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Challenge: Blurry Mess (Basic Editing)
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Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Date: Mar 11, 2008
Aperture: F32
Shutter: 1/5 sec
Date Uploaded: Mar 11, 2008

I submitted this on the final day of the challenge -also my Birthday! Woohoo! Anyway, I didn't have time to put comments originally because i was submitting late as usual (my final JPG was saved at 11:56 PM).

I knew what I wanted here - I thought a "Spiraling-Spin-Zoom BLUR!" would appeal to the critical eyes of DPCrs. I finally needed to us my 8x ND filter in a challenge. Since I recently lost equipment to the river, my choices for lenses was slimmed down but maybe it worked to my benefit.

I zoomed lens to 20mm (for smallest aperture of f32 to allow longer exposure in daylight). 1/5sec worked after looking at a few tests. I zoomed out to 10mm and rotated simultaneously while dragging to the side a bit with the camera pointing up into the branches of a tree with the grey sky as a background ...
The problem remained that the image was a very good fit for a greyscale challenge (colorless) and also needed more contrast. So, in LEVELS in photoshop, I grabbed both ends and exagerated the lights and darks. Used a hue/sat layer to add the blue tint, crop/rotate 180,noise ninja, save for web.
NOTE: I realize the title is a misspelling, but I didn't have time to double-check ;)

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 292
Avg (all users): 6.8008
Avg (commenters): 8.5833
Avg (participants): 7.0273
Avg (non-participants): 6.6107
Views since voting: 8039
Views during voting: 481
Votes: 241
Comments: 60
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03/27/2008 06:12:29 PM
Nicely done!
As a learner I appreciate your notes
CONGRATS!
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03/26/2008 12:42:35 PM
Now THIS is the kind of unique photography I'd love to be doing. Anyone can take a picture of a tree, but you've added a gorgeous twist to the everyday and I really appreciate your work. Thanks so much for telling us how you did it. I'm using a digital without interchangeable lenses or the ability to add filters, but your photo makes me want to go out and buy a better camera. Thank you!
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03/23/2008 09:53:47 PM
I'm sorry I can't see how this won really with it's plainness to me, congrats anyway

Message edited by author 2008-03-24 05:43:32.
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03/23/2008 01:31:17 PM
Nice going - great texture and comp - and blue was a good choice to offset the blur (dpc loves blue!). Was an 8 from me during voting - I particularly liked the spookiness. Congrats on the ribbon!
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03/22/2008 08:04:39 AM
Nicely done - it really makes one dizzy as said before - congrats on the blue :o)
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03/21/2008 10:08:25 PM
Well deserved blue. I actually feel dizzy when I look at it.
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03/21/2008 02:07:12 PM
Great, wow! I like it a lot. The choise of blue is great.. well positioned in the frame.

Congrats on your birthday.
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03/20/2008 12:20:06 PM
Congratulations Tate :)
Very creative and well deserved :)
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03/19/2008 10:03:03 PM
nicely done!
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03/19/2008 09:54:13 PM
Awesome, Tate! Really creative for such a difficult theme.
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03/19/2008 09:48:46 PM
Another one from the master! Good Job t8rtot!
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03/19/2008 06:23:59 PM
Nicely done Tate! Congratulations!
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03/19/2008 12:01:05 PM
Well done, love the idea and the shot. So your 3 days older than me huh? Rock on.... :P
Congrats on the Ribb.
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03/19/2008 12:00:58 PM
This image stood out from the pack--well done!
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03/19/2008 10:46:17 AM
Nice! Congrats on the ribbon.
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03/19/2008 10:45:57 AM
Very well deserved blue. Congrats

Hope you will share how this was done.
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03/19/2008 10:31:50 AM
omg thats is so intense!!!
how was this taken i must know
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03/19/2008 10:23:44 AM
Swirling vortex of tree - very cool. Happy belated birthday and congrats on the blue!
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03/19/2008 10:17:42 AM
Oh GREAT JOB!!!!! This was a hard crowd to please in this challenge and you NAILED it! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

