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Riding a Tilted Horizon
Riding a Tilted Horizon
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Tilted Horizon (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
Location: Bloomington, Minnesota
Date: Feb 15, 2009
Aperture: f5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Urban, Children
Date Uploaded: Feb 17, 2009

Join these adventurers who are riding the Rock Bottom PLUNGE at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.

The Plunge ascends eight stories above the floor of the Mall and when it is launched it achieves a speed of 43 miles an hour during it's 75 second trip (seems a LOT longer when your on it.)

During the day backlighting is a problem; after dark the incandescent lighting presents a different set of challenges.

I tried a couple of noise reduction approaches, but I felt I lost too much detail, and abandoned them.

I hope you take special note of the facial expressions of the riders and that you empathize with them as they cope with the Plunge.


Statistics
Place: 134 out of 176
Avg (all users): 4.7833
Avg (commenters): 5.2000
Avg (participants): 4.2881
Avg (non-participants): 4.9861
Views since voting: 498
Views during voting: 314
Votes: 203
Comments: 20
Favorites: 0


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AuthorThread
02/25/2009 05:24:11 PM
Originally posted by bobnospum:

As an FYI, the voters can and do vote using any criteria they want. Search the furum of "DNMC" and you will find tons of differnet opinions on the subject. There have been and will be obvious DNMC photos that win ribbons. Likewise "just a tiny bit DNMC" photos will get hammered for DNMC and score low. Not much you can do but grin and bear it.

I do find it odd the that the SC would provide an opinion on DNMC at all. And I certainly would not take such an opinion to mean any thing at all given the diverse opinions on this site with respect to DNMC.

Nice photo by the way. You title may not have helped your cause as the horizon is not really visable. Perhaps "Coaster on a Tilt" or something similar would have made them lesss likely to look for a traditinal horizon. Another techique to try would be a slower shutter speed to make a deliberate blur, sometimes this can be a cool way of showing motion. Of course sometimes it also looks like crap. Have fun.


Your response is most helpful. Thank you for it.
02/25/2009 05:23:33 PM
Originally posted by orvaratli:

I was aware that a typical landscape horizont was not required but I feel that a element that I usually see as horizontal is missing. Looking straight up at a curved rolercoaster track does not give my any refrence to something that is usually horizontal and thus I said that the connection with that challenge is weak. Maybe it because its been ages since I last was at a amusment park.


Thank you for your response.
02/25/2009 12:37:57 PM
I was aware that a typical landscape horizont was not required but I feel that a element that I usually see as horizontal is missing. Looking straight up at a curved rolercoaster track does not give my any refrence to something that is usually horizontal and thus I said that the connection with that challenge is weak. Maybe it because its been ages since I last was at a amusment park.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/25/2009 09:57:04 AM
As an FYI, the voters can and do vote using any criteria they want. Search the furum of "DNMC" and you will find tons of differnet opinions on the subject. There have been and will be obvious DNMC photos that win ribbons. Likewise "just a tiny bit DNMC" photos will get hammered for DNMC and score low. Not much you can do but grin and bear it.

I do find it odd the that the SC would provide an opinion on DNMC at all. And I certainly would not take such an opinion to mean any thing at all given the diverse opinions on this site with respect to DNMC.

Nice photo by the way. You title may not have helped your cause as the horizon is not really visable. Perhaps "Coaster on a Tilt" or something similar would have made them lesss likely to look for a traditinal horizon. Another techique to try would be a slower shutter speed to make a deliberate blur, sometimes this can be a cool way of showing motion. Of course sometimes it also looks like crap. Have fun.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/25/2009 08:25:32 AM
Originally posted by orvaratli:

This is a nice image but the connection with the challenge is weak.


Please see my summary of information provided by DPC regarding this.

Message edited by author 2009-02-25 08:26:20.
02/25/2009 08:25:05 AM
Originally posted by LydiaToo:

"...submit a shot with a TILTED horizon used effectively."

I don't see a horizon at all here.

Cool, fun shot though.


Please see my summary of information provided by DPC regarding this.

Message edited by author 2009-02-25 08:26:56.
02/25/2009 08:24:23 AM
Originally posted by tanguera:

Fun shot. But I find the lighting overall to be flat and uninteresting.


Please see Photogher's Comments for a description of the lighting available in this venue; flashes not allowed.
02/25/2009 08:22:24 AM
Originally posted by LanceW:

There's no horizon in this photo...


Please see my summary of information provided by DPC regarding this.

Message edited by author 2009-02-25 08:27:22.
02/25/2009 08:21:05 AM
Originally posted by mikeee:

Great expressions, but the subjects are slightly OOF.


The car and riders were approaching the camera head on at about 50 miles an hour and turned sharply to the right about 20 feet in front of the camera. The car and riders were relatively dark, the lighting being overpowered by the tilted, transparent roof windows. Neither my camera nor I could achieve the exposure quickly enough, and some softening of the focus occured. Next time I will use different camera settings. Thanks for your comment.
02/25/2009 08:15:51 AM
Post Rating:

I sent a question to DPC admin seeking clarification about the requirements of this challenge before setting out with camera in hand.

I asked whether the challenge is restricted to stereotypic, rotated-camera outdoor, landscape pictures. I was told no.

I asked whether an indoor picture which includes one or more structural, horizontal lines - which emulate the horizon -meet the requirements of the challenge. I was told yes.

I was further told that such an indoor picture is entirely consistent with the 'imaginative' use of a tilted horizon.

In the photo, the white roof girders emulate the horizon being level ordinarily. This roof is massive, covering more than 9 acres.

Having thusly met the requirements of the challenge, I confess, I was a little disappointed in the scores voters gave.

I thought the facial expressions of the adventurers on the Plunge were well captured and telegraphed their experiences in surviving the many-times-tilted horizon which this ride offers.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/24/2009 05:09:18 PM
Good Shot
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/23/2009 06:55:19 AM
Great expressions, but the subjects are slightly OOF.
02/20/2009 01:01:00 PM
There's no horizon in this photo...
02/19/2009 04:57:05 PM
this just makes me smile!!! my daughter said I should go to one of the parks around her (FL) but alas it was a bit to late for that idea...great color, good focus, nice crisp shot but still makes you feel the action...
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/18/2009 05:46:16 PM
Fun shot. But I find the lighting overall to be flat and uninteresting.
02/18/2009 04:21:45 PM
"...submit a shot with a TILTED horizon used effectively."

I don't see a horizon at all here.

Cool, fun shot though.
02/18/2009 01:21:27 PM
looks like fun.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/18/2009 05:01:01 AM
this would be a good entry for this weeks action shot!
02/18/2009 03:48:44 AM
This is a nice image but the connection with the challenge is weak.
02/18/2009 12:15:33 AM
Great idea!
  Photographer found comment helpful.


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