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Challenge: Abandoned (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Ribbons & Top 10s
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: Williams Grove, Pennsylvania
Date: Oct 30, 2008
Aperture: F/3.5
ISO: 500
Shutter: 1/6 Sec.
Date Uploaded: Oct 31, 2008

This *IS* an actual abandoned group of old passenger train cars that is a couple of miles from my house. The rail siding that they sit on is abandoned as well.....it looks to me like they just rolled the train out to the end of the siding, unhooked the engine, and left them. They're easily accessible, and there's always a path worn through the weeds to get at them as kids have been doing for what seems like a couple of decades.

I'm sad to report....

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They're GONE!!!!


They came in and cut them up and hauled the pieces away.....

Whoa! What can I say? This is just an awesome thing for me.....I've waited almost two and a half years for this, my first 7+ score.

I accomplished a couple of personal goals in one fell swoop pretty much the same as my last flash-in-the-pan ribbon.....LOL!!!

I thought when I submitted it that it would do okay....I had figured low-to mid-6, or a 4....LOL!!! I woke up last Monday to a 7.69!!! I watched it all week as it steadily dipped then for the last few days of the week, it seemed to stabilize around 7.29/7.3.

I was waaaaaaaaay okay with that!

Saturday morning it started this ugly little steady downslide that had it down to 7.11 right before rollover.....I'm massively relieved at how the vote scrubber works! LOL!!!

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I specifically want to thank 21.gif AperturePriority for his awesome tutorial HERE.

His technique was something that I was looking for when I wanted to learn how to get certain effects that are easy for me now that I've botched a couple hundred attempts! LOL!!! Seriously, I can get the effects that I see in my head when I snap the shutter with the help of the terrific technique of working the tone curve in the HDR converter.

I blame him for the awesome assistance in making this image just that much more interesting.

Thanks, Les!

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 148
Avg (all users): 7.1984
Avg (commenters): 8.0667
Avg (participants): 7.2600
Avg (non-participants): 7.1579
Views since voting: 11997
Views during voting: 328
Votes: 126
Comments: 100
Favorites: 39 (view)


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01/15/2010 11:17:34 AM
Amazing,i love all the textures and colors used through out the photograph. Also i love how the angle heads straight back.
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05/10/2009 12:51:23 PM
Jaw-droppingly awesome. :D And yes, that's a word. ;)
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02/21/2009 05:18:41 PM
FANTASTIC.....well done...
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12/16/2008 10:05:05 PM
Wow! Awesome. I love your processing of this.
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12/04/2008 01:16:20 AM
Jeb,

I apologize for not getting back to you sooner--I've been super busy traveling for business and have barely had time to take leisure photographs.

Congrats on the ribbon! I guess my tutorial has finally been validated! Woo hoo!

I plan, starting next week, to begin entering challenges again. There will be a lull in my travels this time of year, so I'll have some time to go out and shoot.

Again, congratulations and keep up the great work!

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11/17/2008 07:59:18 PM
You just think you're hot stuff now doncha? :~P
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11/17/2008 05:50:54 PM
Know any history on the place? I was just there and took some shots and was just really curious about the time frame etc...
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11/16/2008 04:28:02 PM
Brilliant shot, congrats!
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11/16/2008 09:08:41 AM
Congrats on the ribbon !!!!

Hey I think I found an old shot of your train :D
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11/15/2008 08:59:13 PM
Amazing shot!
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11/15/2008 12:42:54 PM
ATA BOY JEB!!!!!!!!!!!!! congrats on the ribbon!!!!
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11/15/2008 11:06:14 AM
Very nightmarish, an excellent choice of subject. Congrats on your win!
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11/12/2008 08:28:32 PM
A beautiful mess - nice job - congrats!
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11/12/2008 10:48:48 AM
Congrats, perfect image for the challenge.
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11/12/2008 06:18:02 AM
Gosh, very Horror Movie - that tutorial obviously added finishing touches to an already creative mind - I don't know what you do for a living, but it should be this. A few rotting corpses would complete the ensemble - or even ghost images of some unfortunate street dwellers semi-transparent asleep - outer limits? Congratulations on being you and able to see this, and do it well
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11/12/2008 12:56:42 AM
So happy for you! :D
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11/11/2008 11:27:03 PM
Dude, all I can say is that I love this shot. Didn't know it was you at first and was pleasantly surprised. Glad to see you scoring a front pager. Congrats!
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11/11/2008 08:43:50 PM
Way to go, Jeb! Good to see your name on the front page :)
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11/11/2008 07:39:48 PM
congrats to you!
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11/11/2008 04:12:49 PM
Originally posted by justamistere:

Way to go! Nikons can take great pictures, too. Just kidding. They are useless without talented human intervention.


