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The walk home
1st PlaceThe walk home

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Challenge: Harsh Environments II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX APO IF HSM for Canon
Location: Stratford Upon Avon
Date: Mar 13, 2008
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/80th
Galleries: Candid, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Mar 13, 2008

Post Challenge:

Very happy with that (of course) :)

Started at 7 and then just seemed to climb all week :) Personal best by a mile and my first ribbon a blue! Thanks.

AS for the aperture etc, sorry, i'm in london at the moment but if you check back in about 12 hours i'll be back home (where i can also submit confirmation) and put up the details - the submission was a bit rushed as i remember it, but basically the shot is over exposed and i burnt her back in along with the posts. The shot itself was luck - i was out on a walk with my dad and we stopped off in a cafe as it started to rain - i changed lenses and it then started to really go for it... this is one of three shots of separate people i took then and i was lucky to get it i think. Right place, right time i think.

Thanks for the comments - as for "more contrast" i know what you mean, but the way i saw it was any more contrast would push the background too dark and thus the woman wouldnt stand out as much. And the "mist" is not processing, it is what actually happens when you get torrential rain hitting concrete...

Anyway - great start to the day for me! Thanks :)

Place: 1 out of 129
Avg (all users): 7.4389
Avg (commenters): 8.5833
Avg (participants): 6.7059
Avg (non-participants): 7.7287
Views since voting: 9877
Views during voting: 433
Votes: 180
Comments: 61
Favorites: 42 (view)

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01/25/2012 12:21:30 AM
Awesome shot, I've never heard of you before...sorry.
03/29/2008 10:19:56 AM
Awesome pic and a very worthy first place. A just reward for the drenching you presumably suffered?
03/28/2008 11:26:22 PM
What a wonderful image, congratulations on your blue ribbon.
03/27/2008 06:07:28 PM
Very nice shot/congratulations
03/27/2008 01:14:26 PM
03/26/2008 08:16:59 PM
Love this shot!! Congratulations on the Blue!!
03/26/2008 07:25:57 PM
this is beauiftul great job
03/26/2008 08:12:34 AM
Wow...this a cool shot. Congrats on your ribbon
03/26/2008 04:52:51 AM
Congrats! Awesome shot!
03/25/2008 05:05:57 PM
Congrats on your first ribbon! Excellent shot!
03/25/2008 10:41:39 AM
wow 10! im wet already...10!
03/25/2008 09:02:07 AM
Love the shot and think you're right about the contrast. Makes me homesick, not worrying about a brolly, so British.
03/24/2008 11:14:52 PM
03/24/2008 09:05:33 PM
That is a beautiful picture, well done and congratulations!
03/24/2008 03:33:57 PM
What a great picture. Congrats on your ribbon as it is well deserved
03/24/2008 02:01:35 PM
Wonderful pic. Congrats on the ribbon and terrific score!
03/24/2008 11:27:29 AM
Wow, I feel like I'm there getting drenched too! Amazing capture and congrats on your first blue!
03/24/2008 09:58:48 AM
Luck indeed!!! But I'd say it wasn't all luck. You obviously have wonderful talent and a fabulous eye! Congratulations on your first ribbon. I expect it won't be the last tho :)

