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Delicate Touch
2nd PlaceDelicate Touch
edmeng


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Yellow III (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f2.8-4.0D
Location: Home
Date: Apr 1, 2006
Aperture: f/13
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Emotive, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Apr 2, 2006

After I spent all Saturday afternoon outside shooting flowers, I came home and took a few shots of vodka with my friend Andrey; then I looked at his hands and was suddenly stricken by a new idea. I placed a piece of black cloth over his hands and took just a few shots with a camera on tripod and flash bounced from the ceiling.

Shot in Raw.

Post processed in Photoshop:
Levels
Curves
Channel mixer to convert to B&W
Unmasked flower
A little dodging and Burning
Crop
Resized
Unsharp Mask
Saved for web



Thanks everyone for all the great comments and votes.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 404
Avg (all users): 7.0604
Avg (commenters): 8.4667
Avg (participants): 6.9847
Avg (non-participants): 7.2549
Views since voting: 9808
Views during voting: 279
Votes: 182
Comments: 46
Favorites: 44 (view)


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10/29/2006 08:14:18 AM
I love it, would have preferred more scratched up callused hands. But its in my favourites. Simple wicked!
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05/14/2006 11:50:49 PM
This is awesome! Congrats on your ribbon!
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04/30/2006 08:42:36 PM
Great desaturation and contrast
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04/23/2006 08:12:21 AM
Great work here. Congratulations on your ribbon! Regards, B.
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04/16/2006 11:17:06 PM
An image wherein desat joins in to really help and carry the day. Lovely! Congratulations on your RED.
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04/14/2006 06:58:25 PM
Congrats on your ribbon!
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04/12/2006 05:38:17 PM
I love b/w and color. Attractive and very sharp picture, congrats for your ribbon!
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04/11/2006 06:02:01 AM
WOW Simply fantastic. Easily a blue as well. Congratulations !
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04/10/2006 09:48:20 PM
A wonderful study in contrast. Congratulations on a beautifully composed picture.
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04/10/2006 06:35:39 PM
Congratulations on your red. A simple idea very well executed. well done.
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04/10/2006 05:10:03 PM
This should have take blue IMHO. Well Done.
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04/10/2006 03:38:44 PM
Congrats on your Red!
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04/10/2006 11:50:36 AM
absolutely fantastic!
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04/10/2006 09:20:13 AM
This is really good. I love all the detail in the hands and the contrast with the yellow flower is great too. Congrats on your well-deserved ribbon.
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04/10/2006 08:19:12 AM
Congrats! Beautiful image.
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04/10/2006 07:46:17 AM
Beautifully done! Congratulations!
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04/10/2006 06:46:42 AM
Great photo, well deserved ribbon, congratulations ! Pozdravlienije !

Message edited by author 2006-04-10 06:47:07.
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04/10/2006 05:25:13 AM
congratulations on a fine shot...your ribbon is well deserved
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04/10/2006 04:53:46 AM
Congratulations!
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04/10/2006 04:30:15 AM
Well done. Thanks for displaying the info too, but I desperately need to know what brand of Vodka you used. Anything to get my score up :-/
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04/10/2006 03:53:39 AM
Congrats on your well deserved red. Beautiful, beautiful shot (the vodka was obviously very inspirational ;-)
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04/10/2006 03:11:15 AM
Fantastic application of selective desaturation, congratulations on your red ribbon!
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04/10/2006 02:45:39 AM
Congratulations.
Very nice, very very nice.
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04/10/2006 01:48:03 AM
Congratulations! I immediately thought of a coalminer when I saw this ;)
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04/10/2006 01:45:43 AM
super !
congrats
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04/10/2006 01:03:22 AM
Congrats on 2nd place! Wonderful shot
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04/10/2006 12:38:18 AM
Congrats.
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04/10/2006 12:19:45 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon finish with this fine image.
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04/10/2006 12:10:49 AM
Valera, let me be the first to congratulate on a fine image and the second ribbon! Way to go!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/09/2006 10:47:23 PM
Very emotional... love it.
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04/09/2006 07:06:32 PM
Congratulations on a great image! It should easily land in the top 10.
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04/09/2006 04:26:22 PM
Very professional... but even with the desaturation I'm not sure that the yellow is the main subject here. Still meets the challenge though. Good image.
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04/08/2006 11:40:11 PM
This is really a nice way to portray "yellow", and I like it a lot.....
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04/08/2006 03:47:00 PM
Excellent. Have voted two 10s in this challenge. This is one of them.
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04/08/2006 01:31:24 PM
Wonderful!
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04/07/2006 11:27:35 PM
beautiful. I love the yellow against the black and white. Lots of emotion in this shot as well.
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04/07/2006 09:49:47 PM
The detail is fantastic. I love how the hands contrast not only in colour but in texture with the flower.
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04/07/2006 07:50:55 PM
Very nice lighting, cropping and post processing.
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04/07/2006 12:43:27 AM
Beautifully done. I love the fact the detail is in the hands as well as the flower, with neither blown or underexposed. Look forward to seeing how you handled the desat of the hands.
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04/06/2006 07:03:20 AM
very interesting take on the challenge, I love the way you used the delicate rose with the strong hands, one of my top 3 in the challenge, 10 from me.
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04/03/2006 03:29:06 PM
Beautiful, simple, elegant, well done. A 9
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04/03/2006 03:17:47 PM
I don't generally like selective desat but the contrasts here are great. My only nitpick would be that I'd like a bit more room on the top of the photo. Nicely done.
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04/03/2006 02:38:22 PM
Nice shot. Detail is perfect.
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04/03/2006 09:55:07 AM
This is beautiful, I can't imagine how you did it, but the contrast of color and texture is just incredible 9
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04/03/2006 01:18:56 AM
nicely done...8
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04/03/2006 12:42:09 AM
Lovely detailing in the hands. Nice image. 6.
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