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Fortitude: The fat guy rides 21 miles
Fortitude: The fat guy rides 21 miles

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: 7 Heavenly Virtues II (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2008
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Lens: Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF for Canon
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Date: Jun 22, 2008
Aperture: F8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Sports, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jun 23, 2008

After being off the bike for 4 years, I rode 21 miles about a month after getting back in the saddle. One of the things I have been doing is every time I hit a new personal best on the bike, I take a photo of my bike at the farthest point in the ride. I made it from home to about halfway between downtown Fort Worth and the Stockyards. It was a good ride.

Pre-challenge notes:
I wasn't quite happy with this until I converted it to b/w, then it popped. Maybe it'll be good for a mid-5. Hard to predict these things, but I like it, and it has personal significance for me.

Post-challenge notes:
Well, I got hammered with DNMC's on this. The comments indicate that many did not perceive this as related to the challenge. ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Colorcarnival hit it on the head, though. I was not conveying the idea of fortitude, but rather, documenting a personal achievement that I feel took some of that quality.

In spite of heavy activity in the DNMC zone, I still managed to come in a modest amount above a 5, so I am pleased with the performance of my entry.

By the way. Her name (my bike) is "Celeste". I don't name my cameras, though.

Place: 56 out of 83
Avg (all users): 5.1702
Avg (commenters): 4.7143
Avg (participants): 5.0000
Avg (non-participants): 5.2148
Views since voting: 1009
Views during voting: 297
Votes: 188
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0

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07/02/2008 10:11:41 PM
Let it be known that it is a rare moment where I correctly interpret the intentions behind the photo lol. I'm assuming that you are using a shoehorn to make that click-clack sound on the wheels? hehe. Congrats on sticking with it!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/01/2008 11:22:19 PM
That is fortitude for sure. I like how you've framed the city and used it to indicate a long distance covered. Good luck to you!
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07/01/2008 06:29:19 PM
Very nice image not sure about the title reference to the fat guy how do we know he is fat?
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06/30/2008 10:23:49 PM
can't really say the feeling/idea is evoked by the picture itself
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06/30/2008 08:48:55 PM
without the title, i wouldn't have understood how this fit the challenge, but nice picture!
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06/30/2008 02:50:35 PM
Title does not seem to fit with the image, and the image doesn't seem to fit the challenge.
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06/30/2008 02:26:06 PM
Great image, but without the title I dont see how it fits the challenge.
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06/30/2008 11:33:53 AM
Where's the fat guy?
I think your submission relies too much on the title rather than the image itself.
An adjustment to your DOF would be nice to further blur the background buildings.
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06/29/2008 10:45:18 AM
Nice composition..very interesting framing
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06/27/2008 11:58:15 PM
Don't get it....Oh well.
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06/27/2008 11:29:01 PM
Beautifully captured and processed, although a stretch for the challenge.
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06/26/2008 08:15:18 PM
nice pov! /8
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06/25/2008 04:19:09 PM
Title isn't reflected in the photo.
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06/25/2008 08:51:40 AM
Title makes it fit the challenge
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06/25/2008 08:36:50 AM
Maybe he did, but the photo only shows a bike.
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06/25/2008 12:39:37 AM
Heh! I haven't even started voting this challenge, but I know who shot this, both by the title and the bike. Great framing of the shot, by the way, and almost classic in the shoehorn aspect by the use of the title. :-)
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