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Keeping An Eye Out For the Bus
Keeping An Eye Out For the Bus

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Challenge: Benches II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-600D/T3i Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Location: At Fishing Bench Near Canal
Date: Jun 15, 2014
Aperture: 9
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jun 15, 2014


I had found this really unique bench at a state park. I took several dozen shots from different angles with this being the best shot of the bench. I tried but I can't see a way to make it pop and be less busy...at least not at the moment.

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Not happy with my first attempt I went with my backup idea - the theater of the absurd. My husband and our friend Andy seen here as Mr. Light typically dress up for Halloween as a costumed concept at work. Last year my husband and Andy went as Eyeball Men - I bought the masks for $3.00 each at Target. So, Saturday morning 7 a.m., my patient and loving husband got up with me, got dressed and ready to go on location.

I had scouted 2 locations earlier in the week: one is a bus stop and the other is a fishing bench near a canal. The bus stop is on a fairly busy street which would have required me to stand in the median which is probably only 3 feet wide. The other bench location is off to the side of another busy road and was facing away from road. I did not know how how much space there would be for me to stand. As you can see, very little. The edge of the canal is lined with coral rocks. I went with this location after I discovered I could position my feet and knees in the crags of the rocks on the edge and take the shot. My knees and legs have finally forgave me later that night for treating them so badly on the morning photo shoot.

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One thing, well actually several things, we found at the location were these giant snail shells all over the place. These are shells that are about 3 1/2 inches wide. All were empty but one had a dead snail inside.

This was also a contender.

Eye on the Game
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My thanks to my husband for being my model and coming up with the great title to fit the scene:-)

Place: 32 out of 99
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06/23/2014 09:55:15 AM
Originally posted by P-A-U-L:

Very surprised this did not do a lot better

I am too - considering that whimsy/humor photographed well tends to do really well. My guess is that a chunk found it more bizarre than a well done shot with humor.
06/23/2014 09:49:24 AM
Great title and nice work from a very tricky perspective.
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06/23/2014 08:55:42 AM
Very surprised this did not do a lot better
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/22/2014 07:59:58 PM
Oh, now this is silly! But creative.
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06/20/2014 08:05:14 PM
great title. And nice picture.
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06/19/2014 07:43:37 AM
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06/18/2014 11:01:26 AM
This is not only really bizarre, it's a really good composition! 9 from me, hope it does well!
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06/17/2014 01:33:53 PM
Creepy, but fun ;)
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06/16/2014 11:28:34 PM
+1 for the eyeball! Great photo!
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06/16/2014 01:02:35 PM
Made me laugh !
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06/16/2014 11:12:33 AM
Cool shot, you separated yourself from the crowd in a good way.
Well done.
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06/16/2014 06:36:08 AM
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