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Dark and stormy night
Dark and stormy night

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Challenge: Texture (Classic Editing)
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE S404
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Date: Jul 21, 2002
Aperture: f3.7
ISO: 200
Shutter: .71
Date Uploaded: Jul 21, 2002

This was an absolute last minute photograph, which required a drive to Dallas with less than 3 hours remaining. I had it planned, but didn't do it 'til almost too late.

Place: 9 out of 218
Avg (all users): 6.4458
Avg (commenters): 7.9189
Avg (participants): 6.4516
Avg (non-participants): 6.4362
Views since voting: 1702
Votes: 249
Comments: 39
Favorites: 0

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07/29/2002 01:13:00 AM
Thanks for all the great comments on this. It was a fun shot to get and most people seemed to understood it. "Gotcha" got it the most (coincidence) - I was intentionally trying to capture in low light, as a visually impaired person doesn't need the same lighting that others might. It came out a bit on the yellow side (though the paper really is yellow). I probably should have adjusted the whitebalance a little more to see if it would reduce the yellow some and still give the same effect. This photo was unaltered in Photoshop aside from a little cropping to get rid of a crease in upper right side of the paper.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/28/2002 07:51:00 PM
Brilliant and clever. Great story-telling and action to complement the perfect execution of the challenge.
07/28/2002 08:57:00 AM
Very original and I like it. Even the movement of the finger illustrates the process. I'd like to see some of the yellow removed from the overall pic though.
07/28/2002 12:04:00 AM
Mom use to tell me I shouldn't read in low lighting like this. My first impact impression of this was that the lighting is a little incandescent for my taste...... but after pondering.. it sets this capture up perfectly giving the suggestion that brighter lighting would only benefit those of us who see. - great job, nice finger movement while maintaining clarity in the hand. - 8
07/26/2002 06:39:00 AM
Great picture... But has it been retouched?
07/26/2002 01:48:00 AM
what is that?
07/25/2002 11:54:00 PM
Living by texture. Good idea well executed.
07/25/2002 11:35:00 PM
VERY good picture. I'll be dissapointed if it's not in the top 20. I mean, you must be DAMN good if you your blind and can still take decent photos! LOL

10, no questions asked.
07/25/2002 11:33:00 PM
Nice idea!
07/25/2002 07:54:00 PM
This is an excellent example of texture... the composition is also very nice. The motion blur in the finger really adds a great touch to this one :) The only thing I don't particularly like in this image is the yellow tone of the paper. Is this the natural tone or is it in need of a white balance adjustment? good work :) = 7 - jmsetzler
07/24/2002 04:51:00 PM
I like this lots. Texture is a feeling... with the fingertips. Some photos give you a feeling of texture with your eyes. This conveys the true feeling of texture by "seeing" with the fingers.
07/24/2002 04:31:00 PM

Technical Aspects9
Meets Challenge9
Total Score10

For those that are just learning, like me.

Composition: Scoring in this area is based on basic composition of a picture and includes the rule of thirds, balance, cropping, and curved and diagonal lines. Subject matter that does not lend itself to the picture or otherwise unwanted is also considered here.

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Technical Aspects: Focus, exposure, lighting, and other special effects (done by the camera), and post processing are all considered in this category.

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Good luck!

07/24/2002 09:24:00 AM
great concept of importance of texture. color gives effect of gloom that doesn't fit with message
07/24/2002 04:52:00 AM
I thought about doing this too!! Good job! You did it better than I could have. 7
07/23/2002 05:45:00 PM
Braille, cool, this picture is totally appropriate and the motion blur makes perfect sense. The cropping is a little too tight for my tastes; I want to see all of their middle finger. I am also a little uncomfortable with the levels and color balance, almost as if the white balance was set to daylight when indoors. Overall a good photograph, one of my top ten picks this week.
07/23/2002 05:20:00 PM
great shot, including the movement blur, DOF, colors, composition. on a side-note: I don't think the title is very appropriate - or do you know seeing people who choose to read braille when there's no light?
8 beegee
07/23/2002 04:37:00 PM
Neat idea. I like the way you can see through parts of the hand. The color isn't really very pleasing to me, though, for some reason...maybe the skin tones?
07/23/2002 01:19:00 PM
wow, very creative, this is the best representation of texture i've seen. no doubt. this picture gets a gold star and an A+!
07/23/2002 11:45:00 AM
How strange that the "dots" are showing through the finger!
07/23/2002 05:56:00 AM
The sligh movement in the fingertip is very effective here. Good composition and lighting. 8 BAMartin
07/23/2002 01:46:00 AM
Veey good idea. Nice capture of movement. Excellent shot.
07/22/2002 11:56:00 PM
Great idea and picture. The slight blur is effective, I think, because it gives the impression of active reading. There seems to be a slight yellow tint (other than the paper), but I will assume it is on my end. Great picture. So far, my favorite. karmat
07/22/2002 10:56:00 PM
I really like this picture. I especially like being able to see the motion of the finger. Great job!
07/22/2002 10:22:00 PM
very clever
07/22/2002 07:40:00 PM
Very original and invoking a lot of emotions in the viewer.
07/22/2002 03:50:00 PM
This is a really good shot. I like the lighting and the effect of the finger.
07/22/2002 02:47:00 PM
Interesting shot, I like the motion blur on this.
07/22/2002 02:19:00 PM
i like how the tip of the finger is see through..neat!
07/22/2002 02:02:00 PM
Great idea.
07/22/2002 02:00:00 PM
Excellent interpretation, superb execution. My only complaint is that the combination of the moving finger and long exposure create a ghosted effect (it looks like you can see the braille through the finger) 9-ClubJuggle
07/22/2002 01:17:00 PM
I thought of this idea right after the contest ended - original one!
07/22/2002 12:44:00 PM
would be better i feel if the finger wasnt blurred.
07/22/2002 08:45:00 AM
Were you trying for the effect on the finger? If so, good job. If not, Hmmmm... Good picture. Nice focus and lighting.
07/22/2002 08:37:00 AM
Good response to the challenge, with nice mood and composition.
07/22/2002 02:28:00 AM
I really like this photo. It's one of the few I voted high on...great imagination! 9
07/22/2002 01:05:00 AM
Very creative and well executed!
07/22/2002 01:02:00 AM
Nice photo ... someone had a GREAT idea! The lighting is good and I like how you showed movement with the longer exposure.
07/22/2002 12:30:00 AM
Great job, very original. 10
07/22/2002 12:27:00 AM
Wonderful !!!! what else can be said. this rocks ! Shiiizzzam = 10

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