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Some days you just need to walk alone
Some days you just need to walk alone

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Challenge: Free Study 2008-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Pentax K100D
Lens: Pentax FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited AF
Location: Lansing, MI
Date: Mar 30, 2008
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Nature, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Mar 30, 2008

Went out to the Woldumar Nature Center looking for fauna or anything else interesting to shoot. Coming up empty, I decided to do a self-portrait, from behind. I was walking down this path and thought it would make for a great composition. I placed my camera low to the ground on a tripod and set the 12 sec timer. Prior to this, I knew roughly where I wanted to place myself for the shot so I prefocused on the ground where I am walking(since my dof was very shallow). After hitting the shutter release, I ran down the path and then slowed to a walk listening for the fast beeping coming from the camera. This particular shot was my 2nd try. As soon as I saw how my right leg was lifted and bent, I knew I had what I was looking for.

PP is primarily a mix of three Nik filters. Midnight, Foliage, and Pro Contrast. I cloned out a logo on the upper back of my fleece coat. I burned the path and the trees in the background. Dodged the straw type grass and my coat a little. That's about it.

I have no idea how this will score in a free study(my first one in fact). But I really like this shot a lot. I guess I don't care how the voters will rate it. Isn't that the point?

Place: 85 out of 500
Avg (all users): 6.2039
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.0000
Avg (non-participants): 6.7949
Views since voting: 1430
Views during voting: 236
Votes: 152
Comments: 4
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/07/2008 04:14:51 PM
I like the processing technique on this. Adds a surreal feeling to this image.
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04/06/2008 06:24:43 PM
Great moodiness here. I love the color tones and light and the emotion. Well done. 8.
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04/04/2008 09:21:11 AM
Wonderfully emotive shot! Beautiful lighting!
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04/01/2008 07:58:38 AM
i like the tones and the title, composition is good 7
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