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Challenge: Free Study XII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Collection: Challenges 2006
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Goleta, CA
Date: Aug 18, 2006
Aperture: f/5
ISO: 250
Shutter: 1/50
Date Uploaded: Aug 29, 2006

Shopping carts neatly lined up at the CostCo in Goleta, California. Fitting memory of my vacation - I think we went there four times all told. Bought mom a new monitor and Photoshop Elements so it was well worth it.

No idea how this will do - some may find it very overprocessed but I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.

Post processing - desat, smart sharpen, curves, brightness/contrast, levels, resize, add border, touch of levels again.

From the camera jpeg, shot in monochrome, though the challenge entry was processed from the RAW image:

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Statistics
Place: 283 out of 684
Avg (all users): 5.7342
Avg (commenters): 7.4667
Avg (participants): 5.7382
Avg (non-participants): 5.7174
Views since voting: 1259
Views during voting: 327
Votes: 237
Comments: 47
Favorites: 15 (view)


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09/08/2008 10:50:01 PM
I like this. (Shopping carts have a way of appearing in many if not most of my local downtown shots. Something frighteningly western world).
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04/20/2007 03:35:38 PM
High Key...love it...great job
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04/20/2007 01:38:09 PM
This is a marlvelous composition - I really enjoy the balance. A subject both absract and urban.
very nice!
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04/10/2007 02:25:31 AM
Totally retro art. Nice work in finding the mundane and making it work!
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01/17/2007 01:36:20 PM
I like the processing, it makes it look very shiny and metallic and adds to the regular composition.
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12/23/2006 04:21:53 PM
Beautiful!
Maybe a little, little, little bit over exposed..
Well done Deb!
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09/30/2006 02:47:57 PM
Back again looking through this Free Study results to kind of gauge where our Septmeber FS shots might have placed and I had to open yours again. This easily stands out against the shots surrounding it. I think you should have scored better on this one Deb and I just wanted you to know this.
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09/13/2006 08:53:07 PM
Trading post...
Very digital arty. I like it. I just think in the freestudy that there where just so many standouts this got left behind.
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09/10/2006 12:34:36 AM
Man - I wish I had been able to vote on this challenge. So much good stuff. This one struck me as I breezed through the entries. A diferent type of shot for a Free STudy and very well done. The processing really takes this way beyond a pic of ordinary daily stuff and well into art - and very good art at that. Great lines, perfect crop and composition and the b&w contrasty feel is wonderful. The 15 voters who gave you below 4 must have been wanting pretty people, perfect landscapes or close up animals and not willing to give it up for something artistically different. Very nice eye on taking the pic and excellent postprocessing Deb. You would have scored very well with me.
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09/08/2006 05:15:17 PM
This is a definitely a very good work of art, it's a real shame this didn't have greater success during the challenge. At least it is garnering some post-challenge success with all the comments and faves.

Message edited by author 2007-04-20 13:40:51.
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09/08/2006 05:08:46 PM
284! ha! (holy crap i used to live in goleta california!) maybe that explains everything. :)

Message edited by author 2006-09-09 04:54:41.
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09/08/2006 11:21:49 AM
Love the patterns and repetition in this shot. The b/w processing is bang on too. It's too bad I never got around to seeing this during the voting...too many entries, not enough time. Great job!
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09/08/2006 10:44:36 AM
I like this! I like the processing too. Great eye for a fab photo from shopping carts!
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09/08/2006 09:55:58 AM
Such an interesting photograph! I just love how you take ordinary things we see every day, and turn them into art. You are so good at tha Deb!

Not a bad finish either for a challenge like this!

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09/08/2006 12:55:48 AM
Favorites!
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09/08/2006 12:38:28 AM
Hey, I got to be your last comment during competition and your first afterward!

I gave you a 6 - I really do like shots where people find interesting ways to present ordinary things. Your other shots show similar skill.

