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Challenge: Pride (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Culpeper National Cemetary, Culpeper, VA
Date: Oct 7, 2005
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/4 second
Galleries: Emotive, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Oct 9, 2005

Taken at Culpeper National Cemetary, Culpeper, VA.

The last several days have been really grey and rainy on the East Coast, and while silently complaining about the weather, it occurred to me that grey skies look the same in color and black and white, and maybe there was a picture to be taken in this weather after all... It wasn't much more of a creative leap to get to this photo.

I lucked out, in that I got exactly the weather needed to pull this shot off... grey overcast. The picture was taken using a mini-tripod almost all the way on the ground. The greens and yelllows were removed in Photoshop leaving only the red and blue flags (the sky was already grey).

My eternally patient and helpful wife helped out, posing the flags, and giving me a tip on composition that made the image much better than my first try.

Other post processing: slight crop on both left and right sides, USM, resize.

Hope you enjoy!

Statistics
Place: 13 out of 158
Avg (all users): 6.0498
Avg (commenters): 6.4000
Avg (participants): 5.7903
Avg (non-participants): 6.1307
Views since voting: 1127
Views during voting: 357
Votes: 261
Comments: 19
Favorites: 2 (view)


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12/31/2005 11:42:12 AM
Wow, very emotional capture
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12/31/2005 11:36:25 AM
Very nice shot..I gave it a 10! I thought it should have finished a lot higher! 13th is not bad out of 153...keep up the great work!
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12/15/2005 10:18:13 AM
This is a beautiful image. I think the selective desat works well. POV is excellent.
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10/20/2005 09:55:02 PM
Congratulations on your top 20 with this line up of those who have served to preserve our freedom. Congratulations on your top 20 finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/18/2005 08:59:30 PM
Nice perspective. Good use of selective desaturation. Excellent subject matter.
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10/18/2005 06:04:22 PM
Very nice
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10/18/2005 04:48:56 PM
Good photograph but I don't see it as much pride as sadness.
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10/18/2005 01:38:27 PM
i dont think the selective desat here, because the grass is all that reall desaturated and it looks funky...... however great angle/perspecting and super coloring in the flags 6
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10/15/2005 10:51:11 PM
Nice use of desaturation here.
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10/15/2005 10:32:02 AM
Very powerful!
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10/14/2005 05:09:03 PM
excellent shot and amen
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10/13/2005 11:32:28 PM
Nicely done!
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10/13/2005 08:44:48 PM
Good job. Really makes you think.
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10/13/2005 08:25:14 PM
great job! 10
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10/13/2005 06:32:13 PM
Great photo, very effective, especially adjusting to almost monochromatic.
Perspective, depth of field, composition, you got everything under control.
Superb!
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10/13/2005 07:53:42 AM
Love the use of depth.
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10/12/2005 11:07:56 PM
of all the images that include a flag of some sort - this one is my favorite, good work :)
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10/12/2005 04:10:52 PM
This is a great and powerful image. The headstones are too close to the left hand side. I think if this were a true selective desat it would be more powerful. Boost your levels to darken things a bit. It seems a bit washed out. 7
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10/12/2005 01:15:00 AM
too many blurred objects
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