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Neon on canvas
Neon on canvas

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Challenge: Neon (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G5
Location: Staten Island, NYC
Date: Aug 11, 2004
Aperture: F/8
ISO: 50
Shutter: 10sec
Galleries: Abstract
Date Uploaded: Aug 15, 2004

Levels, curves and crop

Taken on a rainy day in the passenger seat of a moving car with a 10 second exposure

Place: 125 out of 222
Avg (all users): 4.8035
Avg (commenters): 6.5714
Avg (participants): 4.5636
Avg (non-participants): 4.9543
Views since voting: 1750
Views during voting: 396
Votes: 285
Comments: 27
Favorites: 3 (view)

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08/30/2004 10:09:17 PM
from the critique club:

With this piece you have entered the controversial world of the love or hated image. Here we are not going to spend time duscussing composition but rather some of the procedures employed to produce these type of images. Since you as the creator is not even aware of the final shape of such creations it then behooves you to do many takes so that the most pleasing can be selected. It involves many takes and then closing the lens and changing the time. After some experience you will develop a taste for the most appropiate selection and the technique you wish to employ.

The variations range from holding camera steady and then suddenly flipping upside down first with equal split of the time and then 2/3 time and then flipping, etc. Another idea is to use a black cardboard and cover half the lens and then either getting the cardbotd out of the way or covering the other half.

Another idea is to hold camera steady and then zoom either in out out, both give you interesting feels. The zooming speed can be varied. You can also employ a black cardboard with an array of symetrical or asymetrical holes in it and holding it against the lens. You can also exposed with nothing in front of the lens and cover the lens on and off while the exposure completes.

Now, the object is to get a pattern which has not total chaos but a sense of cohesion. A better balancing of the colors and of course an artistically pleasing result with the least anount of burn out area.

Since you took what you took I can say that it gives a sense of movement. The abstract qualities often find enough takers to like it, bit some are turned off by the burnt out areas when they become predominant. The image has charm because the overall effect here are diagonals with a vanishing point implied. Keep experimenting and you will be surprised at your output when you center on an idea.

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08/30/2004 01:46:30 PM
Man this thing is so awesome. Judging by the difference in avg vote from all users and the avg vote from just the commenters, it's controversially an awesome piece! I think that's way cooler than having a nice, balanced, predictable piece too which everyone is appealed. Nice job, and Iwould hang it on my wall! In fact, I think you shouldm ake prints available, I'd like a 36" x 48" if you don't mind. :)
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08/27/2004 11:11:04 AM
Originally posted by computerking:

Way too busy.

I stand by my statement: to me, there was too much going on. It struck me as visually confusing from the first, which turned me off to it. As it was, it was a well-taken shot otherwise, which offset my initial reaction somewhat.
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08/27/2004 07:43:03 AM
4.8?? Ack! You were robbed! You deserved a 6+ average on this.
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08/25/2004 03:07:30 AM
Yes - more daylight robbery. This challenge was misleadingly titled too.
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08/25/2004 01:45:37 AM
Highly, highly underrated. I stand by my ten and it's going promptly in my favorites.

Message edited by author 2004-08-25 01:45:49.
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08/25/2004 12:36:02 AM
Hey Nico: keep on trucking. For a new guy you are doing fine. Stay with it.
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08/25/2004 12:12:33 AM
i liked this one on my first pass. i gave this a 9. sorry it didn't place higher. better luck next time.
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08/25/2004 12:00:16 AM
talk about a blaze of glory! good shooting!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/24/2004 10:59:58 PM
I love the abstraction. :) Great piece of art.
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08/24/2004 10:22:38 PM
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08/24/2004 08:36:44 PM
AWESOME! i'm thinking maybe everyone else doesn't think so, probably because it's so harsh, but I LOVE it! You get a 9 and I don't care what the others say. This looks like moving lights, but also like an abstract painting. Good job.
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08/24/2004 02:51:28 PM
Beautiful. While I don't expect this to necessarily win a ribbon, I think it should. The colors are phenomenal and the energy in the shot is excellent. Congratulations, it's a winner.
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08/24/2004 11:02:33 AM
Very busy and VERY neon.
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08/24/2004 12:20:36 AM
Looks like a previous image I've seen: //forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1034&message=9598267 - not sure if you copied the technique
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08/22/2004 03:21:40 PM
nice display of colors and speed
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08/22/2004 02:23:13 PM
This has an excellent surreal and erratic quality to it. Also, your border is poerfect, since it doesn't distract at all from the central photo.
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08/20/2004 07:56:50 AM
Certainly bright, but a little too messy and blown out for my tastes.
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08/19/2004 01:56:13 PM
Oh, this idea is great - so painterly. If only the white areas weren't so bright, it would be way up in th stack. But the way it is, the white is overpowering.
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08/19/2004 01:34:58 PM
Normally I don't much go for abstract photography, but this one grabs me - I like the linearness of it, and the bright/overexposed lights - it really captures the essence of "neon". The red stuff in the lower left doesn't seem to quite fit in with the rest and I find it a bit distracting.
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08/18/2004 10:30:52 PM
Way too busy.
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08/18/2004 09:43:31 PM
if this was a painting "on canvas" I would find it very enjoyable. As for a photograph I think clarity and focus are a must.....motion has its place for creating mood but this looks like a pic that was created by accident instead of capturing a moment.
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08/18/2004 09:03:52 PM
Good painterly effect. Emotional response more strong. No bad composition elements.
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08/18/2004 09:13:25 AM
08/18/2004 03:45:17 AM
Your photo has depth, the neon glow theme is captured with explosif movement and glare. Even as a small thumbnail it capture my curiosity. The variety is line sizes and direction allow me to explore but the shaded areas keeps the photo from being too busy. Fantastic thanks!
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08/18/2004 02:03:01 AM
very nice [jackson pollock] 8
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08/18/2004 01:57:14 AM
Too unclear
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