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Old Milwaukee Road
Old Milwaukee Road

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Challenge: Tilted Horizon II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Madison, WI
Date: Apr 9, 2011
Aperture: 5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/50 - 1/5
Galleries: Transportation, High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Date Uploaded: Apr 9, 2011

I had a very hard time with this challenge. I knew to be effective, tilt must not only be intentional, but the correct subject would be needed. To be, the subject must have a sense of movement. By tilting the frame, you are introducing a high amount of un-balanced energy, something that is perceived as stationary just doesn't seem appropriate.

And that's where I got this subject from. Being a train, we all know that it moves. By using this perspective, the tilt can have an effect of the train moving towards the viewer. Thus, I believe this shot worked how I hoped it would, I just wonder how it will resonate with voters (other than the obvious DNMC challenge votes I will get for not having a "horizon"). I'm sure I will get a fair number of people who don't like the processing, but I really enjoy the gritty/dirty way it came out.

Post Processing:
* White Balance on all exposures
* Reduce exposure and increase recovery of the most underexposed shot
* Increase exposure of the most overexposed shot
* Combined all 6 exposures in Nik HDR Efex Pro
* Topaz Detail used to bring out sharpness and adjust tones
* Increase black point
* Decrease brightness
* Increase saturation and increase vibrancy
* Curves
* Levels
* Vignette
* Export to TIFF
* Sharpen Edges
* Save as JPEF

Place: 31 out of 90
Avg (all users): 5.8333
Avg (commenters): 6.2500
Avg (participants): 5.5750
Avg (non-participants): 5.9457
Views since voting: 761
Views during voting: 256
Votes: 132
Comments: 4
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/16/2011 04:50:53 PM
You cropped off the most interesting part of the train.
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04/14/2011 11:47:57 AM
Love the textures of this image...very well done!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/14/2011 08:16:07 AM
Wow... great shot, looks like a great location.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/11/2011 06:39:21 AM
Very gritty and grimy!
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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