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But it's okay, really!  I'll just be a minute...
But it's okay, really! I'll just be a minute...

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Challenge: Cheater! (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: Nov 20, 2005
Galleries: Humorous, Transportation
Date Uploaded: Nov 20, 2005

Knew what I wanted to shoot, then discovered the necessity of wide angle lenses. I really need to upgrade to a DSLR. Grrrr and Aargh!

And yes, I know it's blown out in spots...again. I keep doing this! Aargh! I spent a lot of time trying to burn it down, but it didn't seem to help all that much. And, this is my first time playing with selective saturations and I've never been fond of the look personally. Needless to say, this is not my favorite picture.

Anyway, the edit: levels, curves, channels, fuzzy select, copy/paste, select-fill-blue, desaturate, layers, burns, scale, border.

Who knows? If I'm this cranky over my pic, maybe that means the voters will love it. Heck, voting starts on my birthday so that'd be a nice present...

Place: 53 out of 105
Avg (all users): 5.2982
Avg (commenters): 4.3333
Avg (participants): 4.9552
Avg (non-participants): 5.4503
Views since voting: 1038
Views during voting: 525
Votes: 218
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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11/30/2005 11:45:03 PM
The idea and concept are great. Let us repeat your own observation in this way: over exposure will hurt your score. One of the ways to help this is to bracket. Of course, the best cure is avoid the harsh lighting. The best way is to learn how to use an exposure meter. You seem to have a lot of talent and you have the artistic eye so maybe a future investment in a meter may be considered. Your camera is pretty good and your ideas are solid.
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11/28/2005 09:22:38 PM
Great photo, very creative and eye catching. I kind of like the blown out areas, sort of adds to the whole effect. Too bad it didn't place higher, it was one of my top picks. Sorry that I didn't comment on this during the challenge, I meant too!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/21/2005 06:20:55 PM
Nice concept but to much high lights.
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11/21/2005 10:52:06 AM
Sorry, but this just looks too much like a snapshot.
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11/21/2005 04:16:39 AM
Suits the challenge well. Very good use of selective desaturation.
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11/21/2005 01:03:17 AM
All is well, but "online thanking"?!?! Is this worth a parking ticket!?
OK, the lady coming out of the car seems out of focus, which could be because of the blown highlights. Selective desat is OK for the sign, but the lines are unnaturally blue, almost purple.
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11/21/2005 12:57:06 AM
too bad the highlights are blown out, and are a large part of your subject.
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11/21/2005 12:26:56 AM
I see the reason for the selective desat, but it took me a minute and until then I went, WHAT? The highlights are unfortunately quite blown on the woman herself... may have been done for effect?
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