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Challenge: Silhouettes II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Date: May 9, 2005
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/20
Galleries: Black and White
Date Uploaded: May 15, 2005

Kanesh hires out his pony for short sunset rides along the Galle Face Green's seaside promenade in Colombo. Each ride costs around 100 rupees, and at the end of a good day, his take home (after paying for the daily licence to operate, feed for the pony, etc) is about US$7. That amount, he said, is just enough to keep his family of five fed and clothed, but it's a day-to-day process. Small emergencies, like a fever for his four-year-old boy or his eight-year-old son tearing his school uniform, could turn catastrophic. Kanesh dreams of one day being able to move up the ladder, and perhaps drive a three-wheeled tuk-tuk, which could double his daily income.

Shot in color with canon 20d, 24-70 lens, exposure compensation -2 steps at f/2.8. Processed through curves, desaturation, selective color adjustment, contrast adjustments, selective dodge and burn, bordered, resized and saved for web. Probably should have been shot with narrower aperture to get more dof, and prevent the banding in the sky upon post-process.

Place: 74 out of 248
Avg (all users): 5.8875
Avg (commenters): 6.8667
Avg (participants): 5.8145
Avg (non-participants): 5.9655
Views since voting: 713
Views during voting: 304
Votes: 240
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/22/2005 02:24:33 PM
There is perhaps a tad to much darkness but it is a great silhouette with strong human elements. I like it a lot.
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05/19/2005 09:41:43 AM
Like the composition, but there is way too much detail lost from what I am assuming is a big level adjustment. I think colour would have been a nice version with the setting sun and the resulting effect in the sky. A little more detail and this would have done really well IMO. Good Luck.
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05/18/2005 11:35:43 AM
Simply great. I wonderfull texture to the background. Delightfull silhouett work. This is a very emotive photo with a technicaly flawless execution. Spectacular job
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05/17/2005 11:58:25 PM
Great shot. Wish the horses head was visible.Monochrome really works well with this.
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05/17/2005 07:21:13 PM
Top photograph - this I really like. It has closeness, rather than the detachment of so many of these silhouettes - a sense of involvement, of presence. The processing/tonality harks back to an older approach, like some of the eastern european masters of the thirties. Beautifully done.
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05/17/2005 06:20:18 PM
very nice.
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05/17/2005 05:30:22 PM
Nice shot, but I think there needs to be more contrast between the silhouette and the background.
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05/17/2005 05:21:51 PM
Very cool photo!!!
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05/17/2005 08:29:45 AM
I'm not fond of the white border for this grey-toned image. It detracts from the point somewhat. Also, the feet area blends too much with the sand. Otherwise, a nice set up. 5
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05/17/2005 07:13:19 AM
Very good indeed, subtle and provocative, 10
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05/17/2005 03:14:26 AM
For me ... all a bit dark. Background is cofusing and distracting... my 2c
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05/16/2005 03:54:55 PM
Very nice feel to this.
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05/16/2005 01:27:33 PM
Excellent..I love the darkness in this shot, esp. the clouds to the left, and the slight amount of light hitting the waves..creates a really nice feel.
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05/16/2005 06:45:13 AM
very pretty image - though very dark (even for silhouette). Area under donkey neck looks odd - maybe missed this area when PS-ing the image.
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05/16/2005 05:32:39 AM
Nice take...8
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05/16/2005 02:24:04 AM
I like the water in this shot a lot. Great silhouette...very interesting to look at. Great job!
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