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Challenge: Image Grain III (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2009
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Location: Irving, Texas
Date: Jun 23, 2009
Aperture: F4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Architecture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jun 28, 2009

I wasn't intending on entering anything in this challenge, but this was my favorite shot from this session and I felt it worked well for this sort of treatment. I think this has a bit of an Escher-esque look to it.

I would have preferred to get a slightly different angle on this, more from the center, but the location was awkward, and perspectives were limited.

They key to this challenge will be using the grain to enhance the image, and not just having it to meet the challenge topic. I'll probably learn more from the other entries in this challenge.

Pre-challenge notes:
Some similar staircase shots have done well for others recently, but as much as I like this, I have probably still missed the wow factor that others have a knack for. This will do well if it comes in with a high 5, but is more likely to come in somewhere in the mid-5's.

Anticipated critiques:
-Composition/crop does not work
-Grain does not enhance image

Post-challenge notes:
A rare one for me that landed solidly in the 6's. Almost made my profile page. Shame about that, but still one of my best showings.

I think this is a good example of what I have learned since joining DPC, as it was shot without any challenge in mind. I was killing several hours until I had to pick up my daughter from the airport and recognized this as a good scene and that I had seen others do well with similar. On the last day of submission I realized this would probably work well with a grainy appearance. Probably spent an hour and a half in editing.

Color version:

Place: 16 out of 177
Avg (all users): 6.2018
Avg (commenters): 7.7143
Avg (participants): 6.1053
Avg (non-participants): 6.2982
Views since voting: 961
Views during voting: 194
Votes: 114
Comments: 15
Favorites: 1 (view)

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07/08/2009 03:17:25 AM
i like the b&w better than the colour :)
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07/06/2009 06:42:53 PM
Great shot, great finish. Escher indeed.
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07/06/2009 01:13:31 PM
Although I didn't vote in this challenge, if I had voted, I would have given it a high mark. I think both the color and the B&W version turned out great.
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07/06/2009 11:07:43 AM
Nice job with all the lines. They seem to draw the viewer in.
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07/06/2009 10:21:07 AM
Hmmm, thought I commented on this earlier today! Must have forgotten to hit post!

Love the shot! There's something wonderful about staircases--even though they've been done, I never get tired of seeing an interesting one -- and this one's wonderful! It's so much better in black and white. It is very Escheresque!
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07/06/2009 09:01:33 AM
wow, this is great!!! I love it...and you had a very decent placing to boot!!
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07/06/2009 01:06:45 AM
I didn't view or vote this challenge so I missed this until now - definitely my kind of shot! Well seen, well photographed, and very well processed to meet this particular challenge.
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07/06/2009 12:54:10 AM
well well..look at you..Great job, I like it!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/05/2009 08:18:43 PM
Looks beautiful in black and white. Love all the textures. Your perspective almost makes this look like some kind of puzzle - interesting!
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07/05/2009 12:04:03 PM
Challenge Relevance:7 Impact/Emotion/Mood:6 Technicals:5.5 Processing:5.5 Creativity:5.5
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07/02/2009 01:25:14 PM
Love the strong geometric angles. Nice dodging and burning work.
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07/01/2009 09:38:24 PM
Very well done. Reminds me of Escher. Top marks!
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07/01/2009 06:39:07 PM
Stellar find & composition......8
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06/30/2009 04:27:42 PM
Wonderful, the grain works really well with the bricks and stone patterns.
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06/29/2009 01:28:08 AM
Great use of grain for the subject. But where's the bicyclist....
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