Way to go Jeb. It goes to show you can take nice pictures even with a Nikon.
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11/11/2008 04:02:21 PM
Alright Jeb!! Congrats on the ribbon & a new PB!! Definitely well deserved!!
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11/11/2008 03:24:36 PM
LOL, re your PM, yes I did think your shot was the one that won.. still, this is great capture and real glad you picked up a ribbon after that week of update button madness. I had to settle for a lowly 6th, but looking at the competition I cant really be too disappointed with that. good work!
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11/11/2008 12:21:59 PM
Way to go! Nikons can take great pictures, too. Just kidding. They are useless without talented human intervention.
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11/11/2008 11:44:28 AM
Jeb this was one of my favs in this challenge..so very well seen, captured & processed-GOOD FOR YOU!!

CONGRATS
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11/11/2008 11:02:13 AM
Jeb, way to go! I love the look of this. Very grunge-esque! Great processing.
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11/11/2008 08:02:47 AM
So much clutter makes the shot too busy and the blown highlights on the windows are distracting.................KIDDING!!!!

Just perfect, congratulations!
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11/11/2008 12:32:07 AM
Way to go, Jeb!!! A WELL deserved ribbon. :D
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11/10/2008 10:00:54 PM
I have not been able to get on line for four days so was unable to comment of this mate.....

I personally LOVED this one and so very pleased it ribboned for you.....

The rich metallic colors, and the perspective is brilliant.....

What a great score and equally great image, and I really loved the processing.....

Message edited by author 2008-11-10 22:02:02.
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11/10/2008 09:28:20 PM
Congratulations on your ribbona nd PB!!!
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11/10/2008 07:20:34 PM
This is awesome Jeb! Great colour, you can feel the depth, and fits the challenge perfectly. A very well deserved ribbon and 7+ score!
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11/10/2008 07:02:11 PM
WOOHOOOOO! Congrats, Jeb!
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11/10/2008 06:58:32 PM
congrats on a phenomenal capture!!!!!!!!
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11/10/2008 06:50:04 PM
Nice going Jeb! A PB and a ribbon! Congrats!
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11/10/2008 06:14:16 PM
well done!
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11/10/2008 05:55:22 PM
Congrats! like colors!
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11/10/2008 05:19:11 PM
Congratulations, well deserved.
Love the title but its made me hum that song all day!
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11/10/2008 01:02:35 PM
Great find and excellent shot, Jeb! Congrats to you, Mike, Mickey, Peter and Davey!

ETA: Congrats on the new PB and welcome to the Master's FS!


