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The Blues: Reflections on Christmas Shopping
The Blues: Reflections on Christmas Shopping

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Time Passing (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: Portland, ME USA
Date: Nov 20, 2004
Aperture: F/4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Abstract, Emotive
Date Uploaded: Nov 20, 2004

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Dragged to the mall on a Saturday. Worse to a Christmas Tree Shoppe (huge yard sale of discounted quality junk) on a beautiful sunny day even! Knowing full well they don't let you take pictures in these places anymore, he still strapped the top-loader around his waist...just in case.

They wandered aimlessly through the anchor store, purchased slippers, and made for the escape into the throngs of eager shoppers. Had he not looked down, time would have passed him by.

The Shot: The anchor store projects a clock onto the floor at the entrance from the main throughway. I knew in an instant that this was time passing and quickly extracted my camera before a security guard could stop me. After a few shots, I stood up to get another angle and notice a small crowd of people had stopped to watch and allow me to finish up. One of the onlookers smiled as I glanced around and I broke through the confort zone that I have been so worried about.
"Would you mind walking right through the center of that clock when I say go?"
"Sure," she smiled, obviously pleased to be participating.
There was only one shot, a quick thank you and we were off to another two hours of shopping, but I no longer cared. Those few hours passed as if they were minutes. I had my shot.

[f/4.5][ISO:400][1/160] No Flash.
* RAW import: Huge Format, desaturated and Green Hue Maxed, R/B minimized.
* Noise Ninja 200 ISO.
* Cropped 10x15
* Healing Tool to remove branding on box.
* Clone Tool to remove branding on clock.
* Selective dodge on heavy shadows on slacks.
* Selective dodge on clock face.
* History Brush to return slacks/shoes to undodged quality.
* Selective burn to darken reflections/shadow in floor and outer perimeter of clock.
* Levels - Up Expose Blue Channel.
* Resize, USM, Border, Save for Web.

Place: 6 out of 155
Avg (all users): 6.2778
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.1059
Avg (non-participants): 6.4316
Views since voting: 2198
Views during voting: 275
Votes: 180
Comments: 18
Favorites: 2 (view)

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02/10/2007 11:39:52 AM
This is a great concept and well-shot. Thanks for sharing the story!
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01/11/2005 11:21:44 PM
Very nice, (and doesn't the shutter "stop time",as the first commentor pointed out)? Just came across this today...
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12/07/2004 06:33:28 PM
I think the story behind this shot makes the whole piece seem even more valuable. Wonderful photo :)
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11/29/2004 01:50:16 PM
Congrats on your top ten finish JD.
Nice tone and composition.
Well Done!
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11/29/2004 06:01:17 AM
Congratualtions on 6th place. I thought this would ribbon for shure. It was a 10 from me.
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11/29/2004 12:35:01 AM
One of my favorites in this contest. Congratulations on your 6th finish with this walking on time blue beauty.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/28/2004 08:50:24 PM
This is a really cool shot - Nice work!
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11/28/2004 02:52:56 AM
sharp work, well done
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11/27/2004 08:47:00 PM
returning for comments:
Very well done. The gait is great and does give the illusion of passing time. Bumping up. 7
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11/26/2004 09:58:02 PM
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11/26/2004 06:14:22 PM
A lady passing over time, creatively observed!
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11/23/2004 10:06:33 AM
Very interesting shot- I'll be curious to learn how this was done.
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11/22/2004 10:42:50 PM
This one is definitely different. NIce use of reflections. the focus is a bit soft, but appears intentional. This one is hard for me to catagorize. That generally means I need to bump up the score. 8.
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11/22/2004 01:45:16 PM
good idea, but needed some cropping
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11/22/2004 12:37:18 PM
"Blues" = sadness. Forward steps = positiveness. A slight imbalance in the title and image meaning. Otherwise, a good image. 7
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11/22/2004 11:36:55 AM
My top pick on this challenge. The color works great for this scene. Excellent. Good Luck!
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11/22/2004 05:15:59 AM
Yes indeed. Concept, setup, colorizing, I love it all. 10
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11/22/2004 02:13:10 AM
Gorgeous to look at, but I don't really feel the time passing here. It more conveys time *stopping* to me.
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