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  #66 In the shadows
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The Cyclist       ©2009 Jade O.
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       1st place, 149 points
10s, f7.1, ISO 100, 35mm, Manual, Spot, no flash
Post-Processing: Resized and a selective minor blur to eliminate one annoying background detail.       Extra Info: None
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Oct 22, 2009
    Hi Jade :-) I was on holidays and managed to vote but couldn't comment, a bit late but I want to congratulate you on such a great pic for the theme, this was my #1 no doubt and I'm very happy you won, terrific job as usual :-) well done!!!!

Jade O.
Oct 14, 2009
    doto Flaws??!!! heh...heh Thanks, I was really happy the bounce worked as well as it did.
rsrascal Thank you for the kind words.
Lo Technically your No. 2 looks perfect to me. But, the difference, I think, was my subject. He is.... ;-)

Oct 14, 2009
    a super shot, the idea is great and the flaws make it human :) fully deserved first place!!

Oct 13, 2009
    Congratulations Jade---truly artistic and clearly worthy of the prize.

Oct 13, 2009
    Really glad you won with this one - I thought it was superb

Jade O.
Oct 13, 2009
    raf Always appreciate your comments and to be honest, if there are flaws, I'd much prefer to hear others' opinions than not. A different perspective is always welcome, and we tend to learn more from critique than from praise. I did wonder how you could see it was a wall, though, and thought maybe I was wrong not to have blurred out the background more.

Oct 13, 2009
    Congratulations on the win, and a very solid one based on the votes. So just ignore my minority views! LOL. To be serious I did have it as a top 10 for the technical aspects.
Edited on Oct 13, 2009

Jade O.
Oct 13, 2009
    Thanks Bill, Edward48. Look forward to seeing you again in the next challenge.

Oct 13, 2009
    Congratulations! My 6th place vote, but for me all the top ratings were close. Nice job.

Oct 13, 2009
    Congratulations Jade. And for once I got it right, thanks for that too :)

Jade O.
Oct 13, 2009
    Thank you for all your votes and comments.

Mepo, there is a valid safety tip there.

f_otto, as Bill Rosenthal noted in his entry comment, I'm sure monitor calibration impacted many entries. I checked this image on four monitors and two looked too dark; so I checked and both were not calibrated properly.
Thanks, akebono; I continue to enjoy your excellent images and always look forward to seeing your entries.

raf If I ever find a reason to try this technique again, I will make it point to blur out the floor and surrounding details to ensure one can't tell how close I am to a wall (here about 2 feet (60cm).
Edited on Oct 13, 2009

Oct 13, 2009
    Congratulations. I agree with Edward48 and that goes for pedestrians at night too.

Oct 13, 2009
    Congratulations Jade!
I'm sorry, perhaps I have a problem with my monitor, your picture is too dark.

Oct 13, 2009
    Hello Jade!

As I didn't participate in the main category, this is the first time I see your picture....


Akebono :-)

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Jade O.
Oct 12, 2009
    Edward48, LOL, you have sharpest wit on this forum (and exceptionally good judgment!) I'm honoured by your vote but as much as I like how this one turned out, not everyone was as impressed. Still I appreciate every comment and thank you for taking to time to do so.

Oct 12, 2009
    A first class example of why you should always have lights on your bike.
It's also my first place choice. Well done indeed.

Jade O.
Oct 10, 2009
    Thanks, raf. I agree; I find Yousaf Karsh's photos pretty lame; I mean everyone is just sitting around... O.k. seriously, I suppose a fog shrouded road would be more romantic but fog was in short supply and it's getting cold here. I expect the overall difference in effect would be marginal (just ask Lo). Originally, I thought of hanging a sheet but a wall seemed simpler and turned out effective enough. I intended this as a portrait (maybe I should have titled it "Portrait of a Cyclist"?) and I have little problem with backgrounds which do not detract from the subject. ;-) I did consider playing more with the PP but liked this as it is. It is nice to get a different perspective though and always appreciate your comments. [Not to write a book but I originally started with the idea of a silhouette portrait of a cyclist but it seemed too two dimensional and lacking nuance, so the bounced lighting idea evolved from there.]
Edited on Oct 11, 2009

Oct 10, 2009
    Technically very clever. I am assuming the light in the cyclists hand is the only source of light with the strength varying as it bounces around. It catches a few bits very light and diffuses as it keeps bouncing. Once I look beyond the lighting though, I am disappointed, because essentially it is a static cyclist standing in front of a wall, which is not particularly enthralling.

Jade O.
Oct 10, 2009
    Lo, I tried hiding the flash but the bent arm looked wrong and, as I explained to Franz, the flash had to face toward the front of the cyclist to get the double bounce. The fog effect is what I wanted but what looks like fog isn't (nor is it some PP effect).

Franz. You are right, and you are wrong! There is only one torch (a handheld flash unit triggered by the cyclist) but the illumination is from a double bounce; the flash is positioned to reflect off the front of the cyclist so flash to shirt to background to camera. I thought to try this and it worked!

Oct 10, 2009
    At first I thought that this shot would be better if the light source were hidden,but in retrospect, I think you would have lost the relaxed angle of the right arm. I love the feeling that the fog gives to the scene, and the way the bike and rider are disappearing into it. Great shot!

Oct 9, 2009
    Great shot. Illuminated by only this one torch, I guess? Makes a great visual impact!

Jade O.
Oct 8, 2009
    There are few images I really like but this is one I do, in part because it was just a try at a technical idea in lighting I had which worked out better than I expected. I never considered Tron but I can see it. Appreciate the comment.

Oct 8, 2009
    Tron 2.0
Great picture, this should do well on the votes. Scores high in my voting.
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