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Rays of Light
Rays of Light
Rikki


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2002 (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon Digital IXUS
Location: Los Angeles, California
Date: Jun 1, 2002
Aperture: f2.8
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Interior, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Apr 1, 2006

April Fool's Challenge Entry No. 23

Taken in August 2002 while working in our Los Angeles office.

It took more than two hours to edit this puppy. I added the light rays in PS. I will most likely do a tutorial on how to do this technique. I think it adds to an otherwise drab image. I've always thought of old train stations as smoky, dark, and mysterious. I just made my vision a reality using PS. The resolution was bad and the image was less than stunning. Pulled out all the tricks for this edit. I hope it just does well ;)

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Post Challenge Comments
As Robert said in his comment, Welcome to the "I scored a 7+ and didn't get a ribbon" club!

I knew this challenge would be a high scoring challenge. But I guess, it`s not bad for a little P&S with the help of some Photoshop magic. I will be posting the original soon and will write a tutorial regarding creating false rays of light and make it convincing.

Thanks for the great comments and the great score. I`m glad I have a shot that isn`t a landscape in my profile page :)

Here is the original shot:
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How did I do it?
I have written a tutorial about this process but since this challenge had no editing rules, the tutorial wouldn't help much in future DPC entries. If you would like a copy of the tutorial, please PM me your email address and I will send you a copy in PDF format.
Disqualification Details
Any attempts to alter the point totals in any way for any photograph will result in immediate loss of account and a ban from the site. Photographs by any participating parties may also be removed from past or current challenges.

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05/18/2006 08:37:11 AM
Wonderful work here! Regards, B.
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05/17/2006 06:55:26 PM
I keep coming back to this image- I love it!!! But also to check if you've done a tutorial. You do those rays of light so well- keeping the image intact perfectly, they seem so natural. You should really do a 'how'd they do that' or something because this is simply stunning. adding to my faves (why wasn't it there before I ask?) :0)
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05/09/2006 12:55:25 AM
I think it's an awesome shot. A very nice feeling.
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05/02/2006 05:05:31 PM
I can tell you added the light rays but you kind of have to pay attention to the photo to notice. You did a really great job.
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04/12/2006 05:58:47 PM
I would be glad to know how you did the rays of light! Do update me if you did the tutorial. :)
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04/12/2006 01:59:05 AM
*Critique Club*

"Rays of Light" is an amazing entry into the Best of 2002 challenge. I am amazed looking at the differences between the original and entry, you did a great job. It seems so wrong to receive a 7+ and not ribbon, like others have said. .

This is an excellent piece, it is cropped just perfectly. The angle is very nice is creating the atmosphere. The rays of light are so fitting for the church environment. There is not much I can comment on because you did such excellent job. Congrats on the score and of course I look forward to all of your future entries.
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04/09/2006 02:56:20 PM
Looks like your efforts paid off! Congrats on your great finish. This has a really nice atomosphere to it that you have created.
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04/09/2006 11:08:56 AM
Originally posted by yanko:

Originally posted by ltsimring:

nice image, Rikki, but what about "adding a major element" clause?! It's got to be pretty major if the title is "Rays of Light"...


There were special Advance Editing rules in this one which basically said there were no rules except you couldn't splice multiple images together.


Oops, my bad! I did not take part in this challenge (did not have any original files from 2002), so did not pay close attention to the rules. Congrats on the fine image and the well deserved high score then! :)
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04/09/2006 08:40:15 AM
Congrats Rikki. One of my favs. Knew it would make top 10!
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04/09/2006 07:02:47 AM
Congratulations on your top 10 finish. This was one of my favorites for the challenge.
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04/09/2006 06:22:55 AM
Originally posted by ltsimring:

nice image, Rikki, but what about "adding a major element" clause?! It's got to be pretty major if the title is "Rays of Light"...


There were special Advance Editing rules in this one which basically said there were no rules except you couldn't splice multiple images together.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/09/2006 03:17:30 AM
nice image, Rikki, but what about "adding a major element" clause?! It's got to be pretty major if the title is "Rays of Light"...
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/09/2006 02:45:43 AM
great shot!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/09/2006 12:25:50 AM
Welcome to the "I scored a 7+ and didn't get a ribbon" club! Nice scene, congrats on top 10!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/09/2006 12:10:40 AM
Congrats on top 10! Great postprocessing. This was one of my favorites for the challenge. Really carries the atmosphere.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/09/2006 12:10:23 AM
Oh, so close to that HM! Great shot Rikki, congrats on the front page finish!
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04/09/2006 12:06:33 AM
Just beautiful. Congrats on top ten finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/08/2006 07:42:45 PM
8 - Nice. Tweaking of the colors and 'rays' (somehow) and a more finely tuned crop, especially at the top, may have made this even better, in my opinion.
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04/08/2006 06:34:44 PM
Wow! The lighting in this is great...
I can't decide if the person adds to, or takes-away from the image...so I'll split the difference and say it has no effect. :)
Great shot.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/08/2006 12:43:18 PM
Beautiful colours and textures, light and shadows..10
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04/05/2006 03:55:53 PM
Beautiful image, love the rays.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/05/2006 04:11:58 AM
A lovely shot. Gratz
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04/02/2006 07:54:04 PM
Gorgeous lighting, tones, clarity.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/02/2006 03:07:36 PM
Wonderful image and great post-processing! I love the whispers of light cascading through the windows and the richness of the floor colors and wood. Very nicely done!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/02/2006 01:44:55 PM
top ten finisher
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/02/2006 10:57:22 AM
nice moment in 2002!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/02/2006 08:34:14 AM
Very nice capture.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/02/2006 07:10:41 AM
Wow, what a great image. Certainly one of the best in this challenge.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/02/2006 06:56:24 AM
Great effect here in this image...
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/02/2006 12:21:22 AM
nice study
  Photographer found comment helpful.


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