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Challenge: Silhouettes IV (Basic Editing)
Collection: Top 10 Finish
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Randolph, Ohio
Date: Sep 18, 2007
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/3200
Galleries: Rural
Date Uploaded: Sep 18, 2007

I went to my friend Todd's house and asked him to get out "Dee". Beautiful old horse thats been around forever. I was trying to get some shots of him walking her, but she was not havin it. She was getting bit up and was getting kind of frustrated, so when he went to calm her down, I got some shots of him doing so. Thought they turned out pretty nice and liked the way the sky looked with the sunset behind him. This was my first time shooting a Silhouette and found it very fun, as I do most the challenges. I would have loved to clone out the plane streak in the sky, but under basic, no can do. Other than that, I really like how it turned out. Would love to hear from everyone to get their opinion on the shot.

Adjustments:
Shot in Raw.
Sharpened, Curves, Saturated
In JPEG
Brightness & Contrast, Selective Color to bring out the sky
Curves, Crop, Resize, Neat Image, Resize again, Add Black Border, Save for Web.

Holy Blue Ribbon Batman. New PB, 1st Ribbon, I'm on vacation, can life get any better? I sumbit that it can not. I had to lay very low in the hay field to get this angle and the horizon look due to lots of trees in the distance. I got destroyed by all the mosquitoes, but I think it was worth it now. :) Really could not believe how many liked the streak in the sky. At first I had wished I could clone it out, but more and more people said how much they loved it. I was glad it was Basic then, so I didn't have the chance to take it out. Thanks for all the comments and votes. MUCH thanks to ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Larus for taking the time to answer all my photography questions, and to ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' De Sousa for his editing tips.

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Place: 1 out of 273
Avg (all users): 7.1010
Avg (commenters): 7.8000
Avg (participants): 7.0588
Avg (non-participants): 7.1327
Views since voting: 9585
Views during voting: 374
Votes: 198
Comments: 70
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01/29/2009 05:31:48 AM
You know - looking back, it's like the cowboy is looking at the streak of light, and it could presage a Heavenly encounter, or be a shooting star, or something with a spiritual connection, so that the lateness of the day, and the darkening, are shot through by the promise of the light to come.

What a marvellous co-incidence (except I don't think there are that many co-incidences, rather connections, and this is such an connection)

Sorry to hear about the sad news - Best Regards

Adrian
11/20/2007 06:49:24 PM
great shot...love the detail that jump out in silhouettes (like her long tail).

ps...i'm a HUGE brian regan fan ;)
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10/15/2007 10:14:37 AM
woohoo, awesome photo ... great great! congratulations on your ribbon, the colors are really great
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09/29/2007 05:36:14 PM
Congratulations on a well deserved ribbon!
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09/29/2007 10:03:32 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon with this great capture. Love the colors.
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09/29/2007 06:43:07 AM
Congrats dude, knew it was only a matter of time, now the hard part, to get another one :)
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09/28/2007 06:30:34 AM
congratulations on your first ribbon. the shot would be much the worse for cloning out the 'plane streak. that adds interest to the composition that would be sorely lacking otherwise. now it's a beautiful shot that grabs our imagination, without, it's just another pretty sunset shot.
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09/27/2007 07:02:26 PM
Congratulations on your first ribbon and the Blue with this gorgeous shot!! Very nice work!
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09/27/2007 12:30:35 PM
Beautiful sky colors with very strongly defined silhouette...congratulations on winning the blue ribbon!
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09/27/2007 10:08:46 AM
Congrats, a memorable and awesome shot. The colors are stunning.
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09/27/2007 03:57:45 AM
Congrats, bro! AWESOME shot and well-deserved blue. :D Keep up the great work!
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09/26/2007 08:12:30 PM
Congrats, Sean! Great finish for a well executed entry...

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09/26/2007 06:02:11 PM
Congrats on your first ribbon!!!
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09/26/2007 05:02:58 PM
Congrats! This is so beautiful!
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09/26/2007 04:18:52 PM
Congratulations Sean on your first ribbon and PB, and it's a lovely blue! This is a great silhouette shot so you deserve all the accolades.
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09/26/2007 02:19:56 PM
beautiful....
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09/26/2007 01:06:53 PM
I actually like the streak in the sky!
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09/26/2007 12:18:26 PM
First - congrats on your BLUE! That is totally awesome!!

The photo is so completely outstanding - colors, clarity, subject, composition - all perfect. The plane actually looks like a shooting star. Until I read your notes, I thought that's what it was. Awesome!!
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09/26/2007 12:05:46 PM
Congratulations on your Blue ribbon great shot.
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09/26/2007 10:46:03 AM
Congratulations! A great shot that is very deserving.
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09/26/2007 10:14:39 AM
Congratulation fellow Ohioan!!!
I knew there are some people around here with cameras.
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09/26/2007 09:56:16 AM
I am so glad this won! This photo wows me, touches me, and I'd hang it proudly on my wall! CONGRATULATIONS!

