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Challenge: Sand II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: New Jersey
Date: Jun 9, 2012
Aperture: 22.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: various
Date Uploaded: Jun 9, 2012

three exposures combined using HDR Efex Pro

resulting image processed using Capture NX2 and Color Efex Pro
-brightness contrast
-noise reduction in sky
-unsharp mask
-color enhancement
-vintage film effect
-classic soft focus

top/bottom letterbox border added using Canvas X

final adjustments using Capture NX2
-Guassian blur applied to sky
-final adjustment to contrast and curves
-size and save for DPC submission

[Jun. 17th, 2012 11:53:15 PM]

This is a studio setup, but it IS really sand, not a folded piece of cloth.

Place: 12 out of 72
Avg (all users): 6.2020
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 6.0833
Avg (non-participants): 6.2698
Views since voting: 683
Views during voting: 224
Votes: 99
Comments: 16
Favorites: 1 (view)

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06/18/2012 04:33:44 PM
real? insanity.

edit; alright, read the last bit of your comment.

Message edited by author 2012-06-18 16:34:34.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/17/2012 11:04:22 PM
Looks a bit fake but well done. 6
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06/17/2012 10:53:35 PM
After much deliberation, this comes out as my only 10 - so many excellent images at the top in this challenge :) I love the simplicity of the design and the tremendous impact of this image.
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06/17/2012 08:47:38 PM
Effective, though it looks like a studio setup.
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06/17/2012 03:56:21 PM
folded fabric? However it is made, an effective and appealing image.
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06/17/2012 03:07:12 PM
Looks like drapes. I am amazed how sand mimics so many things we use daily. It is truly a versatile substance.
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06/17/2012 12:17:14 PM
I have a suspicion that this is a piece of material that is draped and your "sun" is a studio light, but it looks lovely :-)
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06/16/2012 11:32:07 AM
Great way to fake it! :) I hope not too much DNMC come out your way. I like your thinking out of the box.
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06/15/2012 12:36:19 PM
Love this however it was created. Would be interested to know.
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06/14/2012 06:03:01 PM
06/14/2012 04:26:07 PM
Fool me once... :)

I'm guessing this is a satin/silk bed sheet?

If it really is the Sahara, I apologize, but it really does look like a well done model.
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06/13/2012 05:04:26 PM
This looks like fabric - is it a homemade landscape?
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06/11/2012 11:54:50 PM
I'm pretty sure this will win, but it just looks fake to me, are you sure that's not a velvet blanket...haha. Already voted.
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06/11/2012 11:39:58 PM
very original
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06/11/2012 12:36:31 PM
Wow is this for real??? If not then double WOW for what ever you did to make this look JUST like the Sahara!!! (Anita??)
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06/11/2012 03:39:09 AM
This is magic. Really great
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