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Challenge: Henri Cartier-Bresson (Minimal Editing I)
Collection: 2011
Camera: Canon Powershot G11
Date: May 26, 2011
Aperture: F7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/400
Date Uploaded: May 25, 2011

Yes, another Stockyards pic. It's a great location for me and convenient on the way home from work.

I actually did this one in an HCB fashion. I decided on an interesting location, staked myself out opposite from it, and hoped someone would come by and do something interesting. After about 15 minutes, these two guys came by with skateboards. Just passed by initially, but on the way back a few minutes later, they climbed up on the wall and were looking at something in the water below for a few minutes.

Kind of flat looking, as I was using the b/w mode on my powershot G11. Hoping it has enough visual interest to overcome that aspect. My 50D definitely produces better b/w images straight from the camera. Next time I use this camera for minimal editing, I'll know to use one of the higher contrast color modes and just desaturate it later. Here is an edited version with some more contrast, a slight crop and some perspective correction on the brick wall:
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[May. 30th, 2011 09:19:01 PM]
21_F.gif Germaine gets a SpiffyPoint™ for leaving the anticipated critique about the low contrast.

Post-challenge notes:
The performance of this totally surprised the heck out of me. Never expected to ribbon in a challenge like this. I'm extra pleased because I did it in an HCB fashion, just waiting patiently for something to happen in my chosen scene. Thanks!

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 97
Avg (all users): 6.7161
Avg (commenters): 7.3636
Avg (participants): 6.4444
Avg (non-participants): 6.8614
Views since voting: 3648
Views during voting: 403
Votes: 155
Comments: 63
Favorites: 1 (view)


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01/05/2013 01:11:48 PM
Classic use of negative space
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06/12/2012 03:07:57 AM
Hey I forgot you ribboned in this, awesome.
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06/06/2011 05:43:38 PM
Very cool structure to have handy to shoot, and glad someone wandered by to give you that shot. Great work Grog, Snarfles very proud :-) Congrats on the ribbon!
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06/06/2011 02:42:15 AM
Great job Spiff! Congrats on the yellow!
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06/05/2011 09:41:37 PM
Congratulations Steve on a well deserved ribbon.

I have a confession to make. I submitted a ticket on your image as I suspected a rule violation (probably my third or fourth ever) as the aspect ratio seemed to be different from most entries and the bricks seemed to be very level if it was captured by hand. I suspected a rotation and crop was achieved. Glad to see this wasn’t the case and it was just very well taken. Well done!

Oh, by the way, I gave this an 8 and my second highest vote for the challenge.
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06/05/2011 06:40:45 PM
Congrats Steve!!
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06/05/2011 05:59:24 PM
Nicely done .Congrats with the ribbon!
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06/05/2011 03:28:36 PM
Congratulations Steve. A really wonderful image!
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06/05/2011 12:45:11 PM
Way to go, Spiffy! Congrats!
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06/05/2011 11:22:24 AM
Congratulations! A beautiful shot with a meaning. :)
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06/04/2011 11:13:53 PM
Cangratulations Steve, This was one of my favourites, very simple yet I kept coming back to look at it. Love the sense of scale.
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06/04/2011 09:40:25 AM
Very nice...congrats!
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06/04/2011 09:04:55 AM
Congrats on the ribbon.
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06/03/2011 07:27:12 PM
Awesome, man.
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06/03/2011 03:20:57 PM
Yo steve congrats on your ribbon.
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06/03/2011 03:14:47 PM
Well done Steve, and congrats once again. I had a feeling you were due to another ribbon soon. BTW, in regards to your comments on the photo... did you try bumping up the contrast setting a notch or two in camera under the monochrome camera profile settings and perhaps taking the brightness down one notch? I play around with those settings a lot myself, and for a minimal challenge entry I think the results would normally be better compared to a desaturation in software. I also use the color filters in camera to make certain aspects of the scene pop.

Personally, with this photo I think the contrast is just fine and added to the appeal of the HCB challenge. Your black point is in a good place when looking at the shadows and his shoes, you can see detail in his jeans and the whites oh his shirt have some detail in the creases etc. I think much more contrast would have brought out elements in the brick such as the patch job to his left that would have been a bit of distraction. As is your subject popped from the background and there is certainly still enough detail in the building/wall behind him to make it pleasing. It helps make it more of a "period" shot in my opinion. Congrats.

Dave

ETA: I just read Don's comment below mine so it appears we are in agreement that the contract level apparently worked well for this challenge in particular...so there you go. LOL.

