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A line of traffic waiting on a red-light...
A line of traffic waiting on a red-light...

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: A Single Line (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM II
Location: Arkansas
Date: Jun 17, 2008
Aperture: f/20
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/20
Galleries: Black and White, Transportation
Date Uploaded: Jun 18, 2008

After work, sitting in traffic so long, most of the people in 'line' turned off their vehicles.

I took out my camera and took this photo. I took a few different approaches (including just taking a straight shot out the back on my window.) in the end...this was my favorite.
-converted to JPEG from RAW
-I cloned out the powerlines by the stoplights.
-desaturated....brought back color to rear view mirror
-duplicated the level and overlayed it

Place: 93 out of 142
Avg (all users): 5.2628
Avg (commenters): 6.4000
Avg (participants): 5.2034
Avg (non-participants): 5.2990
Views since voting: 648
Views during voting: 275
Votes: 156
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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07/25/2008 04:32:02 AM
this is a really cool shot. great work
07/05/2008 09:10:32 PM
Critique Club Review:

Color Saturation and Hue: Nice job of turning the real world monochrome and leaving the relfection in color.

Brightness and Contrast: The brightness and contrast in the monochrome part of this image is a bit better than the colored reflection. The reflected sky is blown out and featureless. The second vehicle in line blends into the sky at the roof.

Focus and depth of field: Excellent!

I'm not sure quite what is going on the parts of the reflection. The supports for the traffic lights, and some of the other horizontal lines, have the "jaggies". Perhaps an effect of the post capture processing.

The traffice does form a good leading line. You've done well here. My eye is pulled to the mirror by the color, and then it instinctively follows the traffic to the back of the line. No competition, no distractions. Very nice work.

So, what hurt your score... Outside of the previously mentioned jaggy lines, I think there were probably a few voters who saw more than one line. I wouldn't count the lights as lines, but some purisits... And, silly as it sounds, you said the light was red when it was green.
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07/03/2008 06:50:18 PM
I really thought this was good and gave it a seven, great concept, DoF and focus. I am sorry others didn't feel this way but keep it up and do what YOU like it works!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/29/2008 08:56:20 PM
I like the selective desat. Very clever to show what is behind you like this. Love how it looks like it doesn't even belong in this scene.
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06/25/2008 04:40:47 PM
I cant tell you how many times I have done this. :) Nice capturing the detail of the cars in the mirror.
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06/24/2008 11:59:04 PM
Creative way to showcase the line. Reminds me of why I avoid rush hour like the plague!
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06/24/2008 11:57:12 PM
Nice shot good use of color.
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06/23/2008 06:27:39 PM
I didn't notice the selective desat the first time I saw this. It works well to separate the mirror from the background. Sadly, your red light is currently green. Or at least the light behind you is... :)
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06/23/2008 05:57:21 PM
Great idea.. nicely done
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