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Challenge: Circle III (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2009
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF for Canon
Location: My middle bedroom
Date: Aug 3, 2009
Aperture: F7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1 Second
Galleries: Black and White, Transportation
Date Uploaded: Aug 4, 2009

An experiment here. Still testing the new basic rules. I did the B/W conversion with a beta test copy of Topaz Detail. It is intended to provide finely controlled detail and tonal adjustments that retain a realistic look. I also expect it will be my preferred method for B/W conversion. Very nice control.

It's also one of my first shots with the upgraded kit lens I just bought from 21_F.gif Tammster. Not the same as having high end glass, but it should still be an improvement over my original kit lens, and it's stabilized.

Same setup as my oil entry, but lit and processed a bit differently. This time I wanted to show a spinning movement of the chain and freewheel, which should draw attention to the circular freewheel, as well as the wheels and tires, which are implied, though out of the frame. I simply spun the pedal backwards during the exposure.

I'm very pleased with the tonal range and the strong B/W I got out of this.

Pre-challenge notes:
I anticipate this will either sit in the mid 5's with few comments, or it will do well and nail a 6+.

Anticipated critiques & comments:
-Someone may feel it could have been cropped differently.
-Though not really a critique, I expect some observant folks to notice that the chain and freewheel are moving, but not the spokes, which indicates I was turning the pedals backwards.
-Might get a nice comment or two from a Campy fan.

And for any who notice, yes, I do ride a triple. I need the extra leverage!

Post-challenge notes:
I'd thought I had a pretty decent shot that met the challenge well, but the votes and comments tell me the circle of the freewheel was not prominent enough and that I probably received a lot of DNMC votes. I can live with that.

My appreciation to to those folks who took the time to comment, especially the ones who left me feedback explaining the reason for a mediocre vote.

Place: 81 out of 152
Avg (all users): 5.1082
Avg (commenters): 6.4286
Avg (participants): 5.0333
Avg (non-participants): 5.1418
Views since voting: 787
Views during voting: 295
Votes: 194
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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08/14/2009 02:09:48 AM
Hello from the C Club!

Great shot! there are a couple of things though that could be ironed out.

Even though I know it is a wheel, it is not coming across as a circle. The round thingy (freewheel???) is round but it is not dominant enough to be round enough for this challenge. Even though everything is an implied round, it is not round. Your spokes are too dominant as well as the gear changer thingy. The blur of the chain going around is excellent.

Post processing is excellent, you are sharp, clean, clarity is amazing, choice of black and white outstanding.

Well done

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/11/2009 09:40:32 PM
Great idea, good subject - a little weak/flat on the execution.
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08/11/2009 10:55:19 AM
Nice lighting and details, this doesn't scream "circle", well its not the main subject anyway, 5.
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08/08/2009 09:17:33 AM
bike pictures always >8 for me
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08/07/2009 11:02:33 AM
although I know this is a wheel and it is round, in the picture I do not see enough circle(s) to really vote higher on this....sorry your focus is excellent although...I gave you a 6
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08/07/2009 04:36:50 AM
The framing is good but the circle's not obvious..
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08/06/2009 11:22:53 PM
Excellent clarity and B&W
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08/05/2009 11:04:43 PM
I like the motion blur on the chain and cluster. Very nice.
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08/05/2009 05:25:05 AM
Lovely balance of motion and still photography. A clever idea.
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