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Challenge: Where's Waldo? III (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Location: St Kilda Pier, Melbourne, Australia
Date: Jun 25, 2007
Aperture: F 14
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/750
Galleries: Black and White, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Jun 24, 2007

Took this at St kilda Pier Melbourne with my superwide Sigma 10-20mm lens. A love the distortion. A kid just poked his head in the image when the seagull flew over and I thought it would be good for the challenge.

EDIT: Basically the usual stuff I have been doing of late. Duotone, dodge and burn, USM and on this one a little noise reduction to smoothe things over. I went for a little more contrast through curves. I am happy with it.

PREDICTION: Hard to say. Perhaps some won't like the distortion and other won't like the edit, particularly the sky. 6.4XXX???

POST: woo hoo! I was not even going to enter this challenge and put this in at the last minute. I want to thank the kid for looking out the window when he did! Thanks everyone for the votes and comments!

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 150
Avg (all users): 7.1269
Avg (commenters): 8.1795
Avg (participants): 7.1129
Avg (non-participants): 7.1333
Views since voting: 8293
Views during voting: 415
Votes: 197
Comments: 78
Favorites: 16 (view)


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09/08/2011 12:48:21 PM
Congrats on your ribbon, Enzo. LOVE this image, and the distortion.
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09/08/2011 12:54:16 AM
Utterley brilliant.
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07/05/2007 07:43:41 AM
Excellent capture, congrats on your yellow ribbon!
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07/04/2007 11:30:55 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

Great job here; a well deserved ribbon. Sounds like you had a stroke of good luck to get the bird flying by and the boy looking at just the right time, but you've certainly made the most of it here. The subject works great in black and white; color would have probably been distracting and certainly not have allowed the superb tonal control exhibited here.

The wide angle distortion gives an other-worldly, almost surreal feel, which is nicely complemented by your treatment of the sky. Yet the bird and kid ground the photo firmly in reality. The result is surprisingly effective.

I keep thinking it needs a bit more space on the left for better balance and because the bird seems a bit crowded. But then again, the crowding and slight imbalance probably contribute to the effectiveness of this photo! So it's certainly fine as is.

This is an outstanding photo. Thank you for submitting it!
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07/04/2007 02:49:27 PM
Enzo: here you have outdone yourself. Beyond doubt one of the most impressive Waldo entries due to the comely perpective and then the kid and the bird. Congratulations on your Yellow.
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07/04/2007 09:22:26 AM
Wonderful picture, and great use of the bird to distract the attention from "Waldo". Congratulations on your ribbon!
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07/02/2007 09:01:16 PM
wot a top shot ....congrats!
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07/02/2007 08:40:33 PM
I gave this a 7. It's chilling. Congratulations.
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07/02/2007 03:48:57 PM
So glad this one ribboned, it was by far my favourite shot of the challenge. Congrats!
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07/02/2007 02:46:13 PM
Very nice photo with some great tones Enzo...congratulations on winning the yellow ribbon!
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07/02/2007 02:37:50 PM
Well done mate, nice shot and broke your expectations.. isn't it nice when that happens
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07/02/2007 12:34:52 PM
Enzo, I really thought this would win - but I guess third place isn't too shabby . . Great photo, love the PP
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07/02/2007 11:48:19 AM
Awesome work Enzo! Your b/w pictures ROCK! Well, all your pictures ROCK!lol Congratulations on the ribbon
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07/02/2007 11:13:54 AM
Congrats Enzo! Figured it might hold up to the end.
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07/02/2007 10:34:21 AM
you just keep getting better!
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07/02/2007 09:48:01 AM
Fantastic job as always of late Enzo. Next time in Melbourne, can I get a lesson in PP from you? :)
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07/02/2007 09:27:38 AM
The dodging and burning really brings out the beautiful b/w tones in this. Great clarity and DOF.
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07/02/2007 07:51:09 AM
looks awesome
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07/02/2007 07:50:32 AM
A really nice BW and a good use of wideangle. I love the Sigma 10-20.
Ciao, Paolo.
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07/02/2007 07:17:28 AM
congratz ! great catch and cool processing.
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07/02/2007 05:36:41 AM
Excellent work Enzo, it's a beautiful image. Congrats on the yellow.
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07/02/2007 05:25:33 AM
This was the only 10 I gave, but then I didn't get around to going through and bumping up scores after finishing the first round of voting. Congratulations.
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07/02/2007 04:52:55 AM
You suck at predictions. ;-) Congrats!
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07/02/2007 03:01:43 AM
Congrats, Enzo, on another well deserved ribbon. Your style is truly recognizable...
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07/02/2007 01:04:04 AM
Great shot!!! Very good fit for the challenge! Congradulations!!!
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07/02/2007 12:50:47 AM
This was one of my favorites, really nice picture, congratulations on your ribbon, great image!
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07/02/2007 12:43:17 AM
Congrats Enzo. I think it's safe to pencil in your name for the yellow every time.
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07/02/2007 12:40:42 AM
Voted 9. The distortion adds to the image. The shapes are the reason why. The editing is superb.
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07/02/2007 12:30:33 AM
wow! very nice. love the distortion... it really tells a story... like this kid is creating everything that is happening outside the window with his enormous imagination. congrats to you!
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07/02/2007 12:25:36 AM
Excellent outcome for a WONDERFUL image - well done & Congratulations.
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07/02/2007 12:20:06 AM
WTG, Enzo! Marvelous tones and composition. Big congrats on your ribbon! EDIT: Forget a word....again!

