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Challenge: Free Study 2011-02 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED
Location: Ledyard CT
Date: Feb 28, 2011
Aperture: f3.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Animals, Rural
Date Uploaded: Feb 21, 2011

American Scottish Highland Cow

Minor adjustments in LR2
Export to CS4
Copy background
Topaz Detail, Topaz Adjust Dramatic (fade to about 50%)
Silver Efex Pro 2 (opacity about 40%) to partially desaturate)
Hue/Saturation adjustment
Dodge and burn on face and eyes and raindrops
Crop
Darken background with paint brush (opacity at about 20-30%)
Resize to 1600px
Save for web.
Noise Ninja to smooth and sharpen

Kudos to 21.gif Bear_Music for the idea of the crop...

Post Challenge: Thanks for all the great comments during and after voting. This fine animal (and three others just like it) live down the road from me. They are seem to be incredibly passive animals and a delight to view and watch and photograph. This fellow was shot during a lovely ice storm on my way to work one morning. The little four animal herd didn't seem really much to mind the icy rain...not that they really could do much about it...

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Statistics
Place: 6 out of 325
Avg (all users): 6.8611
Avg (commenters): 8.0667
Avg (participants): 6.7706
Avg (non-participants): 7.1429
Views since voting: 2222
Views during voting: 235
Votes: 144
Comments: 29
Favorites: 3 (view)


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03/19/2011 04:39:10 AM
Perfect DOF. Nicely shot and I love how the crop gave us an even closer, more personal view.
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03/08/2011 08:55:05 PM
Oh man! This is AWESOME! Congratulations on a great finish !
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03/08/2011 05:26:49 PM
You've come crawling back, eh? And look who you brought with you...

Wonderful.
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03/08/2011 03:36:48 PM
I've had a couple good finishes with these animals as well: 10th and 11th. Sadly, mine aren't around anymore; they've moved off-cape. People seem to like these whimsical beasts.

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I like your shot the best of these 3 :-) How about showing people the original version, so they can see why you cropped to one horn?
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03/08/2011 09:22:48 AM
AH, peter , you're still here & what a fantastic image- congrats my friend !
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03/08/2011 07:10:10 AM
Well done Peter. Maybe you need to take extended breaks more often. ;)
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03/08/2011 02:28:16 AM
is that Justin Bieber? :P Great shot! Congratulations on 6th!
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03/08/2011 01:22:39 AM
This is great! What a look. :) Congrats on top 10!
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03/08/2011 12:25:13 AM
Congrats Peter! This wasn't one of my guesses :-) Great Shot, congrats on the new #10 in your portfolio and top 10 finish in the challenge
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03/08/2011 12:20:31 AM
Excellent. Congrats!!
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03/08/2011 12:08:54 AM
All RIGHT! Awesome finish!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/07/2011 10:55:46 PM
he looks so begruntled.
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03/07/2011 02:35:05 PM
makes me chuckle (I'm a hair dresser)
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03/07/2011 09:59:41 AM
such an amazing photo
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03/06/2011 10:19:54 AM
Very nice closeup shot. Well composed.
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03/06/2011 09:21:44 AM
Great crop,and the rain adds to the shot.
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03/05/2011 12:00:48 PM
I like how you composed this, and captured it in rain/snow to add movement to the still scene.
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03/05/2011 10:54:22 AM
Fabulously sharp, great exposure - such a shame that one horn is cut off. One of my absolute favourites in this challenge.
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03/04/2011 08:36:02 PM
Well ... wet hair, anyway. Hardly his fault that he didn't have a nice climate-controlled place to retire to. Great detail here, and his eyes look like he's pleading for refuge.
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03/01/2011 09:51:23 PM
Great detail!
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03/01/2011 06:00:18 PM
Awesome detail and texture! Really wonderful image!
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03/01/2011 03:43:44 PM
Fabulous !!!!!!!!
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03/01/2011 10:13:51 AM
Jajajajajaja, the tittle of the picture is the cherry on the top of the icecream. Good one.
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03/01/2011 09:48:24 AM
wow. top 5 hope, if not 3. it's got my 10
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03/01/2011 08:59:15 AM
I can smell the dank, matted fur. Wonderful texture. Outstanding photo.
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03/01/2011 01:46:12 AM
Very nice. The rain and the wet fur really adds to the menacing look.
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03/01/2011 01:01:59 AM
Most excellent!
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03/01/2011 12:45:31 AM
Absolutely awesome!
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03/01/2011 12:14:37 AM
Your Detail is super! Your crop very interesting! Tack Sharp! I just can't find anything to fault this picutre! It grabed my eye from the thumb nail and didn't disappoint when I opened it!
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