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Nuns On The Run
Nuns On The Run

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Challenge: Motion Blur II (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: The Highways and Byways of our Lives
Date: Jun 25, 2006
Aperture: f22
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Humorous, Action
Date Uploaded: Jun 25, 2006

This is a follow-up to my shots for the Habits challenge called "Good Habits Bad Habits" This was a very difficult shot to set up. First I had to convince my wife(Nun at the wheel) and my teenage daughters to once again adorn the Nuns costumes and head out into public. Thanks to the models, but it was great fun :D

We tied up traffic on Yonge Street north of Newmarket. Their were a number of cars honking in anger, but who wants to mess with a van full of Nuns.

Hope this does well. I had to close down the aperture to f22 because the sun was so bright. I think we got a fairly nice blur.

Thanks for looking


Place: 72 out of 177
Avg (all users): 5.5333
Avg (commenters): 7.3889
Avg (participants): 5.3733
Avg (non-participants): 5.6333
Views since voting: 1265
Views during voting: 344
Votes: 195
Comments: 25
Favorites: 3 (view)

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07/05/2006 04:57:42 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club
by strangeghost

The first three parts of this critique are written based purely on examination of your photo. "Final thoughts" is written after reviewing your score, photographer's comments, and voter comments.

Good, clean looking image with great color saturation, contrast; good focus and sharpness, considering you're probably shooting from a moving vehicle, and perfect exposure. Technically excellent.

it's a little awkward the way you've cut off the back of the van, and a little of the open doorway, but I see the reasoning - trying to get the background scenery in for the blur, having the van appear to come out of the left and move through the photo. It has a very dynamic feel. The models are posed excellently, with an edge and attitude. I recognized this shot as your work immediately. Your girls - and your van - have appeared in some memorable DPC photos. Your composition is capped with a wonderful touch of humor in the title.

The intent is clearly humor, and it's humor you've managed to communicate. I'd love for the expressions to be a little clearer on the facts, harkening back to the unforgettable "good habits, bad habits" shot from an earlier challenge. I can just see enough to tell that the same expressions are present here, but without the big impact that comes from having their faces so prominently displayed. So you can tell that my response to your picture is colored somewhat by my memory of an earlier work of yours. How does it play with the average, uninitiated voter?? My guess is that this would be a middle-of-the-road shot, probably in the mid to high fives. Clever and well done, but without the punch of the unmistakable DPC "wow" factor.

Your comments were almost overwhelmingly favorable and only two outright recognitions of your previous work. Given the positive nature of the comments, I'm a little surprised at your 5.5 finish, though that's in the range that I predicted. Good work. This was an enjoyable image to critique!

Message edited by author 2006-07-05 23:48:05.
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07/03/2006 08:31:00 AM
Well, I thought this might be yours. Got that certain sense of humour. IMO worth much more in the way of points than you got... but, such is life at DPC.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/02/2006 10:05:03 PM
I don't know how you managed to get freaky nuns into a 60s van, but it makes for a great picture.
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07/02/2006 08:19:44 PM
This is such a cute idea! I love the hand gesture! I think there needs to be more motion apparent in the photo, and the sky should be adjusted so that it's not so turquoise/greenish.
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07/02/2006 05:55:55 PM
This must be coley with that bug and those nuns! Love this to heavenly death, whoever you are. Great poses on the nuns, heeehheee!
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07/02/2006 08:36:40 AM
Hilarious! Love their poses! This photo would probably ribbon in the "Renegade Nuns" challenge.
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07/02/2006 02:45:03 AM
Haha! the return on the nuns! awsome :D Must've been interesting to shoot, lol
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07/01/2006 10:15:30 PM
Well composed. But a bit contrived for my tastes. And the "blur" is just an incidental part of the composition.
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07/01/2006 06:17:53 PM
this is amazing
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07/01/2006 02:52:52 PM
I think it would be neater if there were more blur in the background.
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06/30/2006 11:00:09 PM
I really like the idea. Not that I'm an expert, but I would have pulled back a little and brought the rear of the van more to the center. The nun in the back is a more central part of this than herplacement allows here. Still you got your concept across and met the challenge. Nice job.
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06/29/2006 06:45:37 PM
hahahahh that's soooo cool!!!! dang!!! 10 and into my faves!
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06/29/2006 03:03:27 PM
those are some crazy nuns. nice motion blur.
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06/28/2006 10:14:28 PM
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06/28/2006 07:42:18 PM
Yay. Party on Sisters! A fun clean shot with great colors. Here's a bump up one for making me laugh.
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06/28/2006 04:30:41 PM
This is absolutely perfect. I love everything about this shot. Perfect composition, juxtaposition. I think its perfect that the "nuns" are in the van and the thier faces are priceless. I gave you a ten for being so creative, and I never give out tens. I hope to see this with a ribbon on it!
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06/28/2006 07:54:54 AM
Hahaha...this is great!
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06/27/2006 10:06:26 PM
I really like this one. There are perhaps more striking photogarphs in the concept, but the whole concept and execution is crystal clear. Well done!
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06/26/2006 11:16:33 PM
:-) LOL
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06/26/2006 10:56:00 PM
This is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo the best in this challenge! I liked the humour, and that it met the criteria of this contest. The obvious effort that went into this photo shoot, the creativity of the photographer, the logistics that were necessary to obtain the pictoral effect, these are all reasons why this entry should obtain top marks. Way to go.
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06/26/2006 05:45:15 PM
LOL. That one in the back if she isn't careful might be flying out the back. :P
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06/26/2006 02:03:19 PM
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06/26/2006 10:12:17 AM
Love it. That VW? is in nice shape as are those girls! Nicely - and subtly - captured motion blur there too. 8.
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06/26/2006 08:58:06 AM
ROFL This is hilarious! Love the expressions, whether real of staged. That Vanagan rocks. Thanks for the chuckle.
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06/26/2006 08:49:37 AM
apart from the fact that most nuns i've seen are grey haired old biddies poodling around in honda civics at speeds that would make a motion blur shot impossible, this is quite creative. i do feel that the poses feel a little forced and unconvincing (i think a spaced out nonchalant feet on the dashboard would suit the vw hippy lifestyle more), and to be honest, a tiny bit irritating. also, i can't help but think the shot is washed in slightly too much shade; especially for the nun in the dark at the back... still, it's an amusing idea and it's nicely done. 7.

lovely van, by the way.
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