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Rust Stained Tractor
Rust Stained Tractor

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Challenge: ABC...LMN...XYZ (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Location: Bridgeport, WV
Date: May 10, 2008
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/400
Date Uploaded: May 10, 2008

Alright, its time to get serious. I very recently got access to CS3. I had been using PSP X2 for all of my images and I got sucked into doing the same things for every image (same processing steps with the same values). I've graduated to photoshop cs3 and I must admit, I like the results so far. For me it is much easier to deal with the sliders and get basically immediate response to the preview image compared to numbers in PSP and waiting for the preview to update.

This is my first challenge entry using CS3 and HOPE to get a fairly high score as I really like this image. Oh, and by high I mean >6.0, which I have yet to do.

I used my polarizer to get a better looking sky and the speedlight as a fill flash to help with some of the harsh shadows.

My original idea was for the title "Another Black Cow". I was attempting to get a picture when the cows wanted nothing to do with me. I wanted a cow head and nothing but sky above (me basically laying underneath the cow....and I wasn't about to lay in that mud that surrounded them). So I turned to go back to the house and saw one of my father-in-law's old tractors and tried to think of an acronym for the title and came up with this.

Place: 138 out of 194
Avg (all users): 5.4648
Avg (commenters): 6.2857
Avg (participants): 5.1972
Avg (non-participants): 5.7324
Views since voting: 704
Views during voting: 199
Votes: 142
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/18/2008 02:46:54 AM
Very interesting image! I go back and forth between it being too sharpened and just right.
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05/18/2008 02:21:16 AM
Nice composition and detail, I wonder if this may have looked better as a sepia or black and white
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/15/2008 12:43:59 AM
Much too sharp to be soft focus. UGH!!! I thought I was voting in the other challenge. Sorry. That being said, nice use of leading lines in using the trees to bring the attention to the tractor.
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05/14/2008 10:29:59 PM
It's a photo of farm equipment (which I usually don't find interesting), but I do like the three primary colors hou have: blue sky, green foliage and the red/rusted tractor. The saturation keeps it from being too boring.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/13/2008 10:25:54 PM
Composition: 5 - Subject is cropped or out of frame - kinda bugs me. :/
Technical: 6
Creativity: 5
Appeal: 5
Challenge: 6
Overall Score: 5 - (weighted - NOT a calculated average)
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05/12/2008 03:00:55 PM
Nice processing. Good saturated colours. And a title that is real English.
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05/12/2008 01:44:20 PM
I like the Color of the tractor. 9
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