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Challenge: Free Study 2011-05 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2011
Camera: HTC Desire Z
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Date: May 1, 2011
Galleries: Abstract
Date Uploaded: May 23, 2011

Shooting for my goal of a love it or hate it entry with this. I want anything but 5's. Abstracts tend to not get a lot of mass appeal outside of abstract specific challenges. Though there are a fair number of people that do like them, it's not a critical mass. I had originally shot this for the cameraphone freestudy, but entered something a bit more identifiable that did reasonably well. My other choice for this month's FS was one of my "old timers with big mustaches" shot, and I wanted to do something a bit different this time.

Anticipating a high 4 to low 5 out of this, and hoping for some good comments. I did have this posted in the outtakes thread for a little while, so I expect some people to recognize it, but hopefully they will not recall whose it is.

Post-Challenge notes:
Too many darn 5's. I missed my goal by a long shot and only pulled in one appreciative comment. I thought it was a pretty good abstract, but didn't really nail the strong appeal with many people, not even the usual "out of the box" crowd. Abstracts are really a hard sell with the DPC crowd.

Well, a lot of good feedback post-challenge. Thanks! We'll see if I can nail it next time. Perhaps that should be a new goal of mine: A 6+ with an abstract in a non-abstract challenge.

Oh, and if anyone is interested in what it is, it is the interior of a hanging lamp in an Arby's fast food restaurant.

Place: 257 out of 344
Avg (all users): 5.2366
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 5.1250
Avg (non-participants): 5.5429
Views since voting: 709
Views during voting: 208
Votes: 131
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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06/09/2011 07:28:33 AM
Haha. Better luck next time! :)
Unknown to myself the average of all my entries has just the thing you're looking for!
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06/08/2011 08:56:31 PM
Hm... I think this is really a cool shot. I didn't vote, but would've probably given this a 7. I'm particularly fond of the way the shapes seem to be made out of some fluid... the way the tones are rendered really aids in that. Not quite enough for a favorite from me, but much appreciated. You chose well to shoot this shot with a camera phone; I've a feeling that the lack of super crisp detail and color rendering helped this one turn out the way it did.
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06/08/2011 07:11:12 PM
Yes, we must have swopped bodies. Enjoy the nightmares dude!

Cool abstract though! Looks like a sunspot. I like it! (also, cheers for pointing out the Dragon/Damsel fly thing. I didn't know the difference.
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06/08/2011 06:21:50 PM
Sorry man, but I would have given it a five. I love an abstract, and this is quite nice with the depth and pulsing motion, but there's a great deal to it that has me wondering if someone just hasn't gone haywire on the sliders. There's enough smooth gradation to make me think it's not just knob twiddling for twiddling sake, but there isn't enough of a feel to the image to convince me the photographer has any connection, or that I should spend time to find a connection. Right about middle is how I see it as presented on its own.

Interestingly, one of the things I do not like about it is the color. It's just a bit jarring to me, and I prefer my abstracts more subtle, almost mysterious. I bet if you'd gone grey tones you'd get a lot more love its.
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06/08/2011 12:42:10 PM
I think I already told you this, but I'll repeat it anyway... :D

The first time I saw it, I thought it was glorious and would have given it an 8. Now, for some reason, it just doesn't seem to glow as much as when I first saw it. It almost makes me curious whether it's daytime or nighttime viewing differences.
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06/08/2011 12:06:12 PM
You can put me in the 'love it' category, but I gan certainly see how someone could hate it, too. I'm surprised you got so many "meh" votes.
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06/08/2011 10:44:44 AM
This is nice - you gotta work harder on the 'hate it' part ;-) Something's not working for me with the orientation or composition - I want to go into the tunnel on the right and I can't. But, you've got lovely colors, well controlled highlights (in context), and the swiss cheese effect is kinda cool. For me, the best abstracts are subliminally suggestive of something representational, this allows a toehold of a sort.
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06/08/2011 10:00:47 AM
They don't like abstracts and they don't like fish either. ROFL!
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06/08/2011 09:44:51 AM
I found the 'space' on the left uninteresting so gave you a 5 :-P
If the brighter area covered more I think I would have preferred that.
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06/08/2011 01:38:19 AM
It appealed to me. I was one of your 8s.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/01/2011 10:32:21 AM
I like this and I'll be interested to see if the artist behind this image lets us know how it was achieved (I'm a noobie, no clue about lighting anything).
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