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Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM II
Location: 5&Diner, Phoenix AZ
Date: Mar 7, 2008
Galleries: Candid, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Mar 15, 2008

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Comments: 17
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This was one of my Blurry Mess considerations. Not messy enough. However, I like it. That girl stared at the camera for the entire exposure.

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02/08/2009 12:18:33 PM
you know, it's kind of spooky that she stared at you the whole time lol. like maybe, in the blur, she's actually holding a fork and contemplating throwing it at you. so did you smile at her or just pretend to ignore her? I would have pretended to ignore hehe. I'll have to try this in a restaraunt some time. Fascinating capture btw that she would appear between the blur like this.
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02/08/2009 12:03:28 PM
Guess I commented on this one first time around....:) Still like it though.
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02/08/2009 09:37:55 AM
Here are the comments I got for the 2008 Posthumous Open Awards.

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Panasonic DMC-FZ10 02/06/2009 07:09:52 PM
Still cool.

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Olympus E-10 02/05/2009 10:32:56 PM
a bar or cafe environ, glance caught through some movement. smooth surface edit effect.

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Nikon D70s 02/05/2009 01:05:45 PM
Perfectly done and reminiscent of a lyricless tune by His Name Is Alive Sitting Still Moving Still Staring Outlooking ...

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Canon EOS-40D 02/04/2009 03:15:00 AM
I like how the world is going by around her, not sure if she is just bored or planning to kill them all!

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1K 02/04/2009 12:08:35 AM
I love these pictures, where time is different for one person. Suggests something about relativity and special frames of reference (though I think I was dozing during that lecture). It's so thoroughly absorbing, and demands that the viewer take some time to construct a few relationships and timelines.

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Sony DSLR-a200K 02/02/2009 04:58:59 PM
Seems mortified by someone taking her picture! Almost as though she's asking what the heck you are doing and why HER? Yet, at the same time, not flustered enough to even turn from her more or less, casual pose/resting position. The movement of people to and fro in front of her seems to show others moving about, but her lounging in the moment of either her coffee or piece of pie, unhurried and yet, startled somewhat by someone taking a shot of her while relaxing. It's as though the only thing "hurried" about her is her mind at that moment but, not enough to do anything about it. I like this as it's quite the contrast between main subject and other photo elements.

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Nikon D90 [Reply w/ Quote] [Report this Post] 01/29/2009 10:03:45 PM
This has a Twilight Zone intrigue to it--creepily fascinating, like you got caught at something yourself, rather than catching her.

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Canon EOS-40D 01/28/2009 10:14:46 AM
Now this is a bit of quirky goodness. How did she ever manage to catch you through that mess? It took me forever to translate that large nose-looking blob as a swinging hand. Is that a homemade print dress she's wearing? Are we dining? Is that a clock or a porthole.

So long and thanks for all the fish.

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Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT 01/26/2009 11:27:46 PM
I like the candid expression on her face but the surroundings are too ambiguous for my tastes. It would have been better had you merely darkened the surroundings instead of allowing them to become an indistinguishable (sp?) blur.

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Nikon D200 01/21/2009 08:12:57 PM
Strangely to me it looks like someone working the "heavy bag" in a restaurant! Sorry but it does not evoke any emotion for me. Interesting composition and shutter speed choice though to make it happen.

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Canon EOS-40D 01/21/2009 05:48:15 PM
This is one of those little slices of life that continues to haunt you long after the moment has passed. I find this image fascinating.

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Nikon D70s 01/19/2009 12:53:52 PM
I too, like the weird look and skew of her face. It makes the image noteworthy IMO.

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Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT 01/18/2009 09:30:13 PM
great capture. the intentness of her stare turns this into a horror movie. The motion of the other subjects turn them into vast sculptural (semi-transparent) forms. Quite a bizarre image, anchored by that slightly off-center face.

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Canon EOS-40D 01/18/2009 02:27:11 PM
That swinging arm looks so much like a large nose that I'm distracted almost too much to see the rest of the image. But, I'm odd, I know that.

Really good image to think about.

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Panasonic DMC-FZ10 01/17/2009 01:03:15 AM
Wizard capture. How life goes morphing by when you just sit and watch. Quite taken with the whitish figure at left: looks like a Staffordshire Bulldog standing tall in his clean recently folded skin. (Might disagree with Bear about the smoothing - it seems to go with the shiny interior locale; possibly I wot not of the "loughs" of Bear).

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Canon EOS-20D 01/17/2009 12:27:54 AM
This is bizarre. I wish it hadn't been smoothed out so much, I strongly suspect I'd totally lough it if it were harsh & grainy; but the Neat Image "look" is offputting to me, it doesn't belong with this image IMO. In every other respect, this is a killer fascinating shot :-)

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Sony DSLR-A100K 01/16/2009 11:30:27 PM
Seems a little blurry...

Please try to hold the camera steady when taking pictures you'll get better results...

I kid..

The porthole shaped light at left center and the alien emerging from light fixture at the upper right lead me to the staring woman and back again. Triangulation.

I imagine it is fascinating to be her.

Message edited by author 2009-02-08 09:39:32.
04/02/2008 10:01:22 PM
30 seconds? cool!!

great framing and quite an expression
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04/02/2008 04:30:03 PM
this almost seems like it was shot and printed on shiny metal - a very cool and unusual look overall - the fact that we can 'see' the woman staring at us is what completely makes the shot
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03/30/2008 10:36:40 PM
Excellent impression of life as it really is...Way TOO Fast! Good Job! :)
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03/28/2008 11:16:38 PM
This is really cool, especially knowing that she held that stare for the full 30 sec exposure time. She is an anchor of stability amid the chaos, well done!
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03/28/2008 03:39:00 PM
Missed this one! I love the fact there are some really sharp parts and then some really blurry bits. You have got this type of shot down to a fine art.
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03/28/2008 09:15:14 AM
I love blur and you've got a great combination of sharp, sharp, sharp, and the moving figures. I really like how the blur frames the girl -- the thinking womans Lensbaby... 8)
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03/28/2008 08:47:45 AM
that's amazing to get her to be so sharp with a 30 sec open shutter. I really like it. Very busy but fun to view.
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03/28/2008 03:08:28 AM
Amazing - I like it.
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03/27/2008 08:29:45 AM
Brilliant shot! The subject & composition are great, and I love the processing & tones.
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03/25/2008 03:54:35 PM
I find it really confronting - in a good way.

What was she thinking - I'd LOVE to know.

Oh and that's 30 seconds of her life she'll never get back - GRIN!
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03/25/2008 03:39:44 PM
She held that for 30 seconds? Wow. Nice creative shot. Your eyes are really drawn to the girl through all the blur.
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03/25/2008 11:26:44 AM
I think the fact that this a marks a full 30 second stare is remarkable. In that, it has a very unique feel. Interesting indeed.
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03/19/2008 09:13:37 PM
I love your black and white processing here. Nice abstract effects too.
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03/19/2008 04:55:42 AM
I like your entry just fine but this is pretty cool, too!
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