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Ghost Wheels
Ghost Wheels

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Challenge: Wheels (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Olympus C-740UZ
Location: Somerset St in Raritan NJ
Date: Apr 4, 2004
Aperture: F3.2
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1.6 sec.
Galleries: Abstract, Snapshot
Date Uploaded: Apr 6, 2004

Taken at night with tripod. Camera set on full manual exp, auto white balance and flash turned up a bit. notice how you can see through the car, hence the name "Ghost Wheels".

Place: 242 out of 283
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Votes: 241
Comments: 12
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04/21/2004 12:03:13 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Very interesting shot for the challenge. I like the idea but the shot itself leaves much to be desired for me. First the graininess of the shot overall is very distracting to me and really hurts the overall effect. I know you are going for a ghost effect and you did acheive that to a point but what it really looks like to me is a double exposure shot, one with the car sitting still and another with the car driving through the shot, hence the orange/red streak for the tail lights. I think if the shot didn't have the streak through the middle of it, it would have a much better impact overall.

The shot is also a bit too dark in some spots and overly bright in others (like the back of the car, the plates are glaring at me, distracting me again) The road looks more ghostly than the car does.

It's a good idea and with some adjustments to the light and working on getting the streaks out it has a lot of potential to be a really cool shot, a bit more light and contrast to really make the color of the car pop.

Good Luck In Future Challenges!

DNeufer@stny.rr.com if you have any questions or want to discuss this further!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/13/2004 10:31:53 AM
Interesting image. Seems a litle grainy and/or pixaleted, litle distracting effect. Continue experimenting.
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04/12/2004 05:46:23 PM
wow that's a neat shot. and a fun car as well. I need to know how this was done.
04/12/2004 02:31:11 PM
seems underexposed in surrounding areas. title seems a bit cliche.
04/11/2004 09:17:53 PM
I would have chose a different curtain. Great idea for the challenge.
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04/11/2004 07:09:53 PM
Nice care, neat effec, I'd like to hear exactly how you did it. I take off one point only because of the number of cars/tires in this chalenge. 9
04/09/2004 09:48:10 PM
04/08/2004 03:17:57 AM
This is a sithation where the flash at the end of the exposure would help. OR drive the car backwards, then it looks like the car is streaking away.
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04/07/2004 10:20:52 PM
Missed the motion blur challenge, huh? Not much of interest here.
04/07/2004 04:22:57 PM
Well, I guess a car might be defined as a set of wheels, but i think that's pushing it a bit... I like the Lancer - the latest Evo is a gorgeous rocket of a motor... but, i don't know - the wheels aren't prominent enough IMHO to truly fit the spirit of the challenge, and the picture is a bit too noisy - the trail from the rear lights are a bit superfluous... It might have been enhanced if it was only a still shot? A bit of neatimage (freeware!) might have helped smooth it out too.
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04/07/2004 09:33:44 AM
Weird! Would have been better with the lights extending to the back. You would need to use rear curtain flash for that though, or have the car drive backwards.
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04/07/2004 01:46:55 AM
Was the lack of rear curtain strobe intentional?
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