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my own little sun
LevT


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Challenge: Balloons (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Miscellaneous
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF for Nikon
Location: San Diego
Date: Apr 14, 2010
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/2000
Galleries: Emotive, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Apr 15, 2010

this is obviously a setup shot. However it was not as easy I as I had hoped. While I had a pretty clear picture of what I wanted, it took me two trips to the beach to get something resembling it. First, I did not anticipate the strong and gusty wind, the balloon just refused to fly high, and was jerking all over the place, so I had to literally hunt in high burst mode to catch a few split-second moments when it blocked the sun. Second, I did not have my own models, so I had to beg families with kids spending time at the beach to help me out. These good folks agreed (the boy got the balloon afterwards :)). I wish I could simply let them walk and catch the moment of the balloon blocking the sun, but because of that wind a successful catch would be very unlikely, so I asked them to stand pretending to be walking. I wish their poses were more natural, but this is as close as I could get, they are not trained professionals, and I could not torture them for too long. On the other hand, the very strangeness of their posturing is interesting, I came to like it eventually. They almost look like cutouts, don't they?

Here is an outtake where the boy is much more natural (he really is running and not pretending to be running, but of course the balloon is not eclipsing the sun
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I like this photo equally if not more than the my submission, but I figured it would not score as high, so...

Statistics
Place: 11 out of 329
Avg (all users): 6.7581
Avg (commenters): 7.1538
Avg (participants): 6.6944
Avg (non-participants): 6.8873
Views since voting: 3318
Views during voting: 431
Votes: 215
Comments: 29
Favorites: 7 (view)


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06/15/2010 01:50:40 PM
Fantastic! I missed this before.
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04/29/2010 04:55:03 PM
This really is so wonderful. :) Congrats on a great finish!
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04/27/2010 05:41:10 PM
Just a fabulous shot!
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04/26/2010 08:02:27 PM
The best of the "regular" shots !
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04/26/2010 09:54:14 AM
Yes! Wonderful image and fabulous finish! Good job, Lev!
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04/26/2010 09:17:44 AM
That's the way to get the ball[oon] rolling! 97% is going to be a tough percentile to beat in future challenges.
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04/26/2010 05:40:47 AM
great image! love the ballon on the sun!
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04/26/2010 01:33:11 AM
Congrats Lev! Wonderful image.
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04/26/2010 12:43:58 AM
Instant fav! Thanks for sharing.
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04/26/2010 12:16:57 AM
Way to go, Lev! Nice score and placement!
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04/26/2010 12:11:33 AM
Congrats on 11th place in a tough challenge, Lev!
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04/26/2010 12:05:43 AM
Terrific - one of my favorites! Great planning and execution.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/25/2010 11:49:14 AM
My pick for blue. LOVE IT.
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04/25/2010 09:22:59 AM
Very good photo
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04/23/2010 12:06:52 PM
solitude and emotive. 7
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04/22/2010 07:17:26 PM
Beautiful ripples in the sand!
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04/22/2010 01:50:40 PM
Perfect placement of the baloon.....how long did that take you? Well done.
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04/22/2010 03:52:30 AM
Perfect placement of the balloon, nice shot.
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04/21/2010 08:52:37 PM
For sure...Sweet... :)
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04/20/2010 03:34:59 AM
yeaa,,,,,, this is beautiful one,,,,, brilliant,,,,,,6
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04/20/2010 02:32:30 AM
Brilliant composition..
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04/19/2010 07:39:42 PM
Sooo very nice!
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04/19/2010 12:39:32 PM
Very nice silhouette.
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04/19/2010 12:05:40 PM
Very pretty. 7
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04/19/2010 11:25:15 AM
Nice use of light.
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04/19/2010 09:21:30 AM
Nice capture. The lighting is great, silhouettes are sharp, tones are lovely, and the composition is strong.
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04/19/2010 08:51:24 AM
Nice title... in more ways than one?
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04/19/2010 08:32:59 AM
Great title. I like this a lot. I am always a sucker for silhouettes. :)
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04/19/2010 01:12:32 AM
good idea and exposure. her pose doesn't look natural, overall a very staged shot
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