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Challenge: The Cowboy (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS / IXUS 80 IS
Date: Jun 8, 2008
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/500s
Galleries: Animals, Action
Date Uploaded: Jun 8, 2008

I haven't been entering many challenges lately, but my family went to the Paradise Country show, so I had to at least try. Another photo taken with my wife's new IXUS 80, due to laziness in not wanting to bring my SLR along. I know I would have got a better shot with the SLR, as this little camera is horribly slow for action pics, but anyway, here it is.

Editing - I have critiqued others in the past against using editing fake DOF into photos, and for using the 'cinema bar' borders. Now I've gone and done both in this photo, and the more I look at the blurred background the worse it looks. Oh well, if I get voted down for it, I deserve it. It's too late at night to keep working on it now.

21.gif JawnyRico, this one's for you. My prayers go out to your family.

Post-challenge - Chalk up another nice score for my wife's little camera. :) It's a sign of great entries into this challenge that even with only 100 photos, a score over 7 didn't even make top 5. But, this image still did much better than I thought. :)

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 91
Avg (all users): 7.1484
Avg (commenters): 8.2083
Avg (participants): 7.0930
Avg (non-participants): 7.1655
Views since voting: 2316
Views during voting: 390
Votes: 182
Comments: 28
Favorites: 2 (view)


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06/18/2008 03:36:04 AM
Good action shot. I like the composition and the light on the horse and darkened background. Well done.
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06/17/2008 12:11:32 PM
Congratulations on your top ten finish in a toughly competitive challenge. FYI, I didn't suspect the blur was added in PP, but then again I wasn't examining edges closely. Remains one of my challenge favorites.
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06/16/2008 09:52:33 AM
So? Are you going to sell your DSLR? :-) Personally, I like what you did in PP, and it appears by your score and comments that others did as well. Congrats on the 7+ and high placing!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/15/2008 10:49:30 PM
excellent capture.
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06/15/2008 08:47:37 PM
Great action shot. Nicely exposed.
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06/15/2008 11:51:13 AM
Great capture.
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06/14/2008 11:43:53 PM
Perfect........
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06/14/2008 04:03:07 AM
great shot!
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06/14/2008 12:11:39 AM
Great action shot! Lighting and colors are wonderful in this capture - love the sheen on the horse. Great details in this one too. We see the roughness of the calves hide and the flying hairs of the horse's mane as well as the flecks of dirt being thrown up. I also like how you also took the shot that shows the face's and/or facial expressions of all the major characters of this shot - either one or two could have turned such that all we see is the back of the head but here all three either have a full facial view or a side profile. What also makes this a strong action photo is that the scene is not overly busy that the main action & subjects do not get lost in it. This roundup has a visually pleasing backdrop with green trees and green grasslands beyond the fencing. It is relatively uncluttered. The backdrop is in varying degrees out of focus so that it will not distract from the main action going on but rather compliment it. My only critique is that I am not overly fond of the letterbox movie style border on the sides. I think the composition would remain strong without it.
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06/13/2008 04:07:00 PM
This is a beautiful action shot, great color and clarity, good exposure, and fits the theme perfectly without a surfeit of sentiment.

Edit: Back to bump this up. :-)
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06/13/2008 12:46:43 PM
Excellent!
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06/11/2008 05:59:15 PM
Nice action shot, really like the horse's expression here, and the highlights off the horse's coat are spot on.
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06/11/2008 05:36:14 PM
what beautiful photo, only now I begin the voting in this challenge but probably will be difficult find some photograph that meet the challenge better of this. here there is all. composition, action, the theme, photograph well executed...all. 10
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06/11/2008 11:11:24 AM
Great stop action and scene. Excellent color and detail... 9
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06/11/2008 10:37:57 AM
Good action shot.
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06/10/2008 10:16:42 PM
Nice action capture, despite the harsh shadows.
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06/10/2008 09:47:05 AM
True cowboy fashion! Wonderfully caught!
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06/09/2008 09:15:03 PM
Great stopped action. Beautiful colors. Nice DOF. I like that the fence is on a tilt also. Good luck with this.
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06/09/2008 08:45:26 PM
I like the dynamic moment. A fitting tribute to a person so full of life. 9.
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06/09/2008 07:26:30 PM
Excellent action capture , Focus is spot on 8
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06/09/2008 06:22:23 PM
wonderful action shot, great light, love the expressions on all involved. 9
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06/09/2008 05:13:09 PM
Brilliant action shot!
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06/09/2008 12:30:25 PM
great action shot
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06/09/2008 09:35:32 AM
He-hey! I was waiting for one of these! Great action shot. Sharp, with a good comp and well processed. Good luck.
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06/09/2008 05:15:08 AM
One of the best in the show, great action shot! I hope this gets a ribbon, but many DPCers seem to have a preference for clean, quiet images...
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06/09/2008 12:19:01 AM
Nice action shot. This is a wonderful capture. A touch tight on the crop, but well done.
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06/09/2008 12:17:01 AM
Fantastic capture. Such sharp focus.
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06/09/2008 12:13:00 AM
Great capture. The edit is clean and they all seem to be popping off the screen. Very nice.
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