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Jonah's barn

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Challenge: National Geographic II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2011 Challenges
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Date: Jun 28, 2011
Aperture: f.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Interior, Rural
Date Uploaded: Jun 28, 2011

Well, a bunch of workhorses were in their standing stalls when an Amish man strode into view after haying the horses. I was shooting with an eye to capturing a documentary-style photo, not a gorgeously lit portrait a la the Afghan Girl. I realize that the Amish have no problem with you taking photos of their goods or horses, but do not want photos taken of themselves. However this was a genuine accident and he does add an element to the background.

Back in the 70s and 80s there was an NG photog who specialized in such slice-of-life photos, usually shot wide angle. Their photos were imperfect, often showing blur amongst the human subjects and were often grainy by today's standards. But their work was amongst that that I enjoyed the most, because they did dare to shoot something so mundane, by comparison to the razor-sharp, highly saturated and often very exotic photos that have populated NG pretty much since the mid-80s on.

Also, considering the subject matter is a slice of Amish life, is it not fitting to go with muted tones?

pp: RAW-TIFF conversion, crop, shadow/highlights, brightness/contrast, vibrance/saturation, resize, sharpen, save for web

Place: 48 out of 117
Avg (all users): 5.9627
Avg (commenters): 7.7500
Avg (participants): 5.7963
Avg (non-participants): 6.0750
Views since voting: 410
Views during voting: 270
Votes: 134
Comments: 8
Favorites: 2 (view)

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07/08/2011 10:30:50 AM
excellent, and definitely looks like a magazine shot. I don't suppose you'd consider putting your copyright symbol in a corner.
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07/08/2011 02:31:30 AM
And I by my 9.
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07/08/2011 01:29:25 AM
I stand by my 10 and favorite!!!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/04/2011 08:14:25 PM
Just from an article about the Amish country.
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07/02/2011 05:04:18 PM
This may well be my favorite of the challenge, Love the story it tells and your processing! I didn't think you could take pix's of Amish faces?? (Around here they won't let ya)
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07/02/2011 06:47:30 AM
This is a typical NG shot. Human Interest. Amish Mennonites lifestyle. NG have published stories of the Amish in the past. There's a lot going on here to look at. The hay stuck in his fork is a nice unexpected touch and tells a story. This is a moment in time and whilst it would be nice to see the horses face, it is still looking at it's master. Terribly difficult shot without flash I presume. Well done when it gets published.
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07/02/2011 12:56:33 AM
I think I saw this in a NG story on the Amish.
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07/01/2011 12:55:06 PM
Nice subject matter and perspective. Photo is a bit dark though.
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