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07/26/2007 02:47:07 AM · #1
Just wondering how many more of us there are out there.

Post your one ribbon wonder, the challenge, when you won it, and a little something about it or what you think about it!

I'll start!

Life II
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December, 2006

Soooo... I think THIS was my one shot because it is very "DPC" style (compared to my other stuff), it was a small challenge with few of the other entries really expressing "life", the other 3rd place person got DQed for cheating big time.

Also people like pretty sunsets with jumping sihouettes. Of course! lol.

ETA: It was a fluke for me, I had no idea it would do so well because I thought it too typical. Also, I think I would have scored higher if I was smart enough to fix the horizon... now I know better... mostly. :)

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07/26/2007 02:56:49 AM · #2
I'm a one ribbon wonder!

Got mine for the Acronyms challenge:

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24th Feb 2007 - I thought of the idea straight away as i'd wanted to try a motion shot in the car for a while. It was probably one of my quickest setups as I just strapped the tripod to the rollbar of the car and drove down the road taking shots with a cable release.

I put the 10-20mm Sigma on the 350D at it's widest to accentuate the motion at the sides and set it to shutter speed priority of 1 secound.

A definite one off and i've not got close again since!
07/26/2007 02:57:00 AM · #3
Originally posted by escapetooz:

Also, I think I would have scored higher if I was smart enough to fix the horizon...

If you "fix" the horizon the people will be jumping on a slant -- impressive but unlikely. Though it sounds funny, not all horizons strike a horizontal line across the image -- it depends on the topography and the angle/direction you are shooting. Anything off from perpendicular to the part of the horizon you are framing will start to show an "upward slant" in the distance.
07/26/2007 02:58:32 AM · #4
Originally posted by kevip6:

... I just strapped the tripod to the rollbar of the car and drove down the road taking shots with a cable release.

That's a lot better than the method I use to take pictures in the car!
07/26/2007 03:01:20 AM · #5
Here is mine:

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I was excited for the candid challenge, wanted to find a unique individual to shoot, in an old looking environment. So I spent a day at the Union Train Station here in town. When this gentleman wandered in with his wife, I knew he was the one. I was sitting accross from him with my 70-200, pretending to shoot the lights above him. With my left eye open, watching and waiting for him to look away, I would drop my camera down and snap one shot. Did this for about a half of an hour.

I edited and uploaded.......then watched the score hover around 7 for two days. Had a trip to the coast planned so I left the update button behind. I received an email via my cell phone from admins asking to send in the original, so I figured I probably hit top 10. Was very excited when we arrived back home and saw the red ribbon.

07/26/2007 03:14:23 AM · #6
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Originally posted by escapetooz:

Also, I think I would have scored higher if I was smart enough to fix the horizon...

If you "fix" the horizon the people will be jumping on a slant -- impressive but unlikely. Though it sounds funny, not all horizons strike a horizontal line across the image -- it depends on the topography and the angle/direction you are shooting. Anything off from perpendicular to the part of the horizon you are framing will start to show an "upward slant" in the distance.


You can fix the horizon with the skew tool without altering the vertical orientation of the image; a great tip to remember, especially when you are shooting architecture and the verticals are plumb but the horizontals are receding.

Of course, this was basic editing and skew is not legal in basic. But as I look at the image, looks to me like the leapers are square to the horizon so rotation might work anyway?

R.
07/26/2007 03:19:35 AM · #7
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This is my only ribbon that I didn't even expect to receive! I put only 45 of work in this shot...can't complain though
07/26/2007 03:37:03 AM · #8
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i hate it.
07/26/2007 03:43:44 AM · #9
Low Tide
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For the "On the Beach" Challenge. Oddly, I entered this photo just before heading out for a week of hiking in the Olympic National Park. After a week away from technology, hiking 50 miles in the beauty of the Olympics, I got on a pay phone to check in with my eldest son who shared with me that "Low Tide" had ribboned earlier in the week. By the time I got back home, I had only one day to enjoy seeing that entry on the DPC homepage. Still, quite a thrill to place in the "winners circle" after so many attempts, and also after quite a few "brown ribbons" :)
07/26/2007 04:53:15 AM · #10
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I call this the accident.. hehe.. I'm lucky my only ribbon came at the worst moment of my life.. Getting the comments boosted my mood so much...
07/26/2007 05:23:02 AM · #11
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Got this one on the last Free Study. Was rather shocked. Macros of insects seldom do well in a FS. When I saw this one in edit I knew it could possibly top 50 so I went with it. Now I've got to decide if I re-up my membership before it expires tomorrow night. ;)

Edit: Almost forgot. I don't enable the update button anymore so I had no idea the score on this one was running very high. I'm sure glad I had it disabled. I still look at comments and I could tell from them it was doing pretty good. If I'd known the scores along the way I'd have been insufferable for a week!

