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INTO THE ABYSS
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Challenge: Urban Decay (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300s
Lens: Nikon AF Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G IF-ED DX
Location: Abandoned Warehouse, Western Melbourne
Date: Dec 14, 2009
Aperture: F6.3
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/13 Handheld
Galleries: Abstract, Urban
Date Uploaded: Dec 13, 2009

The Image: Used the fisheye. Took this at an abandoned factory on the way to my church. The reflection worked for me. The puddle is only a couple of inches deep, yet looks 3D. It's so shallow that you can see the broken ashphalt under the base, yet it looks like that cracking is on the reflected ceiling.

The Edit: Lots of layers/masks with colour adjustments. I used variations on Photoshop to get the slimy green and masked off the rest so it remained normal. then I desaturated the background. Some dodge and burn, some blur and sharpening. I wanted it to be abstract and look almost 3D like you could jump into this, even though the water is only a couple of inches deep.

The Prediction: It could either do well when people see it as a 3D looking image, or it could bomb. I am guessing the latter: 5.8453

[Dec. 14th, 2009 06:31:09 AM]

After 6 hours: WOW! Almost 7.0000 with 30 votes. Could be a good week for me :)

[Dec. 20th, 2009 05:31:26 PM]

A few hours to go and at 7.1348. Another total surprise as you can see by my prediction. Thanks everyone.

POST: This was such a great surprise. Two ribbons in 7 days is wonderful, especially a BLUE. Thanks for all the votes and comments everyone :)

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 90
Avg (all users): 7.1747
Avg (commenters): 8.3333
Avg (participants): 7.1346
Avg (non-participants): 7.1930
Views since voting: 8796
Views during voting: 511
Votes: 166
Comments: 59
Favorites: 23 (view)


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03/02/2013 10:06:45 PM
I selected this as a favorite 3 years ago, and unlike many of those shots, this still holds a real fascination for me - your processing really set this apart.
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12/29/2009 01:22:38 AM
Fantastic shot in its every bit.
Good that your camera is still with you and not with an 'inhabitant' of the place :)
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12/25/2009 03:58:18 PM
GReat shot Enzo. Love your editing too, it brought it out brilliantly. Congrats on your Blue.
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12/23/2009 05:16:46 PM
I love this shot. Great concept and composition and it really tells the story of the challenge topic. Cheers!
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12/23/2009 04:55:13 PM
such an interesting image .. i love how it took a while before i realised what was going on .. it really is exceptional with amazing depth and colours .. CONGRATS ON THE BLUE .. :)
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12/23/2009 12:47:59 AM
Oustanding, oustanding, OUTstanding image! Forgive me for not acknowledging it earlier. Well-deserved blue.
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12/22/2009 07:44:01 AM
I didn't vote in this challenge but looked through the submissions and this picture popped out, it's amazing what you did with the reflection. Very well done. Congratulations!
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12/21/2009 08:49:36 PM
Beautiful colours. A very deserving blue. :)
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12/21/2009 08:26:14 PM
Ok ... so I have already commented on this but ... when something is good ..... it's good! This pictures rocks! Congrats again!
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12/21/2009 05:07:52 PM
not often I give a 7 to a blue ribbon! great image.
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12/21/2009 04:29:19 PM
One of the best photos I have ever seen on here. Well done just does not cover it.
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12/21/2009 02:09:38 PM
I rated this the highest (9/10) among all the entries. Beautiful image, well done and congrats!
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12/21/2009 02:07:18 PM
Absolutely amazing. Congratulations on the blue!
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12/21/2009 01:33:41 PM
This is simply an amazing image! Excellent photograph! Congratulations on the blue!
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12/21/2009 12:16:33 PM
Wow!...Enzo, yet another spectacular shot! Many congrats!!!
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12/21/2009 10:59:26 AM
How cool, Enzo! This is a very unique and interesting depiction of urban decay. Congratulations on first place!