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03/19/2008 09:28:34 AM
creative and impacting...congrats!
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03/19/2008 09:17:44 AM
So this looks like the last thing your lens saw going down the river, poor thing. It feels/looks like vertigo. I only came in 15th on my Birthday. You won, Congratulations!
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03/19/2008 08:04:17 AM
Most cool. Well done Tate.
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03/19/2008 06:50:46 AM
You r on fire! Way to go, Congrats!
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03/19/2008 06:50:37 AM
i get the feeling im inside a wave swirling around....great picture,well done/congratulations
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03/19/2008 06:30:27 AM
Well done. A nicely emotive image.
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03/19/2008 04:39:02 AM
Congrats! This is fantastic!
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03/19/2008 03:57:04 AM
Excellent take opn the challenge, congrats on your well deserved blue, Tate!
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03/19/2008 01:37:44 AM
Love this, it's stunning. Congrats on the ribbon, Tate.
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03/19/2008 01:35:34 AM
congrats on your first umpteenth ribbon with this howling and erie shot.
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03/19/2008 12:33:57 AM
Congrats!
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03/19/2008 12:23:36 AM
very nice, Tate. Glad to see you add tothe ribbon count!
Alice
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03/19/2008 12:23:19 AM
nicely captured, loved the spiral blur

-dave
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03/19/2008 12:21:24 AM
And here I am thinking I am going to take the lead on you in ribbon count. Congrats!
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03/19/2008 12:08:19 AM
Congrats, Tate! Very interesting image. Love the color and the spiral.
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03/19/2008 12:03:27 AM
Congrats. One of my top picks.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/18/2008 10:35:08 PM
Very effect vortex-effect, I feel pulled into this image. 10
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03/18/2008 05:52:59 PM
I am always drawn to blue photos. This is eerie and beautiful all at once.
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03/18/2008 01:32:01 PM
By far my favorite of the challenge. The texture of the tree really helps the flow of the motion blur. The tone, while somewhat unnatural for the subject, fits right into this composition. Great job! 10
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03/18/2008 10:12:14 AM
this is an amazing shot...
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03/16/2008 11:45:34 AM
This is almost like a tunnel, beaconing and frightening at the same time. The hard decision is whether to actually GO down the tunnel.
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03/16/2008 10:34:28 AM
Freaky, edgy, hitchcock shot. 8
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03/16/2008 12:47:48 AM
Absolutely love it!
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03/15/2008 09:02:28 PM
love it
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03/15/2008 06:45:42 PM
Very blurry and messy. Extra points for misspelling (messing up) your title.
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03/15/2008 01:09:40 PM
Brilliant superbitude! << 10 >>
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03/15/2008 10:11:11 AM
I like that your spin blur has a whirlwind feel to it... makes the picture spooky and has that "Sleepy hollow" feel to it....
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03/15/2008 09:45:35 AM
blurry, chaotic, engaging. I give a 9. Upon further review I am bumping this to 10.
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03/14/2008 08:44:14 PM
Combines the Twister and haunted forest scenes of Wizard of Oz! I dig it.
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03/13/2008 11:02:45 PM
Ok, the tree with the spinning of the camera... dead on! First round I marked this an 8, but I am bumping it up. I also love the blue toning in it.
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03/13/2008 08:11:19 PM
I think I've had this dream before, stunningly done.
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03/13/2008 07:20:29 PM
love the spun-camera shots! very creepy. 9
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03/13/2008 04:33:03 PM
POSTER FOR THIS CHALLENGE 10
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03/13/2008 12:32:56 PM
There's a few of these on the challenge, and I think this is the best of the "camera spin" effect. Very engaging for me, and fits the criteria, albeit in a simplistic fashion. Some won't see mess, but what do they want, some garbage (literal) floating around? I'd rather look at this.

My exploration of this image says to me that this is a tree, and the simple chaos in the natural subject is applicable to the wording of this challenge - if not it's implied idea.

I'm not awarding any points for being overtly creative, but I'm not scoring this as a simple abstract either. The subject was key for me here.
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03/13/2008 10:17:01 AM
Nice to see an off center swirl. Done by cropping to get off center? Fabulous.
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03/13/2008 10:06:54 AM
This photo is awesome. Great job.
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03/13/2008 04:58:12 AM
I feel like I'm sucked into a hurricane. well composed, good choice of color
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03/12/2008 10:25:32 PM
The rotation works great here
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03/12/2008 05:12:15 PM
Nice perspective
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03/12/2008 04:52:17 PM
Haunting and quite lovely.
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03/12/2008 11:10:50 AM
Very textural. Great shot.
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