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C-town driver


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Challenge: Planes, Trains and Automobiles (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Sony DSC-F828
Location: Mall parking lot at night
Date: Jun 9, 2004
Aperture: 2.0
ISO: 64
Shutter: 2.5 sec
Date Uploaded: Jun 9, 2004

A tripod and camera were mounted on the side of the car approx 8" off the ground. Straps and cords were used to hold the rig in place. The car was then taken out of gear and pushed by 2 people in neutral, turning in a tight circle, while the shutter was tripped to achieve the motion effect. I elected to push the car instead of drive it to avoid engine vibration compromising the shot.

The shot was taken in an empty mall parking lot after hours. Time was about an hour after sunset with clear skies. The parking lot lamps provided most of the light for the shot, while the neon store-front signs in the distance, as well as the car's headlights, provided the colorful light streaks.

Post editing: VERY MINIMAL and basic post editing done here. Just levels, brightness, colors, and contrast. Some cloning was used in the rear window to remove a small decal. Otherwise, the photo appears as it did directly out of the camera.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 159
Avg (all users): 7.1754
Avg (commenters): 9.0455
Avg (participants): 6.7000
Avg (non-participants): 7.7037
Views since voting: 10378
Votes: 171
Comments: 45
Favorites: 50 (view)


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03/18/2009 12:01:36 PM
One of my all time favorite DPC car pictures.
12/29/2006 03:01:13 PM
this is fantastic. looks similar or better to some shots in SCC or EuroTuner magazine. nice ribbon!
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09/14/2004 09:47:59 PM
awesome pic....keep up the good work
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06/24/2004 11:21:38 PM
What an awesomely beautiful photo - in my eyes, very worthy of appearing in a printed promo. And very courageous you are in your technique of mounting the camera the way you did. I wouldn't do it myself :-(.
Way to go - keep up the great work.
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06/24/2004 02:42:54 PM
Wow! Thanks everyone for the kind comments. As a beginner who is constantly amazed by the caliber of photos on this site, it is such an honor for me that this photo has been so praised. The comments and feedback I've recieved in this challenge (and previous ones also) has really helped me progress through the learning curve. Many of the people on this site are a constant source of photographic inspiration for me, and I am humbled that many of these same people chose my photo for the ribbon. I look forward to the coming challenges and, with any luck, this won't be my last ribbon :) But win or lose, for me it's all about having fun!.... and what a fun time it's been.
06/24/2004 01:28:23 PM
Finally i can see a shot that deserves to win... great ribon for such a great shot and a well deserved one.
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06/23/2004 07:52:45 PM
Very well seen and planed. Great work. congrats.
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06/23/2004 02:58:36 PM
Love it.....well done.
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06/22/2004 10:16:29 PM
Cool wheels man, I have a Jetta too!

Congrats...
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06/22/2004 10:15:42 PM
Are you in Chicago????? Look up www.chiride.com and email me @ zech@chiride.com

Zech
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06/22/2004 01:45:20 AM
Well done! I wish I had thought of that :) Congratulations.
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06/21/2004 11:06:32 PM
Congrats in a big way! This one's awesome- great job
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06/21/2004 12:11:04 PM
Beautifully shot, good to see someone taking time to get a particular shot, well deserved ribbon. Personally, I would have toned down the tungsten lighting (yellow/orange) effect. Else wise, flawless.
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06/21/2004 06:41:30 AM
It's a brilliant shot. Delighted to see this image win. CONGRATULATIONS.
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06/21/2004 02:58:02 AM
Puts my image to shame, From this challenge but it is he effect i wanted.
Congratulations on a great image.
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06/21/2004 02:51:15 AM
WOW this is an awesome photo. I wouldn't mind getting a poster of this!
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06/21/2004 01:09:45 AM
Deep warm hearted Congratulations. Think: Your image has managed breaking the challenge barrier for this contest. This may be one of the most exciting car images in the photoworld of the internet and I am glad you did it in Dpchallenge. It helps to raise the bar even higher. Kudos! Upon seeing I suspected it would take first place, but then so did many others viewers.
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06/21/2004 12:49:56 AM
I knew this was one of the best in the challenge. Great photo!
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06/21/2004 12:16:48 AM
Congratulations!!! Thought this one would win! :o)
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06/21/2004 12:02:37 AM
WOW....GREAT!!

Congratz!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/20/2004 09:02:09 PM
WOW! It's an eye grabber.
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06/20/2004 07:10:26 PM
I'll eat my head if this hasn't got a blue gif attached afterwards. It's expertly taken with some nice use of ND filter(?) and an incredible POV. Superb and virtually flawless with strong colours which I find very exciting. Could be a front cover of a motoring mag for sure. My untouchable [10]

In fact, I've now decided that this is one of the best car pictures I've ever seen and would have been well chuffed to have shot it myself. You may have gone to effort with the apparatus but since this is a marketable shot I think it was well worth it.
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06/20/2004 09:49:26 AM
Absolutely beautiful shot. This should be on a poster.
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06/20/2004 04:51:03 AM
WOW.....stunning photo
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06/19/2004 06:56:19 AM
This is a great photo. I could see this being published. The colors are great, the motion is great, the framing and POV is great. Good job.
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06/19/2004 12:58:29 AM
Very graphic! Looks like your camera may have been in danger here - mounted outboard as the car was moving/turning. Extremely strong!
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06/17/2004 02:50:34 AM
Outstanding colours and good composition. Very curious how you set this up. 8
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06/16/2004 10:47:50 PM
Cool! I'd like to know how this was done.
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06/16/2004 09:56:39 PM
Stunning image!
A well-deserved 10!
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06/16/2004 07:57:16 PM
AWESOME ! ! !
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06/16/2004 07:21:36 PM
Awesome shot. I love the colors and smoothness of the shot. Hope it wins.
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06/16/2004 10:12:43 AM
One of my favorites in this challenge. Excellent angle and lines! ;o)
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06/15/2004 03:57:34 PM
Wow, this really catches my eye. Too bad the moon wasn't out:)
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06/14/2004 09:55:23 PM
Very nice, great effort put into this shot to make it interesting. Great job.
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06/14/2004 09:20:17 PM
Sweet
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06/14/2004 08:49:19 PM
Amazing.
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06/14/2004 06:44:57 PM
Neat.... Like the frame and realy want to see some How to do Forum! Maybe the picture is to clear ;) 10
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06/14/2004 06:14:02 PM
If this doesn't get a ribbon I'll be surprised. The lightning effect is awesome. Plus, I really like the way you composed it. I love teh angle.
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06/14/2004 02:14:46 PM
A mean shot. very original
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06/14/2004 10:58:45 AM
Find a place for your ribbon now. This is fantastic.
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06/14/2004 07:13:36 AM
Nice picture! how did you do this?
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06/14/2004 06:24:52 AM
Simply stunning
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06/14/2004 06:15:37 AM
easily the best
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06/14/2004 02:24:45 AM
This looks like the work I've seen in "how did they do that", but camera mounted on rear, Anyway this deserves a 10, great effort.
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06/14/2004 12:31:01 AM
Pretty. Good composition. (10)
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