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Challenge: Suburbia (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Places
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Nikon
Location: Lorton, VA
Date: Oct 11, 2008
Aperture: f/10
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/500
Date Uploaded: Oct 12, 2008

This is the 3rd or maybe 4th idea I've tried for this challenge! Good thing I still have hours left to change my mind yet again ;-) But I kind of like the American Dream-y processing with the foreclosure sign. And the unmowed grass (on the postage-stamp-sized lawn) and the front of the foreclosed house being in shadow.

One of the newer subdivisions around here where foreclosure signs are sprouting rather freely. Not unique to the suburbs but they seem to be more numerous there.

Have no idea what sort of gallery this fits in. Snapshot? Dunno' so I'll leave that blank for now.

PP - straightened, cropped, levels, white balance, 2nd layer (Gaussian blur, dodged sign, merged in multiply mode), resized, sharpened, dodged sign some more and burnt some of the letters (not going for subtle, here).

Place: 44 out of 74
Avg (all users): 5.4011
Avg (commenters): 5.7500
Avg (participants): 5.3611
Avg (non-participants): 5.4113
Views since voting: 595
Views during voting: 320
Votes: 177
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/19/2008 09:24:54 PM
Interesting processing. The sign almost glows.
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10/19/2008 12:33:18 PM
For my taste, I would have preferred to see more of the tops of the houses, rather than the grass at the bottom/front. Overall, a very good take on the challenge.
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10/18/2008 03:17:55 PM
A little on the dark side. Hey wait...perfect! 10
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10/16/2008 11:22:14 PM
Good image of current conditions, but not crazy about the softer look.
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10/15/2008 10:02:11 PM
Like the though, but there's too much contrast for me between the shocking white sign and the darkened background...
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10/14/2008 03:03:00 AM
Like the lighting on this and the soft tones but feel this is totally let down by lack of composition and a slightly boring angle.
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10/13/2008 11:05:12 AM
For the sign to be predominant, it could be a little clearer. Now it's oversharpened mess. Might have cropped tighter too as the other units are distracting.
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10/13/2008 12:15:50 AM
What a heartbreaking subject. Good concept and good execution. 9
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