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Brad


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Challenge: Hope (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Olympus E-10
Location: Kate Sessions Park, San Diego, CA
Date: Aug 22, 2004
Aperture: F5.0
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Emotive, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Aug 18, 2004

Taken at Kate Sessions Park in San Diego (La Jolla).
Basic PP:
Arbitrary rotation (1.91 degrees - we were on a hill), crop, adjusted levels, converted to Greyscale, Duotone, RGB, USM applied to lightness channel, minor adjustments to Black, Neutral & White levels, contrast & brightness adjustements. Save for web.
A special thanks to my niece for putting up with her Uncle on a Sunday afternoon!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 285
Avg (all users): 7.4983
Avg (commenters): 8.8200
Avg (participants): 7.2632
Avg (non-participants): 7.6867
Views since voting: 10855
Views during voting: 543
Votes: 299
Comments: 101
Favorites: 56 (view)


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10/10/2007 03:27:02 AM
Originally posted by Brad:

Wanted to add an additional Thank You here as 19 members 23 members have put this shot in their favorites now. Wow!

(I also can't wait to get the print in hand and give it
to my Niece. Her Mom & Dad loved the shot, but don't have
a decent printer).


Kind regards all,


53 now
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10/06/2006 02:11:48 PM
This is as close to a perfect shot as I've ever seen. The combination of youthful hope, the optimism of watering that small tree, and the birdhouse waiting to be put up. Just spectacular.

It also resonates with me personally. We have two small trees in our front yard: a dogwood we planted at about 6' high that 10 years later that's now twice as high and a "volunteer" japanese maple that planted itself and was so small I used to joke about not mowing it over. It's now about 4 feet high.

When I think about how to tell a story with a photo, this will be my model!
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07/13/2006 02:57:59 AM
superb
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06/15/2005 05:00:37 PM
Terrific shot!
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02/17/2005 10:42:28 AM
Congratulations.
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10/14/2004 08:18:32 PM
Congrats !
Nice shot. Very sharp.
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09/06/2004 02:12:49 PM
Congrats on a fine image well presented.
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09/03/2004 12:33:57 PM
Wanted to add an additional Thank You here as 19 members 23 members have put this shot in their favorites now. Wow!

(I also can't wait to get the print in hand and give it
to my Niece. Her Mom & Dad loved the shot, but don't have
a decent printer).


Kind regards all,

Message edited by author 2004-09-09 00:50:16.
09/02/2004 08:14:01 PM
Nice shot. This image has a deafening stillness about it that feels quite tangible. It reminds me of the work of a famous producer of pop videos (Gerard De Thame - he did a video for a band called Black, 'Wonderful life') - lovely.
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09/02/2004 07:13:16 PM
There you have done it again with a unique, striking & wonderful image. Congratulations.
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09/02/2004 06:31:12 PM
Excellent shot! Bravo!!!
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09/02/2004 02:52:13 PM
i like the starkness of the black and white better, although, believe me, the color one is wonderful, too. the sky is unbelievable! :) congratulations!!
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09/01/2004 08:10:35 PM
Originally posted by TLL061:

It's unbelieveable how someone gave this a one, shame on them !!

I saw that too and wondered if it was related
to what I posted in this thread: Ever notice...
09/01/2004 07:28:58 PM
It's unbeleveable how someone gave this a one , shame on them !!
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09/01/2004 06:52:46 PM
Nice photo, amazing! Congrat!
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09/01/2004 06:15:48 PM
Congratulations, Wonderful photo...touching in B/W.
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09/01/2004 04:00:19 PM
Originally posted by arngrimur:

This one deserved the blue ribbon.
After looking at the color version
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I wonder if you didn't have a hard time choosing which one to submit?

Hi Arngrimur,
Trust me I did. As much as I liked the original color version (which was not PP by the way, just Neat Imaged for noise), when I did the Tritone, something emotionally hit deeper with the B & W version.
Regards,
09/01/2004 03:25:42 PM
This one deserved the blue ribbon. After looking at the color version ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/19708/thumb/101955.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/19708/thumb/101955.jpg', '/') + 1) . ' I wonder if you didn't have a hard time choosing which one to submit?

Message edited by author 2004-09-01 15:26:12.
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09/01/2004 09:35:39 AM
Congratulation , good picture.
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09/01/2004 08:46:34 AM
congrats on your ribbon! It was well deserved.
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09/01/2004 07:51:46 AM
Congrats man!
Great picture
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09/01/2004 07:46:47 AM
I knew this was the winner as soon as I saw it. Awesome photo Brad, good job!!
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09/01/2004 06:43:42 AM
Of course, just a perfect shot in all areas. Congrats !
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09/01/2004 04:46:53 AM
Congratulations! Superb photo
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09/01/2004 03:49:26 AM
I prefer the B&W version, it's soooo emotive, and use of negative space works very well. Congrats on a well-deserved blue!
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09/01/2004 03:47:48 AM
Congrats on the blue ! Awesomely orchestrated to completely embody a feeling of "hope".
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09/01/2004 03:47:26 AM
Lovely "clean" image that almost speaks to you.
Congratulations Brad.
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09/01/2004 03:27:19 AM
Well done Brad, nice shot!
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09/01/2004 02:35:37 AM
Congrats Brad :) Great image and a very well deserved blue!

sue
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09/01/2004 02:19:06 AM
congrats brad! i love the photo, and you definetely did the right thing by making it b&w!

