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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Song Titles, 2006 (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Location: Wenderholm Regional Park
Date: Jan 6, 2007
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/400 second
Galleries: Landscape, Digital Art
Date Uploaded: Jan 9, 2007

This was my first thought for this challenge but when I went to the beach to take the photo the frame wasn't where I rememered it. I took five shots anyway and then tried some other ideas later in the week. They didn't work out so I went with this.

These frames are put up at several tourist spots around Auckland.

Editing Steps:
Convert from RAW in 5 exposure steps: -2 to 2
HDR
Neat image
Desaturate background
Clone out minor distractions and lettering on frame
Saturation+55 inside frame
Auto levels
Curves
Rotate to level horizon
Crop
Resize
USM
Save for web

Post Challenge:
Woo Hoo!! I never thought I'd ribbon with this. It just goes to show that sometimes you think you have an "average" photo and it just clicks with voters. Other times you think you have a ribbon winner and it scores in the 5's or lower.

For those interested in "how", the original photo shows all...
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PS: Visit New Zealand, it's all this wonderful :)

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 219
Avg (all users): 6.9336
Avg (commenters): 7.6774
Avg (participants): 6.5281
Avg (non-participants): 7.1168
Views since voting: 9807
Views during voting: 508
Votes: 286
Comments: 64
Favorites: 18 (view)


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01/23/2007 12:31:55 AM
Congratulations, amazing shot!
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01/22/2007 07:20:25 PM
Wow what a close race for third place! Congrats on your yellow ribbon, you edged me out by two points! A most deserved ribbon, and I like your editing to put the inside of the frame in color.

Message edited by author 2007-01-22 19:20:46.
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01/20/2007 11:55:23 PM
Aw, Yes! Amazing skill! Thrilling ART! Blessed! :)
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01/20/2007 10:14:32 AM
Great job on the editing, great pic and congrats on the ribbon
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01/18/2007 10:34:42 PM
Congratulations on winning the yellow ribbon!
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01/18/2007 09:31:11 PM
Congrats on your ribbon!
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01/18/2007 03:31:53 PM
great, great shot, congrats on your ribbon, well deserved.

Jack
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01/18/2007 11:52:17 AM
Too good...awesome Post Processing
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01/18/2007 08:56:46 AM
I love this. Great idea.
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01/18/2007 08:28:59 AM
Very interested picture. Love your idea. Congraturation!!
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01/17/2007 11:08:15 PM
Might be time for a road trip up your ways Gerry :) This is stunning work! Great job on the cloning. If I hadn't read your notes, I wouldn't have known.

Congratulations!!!
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01/17/2007 10:56:47 PM
I used to go there all the time as a child, i miss it. Ill be going back next june i think when i return to my native country for a visit though. Im not really sure if this is legal though, you did edit out oalot of stuff.
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01/17/2007 07:10:28 PM
This is awesome! What a great use of photography and the "Digital Darkroom"!!!
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01/17/2007 12:52:07 PM
Congratulations, Gerry, on ribbon #1! Pretty good pictures for someone who looks like a baby :)
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01/17/2007 09:35:35 AM
Congratulations on a beautiful image and thanks for providing the workflow.
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01/17/2007 08:51:10 AM
Nice work. Well done.
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01/17/2007 08:33:44 AM
Well done! Congrats, pal!
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01/17/2007 08:30:49 AM
Incredible shot, idea, and post processing. Very nicely done. Congrats on the ribbon.
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01/17/2007 08:26:17 AM
Congratulations on a creative and beautiful shot. First ribbon - good for you!
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01/17/2007 06:52:38 AM
Wonderul work!! Congratulations on your Ribbon!!
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01/17/2007 04:30:41 AM
Excellent photo. Congratulations on your yellow.
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01/17/2007 03:38:48 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon!
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01/17/2007 02:19:45 AM
Now you're making me want to go to New Zealand...any idea how expensive that is?? *sigh*

seriously though, great picture, I thought you edited the frame in later on but looking at the original I appreciate it more. Well done.
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01/17/2007 01:09:19 AM
Very Nice! Congratulations on your ribbon.
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01/17/2007 12:33:10 AM
I loved this photo and gave this (among a few others) the highest mark in this challenge. Congratulations!
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01/17/2007 12:23:12 AM
This was by far the best "photograph" entry, and IMHO one of the very few 10s. Congratulations on your well-deserved ribbon.
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01/17/2007 12:21:21 AM
EXCELLENT photo for a ribbon! :) Congratulations! This is so incredibly creative!

