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Yao Zao Longzhou
Yao Zao Longzhou

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Challenge: Zen Photography (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400
Location: Denver, CO
Date: Jul 29, 2006
Aperture: 4.8
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/34 sec
Galleries: Sports, Water
Date Uploaded: Jul 29, 2006

The tails of three dragon boats, waiting along the shore before the races begin. Dragon boat racing is an ancient sport, and will be featured as an exhibition sport at the Beijing Olympics.

I fully admit to the likelihood of having totally butchered the Chinese title. It should mean "Quiet Morning Dragon Boat" but could be something completely off the wall like "Martians Burnt My Shoelaces" for all I know. (Actually, I do know that "longzhou" is "dragon boat". The rest I left up to an online Chinese to English dictionary.)

Adj. Layer: Curves (darken highlights, deepen color)
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Resize to 640
Unsharp mask (50/2/3)

Place: 62 out of 329
Avg (all users): 6.0512
Avg (commenters): 7.2222
Avg (participants): 5.8364
Avg (non-participants): 6.2762
Views since voting: 1024
Views during voting: 344
Votes: 215
Comments: 15
Favorites: 2 (view)

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09/04/2006 06:09:36 PM
Well done! I love the colors and reflections.
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08/09/2006 04:56:09 AM
Very nice photograph. The water looks so good complimenting the boats.
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08/07/2006 02:22:44 PM

I love the colours and the way ones eye folows the shape of the boat... The reflections give it that little bit extra:)
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08/07/2006 08:02:23 AM
Very underrated - this was one of my top four choices in the challenge. Wonderful image!!
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08/07/2006 01:02:58 AM
one of only 3 tens I gave out in this challenge, I'm disappointed it didn't finish higher...I think you were short-changed at least half a point...I wasn't certain, but I suspected during voting that this was yours...anyway, I don't think you could have done anything better with this...stupid voters :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/06/2006 12:01:43 PM
Sweet picture!! The colors are great ~ Nice work!
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08/04/2006 11:42:26 PM
Perfect subject choice for this challenge and very well executed.
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08/04/2006 11:19:39 AM
Really nice colours and reflections :o)
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08/03/2006 02:01:23 PM
do not choose
the boat you will float in. 6
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08/03/2006 01:57:37 PM
great detail in this shot...vivid color..great job
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07/31/2006 11:10:08 PM
Hey I don't see the one that looks like a cow dragon here! ;)
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07/31/2006 02:59:58 PM
Nice lines in this with an odd number (3) of subject points...works well.
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07/31/2006 02:57:51 AM
Simply beautiful. The colors are gorgeous and the shapes are excellent. I think this might feel a bit more zennish for me if there were only the one boat, particularly that one in the upper left-hand corner, but still the pattern of the shapes makes for a long line to look out which can be calming. The calm water also helps speak to stillness and serenity and the shapes in general have a simple nature to them. I gave a 7
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07/31/2006 12:39:58 AM
Great color. Love the reflection of the sky in the water
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