Message edited by author 2011-06-03 15:16:41.
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06/03/2011 03:10:52 PM
Originally posted by posthumous:

fyi, it's good *because* it's "flat-looking" lol

Thanks. I was curious if that low contrast appearance may have actually helped for this challenge.
06/03/2011 01:40:21 PM
fyi, it's good *because* it's "flat-looking" lol
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06/03/2011 11:48:02 AM
Congratz on the ribbon, glad you did it Steve.
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06/03/2011 11:29:54 AM
Ok totaly got me on this didn't think it was you! Congratulations!!!!!!
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06/03/2011 10:55:52 AM
Congrats on the ribbon!
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06/03/2011 10:53:30 AM
Works well,Congrats to you.
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06/03/2011 10:08:19 AM
Very well done! I figured this image would score high. It has a bunch of things going right for it in the HCB fashion. Congrats on yellow Steve.
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06/03/2011 09:46:47 AM
All right, Spiffy!! What a great moment! Congrats on the yellow!
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06/03/2011 09:11:27 AM
Got the ribbon afterall! Congrats. The geometry here's great.
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06/03/2011 08:18:20 AM
Marvelous to see its placement. The sparseness, the tonality, the framing and the story are working in perfect harmony. Bravo!
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06/03/2011 05:22:17 AM
Great image Steve, Congratulations on the ribbon.
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06/03/2011 04:57:59 AM
Congrats!
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06/03/2011 04:07:45 AM
Good one Yo man, very nice composition here and pattern :)
Congrats.
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06/03/2011 02:08:29 AM
Awesome, Spiff. Grog's clan will eat well tonight.
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06/03/2011 01:55:41 AM
Congrats! That's quite a ribbon collection you've got now. :)
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06/03/2011 01:49:10 AM
Another great shot. Congrats on the ribbon.
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06/03/2011 01:43:55 AM
Congrats!
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06/03/2011 01:27:55 AM
Excellent and well done.
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06/03/2011 01:24:09 AM
Congratulations Spiffy! I like the flatness of the surrounds, because the figure is given all the more attention.
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06/03/2011 12:59:09 AM
Of course there is nothing to complain about the outcome. Very good entry!

Congratulations for the ribbon!

Tibi

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06/03/2011 12:46:30 AM
congratulations - definitely a standout. especially for a sitdown.
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06/03/2011 12:43:59 AM
WTG, spiffy!
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06/03/2011 12:38:52 AM
I bet you freaked when that dude went up there and sat down!
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06/03/2011 12:29:14 AM
Well done Steve, A+ for effort and anticipation.
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06/03/2011 12:29:11 AM
Flat yes, but the content is great. Congratulations on a great shot.
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06/03/2011 12:29:05 AM
WTG YO!
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06/03/2011 12:25:43 AM
Congrats! And damn, that looks scary high!
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06/03/2011 12:25:11 AM
Congratulations Steve with this truly fine shot.
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06/03/2011 12:23:23 AM
amazing sense of scale, yes. I really like the flatness which makes him look like he's about to fall off into thin air. Really nice - Congrats on the ribbon!
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06/03/2011 12:19:31 AM
Ha...good job...I gave it a 7.
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06/03/2011 12:14:39 AM
Yaaaahooooo! Congrats to you!
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06/03/2011 12:02:43 AM
Way to go! I thought you would ribbon with this!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/02/2011 11:36:51 PM
amazing sense of scale, in every sense.

I'm hanging this in my personal Bresson gallery

artpost.jpg
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06/02/2011 09:46:24 PM
Finally -- something in this challenge that I can sink my teeth into...
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06/02/2011 09:10:41 PM
Such a great capture. One of my favorites.
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06/02/2011 07:21:47 PM
Wow, this is pretty cool! I'd say crop out the distracting end of the building on the left, and add a bit more contrast.
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06/02/2011 02:29:28 AM
Well composed shot, hope he did'nt jump, I also wonder if it was set up, does'nt seem to be.
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05/31/2011 12:52:40 AM
Odd and interesting and a wonderful collection of shapes, textures, and form.
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05/30/2011 09:10:19 PM
Excellent capture, but IMNSHO it needs a bit more contrast -- some really black blacks.
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05/30/2011 09:02:00 PM
I love the vastness, the shadows and the layers. The lens compression makes it look like the ledge is a half an inch wide. Great Job!
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05/29/2011 04:27:02 PM
Don't jump!
Unfortunately, I feel like nothing in this image jumps out at me (pun not intended? lol)
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05/29/2011 11:19:20 AM
Awesome! a shot deserve high marks.
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05/27/2011 11:11:05 AM
Great shot
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05/27/2011 09:33:31 AM
really nice seen
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05/27/2011 07:51:26 AM
Yep, you got 'it'.
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05/27/2011 01:02:10 AM
Very, very good. You have used geometry in your image and I think it meets the challenge quite well.
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05/27/2011 12:43:28 AM
So many layers. He's like the lone fruit in a jello dessert. Love it. Excellent choice, Steve.
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