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Challenge: Update Your Avatar II (Expert Editing)
Camera: Nikon D610
Lens: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR
Location: home
Date: May 20, 2014
Date Uploaded: May 20, 2014

All done at the last minute (well, the last 4 hours actually lol). Started as one thing - ended as another.

OK, I had a lot of fun doing this shot and hopefully improved my PS skills in the process. Thanks for the kind and encouraging comments. I'm very happy with a TT finish.

I wanted a desolate looking background but could not acquire a suitable image within the time-frame. On the last night of the challenge my wife handed me a plastic egg carton and asked me to drop it in the recycle bin. So the background is a field of plastic egg boxes. I wasn't completely happy with the final look but it was too late to find a substitute.
What I like about the 'expert' challenges is that they make you think and when you think, one idea often leads to another. You can also discover new things as you go along. That won't happen if you don't give it a try.

Place: 6 out of 69
Avg (all users): 6.7103
Avg (commenters): 8.8000
Avg (participants): 6.6190
Avg (non-participants): 6.7692
Views since voting: 1113
Views during voting: 269
Votes: 107
Comments: 8
Favorites: 2 (view)

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05/28/2014 02:23:01 PM
This was one of my favorites. Congrats on the top ten.
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05/28/2014 10:39:43 AM
Congrats on the tt! Really splendid work. And what IS the field made of? Rob and I want to know :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/27/2014 12:29:50 AM
Gorgeous portrait. Your lighting is perfect. Nkt sure what that is a field of, but this is a stellar bit of work.
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05/23/2014 04:48:42 PM
This is pretty good - definitely up in my top selections.
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05/22/2014 09:18:21 PM
Nice lighting, great background (I can't tell what the ground is made of!), overall great composite--this should do well.
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05/22/2014 02:35:38 PM
Love this, excellent work
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05/22/2014 11:50:11 AM
Top 4, excellent lighting, well played
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05/21/2014 11:23:50 AM
WOW! this is powerful love the editing on this.. lighting and technical is phenomenal, I call this one of the tops! Well, done.
This caught me as one of my favorites too.. When I grow up, I want to edit like this :-))
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