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Challenge: Extreme Action (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Mike and Rhonda's Backyard
Date: Apr 10, 2005
Aperture: F/22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/5
Galleries: Abstract, Action
Date Uploaded: Apr 10, 2005

ok, if this doesn't get the blue, i'm quitting dpc and chucking my camera!

haha, but seriously, i mean it.

i'm not kidding.

well, maybe a little bit.

oh, awright, i'm just goofing around.

this challenge is the first challenge that i felt really fit what i like shooting: color in motion.

and, i almost wasn't able to enter. i've been on call for jury duty all week, and that really limited my ability to make plans to get out.

i had all my hopes pinned on the DC g2g. i was hoping for a nice blurry taxi shot like this
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but, nooooo...dc traffic defines gridlock. too top it off there's just not the same vibrant colors and textures that you find in ny or london or philadelphia.

so, i spent this afternoon chasing my kids through the woods, trying to get something like this' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/20000-24999/23394/120/138036.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/20000-24999/23394/120/138036.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

and, i did get a few, but nothing really jumped at me.
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as luck would have it, we were invited to some friends for a cookout tonight, and they have a killer swingset in a beautiful backyard that has shadows as well as catches some light.

so, i sat down behind the swingset and told the kids to go at it. i got about 15 decent shots, but this one i liked the best. basically, i was panning at at a slow exposure with a tight f-stop.

i know a handful of people are going to love it, and then there will be everybody else...i just hope that you find yourself on the side that loves it!

--- post-processing -------------

i shot this raw (thanks again, jon!) and really enjoyed playing around with the ps cs raw extractor. once i got the image into cs, it was rather straight-forward: cleaned up a few dust spots, adjustment layers for levels, curves, and hue/saturization (although i made very few adjustments), sized, and saved for web.

Place: 72 out of 132
Avg (all users): 5.3447
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.2593
Avg (non-participants): 5.3825
Views since voting: 1078
Views during voting: 430
Votes: 264
Comments: 13
Favorites: 2 (view)

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06/12/2005 10:03:11 AM
What a neat photo. What I like about your stuff is that you have fun with it. You don't take it so seriously that you can't just enjoy the images for the ride they give you!!!

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04/18/2005 08:18:05 PM
This is fun and funky and works pretty strongly to convey that weird sense of motion that one enjoys on a swing. Nice job!
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04/18/2005 04:35:40 AM
Just almost guessed. This was #2 in my guessing list ;-)

But this is so underrated!! You have been robbed!!
This one deserves to be much much higher!!!

Great shot, fun, fits the challenge but makes a great photo even with no relation to it.

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04/18/2005 03:52:23 AM
I've gotta try this.......I love it!!!!
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04/18/2005 03:13:10 AM
It's a shame where you ended up with this one. Definitely deserves better. But I guess you know already the reasons why something like this doesn't score high. This image needs to be seen by more people, and people who wouldn't think it's a mistake.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/15/2005 12:56:03 AM
I really like this! Very well done!
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04/14/2005 10:20:09 PM
good colors. Are you on the swing too? I think this may work not neccessarily better but different, if the background was in focus.
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04/12/2005 10:36:35 PM
Quite beautiful.
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04/12/2005 07:23:44 PM
A bit too much movement, I really like the colors though.
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04/12/2005 11:40:57 AM
10. My favorite of the challenge.
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04/11/2005 10:05:51 AM
oy.. childhood puke session flashbacks!

nice effect.
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04/11/2005 12:56:51 AM
Interesting shot, I wish the boys head was not as distorted as it is, but I still like it.
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04/11/2005 12:29:54 AM
Perfection 10
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