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Breaking the Illusion
Breaking the Illusion
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Challenge: Extreme Action (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D100
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-210mm f/4.0-5.6D
Location: Kissimmee, FL
Date: Apr 9, 2005
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/640
Date Uploaded: Apr 9, 2005

duotone
adjusted curves
contrast
cloned a few areas
added blur
dodged & burned

Please let me know what you think... also, do you think it looks to "photoshopy"? Thanks!

Statistics
Place: 66 out of 132
Avg (all users): 5.4131
Avg (commenters): 6.8571
Avg (participants): 5.0690
Avg (non-participants): 5.5872
Views since voting: 1118
Views during voting: 490
Votes: 259
Comments: 17
Favorites: 2 (view)


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03/27/2007 12:27:45 PM
I like the photo-shopping here - it's prety cool! Nice job!
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04/25/2005 12:01:58 AM
*Critique Club*

From this shot, the horse barely looks like he's even moving. I'm sure he was, or you wouldn't have submitted it to an extreme action challenge, but to be honest, he just doesn't look like he's moving. Maybe walking, but definately not extreme.
To answer your question of do 'you' think it's too photoshopy? Yes. While I love the color, I don't like the darkened corners.
I thought there were some leaves in the 'sky' above the horse, but looking closer, it looks as if there is another horse behind the main subject. This little guy is more than just a distraction, I think he invades your subject greatly and takes so much away from what is such a beautiful subject.
Having the background blurred is a plus, but it does seem a bit unnatural. See the area around the left (the horses' right) rear end? He's got kind of an orangish glow around him. This also distracts.
I have to wonder why the dark corners. Were there other elements that you were trying to hide? Something distracting perhaps? I see no positive purpose to that in this photo.
All that being said, I love the actual shot of the horse, and can only imagine what the scene looked like in real life. I'm thinking the original might have been better (minus the guy in the background, of course)
~Heather~
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04/18/2005 09:21:40 AM
Wow. I really thought this should have done much better. I gave this a 7.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/15/2005 06:17:59 PM
A very different shot. Not the one I would actually expect to see in this challenge.
But still I think it is gorgeous, and in a way implies to an extreme action. 9
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04/14/2005 10:21:08 PM
color tones here are great. Don't think I care for the vignette effect.
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04/14/2005 04:52:15 AM
It's really hard to see this as "action", IMO, but it's immensely appealing and I score it well. I'd liek it better without the unfortunately-placed BG horse. Good luck with it.
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04/13/2005 10:05:35 PM
I don't think this fits the challenge but it's a fabulous image
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04/13/2005 12:56:02 PM
Beautiful. 7.
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04/12/2005 09:50:38 PM
Beautiful! Love the coloring!
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04/12/2005 07:23:44 PM
This image stands out in the crowd. A little kick or a toss of the head would have totally made the shot. You get Kudos in my book
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04/12/2005 01:57:25 PM
Some strange motion here (artificial motion blur probably). Nice view of the horse - background is too busy and your vignette supplements a potentially quite bland composoition. Tone works for the subject, but the action here is mostly man-made and is not extreme enough for this challenge in my view.
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04/11/2005 08:06:16 PM
great photo, not quite extreme, but very nice colors.
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04/11/2005 06:45:55 PM
Beautiful picture but not really Extreme Action
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04/11/2005 03:14:13 AM
beautiful image
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04/11/2005 02:36:41 AM
So many shots in this challenge appear dull and lifeless but this one is def. a stand out !
Full of energy, full of emotion, full of movement and rythmn, and most importantly full of beauty. A work of art! 10
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04/11/2005 12:44:37 AM
What illusion?
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04/11/2005 12:29:12 AM
Absolutely brilliant 10
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