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Sparks flyin'

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Challenge: Gold II (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2011
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Date: May 4, 2011
Aperture: F7.1
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/80
Date Uploaded: May 8, 2011

Went out to this metalworking place I had noticed recently intending to get some thing for the perspective challenge. They have a spiral staircase mounted on a pole out front, sort of like many auto garages have an old car on a pole. As I was walking past their open workshop door, I noticed this guy doing some welding, and fired off a handful of quick shots, not even thinking at the time that the sparks were golden colored. Sometimes it just falls into your lap.

I would have liked to bring out the detail of the gloves a little more, but under basic rules, it wasn't possible to do that without also changing other areas of the image in a way I didn't care for.

Anticipated critiques:
-Some of the "not prominent enough" crowd may have issue with the percentage of the frame that is taken up with gold colors, but I think it is quite prominent in spite of that. I'm hopeful the shot is strong enough to at least pull mid-pack in spite of that potential nitpick.

Place: 14 out of 98
Avg (all users): 6.0667
Avg (commenters): 7.5714
Avg (participants): 5.5217
Avg (non-participants): 6.2349
Views since voting: 830
Views during voting: 322
Votes: 195
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0

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05/21/2011 03:08:14 AM
Originally posted by Yo_Spiff:

Originally posted by NiallOTuama:

Just a 6? I'm surprised! Excellent capture.

Broad appeal is a fickle thing.

I didn't mean it in the sense of "why wasn't it 7?" but more like "why wasn't it 6.3 or 6.4?
The welding gives a much nicer lighting effect than I'd've imagined actually.
Love the crop and textures.
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05/19/2011 10:32:19 PM
Originally posted by NiallOTuama:

Just a 6? I'm surprised! Excellent capture.

Broad appeal is a fickle thing.
05/19/2011 01:47:43 PM
Just a 6? I'm surprised! Excellent capture.
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05/18/2011 06:46:29 AM
Steve - I was one of the 'not prominent enough crowd'. It is important to note that I love the subject, and thought the shot was good enough to give it a 7.

But...and now you can become annoyed with me if you choose....I immediately saw a different crop if it was my shot. Using the great blue light on the welder's shoulders to frame the top of the image and centering the 'face' and the gold sparks.

Something like this...Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_952197.jpg

Feel free to Grog me if you must....
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05/18/2011 04:49:20 AM
Nice finish, but I still thought it would be top 10! Very nice shot. :D
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05/18/2011 02:50:52 AM
Not a bad finish, Steve!!
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05/18/2011 01:30:18 AM
This was my favorite in this challenge and only one of the two 10's I gave out. Great work, should have done much better.
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05/18/2011 12:15:48 AM
Congratulations Steve! This one is just Really Really Nice! getting the gold sparks and the detail is wonderful!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/17/2011 01:57:42 PM
Very detail oriented. I can appreciate that.
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05/16/2011 05:48:36 AM
Actually like this the more I see it, there's a real sense of purpose and the tones are subtle
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05/15/2011 07:17:26 AM
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05/13/2011 08:34:06 PM
Interesting, well composed and with great colour. Even though the gold is a small part of the image, it is the attention grabbing part. Well done.
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05/11/2011 11:43:32 PM
This is supberb!!
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05/11/2011 11:33:18 AM
Fantastic execution, lovely image. 8
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05/11/2011 08:15:18 AM
love the focus created by the blues and golds

Sorry for butting in on your edit but - i just wonder about the crop - the left side of the photo actually seems unnecessary (yeah- the arm would be cut off - but i don't that really matters here)
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05/11/2011 12:46:20 AM
It is so fascinating to watch welding! I wish I could take my camera to work, so many fantastic photo opportunities, but I work on Naval vessels so :( no go. Good job capturing something with such a powerful light source, good balance.
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