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Challenge: Posthumous Ribbon (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2010
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II LD for Canon
Location: Fort Worth Stockyards
Date: Nov 20, 2010
Aperture: F8.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/6
Galleries: Black and White, Blur
Date Uploaded: Nov 21, 2010

This is a spiral staircase behind the Fort Worth Stockyards. I've photographed it a few times before, but never quite got a shot that totally pleased me.
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I think this time I nailed what I wanted. I would have preferred to avoid the minor amount of camera shake that is visible, but I was shooting handheld with a nonstablized lens and it was more important for me to get some motion blur in the person going down the stairs. Considering the nature of this challenge, I think the overall feel is far more important than ultimate sharpness.

Post challenge notes:
Top 10 on the popular vote and a high vote from the dead guy as well. I have to be pleased with that!

There were a few comments that made reference to the famous staircase/cyclist photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson. Though that look may have influenced my choice of subject and processing, it was not a conscious effort to emulate his photo. I just thought a blurred person walking down these stairs would look interesting. (I had to snag a passerby and ask if they would run down the stairs for me.)

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 133
Avg (all users): 6.5899
Avg (commenters): 8.2000
Avg (participants): 6.8987
Avg (non-participants): 6.3434
Views since voting: 1713
Views during voting: 417
Votes: 178
Comments: 42
Favorites: 5 (view)


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01/05/2013 12:56:13 PM
You have such an amazing range of abilities! THis is wonderful.
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05/20/2012 02:38:15 AM
Hey Spiffy, you did well in this challenge, this also looks like Nixter...cool.
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12/04/2010 07:11:16 PM
You definitely need a bluebird for this one!

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posthumous ribbon thread
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12/03/2010 12:48:07 PM
That piece of wall - bottom right is delicious.
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12/03/2010 11:27:06 AM
Wow, excellent finish, and excellent work! Congrats
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12/03/2010 08:46:57 AM
Wanted: Dead or Alive! (sorry, couldn't resist)

Don't let all this Cartier-Bresson stuff go to your head Steve. Oh, all right, go on ... but just for a little while, yes?

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12/03/2010 03:16:47 AM
congrats with the high finish, however still feels underrated to me. The resemblance to the iconic HCB image is uncanny.
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12/03/2010 01:09:10 AM
I have to agree with 21.gif mitalapo and 21.gif ubique. I thought the same exact thing when I saw the shot. Good job. Oddly, if you wiggle it as was mentioned, it appears sharper.
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12/03/2010 01:08:52 AM
Congrats on your 6th place.

Message edited by author 2010-12-03 01:26:05.
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12/03/2010 12:22:57 AM
Congratulations!!! You are on a roll... Really like this but you totaly fooled me would've not thought it was your photo... Whoo Hooo.. Let-er rip tater chip!!!
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12/03/2010 12:20:59 AM
This is beautiful. I nearly gave it a Bronze Paw, but you were just edged out by some seagulls :-) Congrats on top-10.
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12/03/2010 12:17:36 AM
On a roll still I see! Congrats on a top 10
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12/03/2010 12:13:34 AM
Grog!!!!! Phenomenal image. Definitely fp worthy.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/02/2010 11:19:26 PM
I love the texture and details. Wonderful spiral shape and movement blur. I was so engrossed in the curve, that I almost entirely missed the wall texture in the lower-right until the moment I'm typing this comment. One of my faves this challenge. 8
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12/02/2010 07:56:22 PM
The idea behind the Posthumous Ribbon is to encourage you to break the rules, to find new and different ways to express yourself. To free your mind to think clearly toward the solution that is certain to come, to laugh at world and at life, not doing what others are expecting you to do, but just following and listening to what's in your heart. DPC itís a wonderful learning place where everyone should be supported on their way to be a photographer. A special attention should be aimed to those working hard with different views and approaches to photography, those not aligned with the mainstream taste and receiving no recognition. Itís our responsibility to support these photographers creating diversity and expressing different visions. Being active at the Posthumous thread itís the best way to do it. Being active at the Posthumous thread itís the best way to protect your and the otherís freedom of being different. Thanks for taking the time to enter this challenge. Stay wild.
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12/02/2010 07:47:03 PM
textbook posthumous. well composed. This was a contender. 8 from me.
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12/02/2010 05:27:43 PM
Great homage to HC Bresson's staircase image (I would consider waiting a little for the figure to show at the bottom of the stairs, but that's just me).

Came back to notice the effect created if you scroll the image up and down quickly. You should try it. It is Cool. (still not voting)
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12/02/2010 04:35:17 PM
I find myself straining to hear the clatter of their shoes on the stairs in their haste.
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12/02/2010 04:14:48 PM
Great one. The eye certainly does descend into this one. Wonderful mishmash of lines throughout the image. The stairs, the railings, the bricks o the right, the blocks on the left. And of course the motion of the subject. Well done.
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12/01/2010 02:28:34 PM
Captured the grittyness well.
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12/01/2010 01:42:46 PM
very nice shot, Love the B&W with just enough detail left in the motion. 10
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12/01/2010 01:06:22 PM
pretty decent =] Very PHR worthy.
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12/01/2010 10:43:46 AM
Great capture and beautifully processed.
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12/01/2010 10:39:47 AM
My immediate thought was of Henri Cartier-Bresson's Hyères photograph. That's a damn good first thought to inspire!! Top five for me. Thank you.
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11/29/2010 04:34:09 AM
something-looks-missing-but-alor-9
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11/28/2010 09:17:39 PM
nice textures and motion. Excellent composition.
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11/28/2010 07:22:42 PM
This is it!
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11/28/2010 03:01:15 PM
I like the perspective on this.
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11/28/2010 12:49:58 AM
This picture reminds me of Ottawa (Ontario, Canad), where they had similar stairs in some places in town, although this one looks wider. It gives a good sense of going down, and I quite like it. (9)
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11/27/2010 11:45:44 PM
10 all the way! Nice capture.
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11/27/2010 09:55:25 PM
Awesome! I really love the motion here and the wonderfully "posthumous" feel of this image...
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11/27/2010 03:21:18 PM
Nice capture of the 'Z' axis.
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11/27/2010 03:13:04 PM
great composition, invokes HCB immediately.

...after going through all the images, I think this will (and should) take the Blue. bumping to 9 (my highest score)
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11/27/2010 10:55:54 AM
Fantastic shot. Great job on the processing and the capture. Excellent angle.10
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11/27/2010 01:45:50 AM
wonderful composition, full of contrasting lines on the obvious test, contrast is striking
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11/26/2010 05:53:54 PM
Very nice confluence (is that a word?) of lines, curves, and movement. Reminds me of a nixterish image.
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11/26/2010 05:24:34 PM
Ominous swirling energy and a nasty sort of rhythm.
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11/26/2010 04:21:18 PM
I just left a comment on another photo that it was my favorite of the challenge. Had to bump this one up and say that it's also my favorite of the challenge.
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11/26/2010 12:52:08 PM
Looks like (s)he is in a hurry. The perspective and angle that you took the picture makes it an overall great image. Looks great in b/w and the conversion job was well done. The bricks on the wall amongst other details adds to it as well. Great job! A 9 from me.
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11/26/2010 12:12:16 PM
Looks like a ribbon winner to me! Lovely way to meet the challenge. (not voting)
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11/26/2010 01:21:08 AM
Wonderful pov, and the spiral is very enticing. I think the motion blur may have been more effective if the closer elements with in sharp focus. Good choice of b/w.
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11/26/2010 12:24:47 AM
Very Nixter style. 8
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