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"Cool!!..Bumped up to 6.0977..and a new comment!!..I wonder what it says" (DOUBLE MANIA)
"Cool!!..Bumped up to 6.0977..and a new comment!!..I wonder what it says" (DOUBLE MANIA)
nutzito


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Cell Phone Mania (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: Lima
Date: Mar 19, 2007
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/25s
Galleries: Action, Persuasive
Date Uploaded: Mar 20, 2007

This shows the extreme madness of combining two 100% distracting manias: a) Driving while operating the cellphone; b) loging in DPC website to check score, which it's now possible from almost any cellphone. How I found out? you guess :)

This was staged, so truck, road, sign, car, drivers...everything is real.

The hands in the picture belong to 2 different people (my "models")who are reaching the steering wheel and cell phone from the sides, so I could put the tripod and camera on the drivers seat. Light inside the cabin is a flash with a difuser through the sunroof opening. Light outside is a 800w monolight. All wirelessly triggered.

Squared crop was necessary in order to make cellphone screen readable at 640 px but this photo looks a lot better in a horizontal composition.

After Challenge:

As I could have anticipated, two things totally ruined the score of this photo: a) The ugly squared crop, which,unfortunately, was necessary due to the 640 px size limit; b) the votes from people w/o cameras (5.3!!!)who most likely do not understand the complexity of lighting and executing a shot like this.
For those interested, here a couple of pictures of the setup.
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' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/65000-69999/67237/120/489117.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/65000-69999/67237/120/489117.jpg', '/') + 1) . '..lighting setup.

Thanks to commenters who gave this shot an avg of 7.7500. Including the one who called it a snapshot :)

I will keep on trying.

Statistics
Place: 15 out of 118
Avg (all users): 6.3886
Avg (commenters): 7.7500
Avg (participants): 6.5273
Avg (non-participants): 6.3448
Views since voting: 1863
Views during voting: 501
Votes: 229
Comments: 32
Favorites: 5 (view)


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04/29/2007 07:54:12 PM
Great photo. Glad you made the top twenty. For some reason I found myself thinking about this photo last night. The preparation that went into it is fascinating (I've now saved this and the two set-up shots to my favorites).

I generally evaluate photos and not the captions, but I wonder if a different caption might have improved your ranking. It's funny in an "insider joke" kind of way, but as a newcomer I found the caption confusing (and still do, in a way). Just my two cents on that. Cheers, and keep up the good work!
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04/01/2007 06:57:32 PM
Well done, this is a fine example of a story depicted with a single image. As a moving picture cameraman for many years I can really appreciate the work that went into the setup and lighting.
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03/28/2007 05:21:26 PM
Owen,
Thanks!
As you pointed out in your comment durig voting, DOF was very important, and it was set to depict concentration, and distraction, of the driver in the cellphone's screen, and to guide viewer's eyes accordingly.

Message edited by author 2007-03-28 18:03:55.
03/28/2007 03:10:02 PM
Good to see you got a PB for this. The more I look at it the more I think how well executed it is. Congrats.
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03/28/2007 12:22:03 PM
Thanks Lynn. Thanks George.
03/28/2007 11:10:01 AM
Very nicely done. Thanks for the info on how you set this up.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/28/2007 04:20:43 AM
was banking this one for the winner! :(
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/27/2007 11:33:05 PM
Very funny. The amount of blur and light on all your background elements is just right.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/27/2007 09:32:41 AM
Great context! I really like the bokeh, too. [8]
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03/27/2007 12:32:12 AM
hmmm!! nice take
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03/24/2007 10:17:52 PM
I hope this was staged! If not, you're nuts! :-) 8
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03/24/2007 08:44:46 PM
wow. you have a great idea here and very very well executed. my fav so far. it is ideas like this that make these challenges great to vote on.
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03/24/2007 09:47:52 AM
I LOVE IT! 10
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03/23/2007 04:34:25 PM
I was thinking you're a bit nuts grabbing this photo with the truck coming your way, THEN I noticed the WRONG WAY sign!!! Must be youngster behind that steering wheel. :) Good luck in the challenge.
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03/23/2007 10:54:39 AM
super!it is a 10!
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03/22/2007 11:45:04 PM
the whole website oont he phone is a bit unorginal. I really like this image, but it would have been plenty strong without the website on it...almost turns me off.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/22/2007 06:51:09 PM
Makes me realize how bad it is when I text & drive....never doing that again
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/22/2007 06:06:03 PM
I would be heading the wrong way if I were checking my scores too! Having the signs there adds some excitement to the shot.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/22/2007 04:46:32 PM
i like how youre going the wrong way
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/22/2007 04:35:47 PM
Great Imagination!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/22/2007 01:06:28 AM
Oh funny. We've all been there.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/21/2007 11:14:01 PM
this just looks dangerous
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/21/2007 05:35:11 PM
haha
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/21/2007 05:24:44 PM
good technical job with sillouette
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03/21/2007 12:43:36 PM
10 Baby !

Although not the greatest picture in the world, the idea and execution of the shot makes up for it.

I wonder how you did this.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/21/2007 11:57:29 AM
Great capture of a dramatic scene in very difficult lighting conditions.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/21/2007 11:24:46 AM
i really like your creativity in this shot.. maybe if the do not enter/ wrong way sign wasnt as blurry, it would have more impact. good job though.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/21/2007 11:13:18 AM
i really dont understand your title and i wonder after this shot are you even alive anymore????
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/21/2007 11:11:56 AM
oh snap thats not good!
03/21/2007 10:35:36 AM
lol great title - and points for bravery.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/21/2007 05:35:54 AM
Clever...I don't know how you did this, but I am thinking a screen in the bg...wel done, clever...hope you are still alive!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/21/2007 04:47:08 AM
Good one! I hope no one was hurt...
  Photographer found comment helpful.


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