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Get off the tracks!
Get off the tracks!

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Challenge: Trains & Railroads II (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2009 Challenges
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: Smiths Falls Railway Museum
Date: Apr 14, 2009
Aperture: f25
ISO: 1/15
Shutter: 200
Galleries: Science and Technology, Photo-Impressionism
Date Uploaded: Apr 14, 2009

Wonder how many comments will tell me it's blurry? :-)

I've shot this train before for the original T&R challenge. However, this time I had much less time and no immediate access to the train, a new, fugly fence was in the way and the light sucked. Still, did the best I could and tried to make up for my lack of usual extreme POV by zooming in/out as I shot to add some motion and interest.

pp: RAW conversion, curves, brightness/contrast, rinse and repeat, saturation, desat, invert, resize, usm 2x, save for web

Place: 164 out of 168
Avg (all users): 4.1905
Avg (commenters): 5.3000
Avg (participants): 4.1471
Avg (non-participants): 4.2113
Views since voting: 890
Views during voting: 318
Votes: 210
Comments: 19
Favorites: 0

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05/07/2009 11:28:14 PM
Now that I know this was yours, I feel bad about giving you a 4. I guess there is a good reason that voting is anonymous. At least I left you feedback to tell you why!
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04/29/2009 01:58:16 AM
Interesting. Thought this was an IR shot during the challenge. Nice reaction to tough shooting conditions to add some interest to a difficult shot.
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04/28/2009 06:49:16 PM
This is extremely exciting. "You was robbed!"
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04/28/2009 03:54:21 AM
Casey Jones you'd better...

They could at least have given you the brown...
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04/25/2009 06:20:28 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

My first impression of the image is that it has immediate impact - the zoom burst actively sucks the viewer into the picture, into the front of the oncoming train. The processing is extreme, but actually really quite appeals to me - I think it adds to the in your face impact of the shot (it somehow seems appropriate that the viewer is forced to fight the onslaught of the incoming train, I think it creates an interesting kind of emotional engagement with the shot). The nightmarish quality is rather appropriate given the perspective in this case.

Overall, I'd say it's an unusual, artistic perspective on the subject matter, and in my opinion an interesting one that has been very effectively executed. As for the score... It's not everyone's cup of tea, ah well.
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04/24/2009 02:17:43 AM
I applaud you for sticking to what you like despite knowing the criteria for scoring high on DPC. I too used this site primarily for learning in my early days, experimenting alot more and waiting for comments so I can improve. I personally think this is very artistic and nice.
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04/22/2009 01:55:15 PM
I gave you a 7, I think the voters were too unkind here... doesn't fit the high score mold I guess.
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04/22/2009 05:27:37 AM
Same train as me, but I shot from inside the fence. Even though they aren't open, the guy working was more than accommodating to let me in to shoot what ever I wanted.
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04/22/2009 12:12:13 AM
scary effect, i gave this a 7
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/21/2009 09:43:21 PM
wow i can't decide it looks wild and cool
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04/21/2009 09:56:24 AM
Like the zoom effect not so keen on the negative image though
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04/19/2009 07:27:16 PM
Overdone effects ruin an otherwise good idea. A better approach would have been to reduce the SFx concept and just create an image. There is a good idea here - it's just inartfully executed and frankly fails to impress in either a technical or artistic sense. More thought into how this image presents would have been a plus.
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04/17/2009 05:03:53 PM
Wow, this one makes me dizzy!
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04/17/2009 01:08:48 PM
Don't know if this will do well, but I like this. The title is necessary or else it just looks out of focus. With it, the image is jarring and alarming - good job.
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04/17/2009 05:22:13 AM
Nice effects - would probably work for nightmares as well!
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04/16/2009 09:34:35 AM
I think you're probably getting creamed right now for trying something different. I think it has a really cool ghostly feel to it and yet we can still tell what it is. It has more zing to it than half the photos I've seen so far.
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04/16/2009 12:40:35 AM
I like the zoomblur, not fond of the negative treatment, though.
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04/15/2009 05:47:17 PM
To me it's over processed. JMO!
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04/15/2009 02:09:28 PM
the ghost train scares again! nice effect with the negative
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