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Challenge: Nine (Basic Editing)
Collection: Challenges 2009
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Brugge, Belgium
Date: Sep 13, 2009
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 640
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Black and White
Date Uploaded: Sep 15, 2009

Yes, I do know better. Really I do. But I really like this one.

The goal was to get nine in a shot without cropping to get to nine. This is one such shot. Granted, one guy is only an ear, so it's almost a sort of Where's Waldo at the same time... And no, I do not expect this to score well. Which is fine. But I did sign up for the golf thing, and playing the hole is more fun than walking it with the ball in your pocket, yes?

Curves, unsharp mask, conversion using Nik Silver Efex on the neutral setting and layers merged using normal blending mode.

[Sep. 19th, 2009 05:00:47 PM]

Made it above 4.6!! Let's see if it holds! (Very exciting, you know. I'm glued to my update button!)

Holy cow!! Made it up to 4.7 on rollover! Way to go, me! :-) (And dang, didn't spot that reflection in the window, but I'm not counting the reflected guy.)

[Is it somehow indicative of my lack of judgement or taste that I STILL like this, alot?]

Place: 134 out of 165
Avg (all users): 4.7065
Avg (commenters): 5.2500
Avg (participants): 4.3729
Avg (non-participants): 4.8640
Views since voting: 810
Views during voting: 343
Votes: 184
Comments: 22
Favorites: 0

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09/26/2009 05:21:08 AM
haha all those macro and wildlife photogs didn't get it...
of course me likes body parts sticking out of photo's frames so this is great!
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09/24/2009 02:05:07 AM
Really surprised at the score - I really like this shot. If I had to guess this was a victim of fast voting - the ninth guy (the ear) was one of the things I particularly liked.

edit: spelling

Message edited by author 2009-09-24 02:05:52.
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09/23/2009 04:01:00 PM
Ah Deb, after your PM I see it now. Weird, I looked and looked. I love the shot. What I found most interesting is that everyone is looking in a different direction - even up. Nice image, well done!
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09/23/2009 09:56:03 AM
I thought this was yours it has you written all over it. I think it was under rated.
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09/23/2009 08:21:11 AM
Graphic design elements all over the place to make this more than a random snap shot; I can see why you like it. First we have a strong diagonal of three guys from right lower corner, with the line picked up further along by the gal near the door. The third guy of that group stands in a paver pattern that works like ripples in a pond, helpin the eye move through unexpected parts of the image. The gal faces toward the bag-holding person, creating an implied triangle. Lines of windows, doors, sidewalk provide a geometric background to contrast with the people. Photographer with tiny camera tosses in a bit of hook for the imagination. As noted by others, the white-shirt-ear person is difficult to see (but easier if image enlarged to 400% - maybe print huge and hang in a cafe), and the fragment of guy with glasses can be mistakenly seen as going with the other fragment guy's white shirt, making him appear giant sized.
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09/23/2009 07:44:51 AM
sigh... just more proof that people fly through voting like it's a race. i thought this was a great entry and i really think it should have done way better.
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09/23/2009 02:03:43 AM
Waldo's ear did you in. :P
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09/23/2009 01:16:42 AM
Cool, it climbed for you Deb! :-) Glad I hadn't left you too harsh a comment, I did count the ear and make 9 (eventually) :-)
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09/23/2009 12:33:45 AM
I had a sneaky feeling this was yours Deb. I almost commented. It's got a Deb look to it. Under rated of course.
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09/23/2009 12:31:21 AM
rofl @ you being glued to the update button.

Look, you screwed up Deb, there's a tenth person in the reflection of the window. No wonder you had everyone scratching their heads... pffft ;)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/22/2009 07:06:11 PM
Don't get it?
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09/22/2009 01:22:54 PM
there's something about this image I really like, it's like everyone is off doing their own thing, heading in their own direction, from the guy in the back looking @ his camera to the guy whose barely seen in the upper right hand corner, great candid
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09/21/2009 03:32:25 PM
great capture 9
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09/20/2009 10:08:00 AM
cool snapshot
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09/19/2009 11:34:32 AM
great thinking
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09/19/2009 10:00:05 AM
For me, the composition is a little too busy and I am struggling to see how this image is connected to 9?
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09/18/2009 03:56:17 AM
I really like how you see different parts of all the people. This picture does a nice job of helping me feel like I'm there and that this is a busy street with lots of activity. I keep coming back and looking at this one.
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09/17/2009 12:15:11 PM
i almost didn't see that ninth guy, but then i noticed his ear :)
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09/17/2009 10:37:22 AM
Great snapshot I love it and the b&w really works here
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09/16/2009 01:33:35 PM
Why does the guy on the right side of the photo look so much larger than the guy in front of him? Something seems a bit off.
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09/16/2009 04:33:30 AM
While a good foundation for a street photography entry, I am missing the relation to the Nine challenge. I do like your contrast and tonal range, but this one misses the boat to me. 3.
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09/16/2009 04:23:34 AM
What's this got to do with '9'?
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