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07/26/2007 06:32:26 AM · #12
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I'd like to thank Photoshop and the Expert Editing Rules for this one. Unfortunately, I can't call it photography. More digital art. My new goal is to win a ribbon for a photograph. :)
07/26/2007 07:06:39 AM · #13
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free study XIII
Almost up to 8000 views. My next best is just over 3000 and the next is 400.

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07/26/2007 08:17:04 AM · #14
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Shot in mid-November of 2005.

I am completely indifferent about this picture. Really. It just does nothing for me. I think it was a fluke that challenge, I really do.
07/26/2007 08:33:18 AM · #15
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I take a lot of photos of roosters, so I wasn't quite sure what was so intriguing about this one...
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07/26/2007 08:48:49 AM · #16
Originally posted by notesinstones:

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Shot in mid-November of 2005.

I am completely indifferent about this picture. Really. It just does nothing for me. I think it was a fluke that challenge, I really do.


Flukes don't have 18 favorites, and 41 nice comments.
07/26/2007 09:00:39 AM · #17
Insects II
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April 2007

This was not shot for the challenge, I shoot a lot of macros (I am doing a macro PaW this year). I was not even a member at the time. This was shot on the first day of the challenge, before I had noticed it. On reviewing my images and seeing the challenge I decided to become a member (I was planning to become a member when a challenge I really wanted to enter came by). The timing was perfect, both of the bee and the right challenge showing up. The minimal editing rules also helped me.
07/26/2007 10:08:44 AM · #18
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I belong to the "Just One Ribbon" club as well!!
The cemetery challenge was very attractive to me because I love shooting in cemeteries! They are so peaceful and well taken care of, you can always find beautiful flowers and interesting landscaping, as well of very impressive monuments.
Anyway, the picture... When I saw the light through the clouds near that big marble cross I knew I had to use it, so I found an angle to make it appear as if the light came from the cross.
I had just aquired photoshop CS and was trying to get the marble texture right, and I discovered the shadow/higlight tool and got carried away!! It enhaced the light as well as the clouds and the cross, also creating a very effective halo effect around it. I did two edits, and went with the most dramatic one.
07/26/2007 10:24:57 AM · #19
Wow, Monica's a 1-ribbon wonder?! I don't feel so bad about not having one anymore. =)

Eric - you may not believe this, but I had the exact same idea for fill the frame - great minds? Or "bad literal pun" minds? Anyway, I never found the time to execute it, and it wouldn't have been as good as yours.
07/26/2007 10:31:05 AM · #20
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So embarrassing nowadays. I have a host of better top ten images (a couple 7+), but no more ribbons : (
07/26/2007 10:31:54 AM · #21
My one and only ribbon.
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3rd in Spots back in Nov 2006.

This is probably my favorite of all the images I've ever taken. We were just messing around after a session and the girl got really giggly. I just kept snapping as she laughed and it made her laugh even harder. It was so natural and the picture caught the moment perfectly. This was just one of those wonderfully happy accidents.

I also like this one because it has very little post processing (I have a habit of overworking images).
07/26/2007 10:39:08 AM · #22
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Originally posted by kevip6:

... I just strapped the tripod to the rollbar of the car and drove down the road taking shots with a cable release.

That's a lot better than the method I use to take pictures in the car!


I drove cross country by myself once and, as an experiment, decided to shoot all of my pictures with a PnS 35mm camera from the driver's seat by sticking the camera through the sunroof and pressing the shutter release.

It was an interesting process. I wish I could say the same for the resulting images.
07/26/2007 10:49:13 AM · #23
My lone ribbon.

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I still enjoy this image a great deal and I recently reworked it had it printed and then framed it, now it's hanging on the wall. I used to hike in this area quite a bit and I've since take my boys by these trees numerous times on bug safaris, hikes and treasure hunts.

I shot it specifically for the challenge and I had been shooting a lot of different subjects, but it wasn't until I looked through the twin trunks of the tree in the forground and saw how they could frame the distant tree that I knew I had somehing.

To me, the frame of the tree in the foreground suggests a portal to another, magical land.
07/26/2007 10:56:20 AM · #24
This is such a fun thread - though I have nothing to contribute (yet), it's very interesting to read how these ribbons came about.
07/26/2007 11:05:07 AM · #25
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Personification was my first and only ribbon.
I was very surprised it got that high a score.
I visited the botanical gardens a week earlier than the challenge was announced and didn't realize I got a shot like this till I got home. Once the announcement came, I had to go back to reshoot this for the deadline.
I love how it looks like it has eyebrows.
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