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Walking Down His Own Street
Walking Down His Own Street

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Challenge: Free Study 2008-05 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenge Entries
Camera: Olympus C-70 / C-7000 Zoom
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Date: May 20, 2008
Aperture: F/5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Urban, Candid
Date Uploaded: May 31, 2008

Here's my most ambitious DPC undertaking to date -- an "off the hip" candid shot one afternoon on my way to get lunch.

Post-processing was my first foray into both selective desaturation and masks. I processed the background differently from the subject. The background primarily got some contrast adjustments and a Gaussian blur over the top 80% or so of the image. The street sign got some extra blur as I thought it was distracting (and it still kind of is given its proximity to his head).

I'm still not 100% satisfied with it, but I'm tired of looking at it, and if it doesn't score well, it was an excellent learning experience anyway.

POST: That didn't go so well. I did the desat and blur to isolate him from his surroundings -- show that he was in his own world in spite of all the activity around him. Live and learn, I guess.

Here's a no frills version (and uncropped) which probably stands better on its own:

Place: 445 out of 481
Avg (all users): 4.6582
Avg (commenters): 4.7500
Avg (participants): 4.6121
Avg (non-participants): 4.7857
Views since voting: 579
Views during voting: 230
Votes: 158
Comments: 13
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09/23/2008 03:25:13 PM
Decided to have a stroll through your portfolio and reciprocate on the comments! FWIW, I gave this a 6 and would undoubtedly have scored it higher had it not been a bit soft. I love the composition. I do prefer the b&w, but then, I usually prefer B&W generally speaking.
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06/08/2008 08:36:59 PM
I like what you did to the original. I just wanted to comment and say that I never even noticed the cigarette in the corner till someone made a comment about it. Pretty cool! Keep on experimenting - you'll have more fun that way. :)
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06/08/2008 07:44:08 AM
nice one
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06/08/2008 07:12:04 AM
hmmm...thought this should have done better, i gave a 7.
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06/08/2008 02:11:44 AM
WTF - I loved this. Go figure it would land in the 4's.

Anyway - do not be deterred. This is an awesome shot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/07/2008 05:50:22 PM
Great candid feel to this ... sort of a shot-from-the-hip feeling. B&W works well.
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06/06/2008 10:12:39 PM
Love the angle and subject here. Not a fan of the desat.
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06/06/2008 07:56:44 PM
I don't think you needed the selective desaturation here. My eyes keep going to his red phone. He's in focus enough and -more importantly- dynamic enough to draw attention without any trickery. Otherwise, this is a cool street scene. Good choice with the angle - makes it look like you snuck the shot with the camera at your hip (and maybe that's what you did).
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06/04/2008 02:28:29 PM
Out of focus and lacks a focal point in image.
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06/03/2008 12:14:12 PM
nice selective desaturation, could be more in focus
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06/02/2008 09:22:36 PM
I like your title - it helps give me an idea of what you saw when you took this. I like the color treatment/de-saturation and angle. Had it been a tad bit sharper (I like crips images) I would have scored it higher.
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06/02/2008 12:57:48 PM
why have you tilted it, everything looks like it is about to fall over.
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06/01/2008 04:45:25 AM
not sure about this...a little soft, a bit of a mess compositionally, has some good qualities, but not really a strong image
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