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Challenge: Backlighting V (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2012
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Punchbowl National Cemetery
Date: Sep 10, 2012
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/3200
Date Uploaded: Sep 11, 2012

Thanks everyone for the great votes and comments. I was worried the shot wouldn't do well because it seemed like too plain of a subject.

I live just a couple of miles away from this cemetery and I have relatives buried here so it's always nice to visit. The wind wasn't very strong this day so it took awhile to get a shot with the flag waving. I'd be looking through the viewfinder and when the flag would move, I'd get the sun directly in my eye. That was definitely bad for both me and my sensor..hah.

Thanks again everyone.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 94
Avg (all users): 6.9111
Avg (commenters): 8.2222
Avg (participants): 6.6667
Avg (non-participants): 7.0333
Views since voting: 2479
Views during voting: 271
Votes: 135
Comments: 28
Favorites: 2 (view)


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09/22/2012 04:25:40 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon. I love the light glowing through the flag. Sometimes a 'plain' subject well done has great impact - as this does.
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09/20/2012 10:39:58 PM
This is so very GOOD!!! Congratulations!!
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09/20/2012 09:14:17 PM
Love this shot and the processing. Congrats on the ribbon Mark.
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09/20/2012 11:40:51 AM
in my opinion, the processing on this image takes it from "meh, its decent" to " i really like this". Nicely done start to finish
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09/19/2012 09:55:45 PM
Originally posted by inshaala:

Just wondering here out loud: If this were say, the Chinese or North Korean flag (or lets say the Malaysian or Liberian flag which has a similar colour make-up and design to the US flag) taken in exactly the same style, quality and processing if it would reach the same score. I'm going to go out on a limb and say "probably not"... if that is the case and you agree then this is like the perfect display of how the subject and connection with the viewer actually boosts someone's preference for a photo rather than the aesthetics of the photography. Not degrading it in any way it is as good as flag shots get, just food for thought I suppose which reads across to all photography.


Interesting thought. I probably would have scored a foreign flag higher, simply because we see American flag shots quite often. So it doesn't necessarily stir patriotism in me. And a foreign flag would probably have received the "unique" factor in voting.

That being said, I think this shot is more about the placement of the light, the backlit clouds and interesting sky more than the flag itself. And I like the lines of the ropes going up the pole.

But it is an interesting thought to ponder.

(congrats on the yellow, btw!! :)

Message edited by author 2012-09-19 21:56:28.
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09/19/2012 08:27:12 PM
Congratulations on the ribbon, Mark.
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09/19/2012 03:49:51 PM
Oh say can you see... great light!! Love how you exposed for the highlights with that super high shutter speed and let the rest of the darker tones fall where they may! Also the vignetting in post helped the mood tremendously! Nice work!
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09/19/2012 03:21:17 PM
My personal high score from the challenge. Glad you ribboned!
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09/19/2012 02:22:37 PM
Just wondering here out loud: If this were say, the Chinese or North Korean flag (or lets say the Malaysian or Liberian flag which has a similar colour make-up and design to the US flag) taken in exactly the same style, quality and processing if it would reach the same score. I'm going to go out on a limb and say "probably not"... if that is the case and you agree then this is like the perfect display of how the subject and connection with the viewer actually boosts someone's preference for a photo rather than the aesthetics of the photography. Not degrading it in any way it is as good as flag shots get, just food for thought I suppose which reads across to all photography.
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09/19/2012 01:54:57 PM
Congrats Mark. Beautiful tones and textures on the flag. Very nice.
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09/19/2012 12:09:18 PM
I can't help but love it.
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09/19/2012 09:38:23 AM
Congrats!! :)
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09/19/2012 03:09:24 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon, one of my top votes.

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09/19/2012 02:16:41 AM
Great contrast with a mean vignette.
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09/19/2012 12:43:50 AM
Well done, Mark. Congrats.
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09/19/2012 12:34:27 AM
I think this is the most unique image out of the lot. Very original.
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09/19/2012 12:29:57 AM
Congratulations on the Red! Well deserved, I still love this... gonna share any little secrets as to how you got this look?? :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/18/2012 10:09:34 PM
absolutely outstanding capture!

will be interested in seeing the processing steps
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09/16/2012 03:39:13 PM
I really like this one. The texture of the fabric. The blue of the flag against the gray sky. Half staff.
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09/15/2012 10:36:33 PM
Really like the way the clouds/sky appear in this.
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09/15/2012 06:50:07 AM
Love the way the light is coming through the flag, giving a great contrast and great colours.
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09/13/2012 04:32:26 PM
Great contrast and very nice concept
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09/13/2012 04:04:25 PM
Fabulous!

(commenting only)
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09/12/2012 12:38:22 PM
Super awesome focus on this one. Like the post-processing too.
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09/12/2012 07:25:57 AM
This is just outstandingly (is that a word) Aweinspireing, beautiful, the effect you did to me are just WOW... any how needless to say I kinda like this!! LOL
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09/12/2012 04:41:28 AM
Nice job on getting the flag to pop.
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09/12/2012 02:22:08 AM
Oh what a photograph. Love it. 10.
Id call this a winner, considering yesterdays anniversary.
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09/12/2012 12:06:59 AM
Ribbon.
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