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Lonely Man
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Dennisheckman


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Challenge: Elvis Presley Song/Lyrics (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Black-White
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X
Lens: Canon TS-E 17mm f/4.0L MF
Location: Red Rocks Ampitheater, Morrison CO USA
Date: Dec 16, 2012
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 250
Date Uploaded: Dec 17, 2012

I think you could have thrown a dart blind folded to find something to fit this challenge. Elvis is the King of not only Rock and Roll, but also the King of songs and lyrics! He is simply, The King.

This is Red Rocks Amphitheater near Morrison CO, the most awesomest place on the planet to experience any concert you want to see. The natural acoustics are perfect. While I was shooting this scene, a lone banjo player took the stage and played a couple folk songs. Even just one banjo player with no other equipment can create an atmosphere like no other place. This wonderful venue was discovered in the early 1900's and then during the "New Deal" era, built all the seating area and infrastructure so proper concerts could be held here. New improvements continue today, but the sound stage and seating area remain pretty much the same. I have attended concerts with Yes, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Widespread panic, Norah Jones, and a few more.

My tripod was set exactly center stage. There is a line in the cement floor denoting the center. The 17mm T/S lens made this image possible keeping the lines straight, although I notice some distortion in the clouds. Not sure how to fix that, maybe a slight tilt would also help. Still experimenting with this lens.

Loving the sharpness of this lens. All the little details far away are nice and clear. I was a little concerned about that before I bought the lens. Even though the color version of this scene turned out great, I thought the monochrome version emphasized the vastness of this space better. This is two images 1.5 EV apart and blended together in Photomatix. Tweaked in CEP4 for contrast, then final conversions taking place in SEP2 and a final sharpening in CS5.

Dec 26- Well thank you for all the great comments and votes! What a great Christmas gift! Very happy this image was well received, if you ever get a chance, go see a concert at Red Rocks. A wonderful experience.

For convenience, a link to the song Lonely Man

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 67
Avg (all users): 7.2692
Avg (commenters): 8.5556
Avg (participants): 6.8000
Avg (non-participants): 7.4595
Views since voting: 2200
Views during voting: 208
Votes: 104
Comments: 29
Favorites: 4 (view)


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01/01/2013 05:30:24 AM
Great image Dennis...I would love to see a concert there someday. Thanks for sharing
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12/27/2012 07:37:57 AM
Yeah Dennis!! Congrats on the blue!!! :-) great shot...just sounds (and looks) like the coolest place...
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12/27/2012 03:38:49 AM
excellent patters and great conversion, congrats on the ribbon!
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12/26/2012 09:21:08 PM
Dennis, this is just spectacular. Congrats on the ribbon.
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12/26/2012 12:51:37 PM
Fantastic, a worthy winner! I love the broken symmetry, what a fantastic location. Congrats on the blue!
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12/26/2012 11:55:38 AM
This was in my top 3 with a 9, I spent an hour reading about the tse 17mm this morning looks like a great lens, I see gyaban dominates with it on here apart from a pic from you and bear. This is an intriguing looking place, great to have it to your almost self. Congratulations on the well deserved blue.
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12/26/2012 11:48:55 AM
Fantastic! When did you get the TS-E? Isn't it wonderful?

What you're calling "some distortion in the clouds" isn't, really./ It's important to make a distinction between the apparent elongation of shapes at the edge of the visual field and actual distortions brought about by a lens. You have to realize that the angular coverage of the 17mm TS-E is REALLY extreme, much more than a conventional 17mm. When you're shifting out to the edge of the image circle, that's more like wjat you'd be seeing on the periphery of a 10mm conventional WA on your FF sensor.
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12/26/2012 08:55:26 AM
impressive shot. congrats.
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12/26/2012 05:38:20 AM
Yep, a fine image no doubt,Congratulations.
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12/26/2012 05:34:03 AM
Magnificent in every respect. Big congrats on this well earned blue ribbon.
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12/26/2012 04:43:12 AM
Congrats on the Blue. A beautiful B&W with lots of contrast and a great POV.
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12/26/2012 04:41:07 AM
Congrats and thanks for showinhg us this great location.
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12/26/2012 03:10:53 AM
congrats!
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12/26/2012 02:45:40 AM
Congrats with the Blue Dennis. Supe image and worked well with the TS lens. I need one :)
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12/26/2012 02:26:36 AM
So happy for you Dennis! A very well deserved blue - your image is stunning!
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12/26/2012 01:56:32 AM
MY ONLY TEN SO I AM PLEASED YOU GOT THE BLUE XXO
BLACK AND WHIT ALSO MAKES IT MORE DRAMATIC AND YES IT SUITD THE CHALLENGE VERY WELL XOX

Message edited by author 2012-12-26 01:58:40.
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12/26/2012 12:15:50 AM
Dennis - Congratulations on the blue! Really great photo.
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12/26/2012 12:03:46 AM
Yes I thought this would be the winner, I was right, you were the one to beat, congrats on an almighty shot!
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12/26/2012 12:01:31 AM
Yay! Congrats on the blue!! :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/25/2012 05:46:26 PM
Great place
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12/21/2012 07:44:57 PM
My favorite image in the whole challenge. Amazing b&w. Amazing scenery. That person definitely makes the shot even more interesting. Top 3 I hope!
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12/21/2012 04:27:04 PM
Very well done. The high contrast is key to this photo.
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12/20/2012 01:22:59 PM
wow!...I wouldn't want to leave this place!
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12/19/2012 11:13:26 PM
WOWZA This is awesome.
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12/19/2012 09:59:38 PM
Hope you give us the entire story of this fascinating picture
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12/19/2012 06:35:47 PM
This is absolutely amazing. So stark and powerful.
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12/19/2012 08:15:08 AM
This one fascinates me to no end, I can't work it out, is it a stadium, I'm guessing so, just wonderful framing, and a real sense of loneliness, this will be the one to beat I reckon.
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12/19/2012 05:57:07 AM
This works well,nice mono.
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12/19/2012 12:21:15 AM
I've always meant to get here, and it's hard to believe it's never happened. I've followed all kinds of bands extensively and have made it to so many venues, and despite being at the to of the list, it just hasn't happened.

It's a beautiful shot. Terrific detail in the lines of chairs. Great sky, perfect lonely man.
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