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Damn Dust  - The Grapes of Wrath
2nd PlaceDamn Dust - The Grapes of Wrath
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Challenge: Classic Novels (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO IF for Nikon
Date: Oct 14, 2013
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/5th
Date Uploaded: Oct 14, 2013

Always have been a Steinbeck fan, so I had to go with this.. thanks for all the wonderful comments and votes, they are appreciated..!!

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 86
Avg (all users): 7.0566
Avg (commenters): 8.0435
Avg (participants): 7.1628
Avg (non-participants): 6.9841
Views since voting: 1684
Views during voting: 225
Votes: 106
Comments: 33
Favorites: 2 (view)


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10/24/2013 09:42:38 AM
Congrats, stunning shot
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10/24/2013 03:55:16 AM
Congratulations.
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10/23/2013 11:05:09 AM
BIG congrats on the ribbon!
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10/23/2013 08:05:26 AM
Great work Ron, knew I didn't have a hope of ribboning once I saw this...on the other hand, Grapes of Wrath is the only book with multiple entries that all finished in the top ten, so yay us! :-)
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10/23/2013 07:29:04 AM
Splendid! I too am a Steinbeck fan.
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10/23/2013 02:56:19 AM
Congratulations on the red. This was stand alone top choice for me.
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10/23/2013 02:11:07 AM
Not how I would've done it, but then again I didn't ribbon. ;-) Great job - congrats!
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10/23/2013 01:08:37 AM
That expression says it all, wonderful stuff,
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10/23/2013 12:30:49 AM
WAY TO GO Master!!!! Congratulations on what I considered the Best interpretation of all!! This should really be included in the book as a illustration
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/22/2013 10:39:36 PM
Wonderful depiction of the dust bowl era and the feeling of entrapment. Fits the book to a T. Well done.
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10/22/2013 08:35:16 PM
Great illustration of the grim despair of this book. I find the negative space of the broken window to suggest an interesting echo of the slouched, despondent figure - perhaps presaging the bleak future. Excellent! 10
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10/22/2013 06:18:14 PM
The grain really makes this image. Nice take on the story.
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10/22/2013 05:26:26 PM
TO me, the broken glass forms a monkey shape, on his back figuratively, pointing out the atavistic tendencies of crankiness and ill temper with age.

Just my style processing as well, detail and glow, framed beautifully and ever mindful to geometry.9
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10/22/2013 01:18:24 PM
Looks like an image from the Grapes of Wrath. I like the lighting and the overall brightness of the photo. Nice composition.

Gave it an 8
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10/22/2013 10:28:37 AM
the sneer make this image for me.
a 7 indeed
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10/22/2013 12:40:06 AM
Fabulous. I love everything about this except the crop. Perhaps it is too obvious to make this square, but although I understand the need for some space to the right I feel that there's just a tad too much of it.
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10/21/2013 11:38:34 PM
Very much evokes the novel. Well done.
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10/21/2013 11:27:55 PM
This works for me as having been inspired by the novel. I've spent a lot of time in "Steinbeck Country", Salinas and environs, and this scene feels faithful to the rundown farm buildings (and run-down people) we used to see a lot of, and maybe still do for all I know. There's a nice sense of hopeless foreboding ("What's the world gonna throw at me NEXT?") in this shot, and that works.

I'm not sure all your processing choices really work for me, but I can see why you made them. I do like the granularity of it. 7 from me.
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10/21/2013 06:51:58 PM
Seems reasonable, matches the book well enough.

I don't find myself drawn to this, despite the fact I should be.

6.
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10/21/2013 09:32:42 AM
7 can't tell much more
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10/20/2013 10:00:11 PM
There's more going on in that window than he knows. Couldn't ask for a more expressive image of a truly classic novel - one of the greatest fictional documents of its time. The bw treatment give it a period-specific treatment strikingly reminiscent of Dorothea Lange's poignantly tragic dust bowl photos. 10
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10/20/2013 09:05:49 PM
I can really see this as the cover for the book. If fits beautifully. The image itself is fascinating and appealing. I like the composition and the high contrast of the man and the broken window. I wasn’t too sure about the processing but having had the time to appreciate the image I feel it was a good choice. 9.
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10/20/2013 08:23:50 PM
Very good, the broken outline of the 'antagonist' over the repressed and dispossessed. Fine piece of imagery that bonds with the novel.9.
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10/20/2013 06:57:37 PM
Evokes a sense of dust, determination and loss, like the book. Well composed with a looming negative shape of missing glass that acts as a sort of ghost. 8
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10/18/2013 01:08:18 AM
One of the best. Now I've seen them all my #1
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10/17/2013 09:14:19 PM
gritty, appropriate and effective. 7
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10/17/2013 08:08:53 PM
Very well done. The grain, the solemn worn look, the broken window, the darkness in the house all lend to the story, and not just the title. 8
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10/17/2013 06:13:09 PM
Fantastic processing.
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10/16/2013 08:48:26 PM
Well caught the menacing broken window almost casting a threatening shadow. And the damn dust
Nice composition
7
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10/16/2013 08:34:46 PM
6...I like the gritty feel of it, the dust and roughness, the peevish looks on the fella's face. I don't enjoy the white vignette all that much though.
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10/16/2013 12:25:42 PM
I absolutely love this!
This would have done well in the Doors/Windows/etc challenge as well, I would assume.

The color is beautiful. The grain adds a great effect to the image. Lovely detail.
Very well done. Bumping to a 9
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10/16/2013 11:58:59 AM
Nice bleak look and arid effect.6.
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10/16/2013 12:08:46 AM
Awesome!
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