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Challenge: Art of 2018: a Retrospective (Extended Editing*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-80D
Lens: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
Date: Jan 30, 2018
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1
Date Uploaded: Jan 9, 2019



[Jan. 17th, 2019 02:06:07 AM]

Thank you for some lovely comments so far. Was well over 7 until this morning and now some grumpy people started voting ;-).

This image was actually pre-planed for a change. Its a composite of 2 images, taken at the same spot within a few minutes of each other. I was sitting at a waterhole in the late afternoon and the impala were coming down to drink, but were very nervous and only came one at a time and then quickly moved on again.
I took several animals drinking and liked this one.Then I tried various options with camera motion to get the blurred background. For me that is always a lot of trial and error, see what happens.
In post I had to do a lot of lightening of the top part of the background, as the waterhole is quite small and the other shore line was visible. When the BG was more or less as I wanted it, I put the impala in and masked out most of the background to be left with the animal and the bit of reflection and grass around it.
The final edit I did in Topaz Black and White, can't recall the name of the exact filter, but there is a whole series of them with a strong light vignette. Some adjusting in there.
Then back into Gimp for some final editing just on contrast and light and all that.



[Jan. 17th, 2019 02:30:53 AM]

So here are the 2 original pics, as you can see, light was already very low and it would have been nicer if the impala had been in a sun spot, but nothing I could do about that.
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Statistics
Place: 1 out of 63
Avg (all users): 7.0333
Avg (participants): 7.0588
Avg (non-participants): 7.0000
Views since voting: 645
Views during voting: 120
Votes: 60
Comments: 18
Favorites: 5 (view)


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01/23/2019 05:48:39 PM
Beautiful;congrats on the Blue.*
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01/23/2019 01:02:19 PM
Very well done! And since you planned the creation of the image, it is that much more gratifying. Big congrats for the well deserved win!
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01/23/2019 09:46:56 AM
Woohooo!!! Thank you everyone. Back in the bush where I took this picture. Hope to make arrangements for validation!
01/23/2019 07:21:43 AM
Congratulations on the blue. Absolutely gorgeous!
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01/23/2019 07:20:28 AM
Great!
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01/23/2019 02:25:44 AM
so beautiful .. a very deserving blue in a sea of stunning brownish tones .. ;)
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01/23/2019 12:10:28 AM
It was stunning at first glance, one of those captivating images. Glad it won!
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01/23/2019 12:09:09 AM
Glad this won! Congratulations!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/22/2019 11:45:00 PM
Well captured and composed .. beautiful animal. Love the overall toning.
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01/22/2019 11:26:56 PM
the way it stares at me 9
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01/22/2019 10:38:02 AM
This is so fabulous. I would love to have taken this photo
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01/21/2019 03:00:39 PM
WOW .. !!!!! .. absolutely stunning image .. the tones are to die for .. your softness surrounding the impala is so beautiful .. what a wonderful catch this is .. perfection .. :)
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01/20/2019 11:03:38 AM
This one is for the National geographic competition, superb work.
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01/20/2019 06:55:23 AM
Delightful and elegantly painted, would make an excellent print. Processing is superb.
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01/16/2019 01:25:43 PM
What a splendid technique. I hope you share how you did this!
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01/16/2019 11:38:15 AM
Brilliant! Exquisite! Best photo I've seen here in a long while. 10 and a FAV from me. (Print available??)
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01/16/2019 10:15:43 AM
A clip from an animated feature
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01/16/2019 12:25:35 AM
I thik this is one of the best wildlife shots on DPC 9
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