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Paddle Face
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2009 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: 2010
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
Date: Sep 26, 2009
Aperture: F3.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/8
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 19, 2010

Guess I'll try something different this year and go down the "artsy" path. Temptation to pull a shot from numerous Shenandoah Park outings is strong, but I figure there will be a TON of outstanding landscapes, wildlife shots, and regular portraits in this.

Maybe a 5.6 on this? Hard to tell. :-)

Processing steps:
Silkypix
- RAW to TIFF
PSP X2
- resize
- rotate left (auto crop) about .21
- levels (16,110,205)
- Virtual Photographer: BW Impact
- resize
- clone out table logo
- border
- save as JPG

Strangest thing...decided to make a minor adjustment to this at the last minute and when I went to save (with 800 pixels) the file size was 300.7kb. I figured no biggee, I'll slice off 1 pixel on all sides to 798...file size went up to 301.6! Grrr... Take another slice - no help. Finally at 794 I was able to barely get under 300kb. That was an interesting exercise. :-/

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WOW! In 5+ years here at DPChallenge, I think this was the most fun I've had yet. 30 comments, all of which are outstanding. 5 favs! I'll have to catchup with everyone and say "Thanks!" for the wonderful feedback.

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Another WOW! For the juried side challenge this image was given 4th place honors. Way cool!!! Thanks!

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Statistics
Place: 192 out of 445
Avg (all users): 5.9187
Avg (commenters): 7.5172
Avg (participants): 5.9105
Avg (non-participants): 5.9464
Views since voting: 1300
Views during voting: 401
Votes: 246
Comments: 39
Favorites: 11 (view)


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02/07/2010 01:16:38 PM
Congratulations on 4th, Barry!
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02/01/2010 01:32:12 PM
This is great Barry! glad it was so well received. :)
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01/29/2010 02:10:20 PM
I would hang this on my wall. Great job.
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01/29/2010 01:33:15 PM
How cool is this!
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01/29/2010 12:47:33 PM
I'm sorry I didn't get around to commenting during the challenge. I thought it was a cracking shot and it got a 9 from me. Sorry it didn't do better.
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01/29/2010 11:45:00 AM
This one got a 9 from me :-) Glad it did *relatively* well for ya, considering the nature of the thing. Well done!
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01/29/2010 11:28:16 AM
Congrats on beating your prediction and ending up with a great result, Barry!
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01/29/2010 09:56:57 AM
I didn't comment, but I gave you a 9. Awesome shot.
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01/29/2010 09:46:48 AM
Great photograph, love it. Scored it well. Fess up...he has the paddle there because you were pelting him at will and he couldn't take it anymore! ;) <yes, I recall this image from childhoood...I think my little brother was involved...>
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01/29/2010 01:13:58 AM
Dang - a zeuszen comment! I'd say it was well worth going down the artsy path this year! This is a fine photograph. Fun and engaging.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/28/2010 11:52:45 PM
simple, funny, good. 9
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01/28/2010 11:36:35 PM
ha - this is weird. I like it. Makes you stop and think and wonder what the heck is going on lol
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01/28/2010 10:38:19 PM
I love this! The lines, the shapes, the tones, and the non symmetrical blocks of texture. It all works to add to the fun of mysteriousness.
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01/28/2010 10:04:04 PM
Expert composition. This will be among my top picks.

A TEN from me, one of two I'm handing out in this challenge. Great stuff.
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01/28/2010 06:37:50 PM
I'm hanging this in the Posthumous Fantasy Art Gallery.
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01/27/2010 07:24:01 PM
Energy/Range/Story: 7/6/7
Composition/perspective/manner: 9/6/6
Aesthetics/Technical: 4/4
Presentation:4
Total: 5.88
Vote: 6

Remarks: an amusing, left-brained intrigue... I imagine it due to the flat, linear composition. Bravo!
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01/27/2010 01:57:10 PM
great leading line!
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01/27/2010 01:31:08 PM
quirky yet direct - one of the most memorable in the challenge
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01/27/2010 08:34:20 AM
Interesting shot and title. Quite surreal.
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01/27/2010 06:20:04 AM
If this doesn't get a Posthumous... I'll have words... This is wonderful for its uniqueness... it's what I wish I was brave enough to do with my photography. Love it! I can only give this one score (despite having given it an 8 initially)... that's a 10.
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01/26/2010 09:39:43 PM
brilliant & brave !! I am starting to appreaciate shots like this. the leading line to the paddle really works well , a sense of mysteriousness , humour , details and PP. 9 from me.
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01/26/2010 07:09:50 PM
This is a cool shot. I think it would be equally as cool if the paddle weren't in front of the face. I like the composition.
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01/26/2010 12:35:12 AM
i am not sure if i like this yet
the concept is good the subject seems a little strange almost cut out and pasted in
perhaps if he was not central that would add another aspect to the image just my 2 cents worth
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01/25/2010 11:49:25 PM
Wonderful! Makes me smile.
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01/25/2010 08:38:46 PM
Simple and effective! Love the boldness of this, simply amazing.
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01/25/2010 02:43:38 PM
simple yet appealing.
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01/25/2010 11:48:54 AM
fantastic, fun image that reminds me of something we might see in a book on a famous artist. DuChamp, Magritte or someone like that.

I love the way the table takes up a strangely large amount of the composition and the situation is so matter-of-fact and simple.
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01/25/2010 08:54:40 AM
good arty image...quirky
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01/25/2010 08:22:30 AM
cute picture...well done...like the tones in it alot
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01/24/2010 01:59:16 PM
Though I like the obtuse here and there, I don't have enough with either the title or the image to tell the story for me.......4
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01/24/2010 01:48:42 PM
True art. really brilliantly composed. I cant decide if I want to see the kids face and yet maybe thats part of the intrigue of the shot. Love the white line running straight to him and yet have the nets white line accross further barring contact with the faceless kid. I have 445 pictures to comment on...And im wasting time and dont have time but ill be thinking about this shot forever and a day 9
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01/23/2010 09:37:32 PM
I wish I could tell you why I like this shot but, I can't. I don't know...I just like it! LOL
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01/23/2010 09:11:58 PM
Fun fun!! So great to see something different! Love the concept and the composition.
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01/23/2010 06:46:16 PM
lol cute. Wonderful tones.
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01/23/2010 11:35:36 AM
p-p-p-p-p-paddle face (I hope you know the Lady Gaga song this refers to) :) This is cool and artsy.
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01/23/2010 12:56:11 AM
the high key works great here. Nice idea.
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01/22/2010 10:34:20 PM
excellent!
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01/22/2010 12:01:16 PM
Very cute, artsy, interesting.
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01/22/2010 03:07:36 AM
Trying not to give a 10, but here goes another one.
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