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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: 1-Second Exposure (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Challenge Entries
Camera: Olympus E-520
Lens: Custom Made Pinhole
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Date: Mar 16, 2009
Aperture: ?
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1
Galleries: Transportation, Pinhole/Zone Plate
Date Uploaded: Mar 22, 2009

It's a pinhole photograph of course. I left some of the telltale dust, but it didn't seem to matter; most folks just didn't get it. There were the usual comments about sharpness and focus suggesting I had done something wrong, when, in fact, I was doing something different.

I didn't enter this in hopes of a high score; I knew better. The score is actually slightly better than I expected. So why did I bother? A few reasons: to get myself and hopefully others in the mood for the upcoming pinhole side challenge. Also, it's fun to test the waters occasionally and see how something experimental is received. The majority still aren't hip to pinhole, and that's okay. I never cared much for conforming anyway. At the end of the day -- and unlike some of my other, more serious entries, that I abandoned as I watched them bomb -- I'm not unhappy with how this turned out.

Now bring on pinhole month!

Statistics
Place: 126 out of 132
Avg (all users): 4.4326
Avg (commenters): 4.2500
Avg (participants): 4.4194
Avg (non-participants): 4.4397
Views since voting: 986
Views during voting: 366
Votes: 178
Comments: 15
Favorites: 0


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04/10/2009 09:48:53 PM
Originally posted by Yo_Spiff:

If I had voted this challenge I probably would also have been dense and left a comment about the focus. The assumption is that someone is using a camera that is capable of decent focus, so it is taken as a flaw if you don't know different... I'll bet it would have scored higher in abstract motion.


Your point is a good one. I probably sound resentful or bitter toward the voters ("Don't you people know art when you see it?"), but really I shoudn't be. If I know my entry is going to be lost on the voters (pinhole is certainly a niche), why enter it? So that's my fault. Out of sheer morbid curiousity, I wanted to see what would happen. The number of pinhole challenge entries is small and there's a small group (myself included) watching and waiting to see how the next one will rank.

(By the way, yes, Abstract Motion would have been the smarter choice, and I should have reshot for it.)
04/10/2009 09:33:46 PM
If I had voted this challenge I probably would also have been dense and left a comment about the focus. The assumption is that someone is using a camera that is capable of decent focus, so it is taken as a flaw if you don't know different. I don't think any of my phone-cam shots from last years side challenge would do well in voting, but like this, they were interesting experiments.

It does have a cool fisheye swoopiness to it and pleasing colors. I'll bet it would have scored higher in abstract motion.
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04/08/2009 10:14:23 PM
It looks so close! You must have nailed that thing down to keep the rumbling from knocking the camera over. This is pretty cool, to have thought of putting the camera there.
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04/05/2009 12:09:26 AM
Nice sense of action here, love curved nature of the train. That red part of the train mixed with that crossing sign gives a quick appearance of the Nazi symbol. Looks like some old WWII shot of a German train moving down the tracks.
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04/02/2009 10:08:21 PM
i really like this shot. the motion and lines are great. the sign on the left grabs my eye. but its not the subject so it does kinda take away from the motion. overall though its still great. i probably would have gave this a 6 or possibly a 7
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/28/2009 11:18:50 PM
just as well you told me it was a train or I never would have guessed. It must have been going fast. I am wondering if a little less motion blur would make it more impressive.
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03/27/2009 04:44:19 PM
With those super sharp sensor dust specs this has got to be a pinhole shot. I kinda like it!
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03/27/2009 02:51:17 PM
Where's the focal point? I would expect the train to be blurred but the whole image?
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03/27/2009 06:38:25 AM
The concept is good but the fact that all the image is blurred ruins it. Also very noisy, lacking contrast. 4
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03/26/2009 06:46:13 PM
hmm this really confuses me.. Not the fact that its a second long exposure during the day, but those little rings on the right and middish right bottom. They don't look like sensor dust. Was this a pinhole picture??
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03/25/2009 10:42:59 PM
That's moving! Even a bit of Doppler red shift appearing. So I think it's relatively good (sorry ... awful pun). 7.
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03/25/2009 04:22:19 PM
Good idea but too blurred to tell what it is without the caption.
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03/24/2009 04:21:53 PM
I wish if there was at least something in focus
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03/24/2009 12:56:38 PM
i wish the foreground could have been a bit sharper
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03/24/2009 08:20:04 AM
I love the motion in the train. I wish the foreground and BG were in better focus.
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