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Challenge: Underexposed (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2010
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Location: Fort Worth Stockyards
Date: Sep 8, 2010
Aperture: F7.1
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1000
Date Uploaded: Sep 10, 2010

Photographed in the abandoned Swift meatpacking plant after rainstorms had cleared. I noticed the potential in this as I was looking around, and it was quite nteresting to photograph. The floor was covered in several inches of water. Breezes, the sun cutting in and out of the clouds outside, and the drips coming in from the floor above, caused this scene to change moment to moment. I probably shot several dozen frames of this and I think this one was the best of the bunch. I like the way this captured some nice color in the ripples from the floor beneath and the drip landed right on the corner of the window's reflection.

I have no feeling for how this will do. I think it is interesting and I like it a lot, but abstracts often fare poorly in challenges that are not clearly abstract friendly.

Anticipated critiques:
-Some may not feel it is not underexposed, due to what looks like highlights in the reflection. (In fact, those are midtones.)
-I may get some comments that don't understand how the title relates to the image. It's an abstract, you don't have to understand.

Post-challenge notes:
Can't complain at all. Not only did I do well on the popular vote, but it also appealed to a segment of hard to please members. A very successful entry for me.

Place: 18 out of 110
Avg (all users): 6.0621
Avg (commenters): 7.8333
Avg (participants): 6.1250
Avg (non-participants): 6.0354
Views since voting: 1028
Views during voting: 282
Votes: 161
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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10/05/2010 03:59:02 PM
This is one of the more beautiful abstracts I've seen in awhile. The colors and geometric interest work so well. In a word, dramatic!
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09/27/2010 10:00:25 AM
beautiful abstract in its presentation..I love the variations of color and texture.
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09/22/2010 03:00:43 PM
This is great, loving the reflection on the water.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/21/2010 11:37:49 PM
good abstract, great shapes and then beautiful in its details.
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09/21/2010 09:25:15 PM
Fabulous composition, great colors -- like wet paint.
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09/19/2010 02:17:58 AM
It's actually beautifully exposed, and not underexposed. Any more light than this and the picture was lost (unless one resorted to one of those HDR abominations, in which case it's the photographer that would be lost). Photographs of consequence are rarely about detail, rarely about what's said: it's what's not said that gives them voice. Just like this. Top two pick from me.
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09/16/2010 08:37:28 PM
Beautiful. One of my favorites.
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09/16/2010 01:25:12 AM
A circle and a square. Great abstract.
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09/15/2010 10:22:13 PM
This is a very captivating shot - love the red and blue tones that break the shadows, great composition
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