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Challenge: Motion Blur III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX
Location: Ledyard CT
Date: Oct 22, 2008
Aperture: f14
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/3
Galleries: Action
Date Uploaded: Oct 22, 2008

I have wanted to try a shot like this for a while, but didn't have the correct challenge or the nerve to do it. I borrowed my wife's 1992 BMW 325i convertible, tied my tripod into the backseat of the car using rope, and set up the camera with a remote shutter release. I shot probably about 100-200 shots using this set up over two days. As luck would have it, I got this shot - my favorite on the first day in the first 20-30 shots. I got many strange looks from people as I drove around the streets near my house with this contraption sticking out the top of the car....I hope it was worth it.

Predicted score: 6.3
Dream score: 6.7+

I think it came out pretty good - I hope DPC agrees (and that there aren't too many shots like it!)

Shot in RAW, Opened in Elements 6
Adjusted globally vibrancy, saturation, clarity and exposure prior to RAW conversion.

As JPEG - Noise Ninja to smooth blurred and sharpen sharp.
Adjustment layers for selective colors, hue saturation.
Cropped and minor rotation to fix 'horizon' of car.
Removed on sensor dust spot on left hand side in trees (it was only object not in motion and was seen on other images in sequence).

Resize for web, noise ninja again, boosted saturation. Save for web.

[Nov. 3rd, 2008 07:55:36 AM]

I had a few comments during voting that were wondering about the speed of the car while photographing. As I recall, I was going about 40 mph. But with a 1/3 second shutter speed (aperture mode set at F14 to keep image sharp but small enough to elongate the exposure time), I was able to get a really good feeling of motion. It helps that the road is narrow and there were trees right up to the road - this gave the feeling of motion more pronounced.

Post Challenge Cool a ribbon and a 7+ score. Thanks for the great comments! I had a blast planning and doing the shoot for this one.

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Statistics
Place: 2 out of 201
Avg (all users): 7.0695
Avg (commenters): 8.6923
Avg (participants): 6.9123
Avg (non-participants): 7.1385
Views since voting: 7280
Views during voting: 406
Votes: 187
Comments: 56
Favorites: 23 (view)


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11/11/2008 09:37:53 PM
Before it takes off from the front page, congratulations!! it's a really awesome shot that makes you feel like your in the middle of the action - definitely deserves a ribbon!
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11/11/2008 04:55:56 PM
Cool shot...
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11/09/2008 03:47:22 AM
Peter!!!! Huge congratulations! This is wicked good, as they say in your neck of the woods :-)
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11/08/2008 04:42:26 PM
It also helps to have a convertible LOL
GREAT SHOT!!
Debbi
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11/08/2008 05:52:02 AM
Congrats on the red. I like this blurrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

Message edited by author 2008-11-08 05:52:47.
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11/07/2008 03:17:35 AM
Great image. Thanks for sharing the setup & out-takes... it was well worth the effort (and the strange looks from the neighbors) ! Congrats on the Red!
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11/06/2008 11:34:33 PM
Well done! Congratulations on your blue.
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11/06/2008 10:57:14 PM
Congrats Peter! Well executed.
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11/06/2008 07:40:07 PM
Peter, Way too cool!! Many many many Congratulations.
We are so proud of you up here in VT..
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11/06/2008 04:30:23 PM
Man...looks like it was fun getting it right...nice...
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11/06/2008 12:48:17 PM
Excellent shot, congrats!
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11/06/2008 10:07:25 AM
Congrats on the red ribbon, great work!
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11/06/2008 01:22:06 AM
Great work
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11/05/2008 05:58:01 PM
hey congrats on the ribbon. Great shot, deserves it
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11/05/2008 01:58:43 PM
hey peter ... BRILLIANT .. and congratulations on your ribbon and second place on your profile page ..
i'm wondering why you're driving on the rhs when you live in england .. that could be why you got the weird looks and possibly the finger .. lol .. :)
i get such a feeling of motion when looking at this .. it is AWESOME . !!..:)
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11/05/2008 01:33:19 PM
Ledyard CT? I was just there on Sunday. What a great shot. that has nice leading lines and is visually pleasing! Congrats!
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11/05/2008 01:09:47 PM
Congratulations, very well done. Maybe you can give me some tips at a gtg, neighbor with a Nikon.
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11/05/2008 11:28:38 AM
Very unique perspective and well deserved win!
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11/05/2008 10:37:48 AM
Excellent. A simple idea, executed really well. Congratulations!
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11/05/2008 09:29:15 AM
Gosh, the colors are so beautiful and the motion is stunning. A very deserving and fun picture to have on the front page. Congratulations!
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11/05/2008 09:23:12 AM
Great job Peter!
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11/05/2008 08:53:28 AM
YAAAY Peter-many congrats !
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11/05/2008 08:52:32 AM
Well done, I think your outtakes would've placed well too. I guess that means you had great execution.
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11/05/2008 08:22:53 AM
Great shot Peter. I like the fall colours.
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11/05/2008 08:21:14 AM
Pater, congrats on the red! Awesome image!
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11/05/2008 07:59:18 AM
peter, congrats! I looked at the home page first thing this morning, hoping to see this shot up there! And I wasn't disappointed. this is a fantastic shot, perfect for the challenge. It's great when things work out exactly as planned, and a ribbon to boot! Way to go!
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11/05/2008 07:31:25 AM
"Thrilling" is the word that came to mind. Worth it indeed. I love how the road appears sharp and the surroundings are blurred. And fall was a great time to capture this. Congrats on the ribbon!

