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Serenading the Seagull
2nd PlaceSerenading the Seagull
PeterPic


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Street Photography II (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2 for Canon
Location: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Date: Jul 28, 2007
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500 sec
Galleries: Candid, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jul 28, 2007

Post challenge:

Oh my god! Thank you sooo much. What an honor! I have been fantasizing about winning a ribbon for one year and four months to be precise, which is basically when I registered and started with photography.

I don't know if anyone will really appreciate what it means to me to be sandwiched between 21.gif AlexSaberi and 21.gif hotpasta, both of whom I admire as great photographers. This is such a privilage. Thank you for all the votes and comments.

A lot of people commented about the halo around the subject and I agree - the post processing was perhaps a little sloppy. The halo was more an effect of tone mapping than it was of dodging and burning since I did very little of the latter. But the image could definately be cleaned up a little. I love critique because receiving it is what keeps me improving.

Once again thank you and I'll stop gushing like the runner up in a beauty pageant now. ;)

I originally considered this image for the challenge: 567011.jpg but knowing how fastidious many voters are about the interpretation of the challenge, I realised it probably wouldn't score as well as because it doesn't look "street".

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 215
Avg (all users): 7.1461
Avg (commenters): 7.8500
Avg (participants): 7.0978
Avg (non-participants): 7.1977
Views since voting: 10294
Views during voting: 445
Votes: 178
Comments: 54
Favorites: 20 (view)


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08/12/2007 11:40:50 PM
I really don't like the processing on this one but the other one is AMAZING.
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08/09/2007 05:07:13 PM
Congrats on your first ribbon! Amazing image!
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08/08/2007 07:17:51 PM
I'm attracted to any shot that contains a guitar; this one has a surreal quality - I like it.
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08/07/2007 08:43:11 AM
Very nice. Congrats on your first ribbon.
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08/06/2007 11:12:19 PM
Wow, this picture is amazing, cangrats!!!
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08/06/2007 11:01:54 PM
love this! Congrats!
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08/06/2007 05:04:58 PM
Congratulations on your personal best, your first ribbon and a wonderful capture! Well deserved
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08/06/2007 02:31:05 PM
Congratulations on your first ribbon. the seagull was an excellent addition to the shot too.
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08/06/2007 11:52:00 AM
Love your pic!! Way to go!!
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08/06/2007 09:50:50 AM
Two of my favorite ones won ribbons. Yayy! This is such an amazing photo! Mega congratulations!
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08/06/2007 08:52:34 AM
Nicely done...congratulations on winning the red ribbon!

Message edited by author 2007-08-06 08:54:16.
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08/06/2007 08:49:42 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. A beautiful capture, and momment.
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08/06/2007 08:49:40 AM
An image with impact and interest..very worthy of the ribbon.

Congratulations
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08/06/2007 08:31:57 AM
Originally posted by jonnienye:

seems this character(the cowboy) has made a ribbon pic somewheres else as well,great shot nonetheless


Well I used the same subject in the candid challenge:

532540.jpg

Not sure if that's what you mean because that one didn't ribbon.
08/06/2007 08:13:10 AM
seems this character(the cowboy) has made a ribbon pic somewheres else as well,great shot nonetheless
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08/06/2007 08:11:33 AM
Congratulations! Fantastic shot!!
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08/06/2007 05:53:06 AM
Very well done great shot here..
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08/06/2007 05:02:21 AM
hey congrats! fantastic shot - I love the post processing!
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08/06/2007 04:23:09 AM
i love the processing, congratulations !
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08/06/2007 03:13:56 AM
Lovely shot!! Congrats on the red Pieter!
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08/06/2007 12:47:05 AM
Well done, lovely image! Congrats!
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08/06/2007 12:31:12 AM
I love this, it's really beautiful. Big congrats on the red.
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08/06/2007 12:17:43 AM
Great image, worthy of a ribbon...well done and congratulations
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08/06/2007 12:16:32 AM
congratulations on the red ribbon!!
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08/06/2007 12:04:01 AM
voted this a ten, nice to see it on the front page, congrats.
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08/06/2007 12:03:11 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon!
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08/06/2007 12:02:22 AM
GREAT! Love it!
CONGRATS
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08/06/2007 12:01:07 AM
Way to go. Excellen shot. Congrats.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/05/2007 11:29:58 PM
Looks like an album cover. Striking.
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08/05/2007 08:25:42 PM
good capture, but i don't agree with the processing here. not liking the halo effect around the guy.
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08/05/2007 01:47:15 PM
cool shot but not so "Street" in my book.
still a nice composition and post processing except for the halloing around the old dude and dodging of the seagull.
would of scored you prob a 7 or 8 if not a street challenge.
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08/05/2007 01:36:06 PM
Very well composed with good colour tone, crispness, and exposure.
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08/05/2007 09:51:44 AM
One of my favorites for this theme, nice work.
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08/04/2007 11:27:27 PM
Nice detail in the subject with balance in the picture introducing the bird. Deserves 8.
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08/03/2007 01:50:05 AM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background very good,
Technical: Focus, Exposure: good
Appeal: tells a story
Total Averaged Rating 9
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08/02/2007 02:46:26 PM
Outstanding image! Love the subject, the motion created by the curved pattern of stones leading you to the gull, awesome choice of color and processing.
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08/01/2007 10:29:20 PM
great capture. I really like this one.
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08/01/2007 12:56:16 PM
Nice pic...the burning looks a little harsh, but nice image.
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08/01/2007 11:04:10 AM
Simply wonderful!
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08/01/2007 02:18:02 AM
Outstanding shot!!! Wowsers. Excellant composition. Great processing, love the tones in the image. Great stuff going on, dof, curves, leading lines, awesome job, just awesome!
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07/31/2007 10:25:19 PM
Absolutely my favourite of this challenge - I love the clarity and tones in this shot. Amazing job!
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07/31/2007 08:17:45 PM
I would have lie to have seen this one barely processed, I think the elements would have had a much more honest feel. With that said I thin it is a great capture, hope it does well for you.
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07/31/2007 07:59:58 PM
This is the winner for me.
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07/31/2007 12:01:21 PM
Oh, I LOOOOVE this one!!!! Beautiful scene. Beautiful lighting and exposure. Beautifully processed. One of my top pics!
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07/31/2007 06:00:14 AM
Great tones, very interesting shot. 10
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07/31/2007 02:55:37 AM
Nice capture - Love the tones and the juxtaposition of the gull - Slightly let down by the burning in which has left a halo around the guy. Still a nice shot.
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07/30/2007 10:59:52 PM
I like the filter you used for this shot, it adds a nice touch. Well done.
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07/30/2007 05:21:35 PM
Magnificent!! A 10
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07/30/2007 04:25:15 PM
Appears to be quite a bit of pp, but the effect was worth it.
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07/30/2007 02:30:44 PM
great image quality and processing!
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07/30/2007 11:36:09 AM
distracting shine around the man - overprocessed. well composed though
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07/30/2007 02:49:22 AM
Very nice. The dodging is a bit much. I tend to overdo the processing from time to time too. I think I know whose this is.
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07/30/2007 02:25:01 AM
WOAH - the juxtaposition between the man and the bird. WOWZA. This is fabulous. The swirl of the brick pavers undulate and our eyes drift to the bird again. FANTASTIC. 10 BRAVO
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07/30/2007 12:11:21 AM
really nice...great title...I think your tint has blown out a few highlights, but other than that, a very nice street compostion
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