03/24/2008 09:32:01 AM
Amazing image. Congratulations on your first ribbon.
03/24/2008 08:48:23 AM
beautiful beautiful photo. the best blue I've seen in a long time.
03/24/2008 08:12:00 AM
Congrats teammate!!
03/24/2008 08:06:33 AM
Whee! Congrats on the great photo, the Blue Ribbon, and avoiding another 4th. ;-)
The beer is on me, hehe, cheers!
03/24/2008 06:11:39 AM
stunning,well done,congratulations
03/24/2008 06:11:05 AM
Congrats on your first (but not last) blue one... this picture is awesome, well deserved...
03/24/2008 04:46:12 AM
Congrats on your well deserved blue, very emotional, striking image!
03/24/2008 04:40:44 AM
Great shot, Rich! Congrats on the well deserved blue.
03/24/2008 03:53:51 AM
Great shot. Congrats on the Blue. Definitely due after looking at the shots on your profile.
03/24/2008 03:39:45 AM
Very well...very well, one of my best, as i said. Congrats for the blue ribbon!
03/24/2008 01:09:08 AM
Superb shot! Congratulations on winning the blue!
03/24/2008 12:37:22 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon, and a blue one at that, and also for your personal best.
Well done !
03/24/2008 12:22:57 AM
I like this photo, well deserved blue, please tell us about the aperture, speed and ISO
03/24/2008 12:09:01 AM
This was my personal favorite in this challenge. Congratulations on your blue, and an incredible score!
03/24/2008 12:05:54 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon, Rich. Are we thirsty yet?
03/24/2008 12:04:44 AM
Great shot.
03/24/2008 12:03:34 AM
What a great shot, congrats on your first ribbon!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/23/2008 05:21:00 PM
Great capture of the mood here - it 'feels' like a downpour, and cold too. Good entry!
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03/23/2008 04:17:35 PM
I like this one, it really captures the moment.
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03/23/2008 11:31:22 AM
Perfect photo. Perfect for theme. Great tones and capture. 10
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03/23/2008 05:35:57 AM
Great find, wonderful conversion. I wish the woman were a bit more to the right for composition purposes, but that's it.
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03/22/2008 11:45:45 PM
Very good one, bw works well, good comp. Nice!
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03/22/2008 08:40:09 PM
Oh my, this is a good one. I don't know what to say about this, it's the perfect photo for the challenge and I hope your score is reflecting it. First rate processing and what a great eye for "seeing" this.
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03/22/2008 01:27:25 PM
Very very nice, but i'd like more contrast on BW. 8 :)
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03/22/2008 10:34:38 AM
I love the feel of this, the strength of the rain, the strength of the woman, the hazy atmosphere, the composition.
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03/22/2008 12:33:36 AM
Good photo, nice processing..
03/21/2008 06:13:11 PM
Great shot, and one of my top three for the challenge. Was the foggy effect at the bottom caused by the rain, or processing? Either way, great job.
03/21/2008 06:11:14 PM
Goes very well with the theme. You capture the rain storm very well here. One of my high score for this challenge. This should do well. Good luck.
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03/20/2008 03:44:50 PM
Excellent - nothing else to say!
03/20/2008 10:38:38 AM
So simple, but yet very dramatic. Just excellent.
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03/19/2008 10:52:05 PM
Top ten? Great capture for this challenge.
03/19/2008 09:06:48 PM
love this!!!
adding to favorites
03/19/2008 04:34:20 PM
Love this shot!!! REALLY love it!!! 9
03/19/2008 03:25:08 PM
beautiful b&w tones
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03/19/2008 11:33:48 AM
Very nice - I just wish it had just a touch more contrast, or heavier blacks. You've really captured the torrential rain and that poor woman caught in it without a brolly....definitely a harsh environment with nice composition, but just let down but the tonal contrast I think.
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03/19/2008 05:29:03 AM
Fine image for this theme! Well composed!
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03/18/2008 04:59:51 AM
Oh my goodness, this is an outrageously good image for the challenge. Fantastic composition and great clarity given the weather conditions. This is an image that you dont just look at...you feel!

I love the B&W conversion

Its a ten from me and adding to favourites.

Simply perfect. Thank you
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03/18/2008 01:53:55 AM
Love the processing on this.
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03/17/2008 05:43:53 PM
the grainy look works here, nice use of B&W
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03/17/2008 12:31:13 PM
My favorite so far. 8.
03/17/2008 07:50:34 AM

03/17/2008 07:47:58 AM
Love this - best sofar :)
03/17/2008 01:54:39 AM
I think you did this absolutely perfectly--the higher key approach, the composition, the exposure--this image is superb 10
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