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Yes, Virginia ... There Are Trolls ... Living Under the Bridge
Yes, Virginia ... There Are Trolls ... Living Under the Bridge

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2012-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED
Location: Seattle, Washington (USA) - Univ of Washington
Date: Jan 7, 2012
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 1000
Shutter: Various
Galleries: Cityscape, Nude
Date Uploaded: Jan 15, 2012

Photographer’s Notes
Okay, I confess. I was out shooting for the DPC 2011 WPL final round images but this one didn’t seem to fit. Still, I liked it. It’s been photographed before and entered in other DPC challenges, but in my humble opinion, never as well.

If that weren’t enough, I dedicate this to ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Bear_Music. When I think of him, I think of him in this way. Not that he's a troll ... by no means ... but admit it, there is a certain likeness.

Near the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, at the base of the Aurora Bridge, is this wonderful Troll Sculpture. And yes, he (she) has a VW Beetle under his (her) left hand! The lighting is terrible; It’s crowded with tourists; A daunting photographic challenge. But I was reminded of one of the perks of high-end photography.

It’s better than a puppy to attract cute girls.

While I was shooting, four cute girls walked up and ‘struck up a conversation’ with me about my big DSLR camera and long lens. I agreed to take a picture of them with their P&S camera, if I could take a picture of them with mine. And I agreed to email them a copy. They agreed. This is obviously not that photo but you can see the whole shoot here:

In any event … I love the role of photographer … love the interaction it creates for me with fun, interesting, sexy, engaging, folks I would never otherwise meet.

Not much by way of post processing here.

Post Processing
• Merge to HDR (Photomatix)
• Tone map (Photomatix)
• Darken (PSCS5 Curves Layer)
• Dodge & Burn (PSCS5 Overlay Layer)
• Crop (PSCS5)
• Resize (Perfect Resize)
• Sharpen (PSCS5 USM)
• Save for Web (PSCS5)

Camera Data
• Date: 2012.01.07
• Camera: Nikon D3
• Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED
• ISO: 1000
• Aperture: f/2.8
• Shutter: Various

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/06/2012 09:30:39 PM
Well shot, under the Aurora bridge
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02/04/2012 06:40:33 PM
Wow... crazy... !!
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02/02/2012 07:19:39 AM
So that's what they look like
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02/01/2012 12:07:19 PM
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