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Challenge: Image Grain III (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenge Entries
Camera: Olympus E-520
Lens: Olympus 14-42mm f.3.5-5.6 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom
Location: New York City
Date: Jun 26, 2009
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/13
Galleries: Black and White, Street
Date Uploaded: Jun 28, 2009

Shot during a recent trip to Times Square, New York. It was late -- probably close to midnight. A few things about this.

1. The cop is striking quite a pose, but this is completely candid. Shot from the hip, I had to pretend to be pointing something out to my son while I aimed and fired at a 90 degree angle.

2. Handheld at 1/13 (!). Let's hear it for Olympus' in-body image stabilization.

3. I don't care for the grainy treatment of this. I was trying to emulate high-speed film, but we got home late on Sunday, and I didn't have much time to play with it. No matter -- only film will look like film, and I only attempted this in the spirit of the challenge. Here's a clean edit:

Processing: In RAW, remove noise filter, convert to yellow-filter monochrome. In PSP X2, clarify (5), USM (3/100/0), add noise, add vignette with blend mode burn.

Place: 65 out of 177
Avg (all users): 5.6033
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.5806
Avg (non-participants): 5.6271
Views since voting: 515
Views during voting: 199
Votes: 121
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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07/15/2009 01:51:03 PM
This is way cool. I can't believe you captured this kind of arrangement - awesome! How can you "see" this scene when shooting from the hip? This is quite a skill you've got going here :D

btw - I want to Topaz this lol (it's such an addiction!)
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07/06/2009 03:58:14 AM
should have known this was yours! quite underrated imo but what can you do...oh and i do think it looks quite realistic like high speed film with the low contrast and tones.
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07/06/2009 12:33:22 AM
A nice strong showing for a a genre that tend to get slammed. I gave it a 6. Your notes on how you shot it were an interesting read.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/04/2009 04:57:26 PM
Challenge Relevance:6 Impact/Emotion/Mood:6 Technicals:6 Processing:5.5 Creativity:7
07/03/2009 06:16:58 AM
Interesting juxtaposition of subjects.....6
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07/01/2009 12:10:49 PM
Interesting composition.
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07/01/2009 06:57:18 AM
great street shot! looks like johnny is watching out over him...
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