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Challenge: Personification (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A95
Location: Mr. Dickeboom's Farm, Burlington
Date: Oct 9, 2005
Aperture: F/2.8
ISO: auto
Shutter: 1/160 sec
Galleries: Humorous, Nature
Date Uploaded: Oct 10, 2005

Crop -> Levels -> Curves -> Contrast -> Desat & lighten Green & Yellow channels -> Resize -> USM.

-0.7 compensation

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I took this shot while we were at Mr. Dickeboom's farm, just outside Burlington. We've gone there every year for the past 10 or more years to get our pumpkins (also the location for my celebration shot). A hay ride takes you to a Fairy Tale forest, where this tree is. The face isn't natural, Mr. Dickeboom made it somehow.

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 204
Avg (all users): 6.5925
Avg (commenters): 7.8182
Avg (participants): 6.2584
Avg (non-participants): 6.7389
Views since voting: 3674
Views during voting: 415
Votes: 292
Comments: 39
Favorites: 2 (view)


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10/23/2005 01:28:48 AM
whoa! nightmare in elm st! great!
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10/21/2005 09:05:34 AM
Slippy, Congrats on the high finish with this shot. I read the story about the shot and Mr. Dickeboom. In Dutch, the words Dikke Boom translates to Thick Tree!!
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10/20/2005 08:54:32 AM
Hey! Way to go on another 4th Slippy :-)
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10/20/2005 07:41:15 AM
Wow, SLip! ANother 4th! Congrats.....all you need are some apples being thrown at you and you're in OZ (the good one not the prison!LOL!).

Message edited by author 2005-10-20 19:16:55.
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10/19/2005 11:19:15 PM
OH NO 4TH AGAIN :-O
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10/19/2005 09:51:24 PM
almost a ribbon
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10/19/2005 12:51:58 PM
Congratulations, Slippy! Neat picture. Looks so real :)
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10/19/2005 11:40:32 AM
WTG Slippy!!! Fantastic!
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10/19/2005 01:24:00 AM
Way to go! So how was the face created?
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10/19/2005 01:23:12 AM
Sweet!!!! Way to go!
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10/19/2005 01:23:02 AM
Congrats on your top 10
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10/19/2005 12:40:11 AM
Way to go slippy! You're climbing the ladder!
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10/19/2005 12:18:37 AM
Slippy! Excellent! Great shot, great finish! Congrats!
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10/19/2005 12:11:25 AM
good one slip! check out the new challenge for goodies!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/18/2005 09:26:35 PM
Makes me wnat to run away. Great concept.
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10/18/2005 02:32:14 PM
Oh My - great job on this shot. great focus and desat really works with this image. An image that would spark the imagination of any child -- well adult for that matter. Well done --9--
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10/18/2005 01:43:36 PM
Oh, this is just weirdly enjoyable, isn't it? Must have taken years to get the tree shaped like this (from cuts? grafts? Strange occultic practices???). Good comp, B&W makes for an interesting presentation (though I see some purple fringing around some branches where the lighter sky area comes through). Exposure on the tree is very good, bringing out the right amount of detail there...just wish you'd moved a bit more to the right to get rid of that distracting bright (overexposed) sky. But overall, an interesting and very different shot. I like it!
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10/18/2005 01:11:50 PM
Wow This belongs on a mystery book cover. Great find. Thank you for sharing.
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10/17/2005 12:53:24 PM
Wow, love the face. B&W is a great effect for this too.
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10/15/2005 10:53:27 PM
Looks great...Good job..!! 10
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10/15/2005 07:14:17 AM
This is great. Love how the chosen angle dramatizes it even more. Just think there's some technical issues that marr the quality of its appeal.
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10/15/2005 02:11:58 AM
Now this HAS to at least place way up there. That is just incredible.
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10/14/2005 04:30:30 PM
Tell the truth, you added the eyes. Still it is a very amusing shot and the b&w works very well.
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10/14/2005 08:45:22 AM
Really cool! I sit here and ponder whether this was man made or naturally occurring. Then I decide, who really cares? I don't really care for the tones in this one but that's a personal choice - for me they just seem to make the image a little flat. 7 - good luck in the challenge!
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10/14/2005 02:19:54 AM
oh wow. scared me there.
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10/13/2005 10:44:29 PM
Unreal!!! You must have known this tree was there well before the challenge theme was announced! What may go unnoticed is the richness of the background. Lots of chrome like properties. Gave it a 9.
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10/13/2005 07:28:14 PM
Nice face (although it looks too perfect and I'll assume constructed). It captures the feeling, but I wish more of the pic would capture the same feeling (or at least not be quite so reliant on the face). The texture of the bark is nice. I don't like the blowout of the sky as it makes the leaves up there artifact funny. 6
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10/13/2005 01:56:19 AM
Ahhhhhhh! That's one scary tree! Great photo.
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10/12/2005 11:15:04 PM
yikes - this can't be all natural - great image for this challenge, that's for sure :)
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10/12/2005 10:04:21 PM
Great idea, great shot. Whites are a little blown out but other than that I can't complain about a single thing. 9.
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10/12/2005 06:19:50 PM
Hey.....Isn't that the little Chips Ahoy! guy? Great image!
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10/12/2005 05:59:32 PM
Wow! This is awesome! Fantastic personification! I love the tones in this too. 10
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10/12/2005 01:16:29 PM
Neat, is this naturally occuring?
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10/12/2005 09:47:18 AM
WOW - I figured we'd see lots of these, but this one really works. I like the perspective and the composition is good. Great title!!
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10/12/2005 09:19:18 AM
I would have cropped it closer to the "face". For me, there's too much trunk.
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10/12/2005 08:30:06 AM
omg that is sooo scary!! Excellent find, Good Luck.
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10/12/2005 07:33:30 AM
great capture
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10/12/2005 01:49:31 AM
haha, how real is this? nice capture anyway
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10/12/2005 12:28:17 AM
WOW! Is that natural??? If it is, it's worth 7 alone for catching it on film!
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