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Challenge: Seed (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: 2006
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 for Minolta
Location: Virginia
Date: Sep 12, 2006
Aperture: F7.1
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/25
Galleries: Nature
Date Uploaded: Sep 14, 2006

Aperture priority, F7.1, ISO 400, 1/25, Hand-held Tamron SP 90mm

RawShooter essentials 2006
- Appearance 1) Normal, exp +1.0

Post-Processed with Paint Shop Pro X

Brightness & Contrast : Histogram (5,1,235)
Brightness & Contrast : Clarify +20
Hue & Saturation : Colorize (20,90)
Brightness & Contrast : HMS (-10,0,0)
Brightness & Contrast : B/C (0,10)
Digital Camera Noise Reduction (75,75,35,35,0)
Duplicate Background
- layer mask all but highlights
- layer mode to burn, 30% opacity
- additional use of burn brush on highlights
Merge all layers
USM (.50,100,10) + luminance
Noise Reduction : Salt & Pepper (1,1)
Save as JPG


Originally I went out on an "expedition" to see what I could find that was interesting around the pasture for seeds/seed pods, etc... Had the small tripod with me which was too short, so I took this hand-held in low-light cloudy conditions. Thank goodness for KM anti-shake!

I'll probably get smacked for this entry, but don't care as I'm feeling a bit "artsy" at the moment. ;^) You should see the one I did in blue plus added noise! A bit too over the top even in an "artsy" mood. He-he.

These seed heads are from some native 'weed' that grows on the fringe of our horse pasture. Some are up to 6 feet tall. I liked the hairy look although the "hair" is pure white and in processing/boosting contrast a couple spots are blowing out where the "hair" is bunched up. :( Burned a little - still not 100% satisfied but a retake isn't happening. I tried a day later but the rain wiped the seed heads fairly clean off the fluff. Oh well...

Place: 65 out of 163
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04/25/2008 03:17:04 PM
This is a great shot - bafflingly underrated by voters. The processing is spot-on.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/21/2006 10:25:10 PM
old and creepy looking. I can imagine a 19th century botanist studying this photo. 9
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09/19/2006 02:29:22 PM
Very cool ~ the sepia works well ~ nice!
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