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Challenge: Art of 2016 (Standard Editing*)
Collection: Challenge Entries
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II
Lens: Olympus 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom
Location: Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah
Date: Nov 5, 2016
Aperture: F9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/400
Date Uploaded: Jan 6, 2017

Raw conversion in DxO, B&W conversion in Silver Efex, crop & sharpen in GIMP

Statistics
Place: 14 out of 150
Avg (all users): 6.1905
Avg (commenters): 7.8571
Avg (participants): 6.1463
Avg (non-participants): 6.3478
Views since voting: 295
Views during voting: 202
Votes: 105
Comments: 15
Favorites: 1 (view)


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01/27/2017 01:11:58 PM
Hello from the critique club

An appealing image that contributes well to the challenge

True art indeed, this is a wonderful image. I like everything about it, its one of those lovely images that really stimulates the senses, the oddness of the reflected chair in such a landscape gives it an endless appeal. The grainy mono processing adds so much atmosphere it takes it all to another level. Its very pleasing to see all the positive comments but I wish I hadn't seen riot's critique before embarking on my own because I may very well have missed the halos but now I know they are there – you know what thats like… Other than this minor blemish I think you have an outstanding image, well perceived and executed.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/24/2017 10:47:26 PM
Nicely constructed.
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01/24/2017 10:07:12 PM
Excellent concept, startling. And well executed, good tones and use of grain. You have just the tiniest hint of sharpening halos along the horizontals of the chair, removing which would have brought it from a 9 to a 10 for me. One of my two favourites from this contest.
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01/24/2017 01:36:16 PM
Catchy, art like title and odd scene making it art worthy.
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01/24/2017 12:11:50 PM
I love the idea, I love the treatment, but there's something about the chair that feels wrong. I don't know if it's the type of chair (though I love the idea of a simple kitchen chair dragged out here), but its orientation in the frame just seems off. Needs to be rotated either square to the camera, looking in, or looking away. Looking out off the frame not so much. Might have made my top 5 otherwise.

(update)
Technically in my top 5 with ties, so I didn't whack you very hard for the chair. :)
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01/24/2017 11:49:35 AM
Great use of noise; lovely low contrast; intriguing chair. I like it. 8
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01/24/2017 09:37:24 AM
The B&W with the grain gives this a surreal feel for me. I like it.
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01/23/2017 04:10:53 PM
Peace and tranquility. Love the grain.
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01/23/2017 01:22:33 PM
A perfectly placed chair
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01/23/2017 12:35:13 PM
Everything works well here to make a mysterious and interesting story.
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01/23/2017 10:59:27 AM
This made me absolutely stop. I'm fascinated by this type of juxtaposition, and how elegantly the hand of man is felt in even the most remote and pristine places.
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01/22/2017 07:41:53 PM
Very thought provoking image especially when paired with the title. Well done on the composition and choice of b/w and grainy at that. I love this image and think it is one of the best for this challenge.
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01/22/2017 10:46:42 AM
The general absurdity of the chair in the water, to me, represents our folly in trying to control nature, and the grand joke that it represents to onlookers, perhaps the philosophical community. This notion is reinforced by the lo-fi quality and graininess, which adds mystery and lack of clarity to the setting. Have a seat and contemplate how nothing makes any sense, or difference.
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01/21/2017 09:03:16 AM
Yes. I can put myself there in that chair and breathe a bit. Perhaps nod off as if I have escaped the turmoil and waves. The hills shelter me from wifi and the daily whining and noise. I'm here. Fireproof. Relaxed. In a chair that has survived a generation and will survive another. Am I in heaven? Or am I just taking am introspective break from reality? How did I get here? I'm not really concerned with that right now. No reason to be concerned. Just reflecting.
So even though there is a bit of a contrived nature to the perfect composition and juxtaposed elements, it does have a purpose. And one I thank you for.
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I'm pretty sure this magical composition will find friends here.
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01/21/2017 12:39:07 AM
well done simple but effective with the chair that gives scale
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