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 This image was disqualified from the The Spirit Of A Country challenge.
The courage to dream that from nothing, something great can come.
The courage to dream that from nothing, something great can come.
joeyz101


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: The Spirit Of A Country (Basic Editing)
Camera: Olympus E-520
Lens: Olympus 50mm f/1.8 MF Normal Zuiko
Location: New York
Date: Nov 17, 2009
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Rural, History
Date Uploaded: Nov 17, 2009

To me, this grand opening sign represents the American Dream.

I always loved to hear the old folks in my neighborhood tell me how they came to this country. How they came with nothing more than the clothes on their back, how they only had $2 in their pocket and how they risked everything to build a new life for their families and themselves in the land where dreams come true.

These stories still inspire and motivate me. I believe dreams can come true with a tremendous amount of hard work, courage, and for me, a little faith.

I used Photoshop to selectively desaturate the background, crop and do some basic edits.

Enjoy!
Disqualification Details
You may not use the marquee, lasso, or similar tool to select a portion of your image for any reason other than cropping or creating a border.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/18/2009 05:30:45 PM
The halo effect and selective coloration violates the basic editing rules.. you had to do some sort of spot editing to get this reault.
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11/18/2009 08:40:02 AM
I get the idea, just wish the letters were not mirrored
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11/18/2009 05:36:23 AM
Not too sure if the selective desaturation enhances the image. The editing's also a little sloppy, I can see halos around the flag and the tree. However, I like the symbolisms here so its still strong enough to get a 6 from me.
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11/18/2009 03:11:43 AM
The title is so critical here that I can't go past it. The flag is backwards - flip the shot perhaps? This is also going to be DQ'd for the selective desat.
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11/18/2009 12:16:01 AM
Good idea, theres some ghosting around the flag, not sure if this editing is legal for basic editing..5
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