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Challenge: Children's Toy (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4.0G IF-ED
Location: Milton, Ontario
Date: Apr 2, 2006
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Rural, Transportation
Date Uploaded: Apr 3, 2006

A railway crossing at a rural road in Milton, Ontario, and a pre-schooler's toy bought at a department store the day before. I got this idea as soon as I saw the challenge. Using a map book to find local crossings, Alex and I drove around for about two hours until I saw the crossing that would work.

This image was post-processed using only adjustment layers (mostly hue/desat) and usm. I knew this was going to be a selective desat, so I picked a really brightly coloured toy, and a really drab railroad crossing. :) It was simple to make such a bright object pop out of such a grey scene. There was a lot of yellow in the scene, so the bulk of the desaturation is done with yellow, with 100% lightening of the yellow. I lost the bright yellows on the face and smokestack of the toy, but gained an interesting lighting effect. Managed to get rid of the blue of the sky by desaturating blue, but pumping up cyan to keep the toy's blue plastic bright.

Place: 5 out of 300
Avg (all users): 6.4341
Avg (commenters): 8.3846
Avg (participants): 6.0706
Avg (non-participants): 6.6917
Views since voting: 3009
Views during voting: 337
Votes: 205
Comments: 34
Favorites: 8 (view)

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11/09/2009 06:34:12 PM
I really like this picture, Louis, and this is the kind of effect that I would love achieve by with your help. :)
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09/02/2006 01:24:30 AM
I'm not sure why but I find this picture hilarious. It's very dramatic and well done, and at the same time it reminds me of how as a little one I used to take toys as "the real thing", and would try to imitate reality with them.
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06/21/2006 09:00:21 PM
The desat really works for this image as my attention is immediately drawn to the toy. It fits the challenge well and finished great! Congrats on this shot!
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05/13/2006 09:30:51 PM
I love this shot. You really have a great sense of humor and it shows in this image. Good composition, DOF, everything just comes together cleanly in here. Good job.
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05/01/2006 07:11:37 AM
I liked this shot alot. I gave you a 7. Great angle and perspective. I think you would have done better leaving some of the color in the background - just a light tint of color. Outside of that I am not quite sur ehow else to improve this. Good idea. Made me smile. I think had it been an advanced editing challenge you could have done some cool stuff with colors onthe rails and wood. Great job.
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04/30/2006 06:01:51 PM
Firstly, congrats on the personal best.

This is a brilliant photo. The clarity in the background, with Ansel Adams'-style b&W works really well against the bright colours of the train - special kudos when you remember its basic editing.
I think the selective desat works particularly well here because the background is not expected to be very colourful, and has a lot of texture.

Everything is crisp and sharp which is nice, and always helps to maximise a score here ;)

The slight tilt to it really adds to the atmosphere created - gives it character and supports the title/context. Composition is good, the negative space above seems to lend more weight to the sense of the converging lines 'disappearing' into the distance.

Creative idea for the challenge, very well executed. Nice and quirky, and you've not been tempted to over-saturate the coloured parts.

Not really sure of any criticism - maybe the railway building on the right gets in the way a little if I'm picky
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04/29/2006 11:42:57 PM
first i gotta tell ya. i laughed and thought this was excellent, scored an 8.

i like the colored toy and the B&W everything else. i like the tracks going on forever. i loved the title. the photograhy is great.

one thing, though, i might like the little train dude just a bit deeper into the composition. not too much, just a bit.
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04/29/2006 09:07:12 PM
this is a beautiful image, too bad that toy is in it ;) I think selective desat doesn't work in the benefit of this image, it makes the toy stand out too much, but it could look good either all B&W or all color.

you might have made the toy worn out and dirty to, it looks too clean to be left on the rails.

this image is nicely lit, composition is good and did amazingly well in this challenge.

