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This is where the rapid transit stops last
This is where the rapid transit stops last

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Challenge: Shutter Speed II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Sony DSLR-A550
Lens: Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical ED Zoom Lens for Sony Alpha
Location: Singapore
Date: Oct 2, 2011
Aperture: f22
ISO: 200
Shutter: 15 s
Galleries: Transportation, Blur
Date Uploaded: Oct 2, 2011

I had this shot in mind during the entire week of the Long Exposure challenge, but I never had a time to shoot for it. Good thing a similar challenge came up shortly and i finally was able to shoot the image that I wanted.

This image is part of a series of photos that I took on the last day of the challenge. I worked on the theme "Fast-paced society in slow motion." Long exposure shots with sharp and blurred subject combination. My original idea was to shoot at street level, with busy shoppers and tourists at our premier shopping district, but I did not have the ND filters to stop the bright daylight sun. I had to settle for the shots in the equally busy underground walkways and train stations.

I had a tripod with me, but everytime I try to use it, the people eventually become aware and they react differently, not to mention attracting security personnel.

For the shot above, I went one level higher for the vantage point, and placed my camera on top of the platform barrier.
For the rest of the series, I had to look for similar objects where I could place my camera. Sometimes, holding the camera with the strap stretched out from my neck actually works, except for the sideways movement which i try to minimize by not breathing while the shutter is open for the next 10 to 15 seconds :)

The rest of the series can be seen here on my flickr set.

[Oct. 9th, 2011 11:41:36 AM]

12 hours remaining and im siting at 6.6.

Was really hoping this would do better. As in, high finish. With that score, i guess i'll just have to look forward to the next challenge.

Thanks everyone for the nice comments and the nice scores. Much appreciated.

Place: 7 out of 116
Avg (all users): 6.6929
Avg (commenters): 8.0833
Avg (participants): 6.6863
Avg (non-participants): 6.6974
Views since voting: 2652
Views during voting: 271
Votes: 127
Comments: 20
Favorites: 2 (view)

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02/08/2012 09:36:11 PM
nice shot, reminds me of Alexey Titarenko's "City of shadows" series. look it up if you haven't seen it, it's astonishing.
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10/17/2011 09:45:37 PM
Congratulations on this great great image. It is creative, emotive, and extraordinarily well executed. I'm delighted to see it in the top 10. But I am devastated it didn't earn the blue.
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10/10/2011 08:44:23 PM
This was one of my very faves of this challenge. You totally NAILED it!
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10/10/2011 07:45:02 PM
I don't know why I forgot even to look at these entries before the turnaround.
I love the torrent of people. Keep musing if a crop of the top portion of the picture would not be beneficial.
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10/10/2011 10:14:28 AM
Glad to see this in the top ten,super shot. Neat images on Flickr too.

Message edited by author 2011-10-10 10:17:03.
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10/10/2011 07:57:13 AM
This was my choice. great finish.
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10/10/2011 03:12:33 AM
Original and my favorite of the bunch. Congrats on the top 10
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/09/2011 10:32:40 PM
great effect
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10/09/2011 10:13:05 AM
Love the way they all flow.
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10/09/2011 12:25:25 AM
Wow, lots of people for the motion blur. With such blur, it makes me think that "death" is descending.
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10/08/2011 01:34:10 AM
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10/07/2011 03:18:11 AM
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10/06/2011 09:15:52 AM
That must have been a crowd there beneat you. Well captured
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10/05/2011 11:16:39 PM
Fantastic!!! That's quite a tide.
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10/05/2011 10:43:51 PM
Interesting effect in this photo. The people giving a fog like effect is something I've seen before, but not to this extent.
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10/05/2011 11:29:32 AM
Interesting visualization of the flow of people.
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10/04/2011 08:29:01 AM
fantastic ghostly feel in the modern urban context. my favorite so far.
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10/03/2011 07:07:01 PM
Ghostly, cool
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10/03/2011 12:26:40 PM
wow, a tide of humanity
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10/03/2011 12:35:18 AM
Fasinating shot, wonder what that is.
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