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New, Improved, Graduated RD (Rainbow Density) Filter

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Challenge: Motion Blur II (Advanced Editing IV*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Location: Oakland, California, USA
Date: Jun 24, 2006
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: Auto
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Humorous, Blur
Date Uploaded: Jun 24, 2006

Pinwheels outside a nearby store.

-Handheld, Shutter Priority
-Crop/Rotate a bit
-Saved circular selection
-Load inverted selection (outside), feathered 2 pixels
-RGB Curve to fade background
-Channel Mixer to change faded BG colors to grayscale
-Loaded selection, adjusted size, border command, feather
-RGB Curve to darken edge of pinwheel
-Resized for DPC
-USM at 12%/dia 48/TH=0
-USM at 12%/dia 48/TH=0 (second application)
-SaveAs JPEG at quality 7/10 = 147kb

Place: 132 out of 177
Avg (all users): 4.9167
Avg (commenters): 6.2500
Avg (participants): 4.7703
Avg (non-participants): 5.0085
Views since voting: 960
Views during voting: 338
Votes: 192
Comments: 8
Favorites: 1 (view)

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07/07/2006 02:20:59 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club
by strangeghost

The first three parts of this critique are written based purely on examination of your photo. "Final thoughts" is written after reviewing your score, photographer's comments, and voter comments.

This is a very unique image, one where the usual technical benchmarks are hard to judge. Color saturation is certainly rich. Focus on the mono background is adequate.

Wow. What to say? It's a very interesting and different concept. I love the idea behind the image. I can see that the leaves behind the filter are green but the effect is very subtle. I believe the intent of the image is to show that this magical filter somehow imbues color to an otherwise drab BW image. If so, I'd have punched out the greens until they nearly popped out the top. But how to achieve this and preserve the colorful rainbow filter?? I imagine that this is what you struggled with in post processing as well. As shot, it takes some time to appreciate and I'm wondering how many DPC voters invested the time necessary to appreciate such an image.

The more I think about it, I wonder if you would have better served this concept by muting the filter colors and jacking up the tree-green?? I can't decide. I think it would have had more initial impact if this had been the way. As presented, the filter captures the eye quickly and the background trees seem almost an afterthought. The conceptual foundation of the image is wonderful, but the execution probably lacks that 'pop' that DPC voters seem to expect and demand.

Your commenters were mixed with most liking the concept and a few missing the point entirely. Given your final score of 4.9, I'm guessing most voters gave it a quick look, didn't see the point, voted low and moved on. Same sad story. This is a very strong concept and one that, shot a little differently, probably would have pushed six or higher.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/03/2006 11:09:51 AM
Originally posted by karmabreeze:

Interesting idea. The door frame(?) at the left side is distracting, leave the composition looking unbalances.

Yeah, that's the streetlight pole the pinwheels are mounted on. The shot with the "best" blur(?) had that angle -- the ones which missed the pole were either too blurry, not blurry enough, or had some other problem ...
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/02/2006 07:57:08 PM
Interesting idea. The door frame(?) at the left side is distracting, leaves the composition looking unbalanced.

Sorry, I just corrected some typoes. :)

Message edited by author 2006-07-03 12:01:30.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/28/2006 07:23:04 AM
Wow...this is wicked.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/27/2006 08:39:31 AM
Sorry, but I'm missing something here. What's the subject, and what's moving? Where's the blur?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/26/2006 06:13:35 PM
Nice. Love your colors.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/26/2006 05:35:42 PM
The first thing I said when I saw this was "Oh, wow!", and I literally said it out loud. Nice job.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/26/2006 01:48:54 PM
great creativity! 8!
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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