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Wrong Side of the Tracks
Wrong Side of the Tracks
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Challenge: Pollution (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Port of Tacoma
Date: Mar 8, 2008
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/10sec
Galleries: Urban, Emotive
Date Uploaded: Mar 9, 2008

Thought of this as soon as I saw the challenge. Couldn't find a gas mask, so it took us a while to find a military surplus store.

I actually had a different location in mind (SoDo Seattle) but we were losing light fast - so this is down at the Port of Tacoma. My wife standing in the middle of the street. She had to keep on taking the mask off as the trucks and security vehicles pulled into the factory (it's their road, and they are the only traffic down there). There's a big security station about a block away, and I thought we were going to be stopped/questioned, but we got the shot & high-tailed it out of there.

Sure wish this was advanced editing! (I'd have taken the pole out of her head) ;O)

Pretty basic pp:
convert from raw
crop
a lot of levels & curves
shadows/highlights
selectve color
hue/sat
resize
cloned out some miniscule sensor dust
usm
border
sfw

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 127
Avg (all users): 6.9595
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 6.5778
Avg (non-participants): 7.0446
Views since voting: 3454
Views during voting: 488
Votes: 247
Comments: 35
Favorites: 13 (view)


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04/02/2008 11:12:53 AM
Perfect shot. It's really eerie and seems like something out of a futuristic reality. Really well done.
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03/23/2008 11:06:18 PM
This really a precious photo. Very impactive and emotive.
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03/19/2008 01:20:55 PM
Wow - what a shot - this ventures into the surreal for me, with the wonderful tension between the faceless masked figure, and the Teddy bear being carried along by one paw, all of it backdropped by the industrial plant.

And people say only 'eye-candy' gets good marks here . .

Great work
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03/19/2008 12:57:42 PM
Amazing shot, congratulations
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03/19/2008 10:50:10 AM
Genius idea! Executed to perfection! Congratulations on 4th place!
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03/19/2008 10:14:58 AM
Very Nice. Looks like the scenne out of a post apocalyptic movie. good job!
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03/19/2008 09:26:42 AM
In flipping through the challenge images, this stood out as one of the best, both conceptually and technically. A great shot.
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03/19/2008 06:54:10 AM
brilliant picture,well done/congrats
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03/19/2008 12:17:48 AM
Let me just say that I was shocked to not see your name on the front page. You sure did take a hit during rollover. Thought this was one of the more creative images by far, and very well executed. Well done!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/18/2008 11:13:30 PM
I think I've seen this mask before. I like how you've tied the teddy bear in. I always find this type of border to look better in a landscape cropped photo rather than a square crop.
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03/17/2008 09:27:15 PM
this is great,great idea,great colors,great focus,after the challenge take the pole from her head,even if the lines just disappear outta frame (like they are)...wow-8
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03/16/2008 10:20:29 AM
Congrats on the blue.
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03/15/2008 02:14:18 PM
Very nicely composed, exposed, and processed. That said, it looks kind of weird that the girl is wearing only a mask. Isn't the purpose of the mask defeated if it is not sealed and the rest of the body isn't protected?
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03/15/2008 12:09:54 PM
wow
exaggeration for effect
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03/14/2008 09:30:53 PM
This is an interesting take on the challenge...Love the teddy bear. Good Luck.
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03/14/2008 04:27:26 PM
i like the documentary feel of this shot. not sure about the overall color cast though. the mask, bunny, girl with pink clothes, rail road with crossing sign, ugly telephone/light wires, and last but not the least factory. every single element adds a meaning/interest in the image. brilliantly planned and composed.
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03/14/2008 12:18:11 PM
Creative idea. The composition, location, and pose all work very well.
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03/14/2008 09:40:45 AM
I really like the concept of this photo. Well executed.
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03/14/2008 09:40:08 AM
i like this picture because its very different from all the other ones..everyone else has pictures of just air pollution but putting the gas mask in the photo was a great step up
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03/14/2008 09:29:14 AM
I like this shot it reminds me of a movie.
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03/14/2008 08:51:10 AM
I like the idea here. Would have been better if the subject didn't look like she has a pole growing out of her head. Still excellent. 8.
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03/14/2008 08:04:26 AM
Cross processed look adds to the image. Like the story portrayed behind this image.
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03/13/2008 10:13:10 AM
This is a unique take on it. Most other pictures only have smokestacks in the picture, but you added. The lighting fits the felling of depression, good job.
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03/13/2008 09:50:15 AM
This is a really thoughtful picture. I like the detail
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03/13/2008 01:05:06 AM
Nice sharp image, but it must be late I'm having trouble "getting" this one. I'll come back to it.
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03/13/2008 12:07:02 AM
excellent idea
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03/12/2008 09:50:05 PM
Fantastic! The composition, the colours, the posing, the processing. Perfect!
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03/12/2008 09:45:01 PM
creepy~ nice shot i like the positioning of your subject
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03/12/2008 04:42:53 PM
i think this one will win =)
i love the pink shirt and the teddy contrasting the gas mask
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03/12/2008 04:03:39 PM
The best of this sort in the challenge. a scary thought for the future.
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03/12/2008 12:15:05 PM
I like this shot alot. A family friendly apocolyptic feel to it. Bumping up.
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03/12/2008 12:02:10 PM
Not sure about what you did to the contrast, but I do like the idea and the execution otherwise. Good.
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03/12/2008 11:06:31 AM
Great shot
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03/12/2008 07:24:45 AM
I like the image but i don't like the post production. 6
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03/12/2008 02:56:49 AM
great tones...excellent image for the challenge 9 from me
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