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Challenge: Textures II (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Date: Feb 11, 2004
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/80 sec
Galleries: Abstract, Urban
Date Uploaded: Feb 12, 2004

I saw this fire hydrant comming home from a Wake Forest basketball game near the stadium. I was planning on taking some pics of it anyway, and then this challenge came. So it seemed like a perfect fit.

I used ISO 400 for this shot plus some pretty heavy cropping, which created some grain in the background. I would have liked to either use dust & scratches or Neat Image to clean up the background. However, it took away from the texture of the hydrant with out being able to spot edit.

Shot with Canon 70-200mm f4 L

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 406
Avg (all users): 6.9964
Avg (commenters): 8.1860
Avg (participants): 6.8046
Avg (non-participants): 7.3084
Views since voting: 3261
Votes: 281
Comments: 47
Favorites: 9 (view)


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02/25/2004 12:32:40 PM
thanks for all the comments. it's my new highest scoring pic, beating out two previous ribbons i have too.

it's cool to see that i didn't get hammered too bad for the wild composition.

thanks again.
02/25/2004 09:57:32 AM
I like the contrast between the sharpness of the weathered flakes of paint and the soft focus background that is just a blur of light and dark. Nice composition, square frame works well.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/24/2004 11:08:28 PM
very nice composition, love the texture. well done!
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02/24/2004 05:48:58 PM
One of my favorites of the challenge. Love the color and texture. I may have cropped a little more off the left.
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02/24/2004 01:56:35 PM
Nice! Sharp, colorful and good composition. The light background area along the bottom is somewhat distracting.
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02/24/2004 10:05:13 AM
I'm sure you've heard about the white at the bottom. I'm not sure.
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02/23/2004 10:07:27 AM
sublime image. great age & texture. 9
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02/23/2004 07:15:19 AM
Like the way you crop this one, nice colors. 8
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02/22/2004 11:50:36 PM
Interesting shot, nice composition and texture.
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02/22/2004 08:54:37 AM
OK, this is great. Good colors, cropping, and excellent focus and DOF. I hope you do very well.
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02/22/2004 05:50:23 AM
Nicely done...you really captured the texture here.
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02/21/2004 05:09:12 PM
Ah, great shot. I love the colors.. And I like the particular point of view you used and how it parallels with the title. It looks as though the warrior is standing guard watching over the streets.. Helps that the top of the hydrant looks like a helmet somewhat.. congratulations on the shot. 9
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02/21/2004 04:51:30 PM
Nice shot, Good use of DOF.
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02/21/2004 06:48:33 AM
this shot is totally awesome!!!
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02/20/2004 08:13:26 PM
A gorgeous capture. 10.
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02/20/2004 06:49:22 PM
My only 10 for this challenge.
Excellent spotting.
Love the colors and the choice of dof of the subject vs the relatively uniform colored and balanced background. Great composition.
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02/20/2004 06:18:46 PM
Ooh... this is one of my top faves! The colors are beautiful, the textures are awesome and I love the DOF! Great shot! 10
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02/20/2004 03:21:50 PM
Excellent, i can feel the texture on this, great colours as well. good luck
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02/20/2004 02:59:33 PM
fire hydrant? Nice texture and color
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02/20/2004 02:46:44 PM
This one is my favorite so far. I really love the aged paint. And great composition - use of DOF!
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02/20/2004 02:28:34 PM
Love this image!! Colour focus, everything seem right. Will be right up the top I think Good luck!
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02/20/2004 01:03:21 PM
Nice color and texture. My eyes would have liked to see more of the hydrant 'compositionally' though (is that a word???) Extreme closeup would have made for cool abstract image as well. Cool! :)
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02/20/2004 12:39:36 PM
Nice image. Composition, colour, exposure, framing all very assured. as a minor point, in such a regular composition, i think i might have tried to get more precisely level with that collar, the slight perspective on it seems out of place, but that counts for very little against such a top shot.
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02/20/2004 09:49:53 AM
I like this one a lot. The blurred white line in the background is a little distracting, but not much. Nice job.
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02/20/2004 02:33:56 AM
Great closeup of a fire plug. fire hydrant. The layers of peeling paint really help to give a sense of texture. The darker background combine with the contrasting colors of the subject really makes the composition interesting. The frame looks a bit too big for the shot. "10" anyways.
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02/19/2004 10:05:34 PM
I like the composition, the color, and the title. Nice shot.
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02/19/2004 09:37:45 PM
Great title. Wonderful image. Like everything here.
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02/19/2004 06:01:15 PM
I tend to vote higher on the photos that dare to cross into creativity and leave the safe threshold of stock images. I really like this. A tad more crop to the left might enhance the effect.
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02/19/2004 04:57:19 PM
Nice crop and i like the shallow dof
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02/19/2004 08:43:30 AM
great work!
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02/19/2004 05:49:13 AM
Interesting angle, I like the use of DOF here.
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02/19/2004 12:37:35 AM
I'm back to comment. The DOF is great, and of course, the texture is beautiful and colorful. I also like the off centering. Great job...
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02/19/2004 12:13:41 AM
i like this composition...very nice :)
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02/18/2004 11:37:47 PM
I really like the composition and colors in this. Excellent use of shallow dof.
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02/18/2004 11:26:38 PM
I think this a wonderfully composed shot. Good find with the colors and textures. What really makes this stand out is the blurred background and the perfect focus.
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02/18/2004 06:37:50 PM
cheers mate
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02/18/2004 06:16:45 PM
Wonderful deep colors, vivid. I would like to have seen a bit more of it. Awesome for the challenge and great focus. 8 from me.
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02/18/2004 05:43:53 PM
beautiful composition, color depth, etc.
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02/18/2004 04:55:59 PM
A very well observed and technically proficient photograph which meets the challenge perfectly. A worthy 9
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02/18/2004 04:13:37 PM
I like the DOF on this one, would like to see more of the hydrant though. Nicely done.
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02/18/2004 04:11:06 PM
Very nice colors.
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02/18/2004 01:28:18 PM
Excellent entry for this challenge. Conveys it's texture wonderfully. Neat composition, nice colors, well exposed (maybe a touch over), should be a ribbon in it for you on this one. Super job!
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02/18/2004 12:47:54 PM
Great colors and textures! Excellent use of DOF also. Well done!
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02/18/2004 11:57:48 AM
Like the simple background.....image well in keeping with the challenge
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02/18/2004 10:14:13 AM
Very Nice! Great textures and colors and beautiful dof. The best picture I have seen so far! Love this one Hope you´ll get a ribbon my first 10 :-)
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02/18/2004 09:54:46 AM
Attractive colors as well as texture. Nicely composed - less is more.
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02/18/2004 09:07:41 AM
fantastic sharp focus and detail, really good colours.
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