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The School at Taiban
The School at Taiban
ElGordo


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Challenge: School Days (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Canon PowerShot Pro 90 IS
Location: Taiban, New Mexico
Date: Oct 18, 2004
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Black and White, Rural
Date Uploaded: Oct 19, 2004

Image cropped, desaturated, levels adjusted, USM with large (200 pixel) diameter applied to provide a subtle glow around the subject.

Statistics
Place: 9 out of 195
Avg (all users): 6.0859
Avg (commenters): 6.6364
Avg (participants): 5.8842
Avg (non-participants): 6.1837
Views since voting: 1583
Views during voting: 428
Votes: 291
Comments: 28
Favorites: 1 (view)


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05/14/2005 09:20:35 PM
very strange glow around the house. What is that?
10/27/2004 10:01:58 PM
Hey Gordon, a great find and great study for this challenge. Congratulations on 9th finish.
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10/27/2004 09:10:37 AM
Congratulations on top 10 placement.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/26/2004 08:05:28 PM
Very nice scene and shot. However, thee's a lot of JPEG noise in the sky--make sure you are using as little compression as possible. Also, there's a halo around the building and above the horizon either from oversharpening or other editing. It's not terriibly noticeable to the average quick voter, but when you try to enjoy the scene at length, it gets in the way. Still excellent shot and one of my top picks for this challenge.

Edit: Sorry, I just noticed my typo! (Hold rather than Halo!)

Message edited by author 2004-10-27 11:41:27.
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10/25/2004 09:54:00 PM
Nice shoot - first [10] in this challenge really captures what i believe to be the foundation of this challenge - my pick for #1
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10/25/2004 09:02:14 PM
a bit too much USM? Seem be halos around edges. gives a very unnatural (i.e. PS) flavor to the image
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10/25/2004 08:46:50 PM
great shot. one of my faves for this challenge.
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10/25/2004 12:31:05 PM
First I thought is Taliban. Sorry. Does not realy conveys school but some rustic house. Nice light and composition, good use of B&W.
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10/25/2004 10:22:37 AM
Doesn't look like school, but I bielieve you. It is quite original school anyway. Good subject for "Poverty" challenge as well. 6
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10/25/2004 01:38:52 AM
like this photo a lot, nice n simple. a bit of a halo around the school house, one of my favorites in this challenge though....8
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10/24/2004 02:00:22 PM
why does the school glow?
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10/24/2004 01:27:58 AM
beautiful, and haunting. Very well done, but I'll just have to take your word that this is a school...
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10/23/2004 06:30:26 PM
Like the halo effect around the structure and the lighting adjustments with well balanced crop.
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10/23/2004 03:26:37 PM
hmm.. I'm wondering why on earth you got a DQ request for this?
This is a nice find.. I like the look of desolation, and the black and white works well with it too. The only issue is that the halo around the building distracts me a bit, but nothing major :)
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10/23/2004 07:17:40 AM
Lovely image a building. The picture is well composed and balanced. However this is an international challange, and without the tittle I would not have known that this was a school.

You have obviously kept exactly to the instruction and I recognise and reward this. My observation is to try and think of what other may see if they were raised and live in other countries. Or add something else to the image portray the message.

As a photograph it is beautiful, and I can't believe you have been asked to validate this.
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10/21/2004 09:31:45 PM
I think it would have been even better without the glowing (or maybe a sharpening?) effect. Nice otherwise.
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10/21/2004 05:13:17 PM
I think it's a bit too contrasty. There's also a strange halo around the building. Neat looking old building though. Might like to see more of the wide open space around it to better feel the isolation. 5, just-married
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10/21/2004 04:08:48 PM
This is a great subject and you've captured it fairly well. I find it a bit too contrasty and I can't help wondering if color wouldn't have been a better choice. I love black and white but I feel lke an expanse of blue sky and golden green fields would add a bit more warmth and visual contrast. Part of my problem is the cold bluish cast to the black and white. This is crying out for warmer greys---not necessarily sepia (although in this case sepia would be appropriate) just something a little less duotone looking.

Hi there again! After realizing that I've left a few comments for b&w photos regarding the bluish cast (and noticing it on my own b&w entry) I took a look at the grayscale bar and realized the greys there have a definite bluish cast so it is obviously the monitor on my laptop! I did my entry on my other computer and it definitely did not look blue) Please disregard my comments regarding this. :-D
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10/21/2004 01:46:38 AM
Don't like the title
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10/20/2004 10:55:46 PM
Very nicely done. Excellent use of black and white. Definately grabs the attention. 10
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10/20/2004 08:35:01 PM
beautiful, clear shot :)
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10/20/2004 07:55:10 PM
One of my favorites in the challenge. I personally would have liked it a little better with a softer focus, but I know those just don't do well at DPC, so I didn't deduct points or anything. Good luck with your entry.
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10/20/2004 07:05:38 PM
Interesting photography good emotive black and white but there is some halo around your object probably due to overuse of shadow and highlight in cs or high pass sharpening. (7)
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10/20/2004 04:29:36 PM
the compression has spoilt the sky, shame, but not your fault...7
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10/20/2004 04:26:39 PM
like the contrasty image though the "halo" around the building is distracting
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10/20/2004 12:44:13 PM
I like contrast of colors...good B&W...nice compozition.
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10/20/2004 09:51:33 AM
This is an absolutely beautiful shot that works great for this challenge. The composition and simplicity are outstanding. Great job.
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10/20/2004 12:48:53 AM
looks very photoshopped around the edges of the school, like you edited out the sky or oversharpened.
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