Message edited by author 2007-07-02 10:31:45.
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07/02/2007 12:17:38 AM
you ... again!? awesome!
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07/02/2007 12:16:13 AM
For some reason it reminds me of "The shining." I love the distortion and pp work. At what percentage do you dodge and burn typically?
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07/02/2007 12:15:53 AM
Fantastic shot and nice processing. Congrats!
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07/02/2007 12:15:06 AM
well deserved. congrats
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07/02/2007 12:06:36 AM
Excellent work, Enzo! Congrats on your yellow!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/01/2007 11:50:25 PM
Face on the right end of the widow. Nice wide-angle shot with perfectly posed seagull.
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07/01/2007 08:19:02 AM
Nice b/w .
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07/01/2007 01:15:16 AM
Very metallic and haunting.
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06/30/2007 05:44:47 PM
Your dodging and burning adds great depth and contrast to the photo.
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06/29/2007 11:00:58 PM
nice shot, however the bird looks off, was it added post procfessing?
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06/29/2007 08:04:00 PM
Has a 'Hotpasta' look to it, very well done, best yet
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06/29/2007 05:01:14 PM
I like the angels in this - really adds to the mystery and unease of the shot. Lovely processing and clarity too. 9
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06/29/2007 01:39:59 PM
Beautiful. Good job both hiding waldo, and making waldo the subject of the image. One of my top picks.
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06/29/2007 11:29:51 AM
Very nice one.
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06/29/2007 12:18:02 AM
Wow - looks high-def and really 3D-ish! The bird is just slightly distracting but fitting at the same time. Since there is no 9.5 I'll just go with 10
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06/28/2007 06:17:50 PM
The capture of the bird is so beautiful, it almost looks unreal! Great processing and composition.
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06/28/2007 02:46:51 PM
Fantastic, this is far the best one I have seen yet in this challenge. The person is just clear enough, not to obvious, not to hidden and the composition and tones are excellent. -9-
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06/28/2007 12:46:29 PM
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06/28/2007 02:37:29 AM
Looking out the window.
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06/27/2007 09:00:53 PM
Great photo and Waldo's expression is comical.
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06/27/2007 03:54:29 PM
Really like the tones and composition. The seagull and face are nicely placed and really strengthen the image.
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06/27/2007 02:16:37 PM
A wonderful shot and superb conversion and PS work. My favourite so far.
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06/27/2007 01:42:51 PM
If I could ever produce a black and white conversion that was a s technically strong as this I would be a VERY happy person. I cannot find a single point of criticism. Not normally a big fan of 'through windows' shots but it work very well here in that it gives the boys features a slight lonliness and disconnect (almost melancholia) that you sometimes get in quiet seaside towns

Beautiful
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06/27/2007 01:26:31 PM
oh that bird.
aren't you lucky.
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06/27/2007 12:55:39 PM
Really good conversion and crop.
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06/27/2007 09:15:52 AM
Almost surreal. The horizon almost looks like it's a painted backdrop. Well done compostition, good luck.
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06/26/2007 05:56:11 PM
Well, I am gonna have to go ahead and give this a 10 and say that it is my favorite image in the Challenge. The bird really pulls it together.
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06/26/2007 02:03:10 PM
Awesome bw shot. Very clear and well exposed.
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06/26/2007 01:14:17 PM
This is so beautiful. I love the bw effect, the camera angle, your "Waldo", the lighting effects, the scene, the bird... 10
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06/26/2007 11:41:51 AM
Delightful image, full of energy and drama. "Waldo" was easily found, but that's not critical to me for this challenge. Instead, the image you have presented is interesting and has wonderful lines and flow. It actually draws me in, like a scary movie. I'm jealous that the seagull is so clearly in focus and yet has no perceptible haloing whatsoever (whenever I shoot flying birds they always have halos, even if I don't sharpen them)! This is a "10" from me.
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06/26/2007 10:14:48 AM
Great composition. The planking on the right side is a little bright for me. My eye keeps wandering to it.
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06/26/2007 12:09:24 AM
Great job in converting this to black and white.
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06/25/2007 08:02:45 PM
nice shot! great tones and bizarre feel to this.
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06/25/2007 07:14:02 PM
WOW! What can one say about this, that you haven't been told already. Just magnificent.
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06/25/2007 05:34:07 PM
I love the tone of this - brilliant
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06/25/2007 03:06:49 PM
the contrast in this shot is beautiful
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06/25/2007 02:17:04 PM
This is an outstanding shot. Great job with the lighting/post processing.
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06/25/2007 01:10:29 PM
A little more D&B than suits my tastes, but I recognize it as a style, and it's well executed. Perfect approach to the challenge. Very nice shot.
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06/25/2007 01:09:36 PM
I like the contrast between the hard clear structures of the building against the softness of the sky.
You are lucky, I experienced,the seagull only comes around once an hour...
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06/25/2007 10:08:26 AM
Very nice composition and angle. Love the sky and the B&W conversion. Looks as if you dodged and burned a bit on the building and window and it looks great. also you hid waldo very well which helps the image. Nice work. Back to bump score.
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06/25/2007 09:53:14 AM
Beautiful tones. This is more than just me trying to find a hidden person. NICE!
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06/25/2007 07:51:31 AM
awesome shot...my first 10 of the day...; )
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06/25/2007 06:12:11 AM
cool shot, love the wide-angle view. you're lucky the seagull came along!
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06/25/2007 03:30:41 AM
Great shot, the face is exposed enough! 9
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06/25/2007 01:29:00 AM
Gotta be Enzo. If not you have made a picture that would make him proud.
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06/25/2007 12:48:19 AM
Great image, lines seem a bit distorted. But works great for the challenge.
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06/25/2007 12:07:49 AM
Wow, sharp and crisp. Nice pp
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