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The Conqueror
The Conqueror

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Challenge: Memorials and Monuments (Basic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Sony SAL16-80Z DT 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 ZA
Location: Lincoln Park, San Francisco
Date: Oct 3, 2010
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Black and White
Date Uploaded: Oct 4, 2010

A statue of Rodrigo Díaz de Bivar - a national hero of Spain during 11th century. Why this statue at USS SanFrancisco Memorial in Lincoln Park, San Francisco? No idea.

Woot! My best finish in a challenge yet! Am on cloud 9 - was so happy when I got an email asking for verification :P Thanks all - loved the coments. I agree - the border was too polarizing - some loved it and some hated it. I'm new at borders and am in a phase where I'm trying to add borders to every photo and am experimenting with different borders. I hope it'll settle down soon and I can hopefully figure out when/if a border is needed and what kind. Thanks again.

Forum thread here:

My sincere apologies to all those who voted and commented on this picture.

Phew! Best possible outcome of the scenario :) Many thanks to Langdon and Site Council for pursuing this and fixing a niggle at their end.

Place: 5 out of 84
Avg (all users): 6.2778
Avg (commenters): 7.1538
Avg (participants): 5.8718
Avg (non-participants): 6.3901
Views since voting: 1762
Views during voting: 317
Votes: 180
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0

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10/20/2010 04:32:45 PM
Two Sony A700's in the Top 5 for this challenge - and both have a soldier/hero riding a horse. Just thought that was fun. Congrats on your new PB!
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10/13/2010 01:49:28 AM
Well done on a top finish! I'm not surprised to see this do so well. I am surprised how many comments you got on the border though. I wonder if that's a record?
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/12/2010 04:50:44 PM
Wow, this one is ribbon worthy although I don't care for the heavy inner border, think it would stand on high by itself. The square crop really works. Love how you shot towards the sky. As a horse photographer, you really picked a great angle.
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10/11/2010 09:21:59 PM
This is an excellent image. Not liking the framing. 9
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10/11/2010 08:10:57 AM
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10/10/2010 10:32:24 PM
this would have been great for the metal on metal challenge as well!
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10/10/2010 06:58:10 PM
One of my top five!
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10/10/2010 05:52:40 PM
Nicely done
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10/09/2010 04:00:12 AM
I don't think that the border line adds anything to the image. If anything I would use it as a crop boundary to lose the bottom right corner.
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10/08/2010 02:29:51 PM
i like the photo and border
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10/08/2010 11:54:09 AM
I like this. Good choice on the close crop and the B&W. Those things help to bring out the details. Most of the time I don't mind a border, but in this case I feel like it's actually detracting from the image.
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10/08/2010 08:12:50 AM
Not sure what others will think of it, but I really like the border you used
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10/07/2010 02:32:57 AM
Dislike the border but I like the shot 6 from me
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10/06/2010 04:53:16 PM
very nicely done - and your boarder adds just the right touch
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10/06/2010 03:01:43 PM
Nice perspective, converted well to B&W with the image popping nicely and the clouds provide a good background. However, the border adds nothing but is really distracting to me. I do like this shot and it gets a 7 from me.
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10/06/2010 12:18:34 PM
Nice contrast in the image. The border distracts though.
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