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Lonely Park Bench
Lonely Park Bench
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Wooden (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: South Park
Date: Jul 19, 2005
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Date Uploaded: Jul 19, 2005

Oh man I can't decide between the color and the black and white ... such a pity ;)

Well, I got home from work and saw the sky -- so I headed out...the sun would peek out, then go back inside, peek out, then go back inside.

PP: I cloned out some dust specks, adjusted curves, and a few other things.

At first I didn't like the tree lingering in the top corner -- I know I'm going to get some comments on that.

Maybe it's overdone, I don't know...personally, I like it...sort of surreal, if you will.

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 251
Avg (all users): 6.7795
Avg (commenters): 7.7407
Avg (participants): 6.5652
Avg (non-participants): 7.0875
Views since voting: 4261
Views during voting: 305
Votes: 195
Comments: 53
Favorites: 27 (view)


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01/12/2007 02:11:48 PM
thats an awesome shot. teach me your skills!
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10/13/2006 09:33:15 PM
Surreal is the perfect word! This is amazing, a great shot and some great processing. I'm with you on the tree in the top corner... but short of cutting the bad boy down... not much you can do in the challenge rules.
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07/01/2006 01:30:10 AM
I gave you a 8 on this. I really like the surrealism and think you did a nice job. The only distraction to me is the haloing caused from a bit too much USM . I'm adding this to my favs
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04/17/2006 08:30:33 AM
I don't think this is overdone at all. The first word that came to mind was surreal and then I read your description and that is what you were after. The only distracting element, IMO, is the bottom part of the gazebo is hidden by the foreground. I would have given this a 9 :)
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11/07/2005 12:54:17 PM
The color and texture of this photo is unreal (literally and figuratively). I love it--truly a level of photography I aspire to hit someday. 4th place--great job!
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11/04/2005 07:27:14 PM
Very cool picture! Added to my fav's.
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08/17/2005 06:50:16 AM
dude, the bench looks totally painted in there...damn, that's crazy looking! wow...the sky looks real, where as everything else has a "dream like" look to it. I really like how well this whole pictures "works." wicked!
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08/08/2005 08:47:10 PM
i LOVED this shot....gave it a 10!
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08/05/2005 07:10:33 PM
this looks like 3d cartoon o,O
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08/04/2005 04:34:20 AM
nice!
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08/02/2005 08:18:37 AM
I agree, with some who have commented om the gamey feel to it, but compositionally this is fantastic, colour and saturation are great, perspective. Very well done on this David, condolences on not ribboning. Ah well just think - you could've got one off a brown ribbon. Now that's really gotta suck.
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08/01/2005 05:05:11 PM
Congrats on your 4th placing with this wonderfully presented image! Great work!
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08/01/2005 10:00:19 AM
Heh, 4th amidst the zillions of entries is excellent. Way to go.
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08/01/2005 09:49:29 AM
this captures such a mood! wonderful work
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08/01/2005 09:41:01 AM
of note, I gave this a 7, would have given it an 8 without the gazebo. It just kinda thru my focus off.
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08/01/2005 01:27:37 AM
Nice shot, would have liked a stronger composition and less video-gameish.... But other than that very well done!
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08/01/2005 01:24:43 AM
Very surreal. Congratulations on your 4th deepee :)

Message edited by author 2005-08-03 04:25:19.
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08/01/2005 12:53:20 AM
i like the tree in the corner, and the amount youve been postin pics lately shows a lot of improving images. this is a great image man, makes me want to get off my butt to go shoot something i wouldnt normally want to. anyways man yea nice shot keep em comin.
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08/01/2005 12:29:45 AM
I had this one tagged for a ribbon. Very very awesome pic.
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08/01/2005 12:21:08 AM
this is so cool, should have ribboned man!
congrats on the green :D
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08/01/2005 12:10:58 AM
WTG Deapee!
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08/01/2005 12:10:20 AM
haha AWESOME! This is the parkbench a couple away from this ribbon-winning shot...

