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The Long Walk Home
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sir_bazz


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Challenge: Country Life II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Pentax *ist DS
Lens: Pentax FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited AF
Location: Mentone Beach, Melbourne, Australia
Date: Feb 11, 2006
Aperture: f8.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1600
Galleries: Sky, Rural
Date Uploaded: Feb 11, 2006

I'm a cityboy so this was a very difficult challenge to take part in. The shot is of my good mate Ken and was taken just on sunset not far from my home. Don't you think this angle makes him look fat ? Seriously though....thanks for your help Ken :)
Shot in RAW with minor adjustments to exposure, levels and yellow hues. Neatimaged, slight USM for web viewing.


Post voting comments:
Sheeesh....what a long week that was.
I had two concept in mind when this challenge was announced. Glad I didn't go with the fisheye closeup of the cow :) Thanks for all the votes and comments.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 219
Avg (all users): 7.5185
Avg (commenters): 8.6429
Avg (participants): 7.1683
Avg (non-participants): 7.8261
Views since voting: 10607
Views during voting: 444
Votes: 216
Comments: 71
Favorites: 23 (view)


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04/23/2006 10:51:00 AM
Excellent!
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02/24/2006 11:47:47 PM
am new to the sight and know very little about editing...have photoshop cs2 and have been playing around with it. Can you please tell me what neatimage is..and what you mean by usm? Thank you so much...your picture is beautiful.
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02/22/2006 05:59:52 AM
Awesome stuff.....I had a similiar idea in mind for this challenge. A cowboy on a horse silhouetted in sunset...but the cowboys couldn't pull their fingers out in time...dammit. So I am so pleased that your image got the ribbon...beautiful.
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02/21/2006 11:55:02 PM
Wow - great shot, Bazz! Tremendous colors and composition.
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02/21/2006 09:05:03 AM
I really loved this shot when I saw it in the "your photo of the week" thread in the dpreview.com Pentax forum. Congrats on your ribbon!
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02/20/2006 08:07:31 PM
Go Aussie Go !!!!!!! Well done fantastic image ! I left a comment on your meerkats, love it !
-Lisa
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02/20/2006 05:52:06 PM
Congratulations on your win! The image is beautiful and depicts country life perfectly.
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02/20/2006 04:34:30 PM
Wow! A perfect image for blue!!! Congratulations!!
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02/20/2006 03:16:35 PM
Great shot Sir Baz, and the fact you took a photo like this despite being a Melbourne city boy like me shows the depth of your vision. The shot is perfectly executed too. Another blue with the Pentax *ist is just the icing on the cake. Congrarulations!

Message edited by author 2006-02-20 15:18:18.
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02/20/2006 01:30:49 PM
Congratulations on this most superb image!! A very deserving win indeed!!
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02/20/2006 01:23:13 PM
Congratulations on your blue with this great use of the silhoutte to blow the competition away and believe me there are a lot of good images in this challenge. Your idea to go with this strong silhoutte was indeed a stroke of great imagination. Very nice work!
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02/20/2006 09:31:33 AM
Congrats! Beautiful colors and a wonderful concept.
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02/20/2006 08:26:02 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon! You most certainly deserved it :)
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02/20/2006 08:12:47 AM
Congratulations on your blue ribbon
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02/20/2006 05:42:17 AM
congrats on the blue ribon great photo
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02/20/2006 05:13:56 AM
this is simply awesome ! i cannot find words ....
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02/20/2006 05:04:40 AM
Fantastic image. Congratulations on your well deserved win.
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02/20/2006 03:49:43 AM
Congrats on your well deserved blue. This was one of my favorites in the challenge.
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02/20/2006 01:43:16 AM
Wonderful image Bazz, as you are one of my mentors....I definately give it the "WOW" factor, and so richly deserved..... If I can every achieve half of what you have done, I will be a very happy person..... You so deserved this....."AUSSIE", "AUSSIE", "AUSSIE".....
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02/20/2006 01:38:07 AM
Congrats on the Blue mate, great photo and a well deserved ribbon! I hope your better half didn't have anything to do with this shot? ;)

