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Blur, Mess, Calm and Chaos
Blur, Mess, Calm and Chaos

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Blurry Mess (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Canon
Location: River Avon, Stratford, UK
Date: Mar 11, 2008
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 500
Shutter: 30sec
Galleries: Landscape, Rural
Date Uploaded: Mar 11, 2008

Post challenge:

Yup - i know it was a bit of a shoehorn and pushing it, but i felt it fit the words, but not their connection to each other... meaning yes there is blur and yes there is mess but it isnt blurry mess... call it artistic licence ;)

Anyway if you were interested: B+W ND1000 used... very windy, rainy and generally good day for getting blur out of trees...

Place: 63 out of 292
Avg (all users): 5.6763
Avg (commenters): 5.6500
Avg (participants): 5.1359
Avg (non-participants): 6.0797
Views since voting: 1184
Views during voting: 430
Votes: 241
Comments: 23
Favorites: 3 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/18/2008 05:24:34 PM
Nice long exposure but not really a blurry mess. Only blur I see is the water, really only being smoothed out, then the tree which I only can figure is blurred from the wind. Everything is sharp which does not fit well with the challenge.
03/18/2008 10:13:29 AM
beautiful contrast... nice play of exposure...
03/16/2008 10:41:39 AM
Beautiful. This has the Wow factor!
03/15/2008 10:47:57 PM
I'll bet this does well. The tree says it all -- it looks like it's reaching out...
03/15/2008 08:50:19 PM
probably too much sharp areas for me
03/15/2008 03:06:21 PM
great capture, blurred just enough and focused enough to make this shot make sense, 8
03/14/2008 09:01:13 PM
Awesome..: )
03/14/2008 12:47:34 PM
You definitely got all those elements in there! Initially I wanted to vote this down..well maybe a 5 or 6, but now that I've soaked it in I'm starting to appreciate it's genius more....
03/14/2008 08:27:53 AM
Bump to a higher score. You covered it! Well done!
03/14/2008 01:19:50 AM
This was exactly the type of shot I was afraid of. Technically its great. It DOES have blur and chaos. In my opinion it does not meet the challenge. What I am looking for is more of the abstract blurriness where the whole scene is a blur yet it has a pleasing look to it. This shot deserves a good mark yet as it does not meet the challenge (again in my opinion) I can't consider it for one. As such I will abstain from voting on this image and merely say that I really do like this shot.
03/13/2008 08:57:30 PM
This has that Lensbaby coolness to it. Well done.
03/13/2008 01:57:51 PM
i think they wanted a blurry/messy/chaotic overall effect,while you seem to have all these elements in this photo, to me it misses the mark...but i wont be surprised if an image like this wins,good luck!
03/13/2008 09:20:21 AM
A very nice idea combining such interesting elements in one picture. The twists in the tree make it even nicer.
03/13/2008 09:09:47 AM
Interesting title and interesting photo, but the only thing I see to be a mess is the tree, everything else seems to be in order...
03/13/2008 06:35:46 AM
Nice, but not a blurry mess.
03/13/2008 12:36:38 AM
Ribbon shot......
03/12/2008 10:42:09 PM
Beautifully crisp and sharp
03/12/2008 08:27:06 PM
This is really nice... halfway through voting one of the strongest entries.
03/12/2008 07:31:00 PM
You've got the basic elements, but you added "calm" and I think that's going to hurt you in this challenge. There are some images that just scream blurry, messy and chaotic and this one is whispering that those are discrete parts of the image and not an integrated whole.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/12/2008 04:54:11 PM
An interesting interpretation of the challenge!
03/12/2008 01:59:32 PM
I think it all has to be blurry to meet the challenge. Pretty image though... Would prefer the tree to not distract us from the subject.
03/12/2008 12:56:59 PM
Without the title I don't see much blur or mess. Yes, it is disorganized, but it has too much focus.
03/12/2008 02:50:39 AM
Too "neat" for my interpretation of the challenge. Looking for more abstract. I do love the image. One of my favorites4

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