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08/01/2005 12:07:25 AM
Congratulations on your top 5 finish. Love the bench that shows off the view.
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08/01/2005 12:05:59 AM
After awhile I had a feeling this might have been yours. That park bench looked awfully familiar (though I guess it's not the same one). Congratulations on 4th! :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/31/2005 09:45:33 PM
Once you get done collecting your ribbon for this amazing shot, I would love to read about what post processing was done to achiev this result. Great job.
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07/31/2005 08:46:26 PM
Looks a little over-sharpened at the junction of bench arm and sky. Because it's right in the center, I think it has more of a negative impact than it ordinarily would, breaking the mood a bit. I really like the overall concept, composition and lighting.
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07/30/2005 10:49:11 PM
cool lighting and point of view. maybe a bit too heavy on the noise reduction?
07/30/2005 05:56:09 AM
Ilike this a lot..very interesting processing which adds. (neatimaged bench?). Composition-wise I wonder if more of a gap between the bench and the bandstand might have been more effective, and also moving the bench slightly to the right in the frame.
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07/29/2005 06:04:25 PM
too much halo (USM or hightlight/shadow tool) on the bench for my taste. otherwise a very good photo, suggesting the brewing of trouble in a quiet place.
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07/28/2005 10:14:06 PM
This is simply beautiful! You have managed to balance all of the elements needed to make this into a memorable image. One of my top pick for a ribbon. Good luck!
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07/28/2005 11:10:07 AM
Nice scene, I like the composition but this shot has too much halo for my taste, in particular around the bench and also it´s a bit dark for my taste but I like everything else about it, 7 from me.
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07/28/2005 10:33:28 AM
Very compelling...
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07/28/2005 10:22:56 AM
The bench almost looks cartoonish.
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07/27/2005 01:55:09 PM
The post processing in this is great. I like the angle and the composition
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07/27/2005 01:47:23 PM
Beautiful moody image. I like the perspective/composition and the rounded/used feel of the bench. The only suggestion is to go easy on the sharpening, there are a lot of halos around the bench.
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07/27/2005 08:35:54 AM
Subject Impact: Nice visual impact
Meets Challenge: Meets Challenge
Technical: Average technical form
Composition: Good
Creativity: OK

Score: 5
07/26/2005 01:33:43 PM
Very nice image! The scene makes you feel good to look at it. Good luck!
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07/26/2005 07:18:20 AM
I like the surreal feeling.
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07/26/2005 06:46:36 AM
Very good. Would have liked a little more spacing between the pavillion and the bench.
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07/26/2005 05:35:50 AM
An amazing captive image, the light, contrast depth are all very good,angle of take helps to draw you into the image....10
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07/25/2005 10:30:48 PM
interesting dodge & burn
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07/25/2005 05:00:46 PM
This is a great image. Nice colors, perfect DOF, fantastic composition. If I had to complain about anything, it would be the appearance of slight oversharpening (halo's around the bench) followed by a bit too much NeatImage. Like I said, "appearance of" - I have no idea if this is really the case. This is my favorite image in this challenge. I hope you do well. 10
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07/25/2005 02:32:51 PM
Nice. I like the softness of the photo. Great capture of a moment in time.
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07/25/2005 02:23:16 PM
One of the criteria for this challenge is "Creativity is the Key" so my scoring will be based on this. this image has an almost painted look. I love the inclusion of the tree branch to balance out the cloud. The tones are rendered well. POV, DOF, composition, focus all done well. A lot of empty sky but I don't think it hurts the image. 8 - good luck in the challenge!
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07/25/2005 12:48:13 PM
Nice Shot. Has a real "dream" feel to it. Maybe the best one I've seen so far - 8
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07/25/2005 10:35:57 AM
Beautiful lighting. The sky is gorgeous
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07/25/2005 09:15:44 AM
I like the subdued colors. Nice composition and perspective. The clouds are wonderful. It has a leading lines quality that takes your eye to the back of the photo. The gazebo is a nice visual touch. Good one.
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07/25/2005 09:05:16 AM
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Message edited by author 2005-08-01 11:54:19.
07/25/2005 07:29:00 AM
I like this . . . only suggestion I might make is to allow more space between the bench and the gazebo. They almost look to be merging. Great colors and framing.
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07/25/2005 02:04:55 AM
wow!! beautiful sky! i love it!
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07/25/2005 01:47:07 AM
wow, fantastic tones/colors.. love the effect.
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07/25/2005 01:03:34 AM
nice job of the dodging and burning! looks really nice
8
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07/25/2005 12:28:11 AM
I like it. You will probably be hammered for excess post processing but I think it's great. The sky is beautiful. The halo around the bench does detract (from oversharpening), but overall it's good. Good luck.
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