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A Long Ride Home
A Long Ride Home

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Challenge: Best of 2008 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Olympus E-500 EVOLT
Lens: Olympus 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5 Zuiko Digital
Location: Windhoek, Namibia
Date: Mar 12, 2008
Aperture: F/4.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/80 sec.
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jan 14, 2009

The end of a trip to Namibia back in March. None of us wanted to leave. I happened to catch a friend gazing out the window and it fit how we all felt perfectly.

- Rotate -0.2
- Crop
- Levels
- Contrast
- Saturate teal and slide the hue to make it a bit more green
- Partially desaturate the face (he was really sun burned!)
- Saturate overall, then use Color Balance to take out a bit cyan and add a bit of yellow
- Desaturate make the colors kinda gray-ish
- Desaturate and dodge white of eye
- Paint iris blue (natural color, but looked gray in photo)
- Burn pupil
- Dodge dirt and finger prints on window
- Resize
- USM again
- Contrast again
- Add border
- Save

Hoping for a good score one this one. I held it out of my portfolio just for this!

Place: 214 out of 531
Avg (all users): 5.8028
Avg (commenters): 7.1250
Avg (participants): 5.8253
Avg (non-participants): 5.7308
Views since voting: 955
Views during voting: 360
Votes: 218
Comments: 14
Favorites: 4 (view)

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03/23/2009 10:26:42 PM
an impressive shot..a real emotive that resonates...I love the way the window comes into play here...
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01/24/2009 02:28:48 PM
I like the mood of the shot. Not sure about the edge of the window cutting through his face though.
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01/24/2009 12:32:03 AM
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unusual approach, but well executed, resulting in a fascinating, compelling image. So much could be going on here, one has to wonder what it is--and so you have me intrigued.

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01/23/2009 04:18:21 PM
Very cool shot. I love the subtle, yet powerful blue in the guy's eye. Actually, all the colors seem to have this understated power to them. Very dramatic skin tone. Great composition as well. An excellent photo that would fare well in a gallery. It's a shame DPC is full of consumer whores :P
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01/23/2009 03:44:29 PM
First 3 second initial impression ... my eye goes straight to the green bar going across the window ... it's not obvious that it is a bus or train or whatever with the double layer window. The harsh glass also gets my attention as well rather than the person which is where I think my attention should be.

After a little while my eye is drawn to the person, the emotion he is showing is awesome, linked with the title as well really starts to draw me in and I really can relate to how he is feeling. Unfortunately I don't think I got this far in voting and I gave it a 5 ... maybe I should have spent more time looking .....

Possible improvements, imho, I assume this was a quick shot and no time to get in the right position ... but, if there was a little time ... I'd have moved further right and shot the window at an angle, I've found shooting straight on often removes depth from the photo so a bit of an angle can add some depth. I'd also like to see a tighter crop, maybe landscape orientation. If the shot was quick I'd still be tempted to chop some off the top ... you do need some of the window to understand where he is but I still want a tighter crop. I'd like the top corner above his head to not be so noisy, in advanced you could select that and blur or noise ninja (or equiv) it to smooth it off.
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01/23/2009 08:19:16 AM
Lot's of wonderful emotion here. I'd try a BW version.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/22/2009 10:17:29 PM
Strange looking dude. I love the composition and the tones but I think you over did it on the eye which is why he looks a little psychotic.
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01/20/2009 12:53:41 PM
Once I recognized this as a bus window, I realized how perfectly this conveys the title and the idea of extreme boredom on a long ride. Well done. A high vote and a fave for this.
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01/19/2009 07:54:20 AM
nicely done, clean lines and crisp feel
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01/17/2009 07:28:00 PM
This is very intense. I'm feeling a strong story here. I love the style and the look of this photo. Its photography that reaches in and touches you without even knowing what the story is.
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01/17/2009 12:58:35 PM
I love this shot!
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01/17/2009 09:44:48 AM
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01/16/2009 10:22:24 AM
the deep tones, the scuffed and dirty window, the one eye visible, the other not, the downward look, and the low placement of the face - these components all together give the image a very dark and sad feel
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01/16/2009 08:38:26 AM
Terrific urban vignette......moody and forlorn....8
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