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12/21/2009 10:38:42 AM
Congrats for the first place :)
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12/21/2009 10:30:19 AM
Just too good. Congrats man.
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12/21/2009 08:57:27 AM
Your photography skills are amazing. What a great artistic eye too. Excellent composition. Congrats on the blue!
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12/21/2009 08:21:35 AM
Congrats on the Blue. Wonderful shot!
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12/21/2009 07:58:52 AM
Great job. The green makes this quite an eye catcher. I think it might be nice to see the tire as more of its natural color though. The pieces of wood don't bother me and I don't think the tire should be drastically changed, just a small amount. Fantastic shot.
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12/21/2009 07:55:40 AM
Awesome image, by far the best of the challenge. 10 from me.
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12/21/2009 04:56:56 AM
Congratulations on the blue!! Brilliant shot.
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12/21/2009 02:37:54 AM
congratulations. Looked like the winner right from the blocks. Felt as if I could dive in that pool
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12/21/2009 02:29:18 AM
Brilliant, absolutely brilliant! Huge congrats on winning, Enzo.
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12/21/2009 02:16:55 AM
Congrats on the blue! Excellent shot!
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12/21/2009 02:15:40 AM
huge congrats Enzo!!!!
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12/21/2009 12:59:40 AM
Congrats, it's been a while since my top pic got blue. Gotya mojo back:)
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12/21/2009 12:48:48 AM
Congratulations on a wonderful entry!
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12/21/2009 12:44:21 AM
Brilliant shot. Congratulations.
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12/21/2009 12:37:35 AM
Congratulations Enzo. Well deserved blue ribbon... captured and processed this perfectly.
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12/21/2009 12:35:19 AM
A huge congratulations on your ribbon...wicked image.
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12/21/2009 12:32:01 AM
Congrats on the blue ribbon... This was my favourite in this challenge.
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12/21/2009 12:09:17 AM
Excellent output! Congratulations!
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12/21/2009 12:04:55 AM
congratulations!
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12/21/2009 12:02:58 AM
2 ribbons in a row! Again, my pick for the blue!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/20/2009 11:27:05 PM
I like it. Hope it ribbons!
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12/20/2009 10:30:51 PM
Wow... great decay. You made great use of the new 800 pixel size.
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12/20/2009 05:32:16 PM
One of the few in this (difficult) challenge hoisting above a documentary level and showing skill for creativity and composition.
Your use of reflection (including the colors) is really great here.
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12/19/2009 10:48:14 PM
Awesome color contrasting
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12/18/2009 04:47:25 PM
Wow! I don't know how heavily processed this is, but I really like the effect of the green. Really striking. Nice tones in the back, and good detail / sharpness in the garbage and graffiti. A really nice image.
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12/18/2009 01:00:40 PM
Very nice, I reallly like the reflection.
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12/18/2009 10:47:52 AM
sweet pic! my favorite.
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12/18/2009 12:58:01 AM
this is as good as it gets
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12/17/2009 04:03:25 AM
Eyecatching image!
Well captured and processed.
8
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12/16/2009 10:22:19 PM
Great looking image. I'm sure the coloured version is just as magnificent.
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12/16/2009 10:11:05 PM
This is my pick for the blue. Colour, detail and composition all perfect. Add to that the interesting and complex scene captured... standout image of the challenge. Originally gave this an 8 but on further viewing during commenting, I'm bumping to a 9.
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12/16/2009 12:12:11 PM
Same title as my Power Lines entry! nice colors
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12/15/2009 11:03:49 PM
aaah, good ol' fisheye =)

Very creative shot!
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12/15/2009 10:17:39 PM
One of my two top picks for this challenge.
I wish it wasn't quite so impossibly green, but then again, perhaps that is what it truly looks like.
It is a fascinating shot with so much going on, and yet it isn't overwhelmingly busy.
Great reflection, great shot.
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12/15/2009 04:49:59 PM
This is my favorite image in this challenge. IMO, it's the hands-down winner, regardless of its placement at the end. It shows creative vision on an incredible level, a lot of good fortune for it to be there in the first place, and you to find it, and skill and knowledge to shoot it and post-process it in such a manner. A veritable masterpiece in my eyes. Thank you for this magnificent piece of work!.....10
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12/15/2009 03:57:44 PM
Cool picture!
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12/15/2009 02:43:00 PM
Excellent. Eye catching and striking. Fantastic use of reflections. Real urban decay visible here. 10
Ps. I must share this with you. I just came across this image on a Dutch photo site I am also a member off and I just had to post a link for you. It is uncannily similar in concept to your's.
//www.footo.nl/foto/219244
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12/14/2009 11:53:33 PM
I'm sensing some masking here. It looks like you desaturated the back wall or converted to a sepia tone, but in the water reflection on the upper left I see the bright red graffiti shining through in the green water. You really should have left the vivid wall colors as they were. But otherwise, it is a really great find. No vote, I'm in this one.
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12/14/2009 01:33:17 PM
Well seen & well photographed
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12/14/2009 01:10:29 PM
This is good, I like it - 8 from me
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12/14/2009 07:31:21 AM
one of the best photograph in this challenge for me... very very good work here, compliments.
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12/14/2009 05:45:33 AM
My pick for the blue! Fantastic shot
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12/14/2009 03:38:22 AM
Nice use of the water to include the view of more of the building. My guess is that the green tint of the reflection was the color of the water, but maybe you chose to process it this way for effect.
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