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Walking the Wire
Walking the Wire

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Challenge: Free Study IX (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Olympus Stylus 300 Digital
Location: Key West, FL
Date: Nov 6, 2005
Aperture: 1:3.1
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/13s
Galleries: Sky, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Nov 29, 2005

I shot this in Key West at a sunset festival. This guy did a whole juggling fire routine and then proceeded to walk a tight rope on the pier! I'm not sure how it will go over, but I like it.

Post Processing:
- brightness/contrast
- selective burn to create full silhouette
- cloned out bright lights in background
- curves
- selective color
- levels
- curves again
- image size
- selective desaturation of sections of water

Place: 282 out of 519
Avg (all users): 5.4429
Avg (commenters): 6.5000
Avg (participants): 5.3077
Avg (non-participants): 5.8333
Views since voting: 904
Views during voting: 432
Votes: 280
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2005 09:29:54 AM
Find there is not enough contrast between the sky and the person. Over all the picture is very dark except where the sun set is.
12/06/2005 12:05:25 AM
beautiful lighting
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/05/2005 11:11:05 PM
Very creative. I know you will get knocked but doing a silhouette. I am also sure you got plenty of "This is too dark" but I actually like darker photos and this one works well. Good job and the centered composition actually works well with this photo. (8)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/05/2005 12:51:41 PM
Wow nice shot, I love the sunset.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/05/2005 12:38:11 PM
Well done. Good luck.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/05/2005 10:14:16 AM
sure wish man was in brighter part of sky for better silloette (can't spell)
12/04/2005 10:59:03 PM
the upper half of the person blends in with the sky, maybe something can be done to pop him off of the background. Nice concept!
12/02/2005 11:29:45 PM
What is this magical image exhibiting this feat and then with such a liscious background. Bumping up.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/02/2005 09:29:33 PM
An interesting shot and one that is visually compelling. My critique on this is that the top of the figure gets lost in the deep hues of the blue sky in the upper portion of the image. His/her body is not nearly as well defined as the lower half from the waist down. Perhaps a slight change in position of the camera as this was snapped would have been better so that the person would be better defined without losing that shilouette effect. I look at the image and I get the impression that you were also trying to show the person not only walking the tightrope line but the line between the sunset hues and the deep blue night sky. It does appear this way but if you had moved position just a little more perhaps that line of sunset light would have continued down the entire length of the image from left to right. As it stands now that line drops off before reaching the far right hand side of the image.
12/01/2005 11:09:51 PM
May just be my monitor, but there are very defined gradiations between the darker sky colors. If this is just me, forget I mentioned it. If you can see them too, is it a post-processing thing? Worth considering if it is. But otherwise, very well done.
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12/01/2005 12:39:11 PM
Composition: 8
Technical: 7, The figure blends in with the background on my monitor, and loses a lot of the effect you are trying to convey. Nice shot otherwise.
Appeal: 8
Challenge: 10
Overall Calculated Average Score: 8
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/01/2005 04:04:45 AM
Little bit too dark, in my opinion. Not knowing anything about where and how this was taken, it seems to me like you need a much better composition.
12/01/2005 01:52:08 AM
Bit too dark and over sharpened. Good target though.

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