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Rapunzel - the early years
Rapunzel - the early years

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Challenge: Free Study XV (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: La Perouse, Sydney
Date: Nov 2, 2006
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Architecture, Children
Date Uploaded: Nov 2, 2006

The HDR challenge got me interested so I tried it with this image. IMO it was better than the original image, so here\'s hoping.

1. Generated 7 images of different exposures 0.5 apart, from camera raw.
2. Generated an HDR image from these in Photomatix
3. In CS2 cloned out dust then masked sky and grass seperately and increased the colour to each with a solid colour layer mask.
4. Tried NI to reduce noise in the sky but it seemed to wash out the colour a little. So back in CS2 I played around with the reduce noise filter.
5. Burned the edges of the sky slightly
6. Dodged the girl slightly

After uploading to DPC colours seemed washed out again so notched up the saturation in CS2 'til it resembles what I'm seeing locally.

Place: 73 out of 501
Avg (all users): 6.2403
Avg (commenters): 7.8000
Avg (participants): 6.1275
Avg (non-participants): 6.4615
Views since voting: 777
Views during voting: 218
Votes: 154
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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12/08/2006 10:30:35 AM
Hey, congrats on this Mike. Unusual, interesting image and great lighting.
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12/08/2006 03:33:24 AM
LOL. Somehow I missed this one. Unique.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2006 08:10:15 PM
This is a nice shot but it looks as if you rotated it slightly. I would rather have seen the girl running slightly uphill towards the tower than to have the ground flat and the tower tilting (unless of course that is how it is in fact LOL). Nice vibrant colors. Good luck
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12/07/2006 07:05:02 PM
I like it, nice use of a long zoom!
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12/07/2006 04:48:59 PM
Cute subject, well named, and the colors are well handled, but the tower's rotation clockwise is disconcerting, it may be in fact tilted the way it is presented here but it interfears witht the brightly colored simplicity that is the heart of this very good shot.
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12/07/2006 03:52:54 PM
Great title, great shot!
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12/02/2006 06:02:40 PM
LOVE the title! Nice shot too! 9
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12/02/2006 01:22:52 PM
Funny stuff, and nicely done.
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12/02/2006 05:22:40 AM
Great colours and composition. Fun shot and title. Should do well.
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12/01/2006 08:29:00 PM
Would have been even better if you'd placed the castle further to the right. Lighting is good.
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12/01/2006 03:48:44 PM
i like the scale and contrast of this. 7
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12/01/2006 10:33:16 AM
ROFL Great title. Is that castle tilted? Nice use of color. I'd probably have it less centered but that's just me.
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