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Challenge: Free Study 2009-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM
Location: Woodside, CA
Date: Mar 4, 2009
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Animals, Infrared
Date Uploaded: Mar 31, 2009

It was my turn to borrow the infared camera in class. I was supposed to have it for a day and a half, but it was completely pouring rain outside on the first day. I tried to take pics from inside my car or under overhangs, but there wasn't enough infared light out :( Then the next day it was off and on showers, so I decided to drive to where I could see breaks in the clouds. This is in the city of Woodside, CA.

A bit about Woodside (according to the "all-knowing" Wikipedia, lol) :
-it is one of the wealthiest communities in the world and has the highest percapita population of Billionaires.
-It is a small city (about 5,300 people) compared to neighboring cities like Redwood City which has a population of 79,000
-Many famous people have homes in Woodside including Steve Jobs of Apple, Shirley Temple, Michelle Pfeiffer, Neil Young, and Koko the Gorilla :)
-"Bicentennial Man" starring Robin Williams was filmed there as well as "The Wedding Planner," "The Game," "George of the Jungle," etc.
-Woodside has one of the highest percapita amount of Horses in the U.S. There is an estimated 1 horse per every 1 person.

On a personal level, I find Woodside very facinating because it is so close to where I live but so very very different. My city of San Carlos is only 15 mins away, but by appearances you would think they were 300 miles apart. San Carlos looks a lot like any other suburban area of San Francisco; small streets with mostly small houses cramped together with about 30,000 people, in a mostly concrete area. Woodside on the other hand is green with long and very straight streets lined sparsley with mansions and ranches, and only a few small markets and restaurants where you are as likely to see horses going down the street as cars and bicycles. It has a very small town feel and a majority of the land is forested with Redwood and Oak trees...something you might see closer to Yosemite than San Francisco. If I EVER win the lotto or come into a bunch of money, that is the first place I'm heading to.

Anyhoo, I had the infared camera and was driving down a road I had remembered seeing horses by. These horses are usually out in a large field, but lucky me came right as a nearby school was getting out. As I drove by, I noticed the kids pulling out the plants that were just beyond the horses reach and feeding ot to them as they walked by. I was glad that they were going for the grassy treats because I had been planning to use my L lens which isn't quite as sharp as my wider angle lenses. So I just started taking pics and petting them as they came up to the fence, which is how I got this shot. Later on though, I decided to do some funnier shots of this horse reaching for and eating the grass I was giving it. THe resulting expressions were pretty hilarious (but not technically good), especially when I accidentally stuck the grass in the horse's nostril when it had its teeth showing, which I didn't realize til I later looked back at my images. That one is my screensaver now :p I will post it soon.

:::After Challenge:::

I honestly thought this would score lower (5.4) but after seeing the comments I received, maybe I should have hoped for higher :) Thanks

Place: 181 out of 475
Avg (all users): 5.6861
Avg (commenters): 9.0000
Avg (participants): 5.6000
Avg (non-participants): 5.9688
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11/10/2009 03:22:35 AM
This is so cool. Thanks for the back story, i will have to check out woodside!
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04/09/2009 11:05:53 AM
Framing is marvelous!
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04/09/2009 03:11:56 AM
I put this in the posthumous thread in the hope that more people would get a chance to see it and be inspired by it.
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04/09/2009 12:46:08 AM
5.6 my arse! And only 2 comments?! I think this shot rocks and is the type of stuff to hang up in galleries.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/07/2009 08:37:52 PM
Wonderful composition! Just excellent in every way. Oh how I wish the dreary bloody literalists would spend some time thinking about inspired compositions such as this, and might then hopefully stop bleating about bits being 'cropped' out! Pictures are not only about what's inside the frame. This one connects two worlds brilliantly by avoiding the isolating effect of convention. Bravo! 9.
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04/04/2009 06:11:24 PM
Very interesting composition. Like it a lot.
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