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09/01/2004 01:58:43 AM
Excellent picture Brad. This is really a winner! Color tones are magnificent. And yes...you're on a roll, man.

Manny
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09/01/2004 12:38:40 AM
Congrats! I knew I had no chance at the Blue after I saw this shot! I think I like the color version even more. The top two in both current challenges are B & W. I don't think that has ever happened before! Great job.
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09/01/2004 12:36:52 AM
Thanks for the mountain of comments during this
challenge - it means a lot.

I almost met my personal challenge of topping the sites'
highest score with an E-10 (that day will come). I'm
jazzed with a second & fourth in that department, and
even more jazzed with my second Blue. (47) 10's and
(47) 9's - WOW! (now who voted the 1??)

Thanks again all!

OK feet, you can now resume your position actually touching the floor!

Message edited by author 2004-09-01 00:52:11.
09/01/2004 12:34:52 AM
Congrats on the top 10!
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09/01/2004 12:15:20 AM
Great shot Brad, Another well deserved ribbon, Blue!!! Van

Message edited by author 2004-09-01 00:19:39.
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09/01/2004 12:10:34 AM
Congratulations what a great score !!
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09/01/2004 12:10:14 AM
Grats on the ribbon. Great photo
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09/01/2004 12:09:14 AM
Great Photograph, Congrats on the Blue Ribbon.
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09/01/2004 12:08:49 AM
Hey brad: Congratulations. This is a stunning image. Your blue is very well deserved. I was unable to give this challenge enough attention because I was under the heat of a rush project. It was my first cursory vote and unable to come back and make final adjustments. Great image, great work.
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09/01/2004 12:05:20 AM
Oh man, you just missed your 7.5! Still got the blue ribbon though. Congrats. Well deserved.
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09/01/2004 12:04:59 AM
Way to go Brad, Great job!
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09/01/2004 12:01:57 AM
You're on a roll brad! Congrats on another ribbon, keep it up...
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09/01/2004 12:01:31 AM
Hehehehehe... you are just too hot to touch right now!!!! ;o)
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09/01/2004 12:01:04 AM
Brad!!!! You did it again! This is an awesome one. CONGRATS dude!
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09/01/2004 12:00:32 AM
congrats brad!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/31/2004 10:58:37 PM
This is such a beautiful and sweet photograph. Perfect for the challenge. I actually think it would be better without the bird house. 10
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08/31/2004 08:48:09 PM
Excellent - great job
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08/31/2004 02:17:00 PM
caught my eye right away
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08/31/2004 01:31:06 PM
Nice rendition indeed. Brilliant whites and deep blacks with a superb range in between. The use of the bird house and its position is great. Crop some from the left to make it even stronger.
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08/30/2004 05:28:02 PM
Ah! Another outstanding shot! A bit washed out in the whites, but such a great composition, set up and impact!
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08/30/2004 04:39:23 PM
Fantastic clarity lighting and idea. My favorite of the challenge!!
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08/30/2004 03:04:58 PM
One of the few excellent photos in this challenge. Very simple image, helped by the clean background and strong lighting. Should be a blue ribbon. 10
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08/30/2004 01:40:50 PM
love it
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08/29/2004 03:02:44 PM
One of the top five, if not numero uno... 10 from me
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08/29/2004 02:59:22 PM
Excellent lighting and contrast. Good composition. Really neat shot! Love it.
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08/29/2004 02:08:55 PM
excellent , how did u make that horizon so clear?
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08/29/2004 12:33:57 PM
Fantastic, keep the good work

