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Challenge: Sepia (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro for Canon
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Date: Apr 24, 2008
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Emotive, Action
Date Uploaded: Apr 25, 2008

I had just gotten home from work and was chilling on the couch when a big black plume of smoke caught my eye through the window. I knew straight that it was one of the houses close by, so I grabbed my gear and ran out. By the time I got there, fireman were already hard at work quelling the flames. I popped on my 70-300 mm lens (which I was just considering selling due to lack of use) and filled up my card.

Saw there was a Sepia challenge and thought one of the shots could be quite fitting. We shall see how it does... Im quite fond of it, but well see how it does in the challenge...

Added Sepia tone in lightroom.

Fixed levels and curves to boost the contrast. This gave me a very pleasant surprise as it really intensified the images. Resized, unsharp mask for webviewing and presto.

Then it came down to picking one. This seems to be it for me. I will post the rest of them after the challenge.

Place: 12 out of 392
Avg (all users): 6.4560
Avg (commenters): 8.6667
Avg (participants): 6.1099
Avg (non-participants): 6.8022
Views since voting: 1460
Views during voting: 317
Votes: 182
Comments: 15
Favorites: 3 (view)

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07/21/2010 01:05:23 PM
Interesting, the sepia works very well with this.
06/07/2009 10:02:29 AM
A riveting, evocative image....
09/23/2008 08:56:17 PM
Yeah, it actually just won honorable mention in the microsoft future pro comp. Thats my ribbon :)
05/09/2008 02:08:58 PM
dude, this should have won, no other entry was better

edit: wow im very dissapointed with my grammer

Message edited by author 2008-05-12 12:26:18.
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05/07/2008 09:52:08 AM
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05/07/2008 04:40:35 AM
stunning photograph .. congratulations on your 13th place .. bad luck for some lucky for other's .. :)
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05/07/2008 12:06:50 AM
This was one of my top votes, Phil - great shot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/05/2008 11:58:39 AM
great capture of a scene. Looks great in sepia as well.
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05/01/2008 07:59:39 PM
Dramatic, nice !!
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05/01/2008 10:53:58 AM
Great photojournalism!
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04/30/2008 11:04:46 PM
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04/30/2008 06:18:20 PM
A powerful shot. Great capture and PP. Nicely exposed. Which is a toughy with basic, not blowing the highlights with the contrast right on.
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04/30/2008 04:46:09 PM
Very good. Full of atmosphere, nice contrast, good composition and with some interesting texture. Well done!
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04/30/2008 10:30:34 AM
Excellent. Well, not for the people who owned the property...
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04/30/2008 12:27:22 AM
not entirely sure how you got this shot....but WOW
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