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Challenge: Guns (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2014 Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Date: May 12, 2014
Date Uploaded: May 12, 2014



[May. 19th, 2014 03:36:28 PM]

Lucked out on this one. I was going to shoot at Colonial Williamsburg, in the armory, but my son is also in the beat your average challenge, and so we went to Jamestown on the weekend. The light was wonderful -- coming in from the doorway as this man was cleaning his gun.

I never ask the people to pose at CW or Jamestown (with the exception of the chicken guy. :), because then you just get the stare at the camera smiley faces. So I try to catch the action. They are both working places with people actually doing the jobs, and with very little light. Since my 7D sucks in low lighting, I can't turn up the ISO too high, so I try to time the shot with stops in the action. When they get to the end of a stroke or things like that.

The commenter is right -- the focus ended up more on the bottle than the guy, not sure why, because I did change the focus point. I did wish the bottle was someplace else, but again, I wanted natural shots, so I didn't ask for him to move it. I just tried taking the shots from the side and hoping not to distract him by shooting.

Thanks for all the wonderful comments! And a fav!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 72
Avg (all users): 7.2200
Avg (commenters): 8.3333
Avg (participants): 7.1463
Avg (non-participants): 7.2712
Views since voting: 1765
Views during voting: 266
Votes: 100
Comments: 28
Favorites: 2 (view)


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05/24/2014 07:16:57 PM
Congrats on the blue, Wendy. Lovely shot, beautiful light and the naturalness of him just doing what he's doing is great. You're right about what happens when you ask.
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05/22/2014 08:45:40 AM
Love this one Wendy! Congrats on the blue.
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05/22/2014 07:26:30 AM
Great stuff Wendy, and natural non posed and very difficult. It certainly deserves the blue. Congrats
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05/21/2014 01:45:19 PM
Wonderful image! Congratulations!
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05/21/2014 12:38:44 PM
I just love this shot. The lighting, the subject, all of it. You are so lucky to have such great historic places to shoot at. Congrats on the blue.
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05/21/2014 11:44:53 AM
You are so good at capturing interesting scene Williamsburg and Jamestown. The light and processing are fantastic -- I love the warm glow of the skin tones. Nice job.
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05/21/2014 10:41:03 AM
Dude!
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05/21/2014 09:26:32 AM
Another great shot and worthy winner from you. Congrats
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05/21/2014 07:31:18 AM
Loving the light Wendy; congrats!
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05/21/2014 07:10:12 AM
Well played! What's in the bottle? I actually like that it's in focus, not an obstacle but a source of mystery. Here's another fave :).
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05/21/2014 02:40:38 AM
You have such a treasure in those two towns, Wendy. They've served you well. Congrats on the image. Just lovely.
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05/21/2014 02:38:08 AM
Excellent Wendy. Well deserved 7 and blue! Love the natural feel. Love it! (I should have said that my nitpick hardly affected my vote at all; the scene spoke for itself here!)
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05/21/2014 01:42:55 AM
Congratulations on your big ol' blue! I want to come go to this town!!!!
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05/21/2014 01:26:52 AM
Definitely my favorite. Love the light.
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05/21/2014 12:18:20 AM
How the heck do you do it?!
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05/21/2014 12:04:15 AM
By far the best congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/20/2014 09:45:21 PM
Great light and ambience.
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05/19/2014 02:43:15 PM
Oh beautiful lighting and comp... This has to be Wendy, right???
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05/19/2014 01:14:48 PM
I like the lighting in this image.
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05/18/2014 05:26:09 AM
Great photo. Love the lighting. 9
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05/17/2014 11:09:42 AM
I just wish that bottle wasn't there, but this is a very nice shot.
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05/17/2014 12:57:25 AM
I like this photo a lot! It would makes a very good personal portrait of a man and his trade.
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05/14/2014 06:39:39 PM
good portrait shot really shows his concentration
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05/14/2014 12:09:10 PM
One of my favorite shots, the lighting on this is perfect! The lone man working .. Colors and everythign and I LOVE that old style gun! 10 for me! I say a ribbon winner for sure!
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05/14/2014 11:17:06 AM
Sheesh, Wendy... I never had a chance, did I? How you scoring? This is gorgeous.
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05/14/2014 09:11:00 AM
Best in show award, congrats
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05/14/2014 05:44:32 AM
Very nicely lit and edited
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05/14/2014 03:55:15 AM
I like this a lot. My only nitpick is that the bottle seems to be more in focus than the gunsmith himself.
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