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Challenge: Free Study 2008-01 (Advanced Editing VI ("Time Lapse"))
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: Oakleigh South, Warrigal Road, Australia
Date: Jan 30, 2008
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Urban, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Jan 30, 2008

I love roadsides. I'm always intrigued by what people put out and mostly would love to know WHY? Who do they think wants it?

Found this 'resting' on the nature strip on the edge of a VERY busy main road. It was just begging me to notice it - SMILE!

Statistics
Place: 309 out of 428
Avg (all users): 5.2109
Avg (commenters): 5.2500
Avg (participants): 5.2727
Avg (non-participants): 5.0833
Views since voting: 692
Views during voting: 194
Votes: 147
Comments: 22
Favorites: 2 (view)


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02/16/2008 07:18:08 PM
Well, you know how I felt/still feel about it :) The second I laid my eyes on it during voting, I knew it was special. There just aren't enough folk out there with an appreciation for the bizarre. Sorry I took so long to come back and comment!
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02/14/2008 09:56:16 PM
i really like this photo and think it should have done better. it's great getting the reflection in the tv. it's quirky and that makes it interesting to me.
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02/10/2008 12:38:36 AM
This is just fine as it is. I think the beauty of these after-challenge discussions is it allows viewers to linger a bit more with shots they may have missed during voting, to appreciate the more subtle and often far better entries that get "lost" in the split-second voting process. Nostalgic and sad - strong combination created by your image. And a wee bit quirky, too. I love the cobweb on the fence.
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02/09/2008 11:20:56 AM
What really makes this shot for me is the reflection in the TV. The image itself is on a small, limited space, but then you sneakily manage to get what's basically a vanishing point into one of the reflections :)

The light is pretty cool too - I like the outline of light framing the chair. And the DOF works for me. The retro processing feel is very cool too. Damn you for lack of sexy models and northern lights though, whatever were you thinking :p

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02/09/2008 05:23:33 AM
I love these weird little surreal moments in life and you have captured this beautifully. The dof is just perfect and the muted colours are nice, it would be interesting to see with a more acid look though. I think it's a great shot but it's one of those quieter shots that get so easily overlooked on DPC.
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02/09/2008 04:31:38 AM
I love this. I don't suppose you were expecting this to score highly, but it's a great find and the processing is absolutely spot-on. I wonder if you could have introduced a little more contrast into the TV screen to highlight the reflection - I think this was missed by a lot of voters.
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02/08/2008 08:41:14 PM
When I voted/commented on this one the first time, I have to admit that I did not pay careful enough attention, and did not realize there was that reflection in the screen that looked like it was turned on. I think a lot of people in their haste to vote on a lot of pictures missed that subtlety.

I think the image itself is a little deadpan, and a lot of voters (myself included) didn't get it. I don't know if that description makes sense or not. But, as I had said during my in-voting comment, I did not think this one would have broad appeal.
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02/08/2008 05:37:02 PM
You'd think something unusual and quirky would be appreciated, but no. Love the composition, the sum of the elements in the photo and the tones. My only reservation would be the frame, which to me seems a little heavy in face of the soft colors of the image.

Edit to say - I just saw that you mentioned the frame yourself in the I love my shot thread. So nevermind.

Message edited by author 2008-02-08 17:37:47.
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02/08/2008 05:01:01 PM
There are so many ghosts here. Ghosts don't do well on DPC; people don't like to see ghosts, it brings up too many of their own. But there are so many here. In the TV -- it's not plugged in, I looked for the power cable, but it's not there. So, either the picture is a ghost, or the tv is a ghost, showing images without electricity. And then there are the ghosts in the windows of the house. Ghosts of a place where everyone has been, but no one lives. I love your work, but just remember, not so many ghosts next time. Ghosts don't do well on DPC . . .
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02/08/2008 02:18:46 PM
How beautifully seen!
(I stumbled upon this in the "I love my shot" thread. I'm not in the thread nor was involved with the FS but feel compelled to share.)

On seeing this I have an immediate sense of story. This retro-toned image with a period chair and tv combination strikes a chord. With the reflection of the living world in the tv screen the tv seems to replace the former occupant of the chair. It's curbside--discarded. As if some old relative has passed away and their favorite chair and old tv are no longer wanted...a sore reminder of what is past or what has passed. The house is dated with its aluminum windows and siding. Even the gate post holds cobwebs. Everything is kept and clean but not kept up. How surreal this sunny day story. How solemn the doorway to the house.

I love the choices you've made from composition to color. So glad I stumbled across this! Adding to my favorites. Thank you.
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02/08/2008 01:08:27 PM
I thought this was beautifully surreal. I might have scored it higher if I had seen the reflection in the TV better - I see it now and love it.

I only gave it a 6 though because of the color. It seems to have a greenish cast, and yet the green of the grass is faded. It's like you couldn't decide if you wanted it in color or B&W and split the difference. I think I'd have liked it better either B&W or w/ stronger colors (maybe even surreal colors).
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02/08/2008 12:24:09 PM
Hey, this was a 9 for me - I liked the offhand quirkiness, and how the reflection of the street in the screen makes it look as if that is what the tv is broadcasting. The muted colors suit the vintage feel.
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02/08/2008 10:17:05 AM
Great reflection captured in the tv as well. I'm guessing you're not the only one who noticed it. I wonder how long before it was gone.
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02/08/2008 06:00:16 AM
I really like the post-processing on this - subtle, and really well done! I love the image you captured, it just speaks to me somehow, lol. Very well taken photograph :)
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02/08/2008 05:49:55 AM
Ha well it made me smile to read that this was not a set up (to be honest during the voting I had thought it might be and was a bit confused as to what the person taking it was trying to say)

I love the dual reflections in the TV screen and window and the complimentarity of the house colour and the chair.

Vert surreal shot which just has me dying to know more about it
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02/08/2008 05:38:32 AM
For some reason I must have missed this one when voting. I agree with 21_F.gif Jutilda this would look great with an acid or even with a polaroid filter, it would scream '60s. sorry I missed it, it would definitely have been a 7 from me.
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02/08/2008 04:39:12 AM
Nice...I know me and I would have stopped and threw that in the back of my Ford! I need a new chair. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2008 10:01:22 PM
Not gonna score high, but most definitely an oobie contender.
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02/07/2008 09:03:31 AM
OH that would be so 60's with an acid filter on it. Great Danish modern chair!
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02/03/2008 04:45:23 PM
Interesting photo... leaves me thinking why there is a TV on a chair on the lawn.... unless it was garbage day of course.
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02/01/2008 02:05:58 PM
what the? Kind cool though....
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02/01/2008 09:47:47 AM
i love this! Really draws your interest. I like the black and white "feeling" of the photo. Fantastic chair. Nice reflection in the TV, too.
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