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Life Under a Microscope
Life Under a Microscope

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Challenge: Candid IV (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Lensbaby 2.0
Location: Mesa Verde National Park, CO
Date: Jun 5, 2007
Aperture: 4.0 f-ring
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Travel, History
Date Uploaded: Jun 10, 2007

A tour group is gathered around a kiva at Mesa Verde National Park's Cliff Palace. I liked the way they almost look like tilt-shift miniatures. Mesa Verde would be a fun place to shoot with a real tilt-shift, if I could afford one.

It's going to get slaughtered, both for not being a traditional invasive close-up candid of just a couple subjects and for using a Lensbaby. However, no one here is posing - they've been caught listening to a park ranger tell them all about the ceremonial uses of the kivas. I'm in this one more for the comments than anything else. I hope I get more than "blurry" and "DNMC", because those will be missing the point of having a bit of fun flirting with the boundaries of what's acceptable for both the challenge description and the tastes of DPC at large!

Prediction: 4.8

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Place: 269 out of 448
Avg (all users): 5.3359
Avg (commenters): 5.5714
Avg (participants): 5.2184
Avg (non-participants): 5.5854
Views since voting: 1238
Views during voting: 285
Votes: 128
Comments: 24
Favorites: 4 (view)

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01/23/2009 09:30:19 PM
Well, I've viewed the thumb a few times and looked at the full size image for a (good) while and can only say that as the lilliput/model image I thought it was its a fun image then knowing what it really is then its stunning! I love it.
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01/22/2009 01:11:38 AM
I think bear said it best, a battle of the brain with this optical illusion shot!
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01/19/2009 11:04:15 PM
I feel as if we've stumbled upon Lilliput. Very surreal.
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01/19/2009 07:35:00 PM
I was thinking minature and saw Bear's comment. The LB does add that look. Nice detail on the little people, and great color.
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01/19/2009 06:52:36 PM
First of all, this was a very underrated photograph. And speaking of getting slaughtered, it looks like the group in the photo is getting ready for a sacrifice of some sort. Great shot. I always wanted to visit this place.
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01/19/2009 03:54:19 PM
My goodness! It's funny how the "miniature" aspect of Lensbaby is involved in a perceptual contest with the figures: without the figures, this would be the full-tilit-boogie effect, but WITH the figures our brains start readjusting, and it comes out all pushme-pullyou, to borrow a Doolitleism... Luscious!
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07/27/2007 02:00:40 AM
hurting their eyes is good for them - :-)

I love it!

I shot a chair for a still life or some such challenge with a lens baby - I love the shot still, but alack - I hurt their eyes! :-) LOL

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06/25/2007 10:43:24 AM
A rare lensbaby shot... had this picked right away. What a great effect!
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06/21/2007 07:51:27 PM
This is a really fun shot. I like it. You should have entered this in the Macro challenge. :)
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06/21/2007 05:37:07 PM
Blurry, DNMC. ;-P
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/17/2007 08:40:51 PM
eiwww. Sorry, the blur is killing it for me...
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06/17/2007 07:32:48 PM
very cool! :)
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06/17/2007 06:18:52 PM
lens baby, maybe? Definitely an interesting effect. i think it would be interesting to see some of their expressions, but that would be a totally different shot.
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06/15/2007 08:58:02 PM
interesting, but just a little too far removed to capture any strong emotion.
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06/15/2007 10:55:24 AM
Little too much blur on the left, hurts my eyes :P
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06/14/2007 06:37:00 PM
I don't know how this came out like this but it's a bit disconcerting and almost hurts my eyes.
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06/14/2007 02:59:42 PM
nice effect...very well executed
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06/13/2007 07:31:09 AM
What an interesting image, in one way I wish I could see a little more of the people so I could see their individual expressions, but I guess zooming in in this way would have lost a lot of the fantastic location and so you probably made the right call. Great title that enhances and underscores a great shot
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06/12/2007 02:51:26 AM
Nice composition and good colours - but I wouldn't call this a candid.
06/11/2007 10:45:34 PM
Nice capture - Almost makes it look like a toy town! I like it.
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06/11/2007 09:57:55 PM
nice spot to use this technique. I would like to see a more personal touch ( faces, movement, expressions and such) in my candids though.
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06/11/2007 09:05:40 PM
Very clever use of the blur filter.
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06/11/2007 07:22:46 PM
Nice use of a photoshop filter or effect, or whatever. 6
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06/11/2007 08:40:08 AM
lensbaby? That's pertah coohl! I live the colorful people among the mono surroundings
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