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just_me


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Challenge: Back To School III (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Byron, Georgia
Date: Sep 1, 2013
Aperture: 16
ISO: 50
Shutter: manual
Galleries: Black and White, Children
Date Uploaded: Sep 1, 2013

Double exposure of my grandson. Manually flashed him with a strobe holding the chalk in the background with fog machine running, quickly covered up the board with a black cloth, then had him sit and look like he was in trouble and then flashed him again with a strobe and then released the shutter.
Processing Steps:
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Cloned out the electrical outlet on left
Adjusted the perspective to square the chalkboard
Cloned out the chair residue from his sitting position
Smoothed his skin
Brightened his skin
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For the final version, I used a nik filter (Silver Efex Pro) to add the brown tones and vignette. I thought it gave it more of a dreamy appearance.

Thank you everyone for the comments! The hardest part of the whole challenge to me was to make the chalkboard. I used an old piece of 1/4 plywood I had laying around, some used moldings from some home redecorating and some chalkboard paint I had from another idea that I never acted upon from a few years ago. It didn't make the greatest chalkboard but it worked. My grandson who you see pictured was right there by my side watching and "helping" the whole time. He is 8 years old and the funny thing is, he didn't really know what a chalkboard was as he is used to seeing "smart boards" at school! I thought oh my, how times have changed!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 42
Avg (all users): 7.1735
Avg (commenters): 7.9231
Avg (participants): 7.4500
Avg (non-participants): 7.1026
Views since voting: 1790
Views during voting: 204
Votes: 98
Comments: 32
Favorites: 5 (view)


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09/17/2013 11:19:49 PM
Good job, congrats! and i really like the toning and grain treatment you've used.
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09/14/2013 06:22:36 AM
Brilliant and clever! So very realistic. The kid's expression takes me me back in time to when my younger nephew was that small (some 20 yrs back) and could 'put on' such an expression without in the least actually feeling contrite! :P

Congratulations on the win!
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09/12/2013 03:38:33 AM
Lovely work and thanks for the description. Congratulations on the Blue
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09/12/2013 12:35:50 AM
Clever and very well execute. Congrats on what I'm sure will be many more ribbons.
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09/11/2013 04:16:35 PM
Congratulations, Mickey! You rocked this one!
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09/11/2013 12:34:28 PM
Very nice shot, congratulations on the blue! I love how you created the shot in a single capture.
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09/11/2013 10:05:51 AM
Congratulations on the blue - very well deserved. And thanks for the notes, too. I always enjoy reading the how-to's.
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09/11/2013 09:53:05 AM
well played - congrats on the blue
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09/11/2013 09:23:52 AM
Yippee! congratulations on your first blue & your first ribbon! I see you entered 'The First Entwife' too, & I loved that one. Can't wait to see what you do next--keep 'em comin'!


Message edited by author 2013-09-11 09:27:04.
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09/11/2013 09:15:15 AM
This was the clear cut winner in my opinion. Artful concept, skillfully executed.
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09/11/2013 06:24:29 AM
Wow, well deserved Blue.
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09/11/2013 04:08:53 AM
A very well deserved winner and very clever too. Love the processing.
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09/11/2013 03:17:58 AM
Congratulations! Great image, this was the standout for sure.
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09/11/2013 03:14:59 AM
Congratulations,a wonderful image.
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09/11/2013 03:03:54 AM
Never tried what you have I assumed you did something technical, well done on your first ribbon, and a blue at that.
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09/11/2013 02:58:09 AM
Great shot! It was so neat that I didn't realize it was a double exposure - impressive! I'm so glad great photographers are back on DPC lately. Congrats on the blue.
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09/11/2013 02:35:18 AM
Congrats, super shot, and a well deserved first ribbon. Welcome back here, you have much to show us and to teach.
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09/11/2013 02:32:33 AM
Congratulations with the top spot. It's a top shot :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/10/2013 11:15:24 PM
Awesome light and composition! Very very nice
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09/10/2013 11:04:39 PM
Looks too sweet to be hitting girls :)

Not sure about the heavy vignetting, still one of the better ones, already voted.
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09/10/2013 08:08:07 PM
Top shot! 10. I love this image.
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09/10/2013 07:35:41 PM
or the girls will hit back.
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09/10/2013 05:30:20 PM
Great shot and love the expression on his face! One of my favorites
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09/10/2013 03:44:49 PM
On a scale of one to ten this is a fifteen!
perfect for this challenge!
I love it... Good luck!
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09/10/2013 06:51:40 AM
In a few years he'll be writing " I will not hit on the girls." ;-Þ
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09/09/2013 07:03:41 PM
Thought it said "I will hot nit the girls" at first glance.
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09/09/2013 03:22:31 PM
He doesn't look like a girl hitter :) Double exposure I presume?
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09/07/2013 12:44:07 AM
very strong one!
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09/04/2013 10:03:14 PM
Clever! I like this. Well done.
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09/04/2013 01:02:59 PM
Like the tone in both ways.
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09/04/2013 11:43:27 AM
The stand-out image for me - I like almost everything about it (the background is a bit too dark - I'm really having trouble making it out and that's too bad). I like the lighting on the daydreaming boy, the writing on the board and tie with the title, the relative darkness of the background (just not quite so much), the grain, and the tones. Very nice. 10
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09/04/2013 05:30:28 AM
This is good
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