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Challenge: Working Without a Net (Basic Editing)
Collection: Challenges 2007
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Iraq
Date: Aug 24, 2007
Date Uploaded: Aug 28, 2007

These guys aren't really outside of the wire at this point - this is the scene I see at breakfast every morning and I love the light and the dust that time of day. But the guys in these Humvees DO go outside the wire, on a regular basis, without a net. (There's a literal "without a net" here, too, that I didn't notice when I took the shot. The Humvees usually have camoflauge netting over the gunner - not just to help with the sunshine, but to deflect grenades dropped from bridges. This one doesn't have the netting in place at the moment.)

Hopefully no one will take offense. Not meant to be a statement of any kind - just recording what I see.

Statistics
Place: 17 out of 86
Avg (all users): 6.2349
Avg (commenters): 7.7368
Avg (participants): 5.8537
Avg (non-participants): 6.2957
Views since voting: 884
Views during voting: 411
Votes: 298
Comments: 33
Favorites: 0


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09/30/2007 09:14:25 AM
Great documentary sort of shot with attractive color tones - I can feel the dust. Love the gradient in the sky. Excellent score too - you seem to be rackin' 'em up these days sister!

Be safe my friend.
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09/16/2007 03:21:18 PM
About as without a net as one could possibly be, although I suppose that could be said regardless of which side of the wire you happened to be on in this location. Perfect for the challenge. I especially like that bright disc of a sun dominating the landscape.
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09/09/2007 02:32:36 PM
Great finish but I hate you being there to take that shot. ;~(
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09/09/2007 01:37:18 PM
A perfect, timely example of working without a net. The barbed wire in silhouette really hammers home the message. Also, the big bright sun in the background strongly emphasizes the heat of the working environment. As usual, Deb, there are so many interesting details to browse thru here.
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09/05/2007 12:56:25 PM
Deb - this ended up doing quite well - and I'm not surprised. An excellent piece of photojournalism.
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09/05/2007 12:03:16 PM
Beautiful desert sun. Keep yourself safe!
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09/05/2007 08:02:10 AM
well done deb, a very well deserved score on a very good picture.
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09/05/2007 02:48:51 AM
I had expected this to do better - but it's still a very good scóre.
Well done Deb :)
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09/05/2007 01:38:06 AM
What a scene! The sun is AMAZING. Congratulation on a fabulous shot and for the TS top score.
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09/05/2007 01:22:32 AM
congrats deb! very nice finish :)
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09/05/2007 12:37:20 AM
I love this one Deb,and really thought it would have done so much better.
I love the golden play of light in this image.....
Such a beautiful image in a land that has it problems.....
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09/05/2007 12:08:13 AM
What an awesome photo, Deb! You are so amazing at making beautiful photos no matter where you are!

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/04/2007 05:40:33 AM
Excellent shot and great backlighting - I would have voted higher if the foreground was a little lighter
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09/03/2007 09:55:39 PM
I came back to this photo a couple of times and changed my vote each time, bumping it up. I think this is very powerful and completely captures this challenge! 10 for me!
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09/03/2007 02:07:34 PM
If this is where I think it is I should give you a 10 for just being there. It's a decent shot but I give you a higher score for the creativity of it. 7
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09/03/2007 08:38:10 AM
A compelling photo. I think the tangled razor wire in the foreground creates a sense of foreboding. Nice colours - Hope it does well for you.
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08/30/2007 11:19:31 PM
good photo, backlit without silhouetting or totally blowing out the sky. 9
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08/30/2007 08:54:44 PM
I really like this shot! First it's a beatiful shot with great colors and composition. More inportantly is how well this fits in the challenge! I can't think of a better way of expressing the true meaning of the challenge than you did w/ this shot! Men and Women in the armed services defintly work w/o a net everyday. Well done!
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08/30/2007 08:10:06 PM
Great photo for the theme. Great tones and interesting subject. God bless our troops.
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08/30/2007 08:14:26 AM
COol - the subject and lighting are supreme.
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08/30/2007 04:59:05 AM
Some level adjustment could make the truck stand out further. Which part is the net btw?
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08/30/2007 02:03:49 AM
Nice capture - Nice dusty atmosphere to this - Like the composition too. Nice.
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08/30/2007 12:11:32 AM
I hope people get the connection to the challenge. It's a good one.
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08/29/2007 11:38:11 PM
I can't give you enough tens for this one. You've nailed the challenge in a way that no one else has. Keep safe. Semper Fi.
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08/29/2007 07:16:58 PM
Great documentary shot. Good detail going on and love the vibrancy of the trees in the bkgrd.
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08/29/2007 02:25:54 PM
You might want to try some HDR technique here. The dynamic range is pretty wide. Solid image even as is tho.
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08/29/2007 12:17:21 PM
Like the use of the sunset and colors.
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08/29/2007 12:07:31 PM
Burnt highlights, a bit oversaturated - and I really like it :)
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08/29/2007 11:10:36 AM
High marks this round. Nicely done. GO USA!
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08/29/2007 11:06:52 AM
Great looking photo. I'm amazed how well you handled the sun and the rest of the lighting. Well done!
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08/29/2007 10:41:37 AM
Nice shot. While the sun glare is massive, it is still an emotive shot. 8
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08/29/2007 07:19:02 AM
Is that the real size of the sun in this picture?
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08/29/2007 02:10:05 AM
I won't vote since we discussed this in the team thread, but I think this is a powerful, emotive shot that captures the chaos in Iraq along with the blazing sun. Nice final version!
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