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Freedom Riders
Freedom Riders

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Challenge: Freedom II (Advanced Editing II)
Collection: Hidden Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D1X
Lens: Nikon AF Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G IF-ED DX
Location: California
Date: Jul 11, 2004
Aperture: F6.3
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Vintage, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Jul 11, 2004

This bike is an "American Eagle"
To me the Eagle is the ultimate symbol of freedom. I would have called this picture "The American Eagle" but I think the title is a part of the picture. Keeping to the rules of the challenge, I didn't want to include the word America in my title, suggesting a specific country .

Just a link about the freedom riders.

This was shot with a fisheye lens, so the distortion is not an edit. I gave this shot more editing than I normally do with my photos, I know I am pushing the gray area with this one, so I hope what I have done will be voted within the rules. I did clone out the distracting detail in the reflection on the gas tank, I also dropped out the color selectively above the bike to hide lights and stuff showing in the store. I removed some of the reflection on the floor and desaturated it. Then I burned everything in the background to a solid black leaving a thin line around the darker areas of the bike.

Place: 64 out of 140
Avg (all users): 5.2678
Avg (commenters): 6.8000
Avg (participants): 5.1667
Avg (non-participants): 5.3429
Views since voting: 1249
Views during voting: 282
Votes: 183
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/18/2004 10:35:07 PM
Nice contrasts, beautiful bike, but that bend (from the lense?) makes it very wierd looking,
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07/16/2004 08:21:08 PM
Nice ride! Excellent use of Wide!
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07/16/2004 12:56:38 AM
Interesting use of the lens. Nice exposure, quite good. Well done!
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07/16/2004 12:28:41 AM
Ahh, warp a machine. Interesting.
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07/15/2004 11:44:34 PM
Good choice for the theme and nice use of lighting.
Well Done!
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07/13/2004 11:08:00 PM
Im not sure what if any effect or alterations were done here but i really like it. I especially like the composition. 9
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07/13/2004 04:03:04 PM
Perfect capture of the bike. I think it would score higher for this particular challenge if shown "in action".
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07/12/2004 07:35:54 PM
The fisheye does no justice for this nice bike
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07/12/2004 08:50:02 AM
This is too contrasty. There is very little separation between the dark bike and the dark background. It needs some middle values.
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07/12/2004 08:18:57 AM
Trying out a new lens? :-) I like this shot and love the subject, but I do think it would be better without the fisheye. Still, this is a nice interpretation of the challenge.
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07/12/2004 05:48:08 AM
Awesome wide angle perspective and lighting. Definately a freedom machine (10)
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07/12/2004 12:30:08 AM
WOW!! What kind of bike is that? That is an awesome bike!
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