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Challenge: Dirty, Filthy, Grubby Stuff (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Successful Challenge Entries
Camera: Apple iPhone 6
Date: Aug 22, 2015
Aperture: 2.2
ISO: 40
Shutter: 1/30
Date Uploaded: Aug 19, 2015

I had no intention of shooting THIS for this challenge. Hence the fact that the iPhone was used (again) instead of a "real" camera. I took the family down to the river just for some exploring. My girls were doing something they rarely do around the house: getting along. When you strip away all the friends and technology and toys and familiar surroundings, they find each other.

So I was building rock sculptures; the girls were swimming in the questionable water, and my wife and son were wondering when we would leave! HAHa.

The girls suddenly agreed to have a "mud bath" ... My ears perked up and I realized this would inevitably be a great opportunity to meet this challenge. And they did not hold back. All I needed to do was get them in a position I liked - this straight-on, faceless pose was exactly it.

I have high hopes for this. BUt I don't want them too high because I'm sure not all will like it as I do.

As for editing, I selected the background, making a separate layer of the legs/foreground.Then blurred the background layer and applied a gradient mask for a gradual effect. Played with layers quite a bit to try to add some dramatic contrasts. Selectively sharpened the grime and cracks in the ground. Added a warming filter and a fill of orange to apply filtered to make it look more old and filmic.

As I looked at this image closer during voting, I realized the super-dark area on the right pair of legs. WHile I love the image, it was rightly marked down for that. In my mind anyway ... Eitehr way, still one of my favorite shots =)

Place: 6 out of 66
Avg (all users): 6.7639
Avg (commenters): 8.4000
Avg (participants): 6.6818
Avg (non-participants): 6.8000
Views since voting: 876
Views during voting: 190
Votes: 72
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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09/03/2015 09:12:10 PM
Pegged this a top10 contender. Glad the shot did well. The PP was very convincing and added to the mood of the shot. Overall so nicely done. I guess this reinforces the mad bath behavior? ;)

Message edited by author 2015-09-03 21:12:27.
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09/02/2015 12:03:28 PM
Love this. Love the story behind it even more :)
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09/02/2015 08:16:36 AM
What Abra said.... I really thought this was a photographer from Australia.
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09/02/2015 01:08:49 AM
Alright Captain!
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09/02/2015 12:16:01 AM
Woo hoo, spleen award and everything! Bummer you didn't make the front page, but still a fantastic finish and a fantastic image.

Message edited by author 2015-09-02 10:57:28.
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09/02/2015 12:06:35 AM
Terrific finish, Tate, and grand story to go with it.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/01/2015 11:55:21 PM
Great filth!
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09/01/2015 11:27:56 PM
Great processing that emphasizes the texture in the legs and ground. Top pick.

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08/28/2015 08:04:08 PM
BBeautifull. I love it. 9
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08/28/2015 02:00:35 AM
Almost a documentary feel but more artistic. Wonderful.
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08/26/2015 04:27:15 PM
8 from me. I love it!
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