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Sam94720


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Searching (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) for Canon
Location: Paradeplatz, Zurich
Date: Oct 6, 2007
Aperture: f32
ISO: 100
Shutter: 0.5s
Galleries: Urban, Emotive
Date Uploaded: Oct 6, 2007

This was meant to be a double reference to the challenge topic with both the two subjects searching for each other in this very moment and also the bigger picture of the search for "the right one", an episode of which this blind date is.

I actually wanted to do this in a different location with more people. Unfortunately, they didn't move enough and so there were too many "unblurred" people distracting from the main subjects. And hiring a crowd would have been a bit over the top. ;-)

I tried different exposures ranging from 0.3s to 2s. My models had to hold very still (that's the secret, they're not edited in).

Processing:
conversion from raw
HDR tonemapping in Photomatix to increase dynamic range
selective desaturation
selective Gaussian blur
some burning
crop
resize
sharpen
border

Thanks a lot to Sandy and Georg for being so patient and for walking several miles to find the perfect location! And thanks to all of you for the votes and the comments.

P.S.: The one time you *want* people to walk into your shot, they get extremely considerate and stop at the edge of the frame! ;-)

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 122
Avg (all users): 7.2895
Avg (commenters): 8.3846
Avg (participants): 6.5625
Avg (non-participants): 7.6250
Views since voting: 13635
Views during voting: 328
Votes: 152
Comments: 69
Favorites: 22 (view)


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08/20/2008 01:33:19 AM
Excellent shot with the use of natural motion blur. Well deserved red ribbon!!
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10/26/2007 05:18:42 PM
This is a superb motion shot. Love the editing and your take on the challenge. I think you are catching on rather quickly to DPC. Congrats on the Ribb. and nice to have you here.
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10/21/2007 05:01:39 PM
great concept, great photo
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10/21/2007 09:02:21 AM
Sweet idea and excellent execution!
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10/21/2007 08:06:07 AM
Nice shot and idea, did something similar in a challenge last year called "Singled out" but this is so much better than mine.
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10/20/2007 12:03:12 PM
Cool use of motion to really isolate your subjects...congratulations on winning the red ribbon Sam!
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10/19/2007 06:03:45 PM
This is a great shot! well executed. Congatulations on the ribbon.
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10/19/2007 10:47:43 AM
Excellent idea and so well executed.

I`ve tried this type of stuff in the past and know how difficult it is to get right.
Congratulations on the ribbon.
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10/17/2007 04:55:44 PM
Loved this shot. Well done and congrats on the ribbon.
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10/17/2007 07:06:12 AM
great idea, well executed. Well deserved ribbon and pb.
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10/16/2007 09:47:15 PM
Gotta love that creativity! Nicely done, well deserved ribbon! Congrats.
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10/16/2007 01:41:34 PM
Congrats on the red. A great image...and a creative concept for the challenge.
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10/16/2007 01:22:02 AM
Congrats on your new personal best and first ribbon!
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10/15/2007 08:45:53 PM
Man this is an excellent take on the challenge. Well photographed to boot. All around superb.
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10/15/2007 07:25:04 PM
Nice idea and well shot... I know exactly what you mean about people doing that in this kind of photo - i had one shot dead on looking perfect with people moving around, and then one person decided to stop dead waiting for me to take the photo... not realising they were: 1)in the photo and 2)it was being taken!! Ah well, you pulled this one off with great result, congrats :)
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10/15/2007 06:07:09 PM
Wow! I love this photo. Great idea.
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10/15/2007 03:35:26 PM
If there were one person I would have said very good , but two people I think it is excellent , well deserved ribbon
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10/15/2007 12:22:40 PM
Sam, So Creative, so wonderful,
Very well done .. Regards,
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10/15/2007 10:44:06 AM
Brilliant! Congrats on your first ribbon. I'm sure it won't be the last.
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10/15/2007 09:28:09 AM
Samuel,
Brilliant idea and execution. Congrats to your models too, they did the shot.
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10/15/2007 09:06:36 AM
Awesome shot and great statement! Way to tell a story through an image!
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10/15/2007 08:57:18 AM
Awesome picture, congrats on your first ribbon.
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10/15/2007 08:37:15 AM
yea, cool and creative ... great photo
i want to see it in black & white !!
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10/15/2007 08:02:51 AM
Congratulations on your first of many ribbons. A wonderful capture!
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10/15/2007 07:33:48 AM
A great idea and wonderfully executed. Congrats on your first ribbon and a new personal best.
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10/15/2007 03:03:04 AM
Congrats on your ribbon, this was my favorite (even over my entry), great idea and execution!
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10/15/2007 02:53:37 AM
well done/congrats
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10/15/2007 02:10:08 AM
I really like this one. Beyond the amusing and graphic take on an unusual instance of "searching", the entire gestalt of the image is unusual. There's a sense of a perfectly flat plane that encompasses everything but the BG building (to a certain extent) and the figures of the searchers, who almost appear to be levitating above this plane, and yet perhaps about to sink into it.

