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Cycling Helmet
Cycling Helmet

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Challenge: Headwear II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
Location: the Studio
Date: Feb 14, 2010
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/200 sec.
Galleries: Black and White
Date Uploaded: Feb 14, 2010

Shot with a single on camera SB 600 against a black backdrop. Really wish I could do this shot while riding a bike but I don't can't think of a safe way to do this with anyone I know.

RAW conversion
Highpass filter set to vivid light at 100% Opacity
Black and white adjustment layer with light tint
Solid color for border
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Place: 46 out of 126
Avg (all users): 5.8491
Avg (commenters): 6.7500
Avg (participants): 5.7170
Avg (non-participants): 5.9151
Views since voting: 662
Views during voting: 274
Votes: 159
Comments: 6
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02/27/2010 11:39:35 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club.
Hello Joshua, I’m Alan.

First on your subject, spot on focus, and I like the B&W treatment. Looking at your bicyclist I feel the exhaustion. Truth be told when you reach the upper 5’s with this tough crowd, “your almost there” in the photography world. “Almost” being the key word, your “almost” was in the rest of the story, the why. If the water was just on the face (sweat) I could buy into the background, but in this the helmet and glasses are also wet and I wonder why, the sterile background gives no indication, you have a great subject, but no story.
With the Olympics currently running, and with your great subject, filling in the rest of the story would have pushed you into the 6.5+ range, if not on the front page.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/20/2010 01:33:03 AM
I can't help but stare at the drop coming off his nose.
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02/16/2010 02:58:34 PM
Very good idea - and I love the capture of the water . . but this doesn't quite work for me and I'm not sure why . .

It might be the crop . . it might have worked better with colour . . but it just seems (for me at least) that this could have been even better, even stronger, with more punch and zing (whatever they are) :- )

. . yet I still like it.
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02/15/2010 09:53:21 PM
Great lighting. Very nice shot.
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02/15/2010 05:19:35 AM
I love that you managed to capture the falling drip - great moment.
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02/15/2010 02:02:49 AM
Great shot but the background reminds me of a studio shot... I d prefer to see a more natural background for this "action" shot! BW and Water drops works well! 6
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