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If I wasn’t chained…
1st PlaceIf I wasn’t chained…
edmeng


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Challenge: Chains (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Location: San Diego
Date: Apr 5, 2007
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 140
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Cityscape, Sky
Date Uploaded: Apr 8, 2007

Thank you all for votes and great comments.

Editing steps:
Converted from raw, nine layers of Curves, two layers of Hue/Saturation, unsharp mask, Saved for web.

This is my original, not edited JPEG.
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I was shooting this chain from the different angles with my super wide lens without even looking in the viewfinder. I simply put my camera on the ground while holding it with one hand and pushing the shutter release button. I used on camera flash as a fill light.



Statistics
Place: 1 out of 171
Avg (all users): 6.6474
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 6.5000
Avg (non-participants): 6.7614
Views since voting: 8888
Views during voting: 369
Votes: 156
Comments: 43
Favorites: 4 (view)


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04/18/2007 04:44:36 PM
Just looked at the original version of this pic, and I have to admit because of how the flash behaved I would probably have discarded that picture, I get annoyed when the flash doesn't light up the bit I want it to! I'm glad you were more persistent with it tho cos the way the flash light hits the chain adds the emphasis, and of course without the horribly lit ground in front of it. Nice one & congratulations!
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04/18/2007 10:19:14 AM
The Star of India... Ahhh San Diego Bay. Love it.
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04/18/2007 02:40:25 AM
Great shot, Valera. Colors are very vibrant but not too imposing.
I just wish there was more ship in this picture. But then it would shift the emphasis.
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04/17/2007 02:51:56 PM
Originally posted by Brad:

Congrats!
The Star of India is sure a ribbon-winning ship isn't it?
:)


Can’t agree more… and some luck ;)
04/17/2007 02:19:41 PM
Congrats!
The Star of India is sure a ribbon-winning ship isn't it?
:)
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04/17/2007 01:58:07 PM
Hey!

Congrats for the blue ribbon. Nice picture the composition and lightning are great!
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04/17/2007 12:48:15 PM
Valeriy,
congrats on another great win! Nice shot!
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04/17/2007 06:19:55 AM
Congrats on a great shot and the blue.

Jack
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04/16/2007 07:39:21 PM
I wasn't able to vote in this challenge but this is a truly stunning shot. It would have been a 10 from me. Congrats on the ribbon.
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04/16/2007 12:13:24 PM
Congrats on your blue ribbon. I probably should have commented
during the voting so sorry for this late comment.
Excellent composition, exposure is great. The fill flash is a little
too bright for my taste but that's the worst I can say about it.
Nice Work.
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04/16/2007 08:32:27 AM
Sweet - Congrats on the blue!!
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04/16/2007 08:06:07 AM
Congratulations on this very well deserved ribbon. The chain is fabulous, the image is fabulous, and the title is good too. I love the DOF, the composition, the light, and the colors. I gave it a 10, and I'm so glad you won the challenge.
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04/16/2007 07:50:23 AM
This was my number one pick for the blue, so well deserved, congratulations!!
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04/16/2007 07:23:26 AM
Wow! Wow! Wow! What else can you say! Oh. . . except Congratulaions on a most obvious choice for Blue!!

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04/16/2007 04:25:27 AM
congratulations, i agree about the flash issue ... the photo would benefit even more from non-flash procedure and utilizing advanced editing options like shadow/highlight or maybe even HDR processing. anyhow ... nice photo nonetheless. keep up !
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04/16/2007 03:11:48 AM
Congrats on your well deserved blue, excellent shot and PP.
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04/16/2007 03:02:49 AM
Congratulations, excellent work.... I always like to see a fellow SoCal photographer ribbon.
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04/16/2007 02:25:38 AM
WOW, 6.6 and blue ribbon. Big surprise.

Thank you all for votes and great comments.
04/16/2007 01:16:42 AM
Great finish, congratulations on the blue, like the way the chain is highlighted to catch the voters attention.
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04/16/2007 01:00:34 AM
The only thing i don't like it appears that a flash was used to illuminate the chain and isn't consistent with the natural lighting of the rest of the shot.

Other then that its great.
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04/16/2007 12:39:53 AM
Great shot, not surprised this won. The depth makes the chain look huge!
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04/16/2007 12:23:42 AM
Originally posted by AChelton:

Originally posted by hajeka:

I like this photo, but it's not about a chain.


Im just wondering how you couldn't see the chain :/ haha

good picture though.


Probably because the eye goes to the sails first, gets lost in their detail, and doesn't really want to drift down to the big shadowy thing where the chain actually is. It took me a few seconds to see the chain, too. Very nice photo nonetheless.
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04/16/2007 12:11:46 AM
Originally posted by hajeka:

I like this photo, but it's not about a chain.


Im just wondering how you couldn't see the chain :/ haha

good picture though.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/15/2007 04:23:05 PM
looked like you used a flash to light up the chain. to much white
04/15/2007 10:20:30 AM
I like this photo, but it's not about a chain.
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04/14/2007 09:04:43 AM
Wow :D Wonderful light, and what an impressive looking chain too!
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04/13/2007 10:08:42 AM
I hope you get a chance to go back and take a pic with out the chain and anchor in the way. Looks like the background could be gorgeous! Thinking in terms of the challenge topic, I actually think the background kind of takes away from the subject. And the flash on the chain does not blend in well with the natural lighting of the rest of the pic. I gave it a 7 irregardless because you have a lot of neat stuff here. Good luck!
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04/13/2007 09:33:56 AM
nice picture, and i especially like the background.
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04/12/2007 08:34:54 AM
Good title and photo.
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04/12/2007 08:16:34 AM
The lovely Star of India... nice day in San Diego! Love that ship. Nice perspective to show the chain, too.
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04/11/2007 06:25:10 AM
great perspective and good lighting. should make it to the top
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04/10/2007 03:55:22 PM
Top 3 I would suspect.
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04/10/2007 01:45:36 PM
Wow! Great angle to emphasize a point!
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04/10/2007 01:43:15 PM
Great composition, nicely done!
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04/10/2007 01:56:47 AM
great capture (9)
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04/10/2007 01:20:25 AM
This just works for me..... especially the angle from which you have taken it from.....
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04/09/2007 11:17:32 PM
Beautiful image! The foreground and background are BOTH in focus, crisp and clear, great color, pretty clouds. Good job! 10
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04/09/2007 07:45:19 PM
I like the composition and sky on this image.
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04/09/2007 04:05:56 PM
would of been nice to see the chain leading up to the ship. other than that it s avery perfunctory shot that whilst meets the challenge, doesnt attempt to show us something with a WOW factor. 6
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04/09/2007 12:32:28 PM
Very good shooting angle...
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04/09/2007 10:49:51 AM
Nice capture for the theme.
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04/09/2007 08:16:19 AM
Nice picture but too many distractions in background
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04/09/2007 01:09:10 AM
nice photo but the fill in flash was a little too harsh IMHO. Nice ship! ? //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_of_India_%28ship%29
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