Message edited by author 2006-04-29 21:07:28.
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04/29/2006 04:19:33 PM
This is a clever idea well executed. I like the perspective established by the lines where trees meet sky. They vortex in a point that leads right to the toy. I don't know if that was intentional, but it works for me. I also like the tilt to the picture. It adds movement to the now derailed train/toy. This is a very good example of desaturating a picture - especially graying out the sky while keeping the blue in the toy. I hope Alex had as much fun that day as you did.
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04/29/2006 11:58:15 AM
Very nice use of crop to almost eliminate the building on the right. That's well done. The leading lines are present here, but they pull my eye away from your subject, instead of to it. That's unfortunate, and it's part of your concept, so I don't know how to prevent it. I'm not a huge fan of selective desaturation, but this is well done and gives a nice effect.
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04/29/2006 09:38:58 AM
I gave you a 7 in voting for this challenge. It was very well done (and congrats on the 5th place finish!). The only thing that kept me from going higher is that the toy seemed to be lacking in color (after reading your info, now I know why) since I know how bright those things are. But your focus and DOF are excellent. I especially like the skewed perspective.
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04/28/2006 11:30:55 PM
This was one of my favorites in the toy challenge. Great composition and perfect focus. About the only thing that I would have changed is perhaps geting beyond that building on the right hand side. Great capture!
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04/18/2006 06:40:58 PM
Very creative, thanks for the explanation.

Congrats on your 5th place.
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04/16/2006 01:05:11 PM
What a wonderful photo. And thanks for the explanation of the editing so that newbies like me can learn.
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04/12/2006 05:53:37 PM
Congratulations on your 5th placing. Great idea, well presented and executed
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04/12/2006 08:50:18 AM
Thanks for all the nice comments! GeckoZ, and to others who've asked: it was done entirely with adjustment layers, the most important being hue/desaturation, which is legal in basic. Other than the colours in the toy, the picture was mostly yellow, so it was simple to get a b/w look simply by desaturating yellow completely.
04/12/2006 08:33:39 AM
Wonderful composition and great job of processing. Very creative! Congrats on your 5th place finish - well done.
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04/12/2006 07:56:39 AM
Selective colour is for advance editing, no?

Edit: Thanks Louis and glasd2badad (who emailed me to explain why this processing wasn't illegal). My mistake for not reading the details clearly. Thanks again!

Message edited by author 2006-04-12 12:35:00.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/11/2006 08:58:41 PM
This is my fav, hope you do well! love the creativity behind this, nice use of color to bring the focus to the toy. well done.
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04/11/2006 08:45:07 PM
very nice. The contrast bet the colors, the background .
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04/11/2006 12:36:53 PM
I like the cocept behind this one and the selectice coloring. I just think more could have been done with the DOF to make this one really pop.
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04/11/2006 12:11:30 PM
Clever - and a bit unsettling ! Well handled.
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04/09/2006 10:34:23 PM
wow! that looks like a selective desat, but it's obviously not...well done
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04/09/2006 11:45:25 AM
wow! this is so great. creative and emotional, and i can't figure out how you achieved the color the way you did, after all this is basic. i like the slight shift in camera angle, it adds to the overall feel. blue winner for sure!!
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04/08/2006 08:08:28 PM
Crazy shot :)
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04/08/2006 01:23:51 AM
Good idea, composition, position of toy with light on face, color with selective desat, sharpness, and DOF. Love it and hope it does well.
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04/07/2006 08:39:19 AM
Very nice leading lines. Love the colorized train vs the b/w of everything else. Generally I do not like titled things but I think it works very well here. I have you an 8 and good luck.
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04/07/2006 02:07:58 AM
Stunning photo, idea, angle, mood... everything. I hope this one wins. Well done.
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04/07/2006 02:06:11 AM
Not bad.
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04/06/2006 05:48:14 PM
Original idea! Great composition!
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04/05/2006 11:20:52 PM
Good concept. I like the color toy contrasting the grey surroundings.
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04/05/2006 10:47:04 PM
Love it has a since of humor!great photo!
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04/05/2006 11:33:42 AM
I'm not sure how you did the selective desaturation within basic editing rules, but it looks fantastic! 10
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04/05/2006 07:22:14 AM
Great use of selective desat.
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