Message edited by author 2004-09-02 02:14:13.
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08/29/2004 12:19:32 AM
Best photo in this challenge, 10 all the way, great contrast, and tones. sharp
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08/28/2004 11:46:20 PM
It's a hopeful little sapling. The only thing I find disconcerting is the lack of background. It's like you took the picture at the edge of the universe.
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08/28/2004 10:27:14 PM
Good picture.
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08/28/2004 09:56:09 PM
Great pic.....I really don't like the birdhouse though....love the open sky...I have been trying to find an area around me to take pics like this with no luck
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08/28/2004 09:19:56 PM
beautiful b/w,I hope you just did the "basic editing" here,10 from me !
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08/28/2004 06:58:40 PM
Well done.
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08/28/2004 04:44:38 PM
This is another of very few entries that stand out to me as really conveying the theme to the viewer. I like the high contrast approach. The lack of any detail in the background adds a really surreal touch for me because I can't imagine where she could be that there would be nothing whatsoever in the backdrop. Very nice.
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08/28/2004 10:04:48 AM
very applealing, what filter did you use to get the sky so dark?
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08/28/2004 03:39:28 AM
I like this quite a bit, well composed!
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08/27/2004 09:40:19 PM
Absolutely stunning. The framing is perfection... the birdhouse gives the shot great balance. Super job.
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08/27/2004 08:33:51 PM
This is maybe the winner photo for this challenge imo. It is very well done, great lighting condition, great tones and contrast, good composition (a little more space above the girl's head would make it great), great idea that conveys the challenge's theme very well. I'll be disappointed if this will not have a ribbon at least. good luck!
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08/27/2004 07:43:21 PM
This is a GREAT photo. I can't say anything negative about it. The composition is perfect and the message is clear about hope to me. Good job
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08/27/2004 02:19:46 PM
My pick for the ribbon! How could this not win????
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08/27/2004 02:07:40 PM
Very good shot in all areas.
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08/27/2004 02:22:33 AM
I absolutely love the composition in this.
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08/26/2004 10:49:25 PM
A truly exceptional shot. The way you've desaturated has created a sky with beautiful dark tones that contrasts perfectly with the model's bright sunlit clothes and hat. This is nearly perfect. My absolute favorite for the challenge. Bumping to 10.
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08/26/2004 09:18:00 PM
Excellent contrast and idea.... I like this work
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08/26/2004 08:28:57 PM
I like the stark look but maybe the water should be landing at the base of the plant?
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08/26/2004 08:03:03 PM
I liked your composition, tone, subject matter, focus, and more. I'd love to know how you got such a clear background with basic editing! I'm a little show, I guess, but it took me a while to figure out the birdhouse. 9
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08/26/2004 07:00:10 PM
the light is a little bit harsh. but the composition and idea is great.
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08/26/2004 04:54:46 PM
Stunning! Perfect composition, brilliant use of light, lovely idea, so crisp.
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08/26/2004 03:32:17 PM
very amusing and well composed
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08/26/2004 12:09:52 PM
wow! How did you get that background in this picture?
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08/26/2004 11:26:55 AM
Great photo that tells a great story. I'm not sure thy there's a birdhouse there, but spontaneity is cool. 10.
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08/26/2004 12:22:26 AM
I absolutely love this photograph - it's one of my favorites from this challenge. But I have to wonder why you went with B&W. It looks great like this, but it seems like it would look better in color. Regardless, this is a great shot.
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08/25/2004 10:51:07 PM
10 - I love white in hash light when it is not blown out and this is spot on
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08/25/2004 10:01:41 PM
Great photo. Very crisp. Nice shadows. My only critisism would be that is seems a little too staged. 8.
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08/25/2004 08:54:44 PM
outstanding !!!!!!!!!!!! 10
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08/25/2004 07:27:01 PM
great picture
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08/25/2004 05:52:51 PM
Absolutely a winner in my opinion...hands down. Love the negative space, the b&w, the purity....awesome! :o)
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08/25/2004 04:32:53 PM
great shot how is there nothing in the background
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08/25/2004 04:18:35 PM
Oh that's neat !!
Good job and the black and white works pretty well here. I wish you do well
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08/25/2004 03:40:41 PM
an innocence of a child and breathtaking pic of hope! really lovely!
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08/25/2004 12:08:55 PM
Nicely laid out. I love the way the earth and sky meet. Great shot!
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08/25/2004 10:10:19 AM
An original interpretation of theme.
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08/25/2004 09:21:47 AM
Nicely on theme for the challenge..also love the exposure and composition.
Should do well.
Good luck
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08/25/2004 08:18:44 AM
Excellent composition and angle. I love the idea - watering a new, tiny tree - and the birdhouse sitting by waiting adds to it. I also like the negative space of the clear sky. I would have liked a little less shadow on the girl's face, so we could see her expression better. - 8
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08/25/2004 06:41:47 AM
Wonderful photo and also very on topic:)
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08/25/2004 06:25:15 AM
Very nice! Creative!!
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08/25/2004 06:23:56 AM
Great pic, I'd love to see this in colour - any chance of posting it after the challenge?
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08/25/2004 01:32:00 AM
I was toying with the idea of a similar image, only we've had very nasty weather lately, which stopped me. I *love* the lighting in this shot. *very* good job. So far, my favorite. You get a 9
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08/25/2004 12:57:42 AM
wow
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08/25/2004 12:49:01 AM
Excellent photo, wonderful composition and beautiful pose. This would make an excellent print. 10 from me and good luck with it.
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08/25/2004 12:31:14 AM
Great shot!
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