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His Road
His Road

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Challenge: The Road Less Traveled (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Location: Yorba Linda, CA
Date: Aug 25, 2008
Aperture: 1.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/40
Galleries: Black and White
Date Uploaded: Aug 26, 2008

1st entry, be kind!

Not religious. Just came to me. Used Daylight Compact Florescent through slit to add a little light to line. Room was dimly lit by sunlight.

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Place: 108 out of 127
Avg (all users): 4.5113
Avg (commenters): 6.2500
Avg (participants): 4.5000
Avg (non-participants): 4.5137
Views since voting: 780
Views during voting: 366
Votes: 221
Comments: 15
Favorites: 0

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09/03/2008 02:42:21 PM
This would be very good for this week's challenge: Shallow DOF. You have the skill and the tools, you should do well.
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09/03/2008 09:15:45 AM
Duplicating my thoughts/comments here that were made in this thread ==> Methaphorical Road - DNMC? Shoehorned & Obvious?

Well, I gave it a 10. The image made me stop and think. That by itself is enough to say an image worked. Additionally, I considered a couple of other things in scoring this:

1) It takes fortitude to praise God publicly, and in the context of this challenge theme I think it was a great opportunity to do so.
2) I also figured the photographer was probably getting hammered on this so I tossed him a 10 to help lift him up.

On a technical point, one commenter mentioned the crop & aspect ratio of this. I have to agree that adding a movie frame type border (top & bottom) would have made the presentation stronger.
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09/03/2008 08:55:59 AM
That's a road definitely overly travelled - didn't meet challenge. technically, violinist is quite correct; dull lighting, bad crop. lacks of "punch".
For your next entry avoid unusual aspect ratios, if you can't crop better, add an irregular border (movie style black bars had enhanced this image much compositionwise). Go for more contrast.
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09/03/2008 12:57:59 AM
Wow, your metaphor came in even under mine! We are both misunderstood artistes. This didn't come up for me in voting, though I did look at it when browsing the images right after the starting rollover. I definitely got the metaphor, but then my own was also misunderstood. (Perhaps it was that my sign implied the existence of a road that it came in a touch higher?)

As far as the image itself, I think it's decent, and the shallow DOF guides one's eye to the passage on the page. As violinist suggested, religious messages may not always go over well here, and though it's actually a pretty decent shot, it doesn't have any "wow" factor.

Message edited by author 2008-09-03 01:02:15.
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09/03/2008 12:53:00 AM
Bad crop, bad lighting, boring subject, subject not overtly related to a 'road' in the literal sense, religious props attract low votes like dog poo attracts flies.

While it's a shame that only a literal representation of a road seemed to have a chance of doing well in the challenge, you should take a look at any of the top 10 shots and list out what it is you like about them and in what ways they differ from this shot. That exercise will teach you quite a bit and your next entry will no doubt benefit from it.

Message edited by author 2008-09-03 00:53:22.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/02/2008 01:07:19 AM
Definitely a road less traveled...
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08/30/2008 03:11:38 PM
Reading the bible and obeying gods commandments are a 'Road Less Traveled'?
08/29/2008 10:16:22 PM
I was going to do one similar to this with the scriptures.. glad to see it was thought of!!
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08/28/2008 11:42:46 PM
Great concept...very out of the box type of thinking!
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08/28/2008 07:33:45 PM
I'm not sure I can agree with the assessment that Christianity is a "road less traveled", if that is the correlation you are making. I think Exodus would be a more symbolic chapter to have the book opened to as it, in name and content, allude to a road less traveled - a road out of bondage and into an unknown world, yet one of hope. The shallow DOF is well done to focus on the word "road", but that is a bit shoehorned and obvious. The blue page marker with its bit of color actually pulls the eye away from the focal point.

Message edited by author 2008-09-03 13:35:12.
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08/27/2008 11:12:26 PM
A different take on the challenge. Congrats for being brave.
I like it and like the idea.
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08/27/2008 06:29:46 PM
The road of Good Faith -
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08/27/2008 02:40:28 PM
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08/27/2008 11:18:41 AM
great use of selective focus
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08/27/2008 01:05:24 AM
Interesting interpretation. well done
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