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09/26/2007 09:36:16 AM
amazing pick man, congrats on your first ribbon! you deserved one for a while
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09/26/2007 09:22:42 AM
Congratulations on your Blue ribbon great image. :)
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09/26/2007 08:57:54 AM
looks good man, gratz on the first blue!
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09/26/2007 07:57:42 AM
Sean,
I've no words to express my happyness when I saw you at the first page.
You deserved this cause you have been working hard and this wonderful photograph shows that a good photographer is made of two things. A good eye for composition and the capacity to work hard to improve his skills. Congrats dude! I knew this was going to happen ;)
P*A*R*A*B*E*N*S!
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09/26/2007 07:55:30 AM
Congrats lovely shot, well done!!!!!!!!!!! ;)
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09/26/2007 06:57:56 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon!
Or, as we say in Portugal: Parabéns!!
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09/26/2007 06:49:38 AM
WOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! First Ribbon!!!!!!!! and you deserve it! Great entry Sean!!!

I kinda like the plane streak.
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09/26/2007 06:23:15 AM
Nice work with that 350XT. Congratulations.
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09/26/2007 05:10:57 AM
Congratulations....I'm getting good at picking the winners...Told you that you'd be up there :-)
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09/26/2007 04:36:40 AM
congratulations,a stunning picture
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09/26/2007 03:28:17 AM
YAY Sean!!!! It's so cool to see you in the first place on the front page! Way to go. It's a gorgeous and well-deserving blue. I'm so happy to see this!
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09/26/2007 03:26:52 AM
WTG, Sean! Your first ribbon and it's a BLUE! Huge congrats on winning with this beautiful shot (and have a great vacation! ;-)
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09/26/2007 03:21:14 AM
Congrats on a beautiful shot (though I don't like the jetstream), a new PB and a well deserved ribbon.
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09/26/2007 03:03:26 AM
Congrats to the well deserved ribbon!
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09/26/2007 02:06:14 AM
THAT must feel nice. Congratulations on the Blue and PB.

Message edited by author 2007-09-26 02:06:31.
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09/26/2007 02:02:24 AM
Congrats on everything! It's a beautiful shot. And I like the sky streak. :)
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09/26/2007 01:35:30 AM
Congratulations on this well deserved blue!!
I insist that UFO makes the shot. Just try covering it with your thumb and you'll see a completely "different" photo. So we're all fortunate this run under BE rules!! :-)
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09/26/2007 12:59:08 AM
Congrats. What a moment.
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09/26/2007 12:57:30 AM
Great work Sean. Congrats on the blue.
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09/26/2007 12:20:48 AM
Hey grats to you on your first ribbon! Great shot bro
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09/26/2007 12:15:54 AM
WOW! Congrats!
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09/26/2007 12:09:00 AM
congrats on ribbon numero uno.
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09/26/2007 12:06:50 AM
Great work on this shot and congrats on your new P.B. this shot was worth it.
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09/26/2007 12:05:44 AM
Congrats Sean!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/25/2007 03:34:54 PM
Nice capture...
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09/25/2007 12:14:39 PM
quite nice.
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09/25/2007 09:13:55 AM
first I found the white streak distracting but then it brought me back to the cowboy. love the interaction with the horse, gave it a 10, this time comment only
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09/23/2007 08:01:55 PM
i like the star thing in the background and all the detail on the horse
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09/22/2007 11:29:33 PM
A beautiful capture.. rhe silhouette is wonderfully sharp... and like the jet stream caught in the sky above!
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09/22/2007 07:17:37 PM
Visual theatre at its best. Very nice work. 9.
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09/21/2007 07:32:26 PM
awesome, gave it a 9 because i wish it was sharper, btu thats my hangup... good job
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09/21/2007 07:01:01 PM
I really enjoyed this one. Nicely done.
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09/21/2007 01:22:32 PM
I really like this photo. 9!
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09/20/2007 03:31:03 PM
I LOVE IT!!! I always like the bond between people and animals. The images are so clear and the sky looks amazing. Beautiful.
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09/20/2007 11:25:25 AM
Classic and lovely. A hint of a moustache? I like the plane - almost like a shooting star.
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09/20/2007 10:15:11 AM
Good title/object. You must have studied the past winners. This kind of shot is definitely going to score high!
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09/20/2007 05:27:45 AM
fantastic...could be a winner 9
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09/20/2007 04:44:48 AM
I'm a horsey person so this photo touches my heart. Lovely Shot.
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09/20/2007 03:50:19 AM
whatever that flying object is, advancing in the oposite direction respec to to the horse, makes this shot more interesting to look at...7
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09/20/2007 02:40:14 AM
great shot, should be up there in the winners circle I'd sa. Love the vapour trail from the jet in the background - kind of a comparisson between transportation methods...
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09/19/2007 10:35:12 PM
Meets challenge nicely. Colors and image nice.
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09/19/2007 02:19:27 PM
Great sky & composition.
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09/19/2007 12:32:01 PM
wow!really nice
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09/19/2007 09:06:49 AM
good capture
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09/19/2007 07:41:55 AM
The shooting star makes the shot.
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09/19/2007 07:03:05 AM
lovely silhouette, just one little suggestion it would havegiven the horse a better line if you had tucked that stirrup up 8
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09/19/2007 05:36:56 AM
a lovely picture.
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09/19/2007 01:08:16 AM
Plane contrail detracts from this picture. Otherwise, great colors and composition. 7
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