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Challenge: Headwear (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Lensbaby 1.0 (The Original)
Location: Wheaton, Maryland, USA
Date: Nov 14, 2006
Aperture: f8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/5
Date Uploaded: Nov 14, 2006

First entry with my shiny new camera that arrived this morning! Daddy likes.

I put on my motorcycle gear, over my pajama bottoms and house slippers. I went out in the street and twirled like a balerina. The neighborhood kids were crossing to the other side of the street to go past me. The only way it could have been more strange is if I were singing Judy Garland show tunes.

F8, 1/5th second exposure, built in flash (cheeeeeezy) set to 2nd curtain.

Processed using Adobe Lightroom, which is *almost* an unfair advantage. I used split toning to add punch to the sky and the foliage more orange.

I think "action" is very hard to convey, and often comes off as "blurry". Not sure which side of that line this falls...

Place: 79 out of 244
Avg (all users): 5.5650
Avg (commenters): 7.1111
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11/23/2006 02:42:00 PM
Hey there y'all... Thanks for the nice comments!

I was trying to capture some of the nice fall colors and blue sky in the background, but the ones that had a nice background wound up with a blurry subject, or worse, a strange expression on my face. This is technically a self-portrait.

To answer the questions regarding how I achieved the blur within the rules of basic editing, I stood in front of several trees with nice colors, and held the camera out at arms length. 10-22mm lens at 10, and the apeture set to be pretty small, f18, in order to drive up the shutter speed, which was 1/5th of a second. The natural light versions were too blurry to use, so I fired the built-in flash to get a crisp subject, yet allow the background to swirl.

One nice thing about the XTi with the 10mp capture is that it allowed me to dramatically crop the image down from the catpure and still get a very useable size.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/21/2006 08:36:37 PM
Hmm, interesting.
Not really sure what to make of it, but it's nice to see something different after seeing so many hats, lol..

So let us know how you took the photo, thanks.

Good luck..
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11/21/2006 04:24:17 PM
i like the motion effect
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11/20/2006 10:49:37 PM
nice effect....8
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11/19/2006 07:31:02 PM
Nice feeling of movement.
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11/17/2006 04:49:33 PM
Dudesy! Great capture! :)
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11/17/2006 12:34:04 PM
Nice motion blur
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11/17/2006 12:56:19 AM
Very exciting. How did you do this with basic editing?
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11/16/2006 10:34:32 AM
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11/15/2006 03:23:41 PM
I like the motion effect on the right side but I don't like how it fuzzes out his face on the left.
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11/15/2006 10:19:20 AM
the blurryness of the face and top part of helmet killed it for me. but i like the pic
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