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Balancing Balloons
Balancing Balloons

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Challenge: Selective Desaturation (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
Date: Jun 20, 2004
Aperture: f/5.0
ISO: 250
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Emotive, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jun 20, 2004

I took this shot of myself with my remote at around 5:30 am. (I didn't want anyone to see me like this. lol) It probably looks a little muddy from the lack of light. I appreciate all of your votes and great comments!

Place: 8 out of 227
Avg (all users): 6.5349
Avg (commenters): 7.2500
Avg (participants): 6.5758
Avg (non-participants): 6.4699
Views since voting: 2660
Votes: 215
Comments: 27
Favorites: 7 (view)

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07/25/2004 01:10:01 PM
This is a great fun shot. Party like. I would have loved a bit more contrast, but hey, this remains a cool concept and the work of a very creative individual. Keep up nice work !
06/30/2004 04:44:13 AM
Greetings from the Critque Club!

Your subject choice is excellent. The framing is compelling. Nicely done.

Your photo is underexposed, and that hurt your score. The details are drowned with so little contrast. Perhaps adjusting in editing could've fixed it, but most likely you just needed to let more light hit the sensor.

Your depth of field is a tad high, The background elements could've been softer to keep more attention on your subject. Again it's a little under-exposed. All of this could've been fixed in one simple aperture adjustment.

Your editing is good. Your desaturation is great. Only complaint is the lack of contrast, just to repeat some fine-tuning in editing could've saved a reshoot.

This is a great capture for the challenge. The biggest thing holding you back is the aperture. Using perhaps a f/4.0 would've softened the background as well as let more light in to get the proper exposure.

Excellent submission, congrats on your top10 finish.
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06/28/2004 01:14:57 PM
Most impressive!
Even more impressive to think it is a self portrate taken with a remote!!
Where is the remote??
06/28/2004 11:48:13 AM
Congrats on your top ten finish, Bassie!!!! Great shot! :o)
06/28/2004 01:06:23 AM
Wow! 9th place on your second try!!

I bet Gilles is just dripping with envy...
heh heh

great job
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/26/2004 02:09:11 AM
Very nice and fitting perfectly with the theme.
06/26/2004 12:18:36 AM
Great shot and idea well composed only small complaint is the sky is a little bright.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/25/2004 06:00:28 PM
Photo looks a bit underexposed.
06/24/2004 09:48:50 PM
very entertaining
06/24/2004 08:00:43 AM
Balloons and a unicycle ... perfect combination!
06/24/2004 03:34:07 AM
Makes me want to make up a story!
06/23/2004 09:14:35 PM
good use of desaturation for sure.
06/23/2004 08:08:05 PM
First of all, this is a truly wonderful photo. I think it would benefit from a little contrast adjustment but it really is a terrific shot.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/23/2004 02:34:50 AM
Good work on the desaturation. Very whimsical photo.... 7
06/22/2004 10:11:49 PM
Very original and good job on the desaturation
06/22/2004 03:31:37 PM
Lovely 10
06/22/2004 03:02:58 PM
The balloons really stand out against the black and white background. I think the rider could have been a bit lighter to make him stand out as well.
06/22/2004 12:36:08 PM
Ok - this gets a good score for te humor but next work on getting the bacl and white part of the image better. this is really muddy, needs mor contrast range.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/22/2004 11:24:38 AM
Very nice. One of my favorites!
06/21/2004 08:28:50 PM
Had the same balloon idea but no time to get them -- glad to see someone tired it! Very effective
06/21/2004 05:47:23 PM
I think I would probably prefer this photo in color. The subject is wonderful, however I find the use of a color highlight to be more distracting to the overall image that I would like. It pulls my eye up to the balloons, but the cyclist is too interesting to be pushed into the b&w background.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/21/2004 03:47:13 PM
very nice composition.
06/21/2004 02:49:35 PM
Great choice for this composition!
One of my favorites. ((9))
06/21/2004 02:47:50 PM
well done
06/21/2004 12:24:05 PM
the BW is muddy. Its just under exposed. good idea though.
06/21/2004 03:32:02 AM
Too many colors!!!! Would have looked great with just one baloon colored.
06/21/2004 03:21:21 AM
10 from me, great work here.

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