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Challenge: Suburbia (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Location: Loughton, Essex
Date: Oct 12, 2008
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/25
Galleries: Cityscape, Urban
Date Uploaded: Oct 12, 2008

The road to nowhere? Perhaps that's what suburbia does best.

On the other hand, I could be speaking metaphorical pseudo-philosophical claptrap!

This is, incidentally, a wholly DPC-imperfect model of a shot unpolished, no wow factor, no 'pop', no composition to speak of, dull subject, not sharp enough, distorted...

We'll see though I live in hope that one day it won't matter too much.

The imperfect is what I was aiming for here obscured subjects, awkward viewpoint, centralised subject where is it all leading? For me it displays the sense that suburbia falls between two stools - neither here nor there. As a result of the chaotic composition one looks everywhere and notices everything. A soup of the mundane.

I expect a mediocre result like my subject but I hope that people will respond on a more subconscious level.

Place: 19 out of 74
Avg (all users): 5.9777
Avg (commenters): 6.8750
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Views since voting: 1256
Views during voting: 339
Votes: 179
Comments: 10
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10/20/2008 06:58:45 AM
the feeling of emptiness really hits home here..well done...
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/19/2008 12:24:42 PM
Brilliant. Hope for top three for you.
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10/18/2008 12:56:08 AM
Very interesting photography. I'm not sure about the center composition of the sign. It seems to negate the left side of the image. Still, I like the message in this photograph. 6
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10/17/2008 06:59:19 PM
I rather like this shot - it holds some connection with our cold yorkshire mornings in winter, I suppose. i'm not certain the composition is entirely happy - there's that central line that is a bit clumsy, and the speed of the sweep of curve on the right is perhaps a bit inconclusive - I mean, it takes the eye to a place that is not really comfortable, and so leaves a feeling of an unsatisfactory journey. I like your tonality, but think that little more excitement in the distribution of elements throughout the frame would have more impact.

Similarly, the two cars make a fairly strong eye-catcher in this image - they're brighter, they're familiar, and yet you have them completely obscured by those bushes. I wonder if you've played with your possible angles and compositions enough here - tried shooting from higher, or lower, or a few steps to one side or the other, and then assessed those shots when you got home? It just feels pretty plain to me that you could have found a more satisfying composition ...
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10/17/2008 12:13:11 AM
Very nicely edited...love the fog in the background
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10/15/2008 08:56:56 AM
looks like a scene from a horror movie =0
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10/14/2008 10:12:26 PM
The editing really brought out the eerie feeling. Great job!
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10/14/2008 03:54:50 AM
Nice image - Good ol England - How I miss it sometimes! Always good for moody lighting. Like the softness and feel to this. I don't mind the amount of sky too - Think this adds to the pic.
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10/13/2008 10:57:41 AM
Like the Roach Motel or Hotel Californa!
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10/13/2008 10:04:15 AM
Nice processing.
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