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Challenge: Object Isolation by Contrast (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: People
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: Arlington, VA
Date: Dec 29, 2007
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/10s
Galleries: Sports, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Dec 29, 2007

Cell phones have truly invaded everywhere. When I called the rink to ask whether I was allowed to take pics, she said sure, just not on the ice. It never occurred to me anyone would try to take photos while skating. But apparently people do think cell phones are reasonable.

I was deliberately trying to isolate someone for this shot, and I tried various combinations of shutter speed, ISO, and aperture. I finally hit on this one, which gave me a sharp image of people who weren't moving and a blurred image of people who were skating, without completely losing their shapes.

Editing was the usual: WB adjustment and some contrast in the RAW converter, followed by sharpening, more contrast, and finally an acid treatment using the "urban acid" action found at Action Central.

Place: 80 out of 188
Avg (all users): 5.7584
Avg (commenters): 6.7500
Avg (participants): 5.8000
Avg (non-participants): 5.7303
Views since voting: 773
Views during voting: 249
Votes: 149
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

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01/10/2008 05:19:39 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club -

I didn't vote in this challenge so this is the first time i am seeing this one. Let me say that this is a very creative take on the challenge. Great idea.

I probably would have scored this an 8 (sorry I didn't vote). I like the processing and I really like the composition. Has a fun feel to it - and I am digging the blur.

Not sure what I can say to improve it any. I don't see this image as being an attempt to appease the general DPC voter. I see this as being a complete image and if the voters didn't like it then their loss. So who am I to say what to change (and I wouldnt change a thing).

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01/09/2008 10:57:21 AM
I did not vote in this challenge but I would have scored this high. Although, I would not have made the connection with the cell phone lol. My initial reaction was based on the guy being in focus while everyone else is a blur. But what you have written is pretty spot on.
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01/08/2008 09:46:19 AM
Jeffrey, this is very cool. I love your take on the contest theme and think this one should have scored a bit higher. Great concept and execution!
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01/07/2008 10:11:27 PM
Jeffrey, yet another wonderful motion shot. The clarity on your subject is terrific! I love the detail and blue color tones in the reflection!
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01/07/2008 03:58:39 PM
Very nice processing, the colors really jump out at you and make a wonderful contrast. The moving skaters really make the photo what it is.
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01/07/2008 06:43:29 AM
I expected to see this higher also. It's such a great image and shows isolation so well.
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01/07/2008 01:22:56 AM
I thought this would definitely be in the top 3. It was fresh and creative. What a bummer.

Message edited by author 2008-01-07 01:25:26.
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01/07/2008 12:28:48 AM
I'm with Judy...this should of scored better at the very least! I like the creative approach you took for this challenge!
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01/07/2008 12:20:18 AM
Really thought this would be top 30 for sure.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/31/2007 08:03:06 PM
Nice use of blur and sharp as a contrast! : )
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12/31/2007 10:24:02 AM
I love photos like this. They are so fresh and contemporary.
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12/31/2007 03:51:08 AM
Like this idea, isolated due to focused in contrast to unfocused areas. My problem is that my eyes are first drawn to the 3 skaters on the left and only then to the man on the right.
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12/31/2007 12:11:44 AM
Love the harsh tones. Did you use the photocopy filter in Virtual photography? I really like that brick red!!
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