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A Subtle Syncopation
1st PlaceA Subtle Syncopation

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Challenge: Foreground Bokeh III (Minimal Editing I*)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Date: Feb 22, 2014
Aperture: f/5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1250
Date Uploaded: Feb 20, 2014

Originally posted by tanguera:

Congrats, Mark. I can imagine you down on your belly to take this :)


That's kinda what I was doing. I was on a towel, laying on my side in the wet sand. I needed to get the camera as close to the ground (sand/mud) as possible but didn't want the camera/lens to get too close to the sand. It was hard trying to look through the viewfinder with my left eye and had a lot of unusable shots that the horizon line was off. Did this on two different shoots and was soaked and filthy afterwards on both.

Here are a bunch of outtakes.
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Thanks everyone for the very kind votes and comments!

Place: 1 out of 92
Avg (all users): 7.0078
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 7.3922
Avg (non-participants): 6.7532
Views since voting: 1954
Views during voting: 289
Votes: 128
Comments: 17
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03/06/2014 05:34:20 PM
Congratulations! This is one of my faves of the challenge. I'm so glad it ribboned for you. I gave it a niner.
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03/05/2014 09:50:11 PM
Congratulations, Mark. Beautiful!
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03/05/2014 09:33:30 PM
Mark, you are on fire! Congrats on the blue.
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03/05/2014 08:38:57 PM
that perspective is beautiful! congratulations!
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03/05/2014 08:23:06 AM
Excellent job!!! Always a pleasure to see you on the front page...
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03/05/2014 06:50:23 AM
this is fantastic, congrats on the well deserved blue
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03/05/2014 02:54:54 AM
Congrats, Mark. I can imagine you down on your belly to take this :)
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03/05/2014 01:36:10 AM
Congrats on the blue!
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03/05/2014 12:53:18 AM
Best image, and it had bokeh as well!

Someone else thought it was surreal as well ;P
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/04/2014 10:12:59 PM
I feel the rhythm
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02/28/2014 12:06:11 PM
too good and you know it :-))) almost unsettling (in a good way....holds long interest because of the angle) If the clouds weren't there it would be very surreal with no horizon line! I can't bump it up as I already scored it so high! :-)
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02/27/2014 11:18:21 AM
Top 3
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02/27/2014 06:51:36 AM
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02/26/2014 10:19:57 PM
I really love how this looks like the boats are floating high in the sky, not actually on the water. Really gives it a surreal look. The portrait crop enhances this vision, and the bokeh soft and delicate.

To achieve such a perfectly exposed image in a minimal rule set shows, you are a master of your camera.

This is the one to beat. 10
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02/26/2014 06:15:07 PM
I have no idea where to horizon is... and i love it! The blurry sand (or whatever it is) simply guides you towards the boats.
I wonder how it would look like in B/W and with some more contrast. Or with more saturated colors. I have a feeling that there is even more potential in this photo if only the rules were not Minimal Editing.
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02/26/2014 05:21:05 AM
Good use of the bokeh on the ground while the boats seem to be floating in the sky.
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02/26/2014 01:28:06 AM
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