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01/17/2007 12:19:33 AM
Nicely processed. Well done on the ribbon!
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01/17/2007 12:09:25 AM
WOOHOO GO TEAM TRIGGER HAPPY!!!!!!

Good show man!
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01/17/2007 12:09:08 AM
Congrats on the new personal best and first ribbon! :)
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01/17/2007 12:08:11 AM
Congrat on ribbon
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/16/2007 08:29:28 PM
wow, verry good photo, i love the effect it creates, well done!!
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01/15/2007 09:25:12 PM
how in the...
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01/15/2007 07:24:56 PM
pretty cool. but i get so distracted with how fake the picture frame looks. how'd you do this anywhy?
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01/14/2007 12:51:06 PM
Interesting use of selective desat. I'm curious to know how it would look in reverse, since nature is in color (even snow and deserts) and often photographs are b&w.
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01/14/2007 06:17:23 AM
This is a really clever shot, well executed. The only thing that keeps it from getting a perfect score from me is the blending / shadow over to the right hand side of the frame. Just outside the border the landscape is darker in a square block - it could well be a trick of the eye even, but distracts. 8
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01/13/2007 06:35:47 PM
Now this is an awesome fit for this song title! It was tempting for me to take a pretty picture and make it fit into the "Photograph" title -- but this really does fit! Beautiful scene, and perfect fit for the title!
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01/13/2007 10:42:38 AM
Very cool. Love the selective desat. Very creative. Back to bump you up to 8.
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01/13/2007 07:51:15 AM
Great concept
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01/13/2007 02:07:37 AM
Bloody brillant ! Lovely idea -great capture and PP 10
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01/12/2007 11:26:48 AM
Good concept with the title, and well taken picture.
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01/12/2007 09:12:45 AM
Good entry.
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01/11/2007 06:01:29 PM
Nice idea and use of selective colour. But somehow the colours inside the photo seem overprocessed, and not 'natural' at all.
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01/11/2007 05:42:51 PM
I love the idea of this
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01/11/2007 05:38:32 PM
Very creative!
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01/11/2007 07:58:58 AM
This is very creative and well done. Must have been difficult to set up. 9.
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01/10/2007 11:56:49 PM
Awesome shot and idea ! This would make a great 20x30 !
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01/10/2007 08:29:35 PM
Very nice!
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01/10/2007 08:24:53 PM
cool
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01/10/2007 03:47:35 PM
Nice use of selective color, and the frame is reall beautiful as well. 8
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01/10/2007 02:10:40 PM
Great idea. very nicely executed.
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01/10/2007 01:38:25 PM
Nice idea, but something doesn't seem right... the image inside the frame seems glued there and the horizon line doesn't align with the outside. Also the frame looks bi-dimensional without depth.
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01/10/2007 01:11:17 PM
This is so cool!
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01/10/2007 12:25:24 PM
So cool! Great idea.
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01/10/2007 10:52:18 AM
very creative!
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01/10/2007 09:05:47 AM
Unique.
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01/10/2007 08:55:51 AM
i like this but the frame looks to fake
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01/10/2007 06:42:27 AM
Very nicely executed concept. COuld have brightened the picture inside the frame - the clouds appear unnaturally uneven
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01/10/2007 05:23:09 AM
That is SPECTACULAR! Love it! 10 & a favourite!
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01/10/2007 02:23:22 AM
Very nice.
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01/10/2007 01:11:30 AM
Cool image.
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01/10/2007 01:10:07 AM
you should get this validated as it doesn't look legal to me...
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01/10/2007 12:51:12 AM
Interesting concept, wondering how you suspended the frame?
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01/10/2007 12:49:09 AM
I can easily see how this could be done in photoshop - but that makes this image no less visually stunning. Great concept (and wonderful idea to include a bit of yellow beach at the bottom).
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