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Does this bike make my butt look fast?
Does this bike make my butt look fast?

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2011-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2011
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II LD for Canon
Location: Weatherford, Texas
Date: Jul 9, 2011
Aperture: F8.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1250
Date Uploaded: Jul 30, 2011

Taken at the Peach Pedal just a few feet from my "Distance" entry. I put the 10-24 on, and after the thick pack of riders passed me, I sat down in the middle of the road and yelled at the oncoming riders to do a close fly-by. This shot is pretty much what I had in mind.

I like it a lot more than my distance entry, but I have a suspicion it won't sit as well with the DPC collective. There are a lot of aspects of this image that could be nitpicked on as flaws, and it is a subject that only has strong appeal for a limited subset of DPC members, but I love the shot anyway. To me this conveys much of the joy of riding a bike.

Anticipated critiques and my responses:
-Blur/distortion of bike and rider at left of frame. Well, that happens at 10mm focal length this close to the subject, and I think the blur helps to convey speed better than if it all were razor sharp.

-Subject cut off at frame edge. Yes, but that movement out of the frame is more dramatic and conveys what I want better than the version captured 1/2 second earlier. With her in the frame, it is a photo of a happy woman riding a bike. As entered, it tells me she is leaving her riding partners in the dust.

Post challenge notes:
Did about as expected with the mass appeal machine, though I did have hopes for something in the high 5's for a time. However, some great comments and a high commenter's average tells me I hit exactly the audience I was aiming it at. In spite of some critiques, I wouldn't change a thing about this.

Place: 278 out of 343
Avg (all users): 5.3214
Avg (commenters): 7.6000
Avg (participants): 5.3000
Avg (non-participants): 5.4000
Views since voting: 559
Views during voting: 244
Votes: 140
Comments: 10
Favorites: 1 (view)

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01/05/2013 01:05:42 PM
I would've voted this a 6 or 7. I'm with you 100% on everything you said about motion and dynamism of the main subject. The rest of it didn't grab me too much, though. Now, with ominous clouds, a giant water drop in the background, and maybe some ladybugs hitching a ride ... ;)
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08/09/2011 09:21:58 PM
Great perspective! Iím surprised this didnít finish higher as well. I didnít get a chance to vote on all the images in this challenge and didnít get to this one, but I would have given this 7 or 8. Probably an 8 with that title.
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08/08/2011 09:34:05 AM
I can't believe this finished way down the list. I gave it an 8.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/06/2011 01:18:54 PM
Fabulous POV and framing with excellent DOF off into the distance. Love that the headless rider is motion blurred and the rest of the image not. Dry grass, winter blue sky looks decidedly southern hemisphere somewhere, SA?
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08/04/2011 02:04:44 PM
hehe I think bikes have a natural slimming effect, as they instantly make you look athletic. The photo looks a bit "weighted" on the left side (pardon the pun) as there is much more to look at there than the right sky/road. I feel if you'd crop out a bit on the right side to the last biker, you'd still get the feel of the very long road you're biking on and make the front biker more the center of the photograph.
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08/03/2011 01:55:35 PM
I like the crop with just part of the first rider but there is a weird angle or something to him that is distracting.. Beautiful color and texture to the photo....
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08/02/2011 10:34:02 PM
Tell her hello for me !
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08/02/2011 11:47:02 AM
LOL! Amazing what one letter can do. Excellent image, Steve. Glad you followed your heart and entered it.
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08/01/2011 10:39:18 PM
Very much my kind of shot! Bikes, chopped heads, a great day to ride, wide angle... all good! All very good! Will undoubtedly be one of my favorites of the challenge, and is the first one I'm voting on. Picked it special!
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08/01/2011 06:56:28 AM
I reckon you're right in that case. Your horizon is probably involving bikes...
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