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Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind
Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind
LN13


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2010-10 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
Location: New York, New York
Date: Oct 24, 2010
Aperture: f16
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Cityscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Oct 26, 2010

levels, shadow/highlight, brightness/contrast, noise ninja (several passes), USM, Alien Skin Exposure (Negative Blue for Infrared Contrast)

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WOW! I never expected a fourth place in a Free Study, especially after the free-fall the score seemed like it was taking on the last day. Thanks for all of the kind votes and comments. It is a very nice way to break out of my longest string of sub-6s since I started at DPC.

I missed a ribbon by 0.0005. Had I voted the 3rd place image a 7 instead of an 8, or simply not voted at all, it would have been a ribbon shot. Bummer.

For those who asked, this was taken while standing in the middle of Broadway at about 53rd Street. How did I stand in the middle of Broadway and survive to tell about it? NYC has weekend street fairs April thru November, and they close off streets for blocks at a time. This one was on Broadway, between 47th & 57th.

I also had a color version. I'm glad I didn't enter it. My brother, daughter & wife talked me in to submitting the black & white.

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Statistics
Place: 4 out of 316
Avg (all users): 6.8467
Avg (commenters): 7.7368
Avg (participants): 6.8716
Avg (non-participants): 6.7805
Views since voting: 3890
Views during voting: 327
Votes: 150
Comments: 36
Favorites: 11 (view)


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AuthorThread
07/28/2011 09:30:41 PM
Congrats on the finishes & a Great Street shot!....

Message edited by author 2011-07-28 21:31:21.
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06/08/2011 09:05:39 AM
'ERROR: 'Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind' is already in your favorites list.'

Nuff said.
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11/09/2010 10:35:16 AM
Wow this is so much better in black and white rather than color, excellent choice. I love it. to bad i didn't get a chance to vote on it.
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11/08/2010 05:46:54 PM
Originally posted by Jon_H:

Really like this shot. 8 - would like to see it in color also.


Congrats on your 5th place, You made the right choice with B&W, thanks for putting the colour on for comparison.
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11/08/2010 04:01:01 PM
Definitely black and white captures the personality of your city.
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11/08/2010 01:32:34 PM
This certainly gives you the feel of the city. Well done.
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11/08/2010 12:37:22 PM
Originally posted by JulietNN:

amazing clarity, how did you do that??


quite simply....dumb luck.
11/08/2010 12:14:55 PM
Awesome!!! A fav
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11/08/2010 11:56:38 AM
amazing clarity, how did you do that??
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11/08/2010 12:27:06 AM
Way to seriously kick butt with a too busy way cool B&W shot!
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11/08/2010 12:09:41 AM
This is absolutely wonderfully well-seen!
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11/08/2010 12:07:17 AM
Great finish - congrats!
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11/08/2010 12:05:30 AM
great achievement - top 5 with a BW street shot! Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2010 09:19:10 PM
do this, don't do that, can't you read the signs?

Now I'm going to be singing that all night long!!

(awesome shot, btw. Not voting yet.)
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11/07/2010 07:50:41 PM
PERFECT title :-) Hard to believe there could be quite so many signs in one place, but then it is NYC.
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11/07/2010 07:37:06 PM
I've never seen midtown quite like this.
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11/07/2010 07:02:55 PM
Fabulous use of DOF. Brings new magic to a very familiar scene. Feels like they're floating, racing toward me...
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11/07/2010 01:57:22 PM
Perfectly busy
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11/07/2010 01:15:51 PM
An almost surreal quality to this - well observed and presented.
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11/07/2010 01:05:59 PM
Nice job with this one.
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11/07/2010 09:39:43 AM
I love this shot ... Is it a composite ?
Where were you when you shot this ... I love NewYork
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11/07/2010 05:56:03 AM
Superb image,in my top 5 for sure.
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11/07/2010 05:49:13 AM
Really like this shot. 8 - would like to see it in color also.
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11/05/2010 01:32:26 PM
I'm going through the entries, stopping at those images I feel have had the benefit of an unconventional eye and dwelling a little longer to try to see and appreciate what you saw. This is one of those images.

Positives: This works really well. The even illumination and superb clarity elevates this image above a shot of a street scene - you've created something that didn't necessarily come across in the real scene. You've have found and distilled the sign elements and have brought them all together, like a single image montage (oxymoronic though that may be). I like how you've kept above the people space - inviting us to 'look up' and see what you created above our heads.

Critical stuff: Nothing at all.

Overall: Pretty inspired and bold to boot.
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11/04/2010 11:16:54 PM
beautiful capture.
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11/04/2010 10:59:46 PM
I really like this, very avant garde, I think. 8
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11/04/2010 11:27:33 AM
Fantastic image. The processing is amazing. All the signs pop, razor sharp, yet there's a dreamy feel with the steam and tones. Excellent work.
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11/03/2010 11:16:20 PM
Great song and the perfect illustration for it!
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11/03/2010 01:22:45 PM
Great B&W, very busy but still very good.
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11/02/2010 10:48:00 PM
wow so chaotic. love it , and i like the fact that it's black and white. dont think i'd like this in color, might hurt my eyes.
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11/02/2010 09:06:00 PM
Good grief! Note to self: Don't drive through THIS city!
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11/02/2010 12:35:18 PM
Insane. Very NY. Excellent b/w.
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11/02/2010 09:37:20 AM
There is just so much clutter here the shot just has to work, lovely mono tones too, I like it, good luck
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11/02/2010 02:42:37 AM
Wow-what an popping image, fantastic editing-10
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11/01/2010 08:06:02 PM
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign. Neat shot.
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11/01/2010 04:09:00 PM
Fabulously wonderful! Love the BW! (not voting)
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