges.


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/20/2007 09:19:40 PM
This would have been an 8 for me if the subject had been so close to center. The white colum between the guitar and the window divide the image in two and make it look a bit static IMO. Great choice of B&W which show off the peeling paint nicely.
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05/20/2007 02:42:34 AM
The photo itself could use some more contrast but I do like the unorthodox centered composition.
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05/18/2007 11:21:37 PM
nice use of b+w.
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05/18/2007 11:08:51 AM
I think that there is few contrast in this image.
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05/17/2007 07:01:32 PM
Great shot, feels like a real album cover type picture. Have to say the lettering lets it down a little imo :/
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05/16/2007 04:34:26 PM
They're gonna need a new guitar before they make their next album...
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05/15/2007 05:56:09 PM
I like this theme, pretty clever. Great in B&W also.
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05/15/2007 04:02:11 PM
I like this for the theme and composition. Does seem a little underexposed. Good luck in the challenge.
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05/15/2007 11:15:04 AM
very rustic, nice feel 8
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05/15/2007 05:02:40 AM
I wouldn't call it sub-par, but it isn't great either. I appreciate the simplicity, but the contrast is so low that it doesn't really have any one central point of interest to pull me into the image.
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05/14/2007 11:01:50 PM
Great shot, but the text placement is awkward.
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05/14/2007 10:17:17 PM
Might be better a little brighter or more contrast. I'd also crop out all of the roof and show some more porch. The mood of the photo really goes with the type of music I think would be on this album.
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05/14/2007 12:33:36 AM
Man, this really looks like an old country album cover. If there had been an old bloodhound on the porch, that would have sent it over the top. ;~D 7
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