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Challenge: Motivational Poster (Advanced Editing I*)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: Middle of Intersection
Date: Dec 23, 2003
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 8s
Galleries: Cityscape, Persuasive
Date Uploaded: Dec 23, 2003

Shot this on a whim at about 3am. When I had the idea, it was pretty foggy and would've had a much nicer effect.. but by the time I got out, the fog was gone and I settled for this.

A cop came by and was running a license plate check on my vehicle parked about 50 feet away or so (guess he didn't notice me?) - asked him what was going on and he asked for ID and ran a background check on me and the whole bit... he didn't seem to buy that I was just out "taking pictures of the sign", but left after a few minutes.

Anyways, there was HEAVY lens flare no matter what angle I shot from. A semi-extreme amount of digital darkroom work (cloning, dodging, burning, hue/saturation, contrast, etc - definitely would not have looked similar to this without PS). Unfortunately, I think it has produced a very artificial look to this photo - but maybe only because I know what it originally looked like. Submitting it anyways, curious to see how it will do.

Place: 38 out of 94
Avg (all users): 5.9651
Avg (commenters): 7.3846
Avg (participants): 5.6462
Avg (non-participants): 6.1589
Views since voting: 2085
Votes: 172
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/04/2004 05:30:06 PM
very nice photo....I like the lighting and the creative idea!
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01/03/2004 10:59:39 AM
Hmmm... This light is green, so traffic along Victory Lane is stopped. ;-)

Sorry, couldn't resist. This photo conveys just the message the text suggests. I like the way the green light shines and the fact that the darkness in the photo isn't quite black (like the poster background is). Good composition; putting the light and sign so close to the edge of the photo is daring, but it works here because of the vast negative space.
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01/03/2004 04:08:02 AM
Needs some light on the subject (sign) a flash to open the shadows would be enough. Just slightly though. Good idea though.
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01/02/2004 08:07:32 PM
Very nice idea and effort. I like this very much.
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01/01/2004 10:17:57 PM
Someday we all get a green light. Good idea and execution.
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12/30/2003 09:19:47 PM
Very interesting shot- I would strive for a more simplistic theme with this- it would be easier to take it all in. Nice lighting on the post.
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12/30/2003 06:03:37 PM
I see a subliminal Niki commercial here. Simple but elegant. Nicely done. My only comment is that I don't even think the added mesaage ubder believe is necessary. Let the viewer supply it.
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12/30/2003 03:07:51 PM
Nice night shot. I especailly like the beam flaring out from the green light.
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12/30/2003 01:04:36 PM
This is a wonderful photo!
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12/30/2003 02:20:46 AM
Very creative! Truly inspiring. I believen inyou and your choice of subject and most of all, the COMPOSITION. Great work!
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12/29/2003 05:02:06 PM
your title adds so much more to your pic.
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12/29/2003 07:51:46 AM
Very nice! Good thought to go with interesting image.
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12/29/2003 05:10:52 AM
Composition is very good, but I would have give the text more space and the border a bit thinner.
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