VIVA LA PENTAX!!!!
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02/20/2006 01:25:22 AM
Really deserving winner I think. It's also nice to see a shot taken with a Pentax camera do so well. Well done!
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02/20/2006 01:17:05 AM
You should have gone with the fisheye of a cow. ;-)
Well done! Congrats!
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02/20/2006 12:57:42 AM
well done Bazz you bastard :)
you have earned the "Sir" now
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02/20/2006 12:55:11 AM
Congrats! Told ya so!
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02/20/2006 12:46:20 AM
Good one Bazz, now ya got a full house.
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02/20/2006 12:37:18 AM
congratulations!
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02/20/2006 12:32:21 AM
Congratulations, Garry! Great to see Team Pentax up there with the blue.
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02/20/2006 12:24:25 AM
love this shot! great job!
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02/20/2006 12:17:46 AM
Beautiful Bazz. Great shot and congrats on the BLUE. Talk about mass appeal only 5 votes under 5.
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02/20/2006 12:16:10 AM
Well, this one ended up where I thought it might. Congratulations, Pentax *ist DS User! ;-)
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02/20/2006 12:10:45 AM
Congrats Bazz! Great shot!
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02/20/2006 12:10:40 AM
Congrats on the Blue - this was my favorite!
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02/20/2006 12:09:27 AM
Congrats on the blue! Well deserved! :)
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02/20/2006 12:07:14 AM
Big congrats on your blue, Garry! Marvelous colors and silhouette.
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02/20/2006 12:06:07 AM
Congratulations on the blue, my fellow Australian! Well done, noce work on the colour and composition
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02/20/2006 12:04:37 AM
congrats bazz on your first Blue!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/19/2006 11:49:31 PM
A flaming background to make the silhoutte sing! 7
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02/19/2006 05:26:19 PM
Stunning silhouette.
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02/19/2006 02:23:15 PM
Sometimes it's the little details that make a shot.. like the overall strap and the piece of straw sticking out of his mouth. A lovely silhouette. Well done!
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02/19/2006 05:50:13 AM
Composition: 8 - Technical: 8 - Creativity: 9 - Appeal: 10 - Challenge: 8 - Overall Score: 9 - (weighted - NOT a calculated average)

I predict a top 10 finish! :D

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02/18/2006 04:35:59 PM
Very nice
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02/18/2006 03:41:59 PM
Wonderful positioning
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02/18/2006 03:33:32 PM
Ribbon!
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02/18/2006 09:08:42 AM
Nicely done, way to go!!!
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02/18/2006 12:51:50 AM
Excellent down to the straw in the mouth, simple 10
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02/17/2006 10:32:09 PM
This shot lacks dynamics to match the title. It looks very static and set-up. Otherwise a nice silhouette.
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02/17/2006 08:40:52 PM
Very effective. Color is nice.
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02/17/2006 01:33:28 PM
The straw makes the image complete. Top ten choice here.
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02/17/2006 10:40:46 AM
Very nice sillouette. I think if you did one with rope slung on his back that would be a nice shot too.
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02/17/2006 07:14:14 AM
A stunning image
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02/17/2006 06:56:17 AM
You've captured the spirit of farm life perfectly.
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02/17/2006 01:31:04 AM
Should finish near the top. Great tones in the sky and I like the addition of the little grass in his mouth.
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02/16/2006 09:51:56 PM
Nicely done
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02/16/2006 08:15:57 PM
Wow That's a winner in my book!!! Great Job
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02/16/2006 04:29:16 PM
Cool silhouette and tones.
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02/16/2006 08:11:23 AM
~Beautiful~
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02/15/2006 11:55:34 PM
Absolutely incredible! This will be one of the top 5! I will be suprised if this does not bring home the blue!
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02/15/2006 12:45:33 AM
Amazing work, one of the best silhouettes I have seen. The timing of the sun is just perfect.
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02/14/2006 11:49:27 PM
bumping up. ribbon worthy!
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02/14/2006 04:07:28 PM
nice shot and true to challenge
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02/14/2006 02:23:38 PM
i like the toothpick and the raffled hat
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02/14/2006 12:54:47 PM
This fits the challenge perfectly. Beautiful shot.
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02/14/2006 01:36:08 AM
Very nice. I like this a lot.
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02/14/2006 12:08:08 AM
I like this one..
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02/13/2006 09:12:27 PM
Great silhouette. Wonderful color and composition. The soft clouds in the back are good contrast to the sharp image of the farmer. 10
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02/13/2006 06:39:30 PM
Wow!
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02/13/2006 04:57:48 PM
Great sunset, the props and the dress are right on
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02/13/2006 10:01:25 AM
grass in mouoth is a nice detail
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02/13/2006 09:46:09 AM
Something about this photo doesn't look right - the silhouette seems out of place.
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02/13/2006 02:06:56 AM
Yes I love silhouettes I have shot like this of my son in front of the sunset. Nice Job!
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02/13/2006 01:36:51 AM
beautiful shot! Love the sunset colors and the position of the sun
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