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Trouble in Paradise ("Despair" challenge)
Trouble in Paradise ("Despair" challenge)

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Challenge: Take Two II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Location: Oakland, California, USA
Date: Jun 23, 2011
Aperture: 3.51
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/807
Galleries: Emotive, Floral
Date Uploaded: Jun 23, 2011

I started with reviewing my oldest entries and working my way forward, looking for an entry with most of the comments offering observations or suggestions for improvement or changes.

Original entry: Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_13028.jpg

Used a thorny branch instead of razor wire to make it more organic, and a dead Bird of Paradise flower to make it not so "cheerful" as the original (the theme for which was Despair) ... the "tear" (dried, oozing sap -- completely natural) made me decide to repeat this image rather than a couple of others I was considering.

-Handheld, manual mode
-A little local Dodge, Burn, Sharpening, and Cloning to touch up the thorns and sap
-RGB Curve
-Blue/Yellow Curve
-Crop a little from bottom and left
-USM at 66%/0.6 dia/TH - 5 (applied three times)
-SaveAs JPEG at quality 9/10 = 265KB

Place: 69 out of 74
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Votes: 122
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/27/2011 04:15:31 PM
I like the way you replaced the razor wire with thorns. The dying flower would have worked well in the Despair challenge too. Good improvement!
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06/26/2011 05:41:42 PM
To me, this plant looks like a pterodactyl with a bad hairdo. Do what you will with that information :)
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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