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BicycleTree       ©2014 MiguelATF
Panasonic DMC-GX1       6th place, 137 points
1/4000s, f2.5, ISO 160, 29mm, Aperture Priority, Spot, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Processed in Lightroom 4.4 for the Mac, using both the X-Equals Fuji Acros black & white film preset, and also Nik's Silver Efex.       Extra Info: Taken in downtown Phoenix, Oregon, where a local bicycle store has come up with a unique way to advertise itself: by building a 'BicycelTree' in front, with unused children's bikes.

Taken with my Lumix GX7, and a 14mm Panasonic 'Pancake' lens.
 
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Jade O.
Jun 24, 2014
    I thought this would not do as well as I thought it should so I am pleased others saw the quality in this entry. Congrats on a great debut.

mrsawyer
Jun 24, 2014
    Congratulations! Top ten in your first challenge!!!

Mepo
Jun 23, 2014
    Welcome to the site and congratulations on your tt finish. Well done!

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Mepo
Jun 23, 2014
    I like this shot a lot. However I find my eye keeps being pulled to the left - I thought it was the power pole but now I realise I'm trying to read the sign with the coffee cup. B&W was the right choice.

mrsawyer
Jun 23, 2014
    I like the "tree", but really don't like the power pole. I wonder if standing closer to the street was an option...
Would like to see this one in color in the outtakes just for comparison.
(By the way, buried in the rules page is a mention about borders being a no-no)

ysal
Jun 22, 2014
    That is very creative! I like the use of B&W.

Amberbug
Jun 22, 2014
    Good seeing but would had liked to see more of the right side.

wrosenthal
Jun 21, 2014
    I like the idea here, but the shot is too busy on the left for me. Would like a closer crop or cloning out some of the stuff on the left.

Jade O.
Jun 21, 2014
    I'll bet you several will point out the rule that says no frames allowed. But I'll overlook that to say you have a nice "vintage" feel to this one. Really, this could have been taken in 1950. Wonder how many will pick up on the quality in this shot?
Edited by Admin on Jul 18, 2014

forkcandles
Jun 20, 2014
    I am ignoring the title debate in the forums and concentrating on the pictures
with the bright sunlight maybe a fill flash to brig out the darker details.
like the result you have got with the pp especially the sky tones
the camera details are not needed in the extra info as the information on camera type as this will be revealed after the challenge ends.

MiguelATF
Jun 20, 2014
    For those who are interested - I actually took several different versions of this photo, framing it differently - including framing it centrally, centering the composition much more on the bicycle tree itself. But surprisingly none of them had, for me at least, the visual impact of this version - the 'off-centered' approach in which the biketree is on the right hand side of the frame - but is balanced by the tall vertical powerpole and and vertical drive-through coffee sign on the left side of the frame. Actually when I was shooting, this framing 'felt' more 'right' to me than the central one.

The other way I like to think of it is that the things on the left side of the frame - electric power poles, roads signs, the large main highway itself - give a sense of real-world perspective to the bicycle tree - it gives more of a sense of how it 'fits into' the 'real world' around it.

Thanks for all the comments!

RobertLavker
Jun 20, 2014
    Great idea and perfect for the theme. I would have cropped the left more to highlight the bikes. Nonetheless it is in my TT.

aoc46
Jun 20, 2014
    Very striking visual.

bryanshoots
Jun 19, 2014
    Interesting subject.

Edward
Jun 19, 2014
    Very creative, and nicely composed. Love it - something you don't see very often.

SteveBee
Jun 19, 2014
    On the strength of the concept and originality it makes my top ten.

SteveBee
Jun 19, 2014
    Great subject for the challenge. I like the B&W look.
The composition is off a bit I think. Seems squeezed against the right edge and the left half of the frame is not contributing much to the image. It isn't functioning as negative space or balancing the image or creating any useful leading lines.
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