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Challenge: In The Style Of: bspurgeon (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenges: Abstracts /Patterns
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Location: Harwich Port
Date: Jul 13, 2011
Aperture: f/29
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1.3 secs
Galleries: Abstract, Blur
Date Uploaded: Jul 14, 2011

Thank you for the many lovely comments. This challenge was fun and stretched me to finally use the 4 x ND filter I've had for a few months now. This was taken at about 7pm on the nearby Red River beach. I was about to leave when this girl and her sister suddenly appeared from the parking lot and ran off, initially in separate directions. There was the sense of the freedom to run and explore that I associate with summers on the beach from my childhood, that I wanted to capture. I got just this one shot with her alone, before she rejoined her younger sister and slowed down. The shots of the two of them together were not as interesting. The blue outfit she was wearing was a bonus, as was her proximity to the darker area of sand from some other children's earlier sand activities.

Very little post processing. Slight crop at the top to remove a distracting darker band. I experimented with using Topaz detail for more/less detail and rejected both, but added a SEP layer in luminance mode mainly to add some grain.

I was concerned that too much of the image was blurred, as I associate Ben's images with having only some parts blurred and the rest sharp. However, it seemed to be by far the most appealing of the images I was considering so I went ahead and submitted it. I'm glad that it struck a chord with many of you.

Statistics
Place: 9 out of 156
Avg (all users): 6.5652
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.8000
Avg (non-participants): 6.0286
Views since voting: 1109
Views during voting: 252
Votes: 115
Comments: 31
Favorites: 3 (view)


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07/23/2011 07:23:38 PM
Yay! Many congrats on the top ten!!
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07/23/2011 03:37:01 PM
Beautiful work Penny
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07/22/2011 03:01:50 AM
Ash Penny, many apologies for the misattribution. The Cape-Coddy goodness took me only so far. I should've thought of you too.
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07/22/2011 12:57:41 AM
Oh Penny .. what a wonderful vision .. you must have such a fantastic imagination ... a hundred stories to be envision with one simply well done photo .. congratulations!!
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07/22/2011 12:50:08 AM
Well done on the high finish. It strikes me as an image printed on some type of sand covered stone.
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07/22/2011 12:43:37 AM
Well done, on your top 10, thought this would do well.
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07/22/2011 12:39:54 AM
I KNEW this would do well!!!!! Congrats on the top 10, Penny. Fantastic image.
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07/22/2011 12:14:02 AM
Perfect.
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07/22/2011 12:02:58 AM
Awesome finish, sweetie! WTG!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/21/2011 10:08:54 PM
I like the sandy texture. nice semi-abstract.
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07/21/2011 09:47:52 PM
Filmy and impressionistic but not especially Benish. Still looks good. 6
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07/21/2011 08:52:41 AM
I know Ben utilizes noise and grain, but I wonder if this image needed it at all. The shadows and blur may have been enough. Without the noise I would have scored this higher.
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07/20/2011 07:55:23 PM
This is an outstanding image. The blur and composition reminds me of Ben's "surfer"

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07/20/2011 12:30:07 PM
whoosh!! Lovely sensibility here - the hint of color works well!
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07/20/2011 11:44:14 AM
How's this doing, Penny. I'm viewing it now in the context of the other images, and it's a real standout.
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07/20/2011 03:53:45 AM
Lovely! Can I rip this off for the blue challenge? ;) 8
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07/19/2011 08:22:47 PM
Beautiful dreamy painting. The touch of blue is fantastic.
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07/19/2011 03:11:21 AM
Flat out beautiful image. Excellent choice going colour - got a 10 from me. Make me think of ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Bear_Music but I couldn't say why.
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07/18/2011 12:48:31 AM
This works. I haven't seen any bspurgeon's shots, but this is cool regardless.
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07/17/2011 02:52:30 PM
Like a pastel drawing.
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07/17/2011 12:43:26 PM
An apparition on a cloud. The blue is enchanting.

Inspired by Ben, maybe, but it's your own creative vision -- a unique one -- that's responsible for the end result. I think that's really what this challenge is all about.
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07/17/2011 12:40:12 PM
Love the tone and little touch of color. Very dreamy.
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07/16/2011 03:29:46 PM
Beautiful Photo!!!! This has to do well. Good luck.
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07/16/2011 02:46:27 PM
Beautifully touching. A memory in blue...
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07/16/2011 02:41:20 PM
But where are you? Where are you going? Come back.
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07/16/2011 07:33:26 AM
The slash of blue is wonderful.
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07/15/2011 06:01:30 PM
This is special, well done.
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07/15/2011 02:36:27 PM
That hint of color and grain really speaks of Ben's less "typical" work, which is great. Good luck. :) 7
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07/15/2011 11:58:22 AM
Perfect in it's simplicity.
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07/15/2011 04:03:16 AM
There's and feeling of innocence and fragility here, beautifully captured : )
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07/15/2011 12:13:50 AM
WOW !
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