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Challenge: Fine Arts: Exhibit I (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: 2010
Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO IF for Sony
Location: Central Virginia
Date: Mar 1, 2010
Aperture: F3.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/4000
Galleries: Emotive, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Mar 2, 2010

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On my way home from work I noticed this scenario. There are two buzzards with this deer road kill, the second one off to the right. I couldn't reach this to get a photo from a side road so I rolled past with the window down. Wasn't 100% satisfied so I drove past and parked a couple hundred yards down on the far side of the road. Even across 4 lanes of traffic and at least 100 feet away, they flew off. :-/

My approach on this photo is the emotive angle and simplistic B&W presentation. The letterbox border says contemporary, while the photo could be 50 years old. Started with the title of DONE...settled on DEPART. I wanted the title to cause the viewer to wonder and reflect. The buzzard on the right appears to be moving out of (departing) the frame (against standard photography "rules" I know), and the deceased deer has obviously already departed. I intentionally left the foreground soft (unsharpened) because of the subject material.

***** post challenge *****

Hooray! That's so cool, a HM for the juried selection. THANKS!

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Place: 91 out of 193
Avg (all users): 5.4450
Avg (commenters): 7.3846
Avg (participants): 5.5313
Avg (non-participants): 5.3579
Views since voting: 766
Views during voting: 441
Votes: 191
Comments: 16
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03/15/2010 12:53:56 AM
One of my highest scoring. Liked this a lot
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/14/2010 09:48:05 PM
It looks like the cover for a modern Hitchcock novel. Interesting!
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03/14/2010 09:35:41 PM
Certainly makes the viewer want to know more or maybe not - out of fear. A moody image with interesting questions.
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03/14/2010 08:37:31 PM
Yes, yes, yes... Bizarre and creepy and all wrong yet perfect in every way. Ten.
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03/14/2010 06:38:25 PM
'But the Raven still beguiling all my fancy into smiling'

Wonderful. In my top ten of the challenge. 9.
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03/14/2010 10:07:25 AM
Love the play of words, I rate among the top of this challenge..
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03/13/2010 04:11:13 PM
7 - I like the scene and, before seeing your title, didn't like that he/she was looking out of frame... still undecided. A shame not a fraction sharper on the bird (or maybe more blurred, who knows), but also wish the silhouette was 'full', that is the head not in front of the background. More detail/definition in the carcass(es) and bones would be better, in my opinion.
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03/12/2010 01:18:45 AM
vultures... what's not to love?
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03/11/2010 06:58:17 PM
Very cool. Could be the poster for a Horror film. Intriguing and thought provoking.
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03/11/2010 01:23:26 PM
Nice, almost an Edgar Allen Poe feel to this one. Love it. Voted earlier.
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03/09/2010 09:31:18 PM
Macabre. 8
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03/09/2010 05:17:49 PM
I just have a hard time making it all out
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03/09/2010 04:08:37 PM
odd subject and lighting choice
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03/09/2010 11:42:17 AM
very dark (emotion), I like it
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03/08/2010 09:02:47 PM
great visual story telling and great high contrast
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03/08/2010 08:45:09 PM
Very interesting looking process. I like the processing.
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