Looks like you got your best-ever comment total. And 4 favorites! Congrats! :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2006 10:50:02 PM
Nice job spotting something visually interesting in everyday objects.
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09/07/2006 10:00:46 PM
Love it!
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09/07/2006 03:55:44 PM
Excellent. The processing suits this down to the ground. Love the patterns.
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09/07/2006 02:06:53 PM
I like the processing choice here. Good job. Nice composition.
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09/07/2006 11:02:24 AM
Very well seen. Crisp, clean, imaginative and neatly put together. Now why dont I ever think of that?
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09/07/2006 06:16:02 AM
Love your b/w conversion here. Love that hardness of it with the chrome of the shopping cart. Nice use of a pattern for your composition.
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09/07/2006 01:01:26 AM
Excellent "line art"! Now that's thinking "outside the box", uh, cart. :-) 8
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09/06/2006 11:01:40 PM
Very engagaing sense of pattern here! I like the very contrasty tones, too.
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09/06/2006 01:04:36 PM
Love the processing here. Mundane subject captured and processed in a very interesting way. Hope you share what you did.
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09/06/2006 11:27:12 AM
a stunning display of the geometry that surrounds us. Notice how they are individuals yet completely networked together into a greater being... and at the same time you never let us forget the banality of the setting. The high contrast is perfect for this. 10
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09/06/2006 10:27:14 AM
There are alot of interesting lines and shapes presented in this abstract composition. The only thing that is a major distraction from the visual appeal of the photo is that the image is overexposed/blown out. There is a loss of tonal detail in the upper portions of the shopping carts. Many of the crossbar lines of the basket are a flat one tone shade of bright white. The brightness of the white is almost glaring to view.
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09/06/2006 07:25:02 AM
Great idea - maybe a little over processed.
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09/05/2006 08:19:48 PM
great composition but a little hot
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09/05/2006 03:44:29 PM
The effect used on the photo really adds to it. Great concept.
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09/05/2006 02:32:01 PM
I really like this high key, artistic photograph. Very cool!
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09/04/2006 03:25:46 PM
I really like this - the high contrast and artful presentation of such an everyday item!! really nicely done! best of luck!!
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09/03/2006 08:50:52 PM
Nicely seen. I like the high contrast conversion. It really makes the shot about all the lines and shapes. Very interesting to look at. An 8 from me.
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09/03/2006 06:28:31 PM
great rhytm/graphic
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09/03/2006 02:56:21 PM
Great! I've tried to do this exact shot, but it hasn't come out as well as this. Not sure how the voters will react, that is, if they think it's too processed or too much like digital art, but I like it!!
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09/02/2006 04:58:36 PM
Simple but effective. The silver sheen of the stainless steel stands out. It's graphic.
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09/02/2006 04:16:01 PM
cool high contrast image. nice work. 8
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09/02/2006 01:01:22 PM
Now that is just beautiful. Wow. Very artistic. 10.
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09/02/2006 09:27:54 AM
Composition: 6 - The shapes and crop you've chosed show interesting patterns, but perhaps more of an angle would add more drama?
Technical: 3 - The high contrast works to some extent, especially well at the bottom of the frame, but the top it causes all the whites to blend and just look a bit "mish-mashed".
Creativity: 6 - A risky shot for DPC but the patterns and repetition were well spotted :)
Appeal: 4 - The high contrast black and white is normally something that appeals to me, but this goes a little too far in my opinion.

Overall Calculated Average Score: 5
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09/02/2006 04:58:19 AM
I really like the high contrast PP you used, really help brings the patterns out
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09/01/2006 11:27:58 PM
Interesting idea.
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09/01/2006 10:48:40 PM
I like this shot ,great work.
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09/01/2006 06:56:57 PM
WAY COOL!! Love this one! 10
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09/01/2006 07:34:55 AM
i like this! the high contrast really brings out the lines and repition of the patterns and it's lovely that you're brave enough to submit something so seemingly mundane for an open challenge. as a visual piece of abstract art i think it works wonderfully, and leaves me longing to see a similarly processed series of supermarket shots. really effective. 10.
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09/01/2006 01:40:04 AM
yummmmmmm
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09/01/2006 12:35:18 AM
great urban shot with nice high contrast, well done
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09/01/2006 12:14:46 AM
Interesting treatment of the subject. I think I like it.
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