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  #212 Your Favorite Shots Of This Challenge Period
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At the Track       ©2019 SteveBee
Panasonic DC-G9       12th place, 59 points
1/639s, f2.8, ISO 200, 24mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Developed raw and adjusted tone in Lightroom to taste.       Extra Info: A vintage stock car from the early years of auto racing. This 1-mile oval dirt track was one of the first two NASCAR tracks. Opening in 1949 and closing in 1968, today it's a historic nature preserve. Many of the early stock car racing greats cut their teeth here, including Richard Petty, David Pearson, Fireball Roberts, Junior Johnson, and many more. One thing is for sure, the drivers didn't do it for the money. A first place finish for most races earned just $800 to $1500 dollars.
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Jade O.
Feb 25, 2019
    I had this in my top ten and think it deserved to be there. And I agree the best images evoke an emotive response in the viewer and certainly the marked rounds did it for me. I think this is a bold image in its own right and do wonder what some don't see; as a photograph, I like this one quite a bit. It has all the hallmarks of a good photographic eye; you allow others to see through the photo what they might otherwise miss.

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Feb 25, 2019
    Lo: I think you'd be disappointed. If you didn't know otherwise, it would just appear to be a walking trail through the woods. It does follow the original oval. Trees have grown up in the infield so you cannot see the full track from any vantage point.

Feb 25, 2019
    As much as I really like the close up of the derelict car, your extra info made me want to see a bit more of the track itself. That said, I think it's a great shot.

Feb 25, 2019
    nicely done... in my favorites.

Feb 24, 2019
    Great subject and imaginative point of view.
Minor point, but ideally i'd have wanted the rear of the car to be sharper than the background trees.
Love the colour harmony and mood

Feb 24, 2019
    The portrayal of abandonment and decay are well captured in your shot. The slight blurring centre foreground is a minor distraction but in my favourites

Feb 23, 2019
    Great shot - rust, pine needles and broken glass really tell the story. Stock cars were really STOCK in those days - is that the radio or heater that's still in the dash? I wasn't convinced it was really a race car until I saw the roll bar.

Feb 23, 2019
    Jade O. -- A good image prompts an emotional reaction, but yours was an unintended and unexpected reaction, which nicely illustrates that the interpretation of an image is always up to the viewer.

Feb 23, 2019
    I like the textures and colors in this study.

Jade O.
Feb 23, 2019
    There was I lot a was going to write then thought I'd tone it down a bit. The image itself is wonderful. The lower foreground blur hurts it a bit but not too much. Also I feel a little crowded at the top but the tight crop is probably necessary otherwise you'd lose a bit of the impact.

What grabbed me most were the bullet holes and impact craters (pitiful that this language should enter the common vocabulary). To me the bullet holes are highly symbolic of a nation in decline due to irrational, warped, and utterly destructive views of what constitutes freedom. It is not enough that a once shining nation driving forward with confidence has decayed and reverted back to wilderness; this image speaks to me of a nation which has lost its way. Not content with the decay of a nation into a wilderness of tribalism and partisanship, it must be pushed along by those who would aimlessly fire bullets at the broken vehicle of a progressive society which was once racing to a future filled with promise. It is not enough that this once glorious nation stood for all that was modern, the leader of a new and better world which had defeated the dark forces of fascism at a horrendous cost in young lives, but that once gleaming hulk of freedom has now been abandoned, like this vehicle, left to rust and decay while supposedly freedom loving men pump rounds into its carcass in celebration of the very actions which have hastened its destruction.

(No nation can stand and do nothing while countless Sandy Hooks roll out annually, destroying innocent lives, without crumbling and falling in upon itself. It will take time to totally decay, as this rusting relic has taken time to get to this state, but it will decay inevitably and eventually to nothing, that is if those who feel government is not to be trusted prevail in their misguided assertions of what constitutes liberty and freedom, as daily its citizens are maimed and killed, its social fabric destroyed, one little bullet at a time.)

A short generation ago, men, real men, duty bound to their country and the ideals of a nation united in common cause, used guns as they should be, as destructive weapons of war. Now a newer generation asserts a right to bring the weapons of war into the daily fabric of society, in the name of individual freedoms and in an affront to the sacred legacy of those who sacrificed their lives so that others could live their daily lives in peace and without fear of guns and violence.
Edited on Feb 24, 2019

Feb 22, 2019
    Great shot, good subject and angle. Colors are wonderful too.

Feb 22, 2019
    I love the title and the photo is pretty interesting too. I like the unusual point of view - not a typical car shot.
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