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Soaring Scooter of Summer
Soaring Scooter of Summer

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Challenge: Long Exposure V (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Waialua, Hawaii
Date: Jun 14, 2010
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Action, Children
Date Uploaded: Jun 15, 2010

Used my Gorilla Pod to attach my 30D to a friend's daughter's scooter and had her ride up and down the sidewalk while I pressed the shutter release.

Imported into Lightroom 3 and used the brush tool to bring down the Clarity to -100 for everything except her legs/feet. Then used the brush tool to increase the Clarity and Sharpness on her legs/feet. I also uniformly added a small amount of vibrance and saturation to the image.

Ihen moved the image over to Photoshop and created a layer and used Topaz Adjust to really accentuate the movement in the sidewalk by increasing the contrast. Then using a layer mask I faded in the adjustments to only affect the sidewalk. I then flattened the image and used Topaz Detail to soften and warm her legs a little bit. Again, I used a layer mask to selectively apply the adjustments. After flattening the layers I used Unsharp Mask at 66% and radius of 50. Then I used USM again at 8% and Radius of 0.6 with a Threshold of 5.

The score for this one could go as low as sub-5 depending on how many people nitpick the Long Exposure theme, but maybe I'll surprise myself and pull off another 6+. Two in a row? :-)

Expected Critiques:
- Lots of low DNMC votes
- Front foot not in focus
- Rear foot in the middle of the frame

Yup, sub-5. :-(

Place: 103 out of 127
Avg (all users): 4.8807
Avg (commenters): 6.8333
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Avg (non-participants): 4.9713
Views since voting: 826
Views during voting: 398
Votes: 218
Comments: 10
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06/23/2010 12:23:09 PM
I think part of the problem is that you have camera shake AND motion blur. If you were able to get better focus and less camera shake on the shoe for instance, I think the image would have been more effective.
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06/23/2010 01:39:27 AM
Brian ([thumb]bvy[/thumb]) nailed it and explains the votes that were given based on the challenge description. Strong sense of movement, made me dizzy at first!
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06/23/2010 12:36:44 AM
I understand what you tried to do here. It may have helped a bit more if it was close to night time, and you had the aperture closed to the farthest (f/16 or something) and you forced the ISO to a low value (100 or something) and then you had set the exposure time to a slightly longer one, so the effect of a longer exposure would be more evident.

Original idea though, I give you a lot of credit for that!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/22/2010 11:14:49 PM
Fun Angle
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06/20/2010 05:12:09 PM
I have a feeling the exposure time here isn't quite long enough to be categorized as long exposure. You got some motion blur, but you can do that with a pretty fast shutter. Nice dynamic anyway.
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06/17/2010 09:18:37 PM
Nice job on a unique idea.
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06/17/2010 10:30:56 AM
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06/16/2010 10:07:40 PM
i feel like its looking up her pants. the concept is cute
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06/16/2010 05:40:04 PM
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06/16/2010 12:57:49 AM
Wonderful POV
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