A very intriguing image on several levels. Great job!

R.
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10/15/2007 02:07:36 AM
I'm so glad to see this ribbon - it's a brilliant idea and you pulled it off in the best way possible. Congratulations :)
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10/15/2007 01:02:26 AM
whoa awesome idea here and brilliantly executed... congrats on your first ribbon!
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10/15/2007 01:02:19 AM
Creative idea and good execution. Congrats on your first ribbon.
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10/15/2007 12:41:05 AM
You've executed this idea wonderfully! Congrats on your ribbon!
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10/15/2007 12:14:35 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon!
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10/15/2007 12:08:40 AM
Congrats!
Go Blur! Good for you for entering an excellent image with blur going on, and to the voters for seeing the excellence.
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10/15/2007 12:04:03 AM
Great concept and execution, congratulations
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10/15/2007 12:02:45 AM
very good technically. congrats on your ribbon!
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10/15/2007 12:02:27 AM
Definitely an awesome shot! Well deserved!
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10/15/2007 12:01:59 AM
Congrats on the Red!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/14/2007 11:40:30 PM
Clever and well executed. Extra points for good creativity.
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10/14/2007 08:46:28 PM
very nice idea. I think it would look even better in BW.
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10/14/2007 12:53:05 PM
brilliant-bumping to a 9 for originality and convincing happenstance.
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10/14/2007 01:27:08 AM
I like the blur and the concept. Nice work.
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10/13/2007 08:41:28 PM
Very well done. Congrats.
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10/13/2007 07:50:36 PM
Entertaining photo and the colours are pleasant. 8.
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10/13/2007 06:47:14 PM
Very fun, well done! :)
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10/13/2007 11:01:12 AM
Great emotion evoking shot...I remember those days, uhg! Love the way you isolated your subjects and the comp is perfect. 10
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10/13/2007 09:01:40 AM
Nice. I like the idea of two strangers looking for each other in a crowd, yet only we can tell how close they are due to the isolation the photos brings.
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10/12/2007 07:14:48 PM
really like the time lapse - you used it perfectly to set up you image. really effective method of isolating your subject. great technique. 8
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10/12/2007 09:49:31 AM
Good use of a slow shutter speed to link the two people together.
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10/12/2007 08:35:49 AM
Superb interpretation of the challenge. Technically excellent.
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10/12/2007 07:22:38 AM
I love this photo. You managed to pass the message very well. Good work.
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10/11/2007 01:55:43 PM
I love it!!
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10/11/2007 07:14:25 AM
lol...cute idea,great effects 9
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10/11/2007 02:31:16 AM
great original idea for the idea, something fresh! Well shot also
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10/10/2007 03:19:00 AM
nice concepts... nice effects :D
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10/09/2007 12:43:25 PM
WOW!!! setup right? I love love love the blur it really puts the focus where it is supposed to be. Great shot
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10/09/2007 10:54:32 AM
Awsome image!
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10/08/2007 11:21:19 PM
Great concept. Nice humour.
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10/08/2007 11:01:50 PM
Exposure is spot on, composition is great, creativity and 2 models that are good at holding still :) this is a winner.
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10/08/2007 10:31:42 PM
was this done with a single capture? If so, great shot.
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10/08/2007 10:28:21 PM
What did we do before cellphones? A nice touch of humour.
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10/08/2007 08:12:30 PM
nicely done - 9
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10/08/2007 04:12:30 PM
Interesting technique, if they weren't spot-edited in.
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10/08/2007 09:52:50 AM
This is perfect. How on earth. Great idea and the movement and editing. BRAVO
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10/08/2007 07:15:42 AM
briliant idea and very good execution
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10/08/2007 05:40:41 AM
very lovely image!
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10/08/2007 02:35:22 AM
Great concept and very well done.
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10/08/2007 02:03:57 AM
nice execution if done with camera exposure.
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10/08/2007 12:15:24 AM
LOL!
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