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The Loner
The Loner

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Challenge: Free Study 2010-09 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Stock Yards
Date: Sep 5, 2010
Aperture: f8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Emotive, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Sep 28, 2010

Shot toward the fading sun and the metal reflected like crazy! Loved the long shadow and all the textures!

Place: 213 out of 296
Avg (all users): 5.2955
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.2727
Avg (non-participants): 5.3636
Views since voting: 697
Views during voting: 223
Votes: 132
Comments: 16
Favorites: 1 (view)

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01/10/2013 10:11:47 AM
Forgot to add. The textures are so great that it makes me feel like I'm actually there, maybe with a busted knee, but feeling great :)
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11/26/2012 01:50:42 AM
Love the shadow. Good composition too.
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10/13/2010 07:47:38 AM
YEAH!! A Vlado ribbon too!!! You go girl!
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10/12/2010 10:38:13 AM
Hi Kat, Welcome to the Critique Zone!

My initial take on this is that it is a classic 'photograph' - ie. 'writing with light'. There is no reliance on a pretty subject or fancy colours - this is a purists shot and a really nice example of one. Of course this means that it was never going to be a big hit with the voters in an FS, but I am sure you knew that and it is not your prime motivator!

Technically: You have gone for a pretty serious DOF with this, which works nicely, to capture the length of that shadow. That said, I would have found a slightly tighter focus on the chair more satisfying as a viewer, but that may just be me. The lighting, which this is all about of course, is excellent - all the more so since there is a hint of darkness about the photo as a whole.

Artistically: I like the concept of the composition, but the tilted line of the tarmac 'dip' across the top is a little distracting. Ideally I would get rid of it, but if that's not an option perhaps it could be level to add a sense of geometry? I also feel I would have liked to see the very end of the shadow, but again this might not have been physically possible.

In summary, this is a fairly classic shot and I, for one, hope to see more of these on the site! Happy hunting.
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10/08/2010 11:12:13 PM
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2010 11:43:55 PM
love the texture. a very pleasing image.
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10/07/2010 09:40:19 PM
So simple yet bursting with poetry. A nine for you.
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10/07/2010 09:31:19 PM
Interesting composition. Nice try :) 7
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10/07/2010 09:22:04 PM
Interesting; a plain folding chair casts a surprisingly long and impressive shadow.
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10/07/2010 01:58:05 PM
Interesting shot. Nice use of the long shadow to add depth to the photo.
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10/06/2010 03:35:25 PM
I'm going through the entries, stopping at those images I feel have had the benefit of an unconventional eye and dwelling a little longer to try to see and appreciate what you saw. This is one of those images.

Positives: Lots to like here, the light and the consequent shadow, the texture on the ground, the simplicity of the overall composition. I think the white lines at the top of the image are important too.

Critical stuff: Nothing really.

Overall: I really like this, an image that is more than the sum of it's parts.
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10/03/2010 07:36:39 PM
Great long shadow..
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10/03/2010 12:53:45 PM
I like the long shadow.
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10/02/2010 02:15:52 PM
I love enigmatic images. In this case, I think the tilt could have been a bit stronger and added even more dynamics to an interesting capture.
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10/02/2010 08:02:34 AM
Love shadows - what's the story behind a chair in a parking lot? : )
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10/02/2010 01:42:46 AM
yep. i do like this.
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