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"Sign of a Dulled Existence"
"Sign of a Dulled Existence"
Nowhere_Man


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Challenge: Road Signs Re-revisited (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Sony DSC-F828
Location: Side of the road, rural North Carolina
Date: Jan 17, 2004
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Sky, Rural
Date Uploaded: Jan 18, 2004

My first submission!

The first few shots I took of this had no detail in the sky, just a white featureless background. I felt that was a little TOO "Dull". Through
efforts to capture a little more detail in the background, I realized that instead of using the overcast sky to echo the "Dull Rd" text, I should be contrasting the sky with the sign. A little flash really separated the sign from the sky.

Post processing:Levels, Hue and Saturation, Brightness and Contrast.

Statistics
Place: 9 out of 202
Avg (all users): 6.6181
Avg (commenters): 7.6774
Avg (participants): 6.5000
Avg (non-participants): 6.7113
Views since voting: 2340
Votes: 254
Comments: 37
Favorites: 5 (view)


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01/31/2004 02:45:20 PM
Excellent observation and a brave entry, since many people may vote based on their instant reaction to a 'dull' scene (which this is not). A good first attempt.
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01/30/2004 06:00:05 AM
If there were an 'almost but just fractionally not quite' favourites thing here this would be in. Just that little element that keeps it out of there for me. Great submission though, and quite a standard you've set yourself.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/27/2004 11:18:38 PM
Very appropriate sign. I like the contrast between the green and the gray. A little noisy in the sky but not a distraction. I like the very low placement of the sign in the frame. Well done.
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01/27/2004 05:16:53 PM
nice pic! Dull road maybe, but not a dull picture.
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01/27/2004 08:10:56 AM
more interesting if it were centered.
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01/27/2004 04:24:34 AM
Good sky.... Works well with the "dull" theme...
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01/26/2004 10:14:28 PM
Great idea.
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01/26/2004 07:34:01 PM
Wonderful shot. The angling of the road-sign bothers me a touch (a very small touch, I should add) - had I taken it, I'd have tried to get a sqauer-on view, to lose the angle of the other arm of the sign at least, and to give a more regular shape to the two visible arms: in a composition this oddly geomatric, that distortion becomes quite important I think. 9
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01/26/2004 12:15:05 PM
Great contrast and strong idea.
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01/26/2004 03:48:42 AM
Very funny. Beautiful shot.
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01/25/2004 11:38:40 PM
You took a potentially very dull picture, and with your desaturation made it interesting. Opps, but maybe you wanted Dull! Nicely done
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01/25/2004 07:43:20 PM
Hahaha! Awesome- great composition and really funny- personal fav!
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01/25/2004 06:24:25 PM
Yap! "Dull" describes it all! I love the gloomy sky! Goes perfectly with the sign!
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01/25/2004 03:34:37 PM
Very well spotted - nice contrast
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01/25/2004 02:26:40 AM
A dull day to be on Dull road. But the pic is NOT dull! A fun find on an awesome day for the theme and shot!
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01/24/2004 05:24:41 PM
If you mean the photograph then Id beg to differ. Excellent.
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01/24/2004 09:01:25 AM
Great shot, but there seems to be a weird effect on the sky. Maybe too much post processing?
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01/24/2004 01:03:29 AM
Great use of negative space. Nice contrast between the gray sky and the street sign. By chance, was the cross street Boring Road? :)
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01/23/2004 04:27:20 PM
great use of contrasting colors
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01/23/2004 03:23:18 PM
Very apt
Good capture
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01/23/2004 04:41:10 AM
"Dull" but at least 9 for me! Bravo!
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01/23/2004 12:33:16 AM
great use of negative space and the green contrast really makes the pic only thing wrong is it's a bit grainy.
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01/22/2004 08:03:48 PM
Witty photo that has the look to pull it off. Good job. This is one of the few photos here where a bright and obviously placed sign sticks out in an appealing way, not in an obstrusive or annoying way! It suggests sarcastic commentary to me, which is excellent. Good sarcastic photos are hard to come by.
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01/22/2004 04:18:18 PM
the neg space goes well here
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01/22/2004 01:55:25 PM
I love this composition and the metaphor. I also liked the colours/contrast.
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01/22/2004 12:55:41 PM
great photo overall 8
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01/22/2004 11:28:45 AM
Funny. Glad my address isn't "Dull Rd." It is a nice idea - those thick blank clouds, and -pop- at the bottom the green sign. Still, I'm made curious what is beneath the sign.
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01/22/2004 03:29:14 AM
Excellent!! Wouldn't work with another coloured sky. Maybe a night shot in fogg Black & white would also look good
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01/21/2004 02:54:58 PM
nicely composed and good use of negative space.
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01/21/2004 12:51:37 PM
The sky cooperated nicely for you here!
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01/21/2004 11:58:24 AM
I would normally not like this dull sky, but it does go well with the sign and make its point.
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01/21/2004 11:43:08 AM
haha, i love it! perhaps some more sign and less sky would be better..
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01/21/2004 09:30:10 AM
of the signs that "say what they mean," this one is the best. Nice work on the saturation/desaturation. good composition with the angle and the negative space - it would have been nice if there wasn't a bisecting sign, but you can't help that and your choice of angle shows just enough of it so that it doesn't intefere but doesn't look like you tried to hide it either.
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01/21/2004 09:29:49 AM
I like the picture. Good coalescence of road name and sky.
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01/21/2004 03:59:44 AM
wow nice contrast there, the background is nice and dull.
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01/21/2004 12:39:24 AM
Good use of the rule of thirds here, the dark sky adds to the photo, nice job. 8
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01/21/2004 12:32:02 AM
I like it, i like it a lot
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