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Challenge: Pattern IV (Minimal Editing I)
Collection: Architecture
Camera: Olympus PEN E-PL1
Lens: Olympus 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 M.Zuiko Digital
Location: Birmingham, England
Date: Jul 19, 2011
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Architecture, Street
Date Uploaded: Jul 19, 2011

Taken with my little Olympus PEN in Art Filter mode - set to Grainy Film - which gives a high contrast monochrome image with a ton of grain.

At the time of shooting I'd received no reply from SC as to whether this is legal under minimal.

Given the contrast manipulations available on a DSLR and such trickery as Highlight Tone Priority and Peripheral Illumination Correction, I can't see how this is any different.

I like this image quite a bit - lucked out with the pattern of the guy's shirt to complement the circular pattern of the Selfridges building.

[Jul. 28th, 2011 03:56:32 PM]

After submitting but before rollover I received a reply from SC that this would most likely not be legal. I has no time to reshoot and thought it would do no harm to test it. So I let it stay in and asked a DPC fellow Olympus PEN user to request a validation of my image.

A couple of days after the challenge began I received an email saying the image had been DQ'd - I posted to that effect in the scores forum. At this point, no request for the original had been received - I didn't think too much about that since give it was Minimal, the original is just the same really and the use of the Art Filter shows up in the EXIF of the submitted jpeg anyway.

The next day the image gets reinstated and I get asked for the original. It has stayed under review until then...

I didn't feel I could let people in the forum know since it might be pretty easy to work out which image was mine, so I've stayed quiet about the whole episode. It'll be interesting to see what the final ruling is.

UPDATE: August 4th - validation notification received!

Place: 9 out of 105
Avg (all users): 6.4157
Avg (commenters): 8.2500
Avg (participants): 6.3333
Avg (non-participants): 6.5000
Views since voting: 1197
Views during voting: 193
Votes: 89
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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07/29/2011 02:08:15 AM
nice image Paul. Love the bonus pattern on the man's shirt multiplied in the reflections :)
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07/29/2011 01:50:07 AM
Very strong image. My top pick.
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07/29/2011 12:45:53 AM
fabulous image Paul, hope it stays put. Will watch this with interest.
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07/29/2011 12:32:56 AM
Great image Paul, I didn't really look through all of them until now, hope you don't get DQ.
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07/29/2011 12:31:58 AM
Whatever happens this is a fine photo, I didn't vote on this challenge but if I did this would have gotton top marks from me.
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07/29/2011 12:28:35 AM
What a story! And a great image too! I'm glad it stayed on...
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07/29/2011 12:10:45 AM
And you got a front page with it...(not meaning it's not good enough, just all the drama with it...) great job Paul
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/28/2011 11:01:34 PM
Gosh this rocks. I love it!!
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07/28/2011 12:02:37 PM
those guys shirts make this excellent image spectacular.
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07/28/2011 03:43:09 AM
grain reflects the pattern
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07/27/2011 01:31:06 PM
I like this quite a bit. I'm glad that you chose B&W for it.
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07/26/2011 11:05:31 PM
Exquisite patterns, and the reflections work good too, imo.
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07/22/2011 04:53:57 AM
At first i just saw the top of the image.. and i was like waw. Bottom part - the man and the door is a bit of distraction. Maybe some denoise would also help. Cant vote (non member), but i would give it an 8.
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07/22/2011 01:17:05 AM
Beautiful. A real standout in the challenge. Now I see spots everywhere...
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