Message edited by author 2008-11-07 19:48:33.
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11/05/2008 06:08:19 AM
oooo good man Mr Bassline.
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11/05/2008 05:57:27 AM
Congrats Pete excellent shot!
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11/05/2008 04:57:06 AM
really good. i'd like to try it out myself one of these days.
but i'm still struggling on how to get the camera strapped properly without too much vibration onto the car (and no, i dont have a convertible)
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11/05/2008 04:12:35 AM
deserve to win
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11/05/2008 02:00:53 AM
I want that nice, smooth road here! Awesome shot. Congratulations on the ribbon.
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11/05/2008 01:49:00 AM
Fabulous shot Peter , Congrats !!!
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11/05/2008 12:54:02 AM
Cool shot and the colours, wow. Love those yellow dividing lines. Grats!
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11/05/2008 12:41:55 AM
Congrats, Peter!
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11/05/2008 12:34:11 AM
Yay another ribbon for us! Great job man!
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11/05/2008 12:26:44 AM
It was worth it. Fabulous shot, Peter. Congrats on your well deserved ribbon.
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11/05/2008 12:18:41 AM
Congratulations! Fantastic Job.
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11/05/2008 12:14:32 AM
Peter, congratulations on the ribbon, excellent job!
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11/05/2008 12:05:16 AM
Very cool shot and does a great job of conveying a sense of high speed motion. Congrats on your red ribbon!
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11/05/2008 12:04:25 AM
oh man! Peter, awesome work, huge congrats on the ribbon, so great to see this up here. GO POLAND
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/04/2008 11:59:26 PM
Standard, high scoring stuff.
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11/02/2008 11:18:20 PM
Really makes me feel like I am moving too. 9
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11/02/2008 01:19:08 PM
I'm curious how fast the car was actually going. Its impressive how sharp the car is as well as the lines in the road.
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11/01/2008 10:23:41 PM
Wow, as soon as this photo popped up I really felt the motion. Extremely well executed. I would have liked to see it zoomed out just a little more so the driver is a little more visible though. Still... great shot!!
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11/01/2008 03:51:16 PM
I absolutely love this picture, the clarity and blur work perfectly together. I cant help but feel that I am falling right into the picture, wonderful. 10 :)
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10/31/2008 06:43:11 AM
Great photograph, it draws you into a sense of speed...nice car as well lol
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10/30/2008 05:43:25 PM
The photo draws you in
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10/30/2008 06:18:38 AM
very nice shot. really looks fast 9
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10/29/2008 11:16:08 AM
wow... amazing. def in my top 3 this challenge
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10/29/2008 07:21:59 AM
I feel very uneasy looking at this photo. Great shot.
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10/29/2008 04:56:46 AM
Awesome. I really sense the speed and motion here. Well done.
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10/29/2008 03:11:51 AM
excellent 10
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10/29/2008 03:09:55 AM
Wicked shot!
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10/29/2008 01:46:29 AM
I love how this image "moves" when you focus down the road!
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10/29/2008 01:28:15 AM
Great autumn-colors. Nice picture!
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