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Ghosts of the schoolyard playground
Ghosts of the schoolyard playground

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Challenge: Every Picture Tells A Story (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Canon
Location: Colorado
Date: Apr 28, 2008
Aperture: 22
ISO: 100
Shutter: varies - HDR
Galleries: Architecture, High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Date Uploaded: May 4, 2008

All that remains of a children's slide in front of a one-room schoolhouse in Colorado. The tales to be told don't just include happy school day memories but, of horror. This is the site of a massacre by the Colorado State Militia, who killed 4 miners, 7 women and 11 children in 1914. From a hill behind this camera position, the Militia fired a Gatling gun over the top of this school house and into a tent city of striking miners.

Only the day before, striking miners and Militiamen had held a softball game in the ball diamond behind the school.

HDR Imaging. 7 exposures, tone mapped in Photomatix. Curves, burning, USM, cropping in PS. Desaturated the image by converting to grayscale. Converted back to RGB and then overlaid original tone mapped image (color) and decreased the opacity to 70%, flattened, additional curves adjustment, sized for DPC.

Place: 7 out of 170
Avg (all users): 6.7086
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 6.5753
Avg (non-participants): 6.8333
Views since voting: 2993
Views during voting: 313
Votes: 151
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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05/12/2008 12:15:01 AM
I like that this is a photo of an actual story and not a stock image representing a real story.
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05/12/2008 12:05:46 AM
Congratulations on 7th place!

Excellent work as always Dave. This is a wonderful scene which conjures up many stories. Perfect for the challenge.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/10/2008 09:50:13 AM
Wonderful work, just love this.
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05/08/2008 12:00:24 PM
Lovely scene. The sky metering is perfect. The tone is good too.
My idea, put some toys or dolls at foreground will be give more meaning to your picture.
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05/07/2008 02:59:41 PM
I really like the composition and colours here . . a nice strong shot.
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05/07/2008 09:30:11 AM
Beautiful framing...
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05/07/2008 09:08:56 AM
Incredible clarity and color.
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05/07/2008 12:46:11 AM
I like the simplicity yet strength of color here- a fine balance of gold and green with the startling blue sky. It makes for a strong image and a tale well told of prairie life.
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05/05/2008 08:25:13 AM
I love the depth of tones in this...
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