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Beetle, the car that smiles !
Beetle, the car that smiles !

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Billboard (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G2
Location: Stanford, CA
Date: Feb 27, 2005
Galleries: Cityscape, Transportation
Date Uploaded: Feb 27, 2005

Happened to notice the smile while trying to take pictures of this beetle in our bldg's parking lot.

PS :
rotate 1.3 deg,
crop, crop, crop
Selectively do curves on the bg to make it black.
Clone stamp to remove dirt.
Shrink horizontally to make it 1:2.
Hue/Sat to improve color.
Unsharp Mask.

Place: 12 out of 148
Avg (all users): 6.6840
Avg (commenters): 8.2000
Avg (participants): 6.6517
Avg (non-participants): 6.7073
Views since voting: 1267
Views during voting: 375
Votes: 212
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/04/2005 11:18:50 PM
One of my top picks. I wish the lighting were a little richer, but this is very believable as a billboard. 8
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03/04/2005 09:58:27 PM
You have a good eye in capturing a "smile" on a hood. The lighing is a bit weak and there is a reflection visible on the hood / bumper. The composition is excellent and the idea is fresh. Good luck.
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03/04/2005 09:33:35 PM
Good idea. My favorite in this challenge. The car looks like a smiling face, simple and nice. Well done :) 10.
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03/04/2005 08:31:55 PM
heehee made me smile too. Punchbug no return.
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03/04/2005 05:56:02 PM
nice shot


good luck
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03/03/2005 04:09:52 AM
Composition: 7, Technical: 8, Appeal: 8, Challenge: 8, Overall Calculated Average Score: 8
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03/02/2005 05:43:03 PM
Nice pic
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03/02/2005 04:19:48 PM
My evaluation method of this challenge is as follows:
1. Did you catch my eye while I was driving by? Yes.
2. If I didn't catch the text while I was driving, did you intrigue me enough to look for this billboard again? No need of words.
3. Did you sell your stuff to me? Yes.
4. Extra thoughts: Funny and smily. It needs a little bit more contrast to make it just perfect IMO. (9)
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03/02/2005 04:11:21 AM
ok, i am voting this challenge in 2 passes. in this pass, you will get a partial comment and a score. then i will come back to comment again. if you have any problem whatsoever with this comment, pm me and let me know. otherwise, take it with a grain of salt...i'm not trying to be a know-it-all, i'm just explaining where i'm coming from in voting this challenge. and, if this comment is NOT helpful (of if you think i'm full of $#!+), don't mark it helpful.

billboards are a science unto themselves. a lot of research has gone into determining just how much information a person can digest and retain in specific time spans. they use this information to develop formulas for determining the number of words and letters to use on billboards, as well as their sizes. they also determine the size and number of visual elements to include.

the graphics/photograph on a billboard are designed to get the point across in a moment. on the road, a driver will have less time with a billboard than a voter will give your image. this is a key element in the challenge: composing a shot that will get its point across quickly and succintly. along those lines, a strong composition will probably have few details and make strong use of negative space.
excellent work! not only would this do for a billboard, it's a cool image! very nicely seen. it even makes me smile! this gets the message across very well. good luck!
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02/28/2005 01:24:55 PM
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02/28/2005 09:44:10 AM
Very good, put a smile on my lips. Great color and balanced crop Send this to vw. Good luck on this cute bug shot...(Jacko might appreciate that)...
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02/28/2005 07:20:49 AM
Great idea! :) Nice color and fun composition. I'd laugh if I saw it! 9
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