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Challenge: Calendar (Advanced Editing II)
Collection: Good - Average
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Easton, CT
Date: Nov 7, 2004
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Emotive, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Nov 7, 2004

This is an area of red underbrush about a block from my house. I walked over there this morning to see if I could get something appropriate for Impressionism. No dice, but it looked promising for Calendar. ;-)

The original was pretty drab. I cropped and used the Shadow/Highlight filter to bring down the highlights (a lot). Then I pushed up the saturation, and shifted the hue just slightly. Following in Dsidwell's footsteps, I used a heavy Gaussian Blur and then faded it back several times to get that "magical" soft focus. I dabbled with spot saturation, dodging/burning and sharpening, but really could have finished the image with Basic Editing. This is my first attempt at a softer focus, so I'll be interested to see how it's received.

Place: 33 out of 190
Avg (all users): 6.2189
Avg (commenters): 6.9000
Avg (participants): 5.8889
Avg (non-participants): 6.6022
Views since voting: 1893
Views during voting: 311
Votes: 201
Comments: 17
Favorites: 7 (view)

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02/22/2006 09:56:59 PM
I think you acheived a perfect calendar shot. Very nice. I'm sorry I wasn't around to vote for it. I would have given high marks.
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11/15/2004 02:31:17 PM
Hey Shannon: this is indeed a beauty.
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11/15/2004 11:15:17 AM
Thanks, everybody! I was surprised this one didn't place higher since it's so "calendar-ish," but the soft-focus look was a big experiment for me and I understand those who will vote it low for that. Still one of my personal favorites. ;-)
11/15/2004 08:53:34 AM
I really enjoyed viewing this in the challenge and thought it would have been perfect for a calendar. Great work. Sorry it did not do better.
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11/15/2004 04:42:25 AM
My highest scoring image in the challenge.
I`m genuinely shocked to find that it`s not in the top ten.
Too many "soft image" haters out there...I`ve found to my cost!!!
Although there are many ways to end up with this type of picture..it`s amazing how many attribute it all to "Neat Image".
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11/15/2004 12:45:00 AM
I loved this and gave it a 10. A very successful shot with soft focus. There are those of us on DPC who love this look!! :)
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11/15/2004 12:03:50 AM
Nice to see you down here with me :P
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/14/2004 11:13:29 PM
Excellent shot--the color and aesthetics are wonderful. This is very nice and impressionistic in quality. Amazing how well this works even with it being a horizontal "slice".
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11/14/2004 01:00:37 PM
Wonderful colors and lighting. Good sense of depth also.
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11/11/2004 03:34:51 PM
Certainly a pretty scene, although I'm getting that NeatImage feeling again! It is a heavily effected photo which draws my attention away from the subject and back to the processing.

However, as a calendar it would work but in my view it would position the calendar further down-market due to the digital assistance in the shot.
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11/09/2004 07:43:17 PM
Awesome colors, just it seems a little too soft focused.
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11/09/2004 07:29:22 PM
Love the colors... wish there were details in the leaves (I'm not a big mordern art fan, otherwise this would probably be a 10 because the colors really are beautiful).
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11/09/2004 06:33:01 PM
Can't say much except "perfect".
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11/09/2004 12:59:01 PM
Too much filter
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11/09/2004 11:38:23 AM
This is definitely my kind of image..I love the detail in the bark, the colours in the foliage and the overall effect.
This would make an excellent calendar shot...9
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11/09/2004 01:26:37 AM
i wish there were a bit more yellow leaves to contrast the reds...
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11/08/2004 05:45:03 PM
This is beautiful I wish the trees were a little more focused in the middle -- then it would be a perfect 10. The color on the ground is great.
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