Message edited by author 2008-11-10 15:28:44.
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11/10/2008 12:47:45 PM
Congrats on the ribbon.
Very neat shot, I was rooting for you!! haha
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11/10/2008 12:02:47 PM
Congrats....I can't believe this is your first 7.0+++. Terrific image, I gave you a 10.
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11/10/2008 11:22:49 AM
Looking at your goals it looks like one of them was to participate in a masters free study. It looks like you now qualify my friend! Congrats!
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11/10/2008 09:48:38 AM
Wonderfully done! Congrats on the Red!
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11/10/2008 09:40:22 AM
Ohmygoodness, Jeb! This is absolutely a-MAZING! You must be so proud of pulling off such a fabulous photo of such a beat-up old scene. Congratulations on so many levels: the photography first. Wow! Your 2nd ribbon, and you obliterated your personal best score! What a fantastic photo to have top honors on your profile. AMAZING!
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11/10/2008 09:35:45 AM
Congratulations! This was one of my favorite shots in the challenge.
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11/10/2008 09:32:29 AM
Amazing picture, congrats on your ribbon
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11/10/2008 08:57:29 AM
Jeb, I am so excited for you! This is an outstanding image, wonderful clarity, definition, and tells a story. And a PB, too! Into faves it will go!
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11/10/2008 08:41:31 AM
Congrats!
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11/10/2008 08:36:18 AM
Proficiat on your ribbon. Excellent image.
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11/10/2008 07:56:14 AM
Conrats Jeb on your red and a new PB.
excellent work .
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11/10/2008 07:55:44 AM
Great shot - congratulations!
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11/10/2008 07:52:02 AM
Congrats on the ribbon and 7+ score - only 13 votes below 6 says it all!
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11/10/2008 07:36:40 AM
congratulations - an excellent engaging interior - 7
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11/10/2008 07:14:43 AM
Yay! See, I told you it was a ribbon!!
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11/10/2008 06:43:53 AM
Love the textures. Congrats on your 2nd place.
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11/10/2008 06:19:13 AM
Congrat on the image and on the ribbon. Wonderful stuff all around. The textures are outstanding.
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11/10/2008 06:08:46 AM
oh WOW!! this is a fabulous shot!! Congrats
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11/10/2008 05:51:02 AM
Congrats on the ribbon! This is such a cool shot!
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11/10/2008 05:34:56 AM
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Message edited by author 2010-07-11 09:12:45.
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11/10/2008 04:56:08 AM
Excellent work! Congrats on your PB and the red ribbon!
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11/10/2008 04:55:38 AM
CONGRATULATIONS Jeb!!!! You so deserve this ribbon and it's a long time coming. I'm so happy for you..this is a fantastic image!
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11/10/2008 03:08:31 AM
Welcome to the Masters Challenge :)
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11/10/2008 03:01:20 AM
Congrats, this is gorgeous!
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11/10/2008 02:16:49 AM
WOOHOO! Congrats on your ribbon! :o)
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11/10/2008 01:54:03 AM
Congratulations! See...I told ya!
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11/10/2008 01:37:29 AM
Congratulations on 2nd place Jeb!
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11/10/2008 01:17:32 AM
Congrats Jeb!
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11/10/2008 01:16:44 AM
What? No notes? Congrats on your ribbon and an awesome score!! Gorgeous shot.
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11/10/2008 01:05:07 AM
Congrats!
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11/10/2008 12:59:03 AM
Oh how supremely WONDERFUL to see you on the front page - EXCELLENT!
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11/10/2008 12:51:01 AM
Woo - totally awesome, Jeb!!!! I gave this a 10 and your ribbon is well deserved!
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11/10/2008 12:23:39 AM
WOW .. a totally brilliant photograph and process and CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR RED RIBBON JEB ..
lookin' good as a winner on your profile page .. :)
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11/10/2008 12:21:23 AM
Alright Jeb! A fine image indeedy. Great processing and what a fine subject too.
Congrats on the red.
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11/10/2008 12:12:47 AM
Congrats! So glad for you that your score stayed so high. GREAT shot and perfect for the challenge. Excellent work, Jeb!
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11/10/2008 12:06:03 AM
Hay, you did it!!! No low scores (awesome), broke 7, PB, and red ribbon. CONGRATULATIONS.
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11/10/2008 12:05:53 AM
Congratulations, Jeb, a very striking shot. One of my 7s.
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11/10/2008 12:05:26 AM
Way to go! You stayed in the 7 range after all. Great shot & I really like the title you gave it.
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11/10/2008 12:04:14 AM
Congrats!!!!!!! Great shot.
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11/10/2008 12:04:10 AM
Congrats on the ribbon!
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11/10/2008 12:03:15 AM
Dude! Now you qualify for the Masters Free Study! Rock on! Really great job and great image.
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11/10/2008 12:03:14 AM
Congratulations. Great shot!!
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11/10/2008 12:03:06 AM
A new PB! So glad you found your style and got it to pay off so well here. Congrats on the ribbon!
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11/10/2008 12:02:52 AM
Congratulations! Knew this one was going to do well!

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11/10/2008 12:02:47 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon, great photo..
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/08/2008 09:52:05 PM
Looks more like case of arson than abandonment. Strong image.
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11/08/2008 12:53:07 AM
Would have been better without tone mapping
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11/07/2008 05:27:44 PM
Great shot. 9
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11/06/2008 08:47:59 PM
Yikes! I love how you processed this (and the fact you got on there and took this is quite brave, as I'm a complete chicken about those things). The perspective and leading line is wonderful.
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11/06/2008 12:16:01 PM
wow. like colors. good angle. very rusty..engaging image.
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11/05/2008 11:02:30 PM
Interesting colour to this. Spooky. Unreal.
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11/04/2008 04:52:00 PM
A good shot of a mess - 6
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11/04/2008 03:53:29 PM
This will do well in the challenge IMHO. Fantastic shot with great colors and leading lines. 9
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11/04/2008 11:57:51 AM
I really like the colors and the path that takes you to the wall in the back of the train.
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11/03/2008 09:36:31 PM
Great job processing this one. Good luck.No vote just comments
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11/03/2008 09:09:16 PM
oh wow, this is spectacular!! my pick for 1st place!
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11/03/2008 06:58:15 PM
Meets Challenge:2
Technical:2
Interestingness:3
Creativity:2
TOTAL: 9
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11/03/2008 04:14:31 PM
Fantastic shot. I love the worn tattered feel and I also like the "leading lines/vanishing point". The monkeys would love the image for thier record sleeve. 9
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11/03/2008 03:46:57 PM
wow, gorgeous shot and I'm sure is doing well in scoring too! I'd love to find out what you do during editing to achieve this look. :)
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11/03/2008 02:32:15 PM
what a find!
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11/03/2008 02:25:25 PM
Ooh, this is cool. I feel like I time-warped into the nuclear winter of the future.
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11/03/2008 11:54:21 AM
This might very well be the blue ribbon winner this week. I like the lighting, the color tones, and the way you used symetrical repetion to guide the eye. Fantastic depth of field, and the image is ultra-sharp, without looking over processeed. Excellent work!
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11/03/2008 12:20:12 AM
Very nice.
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