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Challenge: From A Distance (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2011
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD for Canon
Location: Weatherford, Texas
Date: Jul 9, 2011
Aperture: F8.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200
Date Uploaded: Jul 10, 2011

Peach Pedal bicycle ride in Weatherford Texas. I wasn't quite up to doing the 26 or 39 mile route and 9 seemed a waste, so I decided it would be just as much fun to photograph the event. I positioned myself about 5 miles out into the route on a good hill with a view, and the lead pack was just coming across the horizon as I was parking.

Since I was going to be out there anyway, I also volunteered to be an additional SAG, and I was kept reasonably busy giving lifts to some folks who had bit off more than they could chew and had bonked. One woman had a wheel out of true, but I was able to adjust her brake clearance and she could press on. (I was surprised to learn how many people don't even know how to remove their front wheel!)At one point about 3/4 of the way through the route I had more people needing a ride than I had the ability to carry in my small pickup.

Not totally happy with this shot, but I've spent too much time on it to not enter it and see how it does. I expected the morning light would give me an awesome, easily tweaked shot, but I guess the sun wasn't quite at the right angle for my view and resulted in a flat image that needed to be cooked a little more than I liked. I could be surprised though. It's happened before. Killer shots have come in with a low 5 and stuff I expect to get slammed sometimes makes the top 10.

Roll those dice!

Post-challenge notes:
Color me surprised. Also, one of my shots of this event was used in an article on the Weatherford Democrat (They really ruined my shot with downsampling, though!) Here's how it's supposed to look:
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Statistics
Place: 13 out of 99
Avg (all users): 6.6232
Avg (commenters): 7.7500
Avg (participants): 6.6042
Avg (non-participants): 6.6333
Views since voting: 961
Views during voting: 323
Votes: 138
Comments: 20
Favorites: 1 (view)


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07/24/2011 08:31:01 AM
I knew this would do well -- I really like this one! I also couldn't figure out why you were so hard on it. :)
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07/22/2011 09:54:08 AM
Love the leading lines and the placement of the road, as well as the HDR feel. You owned this shot- this, as Ken said, is a solid 9.
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07/18/2011 01:43:24 AM
Such an engaging shot. Pulls you in.
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07/18/2011 12:51:51 AM
Got an 8 from me. I think this is terrific. Combines a very interesting, multilayered landscape with the human interest of the oncoming cyclists. Congrats!
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07/18/2011 12:39:32 AM
Originally posted by Melethia:

Don't know why you're surprised - this is a great shot! (I'm a bit biased based on the subject matter, but I still think it's a great shot.)

I suppose it just didn't look the way I had envisioned for something taken at about 0745. When they got up the hill and closer to me, I was much happier with the appearance, but those didn't suit the topic.
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Message edited by author 2011-07-18 00:45:07.
07/18/2011 12:20:48 AM
Glad this did so well for you! It really was a great shot!
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07/18/2011 12:17:57 AM
Don't know why you're surprised - this is a great shot! (I'm a bit biased based on the subject matter, but I still think it's a great shot.)
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07/18/2011 12:13:34 AM
Solid 9 from me and one of my top picks, Spiff. Great finish!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/17/2011 07:55:14 PM
I love this. Great sense of distance not to mention an interesting photo.
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07/16/2011 07:21:44 AM
This is great
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07/15/2011 05:15:32 PM
Even without the cyclists the image is interesting.
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07/15/2011 03:06:35 PM
Nice use of DOF with the foreground. It really helps draw the eye down the road and away.
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07/13/2011 07:07:41 PM
Really gives a feeling of distance.
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07/13/2011 02:51:48 PM
There is something that makes me feel uneasy about this image. It has a wavy, hazy feel but the riders are quite sharp. It must be a rough road!
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07/12/2011 12:21:15 PM
I can never understand how those people dont knock each other down! nuts....looks hot also....good shot
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07/12/2011 07:42:49 AM
Good sense of distance on thios image.
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07/12/2011 06:32:32 AM
Nice shot.
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07/11/2011 01:47:54 PM
Almost a perfect representation of the challenge theme
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07/11/2011 12:31:03 AM
nicely done
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07/11/2011 12:24:58 AM
Tour de France ?? This is great.
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