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Dirt Devil in Hyperdrive
Dirt Devil in Hyperdrive

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Challenge: Household Appliances (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
Location: Hotel Room, St. Robert, MO
Date: Aug 15, 2009
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/6 second
Galleries: Action, Blur
Date Uploaded: Aug 16, 2009

Photo was taken for the DPC Household Appliances challenge. (Note: I actually had to go buy the Dirt Devil...but I returned it the next day...LOL!)

The "light" streaks are plastic craft beads. I used my 17-55mm f/2.8 lens (w/ Singh-Ray Vari-ND filter, set at it's lowest setting) on my Canon 30D, which was set to manual. ISO 100, Aperture f/8, Tv 1/6.

Imported into Adobe Lightroom 2.4 and immediately exported into Topaz Detail. Used the following settings: Small Detail 0.04, Small Boost 0.18, Medium Details 0.15, Medium Boost 0.11, Large Details 0.23, Large Boost 0.49; Saturation 0.65, Hue 0.54, Saturation Boost 0.02.

Exported back to Lightroom and made the following adjustments: Exposure +0.66, Fill Light 25, Clarity +67, Vibrance +31, Saturation +27, Medium Contrast Tone Curve, +20 Saturation to all colors, +10 Luminance to all colors, Sharpening 44, Radius 1.0, Detail 25, Noise Reduction 25.

Place: 19 out of 71
Avg (all users): 5.7798
Avg (commenters): 6.5000
Avg (participants): 5.6061
Avg (non-participants): 5.8108
Views since voting: 947
Views during voting: 485
Votes: 218
Comments: 19
Favorites: 0

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08/30/2009 07:34:11 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Initial impression: Made me smile because it looks like something I'd do, both in terms of shot and returning appliance next day once it served its purpose :-)

Technical: Yes, a little glare on the DD, composition not too exciting but the blur helps make up for it. All your camera settings make sense for a shot like this. Lighting looks ambient, which is fine, seeing it was shot in a hotel room!

Artistic: The carpet pattern isn't that distracting imho. The craft beads look tossed on the floor at random, just as though you were a vacuum salesman demonstrating to housewives how well your product works.

Overall: You finished in the top 20, nothing to sneeze at, and you got 5 10s. Even if your shot falls a little short on the technicals, it made people smile, and that goes a long way here.

Feel free to PM me with any questions,

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/25/2009 09:30:23 PM
what a fun shot!......you have really captured motion here
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08/25/2009 02:11:35 PM
Now, this is a fun shot. Love the motion feel of motion with the vacuum.
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08/25/2009 12:26:57 PM
Great color and illusion of speed
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08/24/2009 06:21:12 PM
Goodness what do you have on your carpet? Very unique photo.
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08/24/2009 02:21:54 PM
Great shot... laugh.. unique view!
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08/22/2009 08:07:20 PM
Haha, nice idea, i like how the colored (whatever they are) have a panning blur. The composition works here i won't be a rule of 3rds whore. My nitpick for this image is that the devil looks slightly oversharpened. I'm guessing because it was difficult to get it in focus while moving.
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08/22/2009 05:18:40 PM
Cool ideas and I do like all the wild colors. There is an abstract quality that is kind of neat. The composition needs something as the dirt devel tip ends up totally centered. The DOF is a bit narrow as well. Did you try any with wider DOF to see what the effect is?
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08/22/2009 11:39:29 AM
I'm not sure I care that much for the picture. Perhaps it's because there's so much pattern to the carpet--I think a simpler carpet would have created a much stronger picture. And for some reason, the orange on the dirt devil is distracting (I would have been tempted to crop it off.) But I love the creativity! Excellent job of thinking outside the box and yet meeting the challenge! 7
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08/22/2009 10:45:20 AM
This screams movement. Cool.
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08/21/2009 10:49:08 PM
"I dinna can push her any further cap'n! Oh, me poor bairns!"

(Never understood what a "bairn" was...)
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08/21/2009 06:01:15 PM
Fun stuff. Great idea and well executed.
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08/21/2009 02:23:21 PM
too many bad reflections
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08/21/2009 12:01:05 PM
LOL good idea...wished to have seen it more focused, 5.
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08/20/2009 10:05:59 AM
the color looks so joyful :)
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08/19/2009 12:35:30 PM
Pretty neat.
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08/19/2009 04:23:16 AM
Great idea! Very tripy.
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08/19/2009 01:52:18 AM
good idea, just so many distracting reflections on the devil, either include the whole hand or clip it off (off the picture, not off the arm), 5
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08/19/2009 01:23:08 AM
This reminds me of the scene in Spaceballs when Dark Helmet takes the spacecraft to 'ridiculous speed'. :D
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