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Nursery Nightmare
Nursery Nightmare

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Blurry Mess (Basic Editing)
Camera: Olympus C-70 / C-7000 Zoom
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Date: Mar 7, 2008
Aperture: F/8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 10
Galleries: Abstract, Digital Art
Date Uploaded: Mar 8, 2008

This was done in a church nursery. The lighting is all natural -- it was a rainy evening and the windows in the room face west. The set up was toy animals against the light blue walls bearing painted Old Testament scenes (they show up in some of the outtakes, but not here really). Anyway, I took several long exposure shots with the camera held in one position for several seconds at a time. I took several shots of each idea but only one of this idea for some reason, so the original was hard to work with -- very cloudy and flat.

Convert from RAW. Then in PSP X2, rotate/crop, curves, levels, HSL (boosted saturation), agressive sharpen(25/100/-), noise removal, resize, JPG.

This was fun. I have no idea how it's going to do ("bad" is usually a safe bet), but I was trying to eschew the cliche long exposure motions shots of traffic and night scenes, the likes of which I think we'll see a lot of in this challenge. I liked the cubism/orphism feel of this image (completely accidental). And the whole scene with the errant shark makes me laugh.

Place: 127 out of 292
Avg (all users): 5.2641
Avg (commenters): 7.4000
Avg (participants): 5.2718
Avg (non-participants): 5.2578
Views since voting: 842
Views during voting: 344
Votes: 231
Comments: 7
Favorites: 1 (view)

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03/20/2008 06:05:28 PM
The colors are top notch. A very dizzying yet satisfying image. You keeps your eyes entrenched looking for more which is always a wonderful thing.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/16/2008 02:26:54 PM
almost kaleidoscopic effect. well done. 7
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03/15/2008 09:08:53 PM
nicely blurred well done love the colors too
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03/14/2008 08:07:36 AM
Some shark art on the walls ?.. du-nuh du-nuh du-nuh du-nuhdu-nuh du-nuhdu-nuhdu-nuh Du NUHHHH! 6 for this mess!
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03/13/2008 10:24:33 PM
The title really makes this one. Nice interpretation of the theme.
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03/12/2008 10:11:31 PM
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03/12/2008 03:43:17 PM
Yowza - it's the eyes that will give you nightmares! They're everywhere! Intriguing coice - colorful, lots of chaos, yet still very tangible.
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