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Shades of Pastel Chalk
Shades of Pastel Chalk

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Square Crop (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: 2006
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D
Lens: Konica Minolta AF 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6(D) DT
Location: Virginia
Date: Mar 3, 2006
Aperture: F22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/5
Galleries: Still Life
Date Uploaded: Feb 28, 2006

Aperture Priority
Custom WB
ISO 100
1/5 shutter
Exposure comp +1.0
Focal length 90mm


Post-processed with Paint Shop Pro X

Clone cleanup - exterior white bg area and interior residue by upright chalks

Photo Fix (-6,-10,0,17,0,7,25)
Photo Fix (0,0,0,0,0,10,25)
Brightness & Contrast : B/C (0,10)
Brightness & Contrast : B/C (0,10)
Hue & Saturation : HSL (yellow -10)
Brightness & Contrast : Levels (Output 30,255)
Brightness & Contrast : B/C (0,10)
Brightness & Contrast : B/C (-15,5)
Neat Image
Brightness & Contrast : HMS (5,-10,0)
Duplicate bg - layer
Select center upright chalks and promote to layer
Invert selection and promote to layer (interior remaining wht bg)
- gaussian blur +5
Merge all layers (flatten)
USM (1,100,10) + luminance
Rotate Right 15
USM (.75,200,10) + luminance
Neat Image
USM (.50,50,5) + luminance
Brightness & Contrast : HMS (-40,-10,0)
Save as JPG

***** comments *****
I shot this 3 different days to try and get what I visualized. Still not 100% happy. Post-processed the heck out of this (way more than I ever do).

Trying to keep the chalks in place was a pain in the neck. I used Play-Doh to keep the uprights in place. The outside pieces were moved multiple times to make it look semi-balanced based on the camera angle perspective.


Place: 270 out of 369
Avg (all users): 5.1024
Avg (commenters): 7.2000
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Views since voting: 604
Views during voting: 268
Votes: 205
Comments: 5
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/07/2006 07:36:46 PM
Pretty pastels and nice use of shapes
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/07/2006 06:11:09 PM
A little too bright for my liking.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/07/2006 01:56:02 PM
simple and effective
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/07/2006 12:02:30 AM
Excellent shot, very clean and great idea.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/06/2006 11:09:50 PM
Light seems a bit harsh and has washed out some of the color.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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