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Challenge: Street Photography (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: 2007-08-09
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
Location: Vancouver, BC
Date: Feb 16, 2007
Aperture: F4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Candid, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Feb 17, 2007

Shot RAW, converted to TIFF in Photomatix, worked in PSCS3.

- Cropped to 8x10 (pretty radical crop).
- Adjusted level
- Added new layer from the red channel, cut out feathered oval in centre, blended in soft light
- Converted background layer to B/W except the red soda can (using gradient map)
- USM, twice (18/40/0)
- Created top blank layer filled with 50% gray, blended in soft light, and dodged/burned on it (girls face, a bit of the stonework, the soda can - all pretty much in the mid section of the image); blended at around 50% opacity.
- Flattened
- Masked portfolio case and ran through Noise Ninja
- Cloned out distractions (spots on portfolio, trash on the sidewalk, bump on wall)
- Resized and sharpened using smart sharpen
- Used very light sharpen brush on sidewalk stones (to define a touch better)
- Used "variations" for final adjustment
- Saved for web

Statistics
Place: 22 out of 288
Avg (all users): 6.5652
Avg (commenters): 7.4815
Avg (participants): 6.4426
Avg (non-participants): 6.7037
Views since voting: 1627
Views during voting: 514
Votes: 230
Comments: 44
Favorites: 9 (view)


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10/17/2012 06:24:27 PM
I can't believe I never commented on this one either. I have almost memorized it.
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04/15/2007 05:08:11 PM
sure it took alot of u , to get it to be that fine , that is agreat view of what u wanted to do , very good results
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04/04/2007 01:58:12 AM
i have to say, the image size puts this photo in a disadvantage, because clearly this shot would have been MUCH better in larger sizes. i reckon that's how it could have been, because then the coke bottle would stood out even more, with enough details on it to please folks. that huge bag is stealing all the attention here, but there's nothing to see on it.

crayon
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02/27/2007 09:23:35 PM
A lot of heavily processed photos look tacky. This one, however, totally works, IMO. I like it.
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02/26/2007 11:41:09 AM
Thank you all!

Originally posted by yanko:

I had this rated much higher than your finish but I'm curious about the trash you cloned out. The "perfectness" of this photo bothered me just a little so perhaps keeping the trash would have worked better? Just wondering.


The trash I cloned out was minimal, a cigarette butt in front of the girl. If it would have been more trash, bigger, more noticeable, I would have left it, but it was so little that it showed more as a flaw than as trash IMO. Soooo .... gotta get away from "perfectness", eh?
02/26/2007 11:14:22 AM
This one really stood out to me and was among my top scorers in voting. I love that the vines along the top are included, and think that they serve to frame the image well and add texture and visual interest.
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02/26/2007 09:01:31 AM
I gave this a 7. I thought the selective desat on the coke can was silly, but otherwise this is an outstanding photo. Elegant, great composition, a powerful sense of being burdened from the woman.
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02/26/2007 07:26:51 AM
I thought this one was a no-brainer for the front page. What a great street photo!

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02/26/2007 02:24:30 AM
This is so stunning, I really expected to see it in the ribbons. Great job on the processing.
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02/26/2007 02:05:30 AM
Nice finish Ursula, I'd ring Coca Cola and offer them the photo, might be worth $$$$$.
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02/26/2007 12:55:48 AM
I'm surprised. I gave this a 9. Should've been top 10 in my book.
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02/26/2007 12:18:53 AM
I had this rated much higher than your finish but I'm curious about the trash you cloned out. The "perfectness" of this photo bothered me just a little so perhaps keeping the trash would have worked better? Just wondering.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/24/2007 04:19:07 PM
Give me colour or give me black & white, please. This would have been a 9 or a 10 but for the coloured can.
02/24/2007 01:47:52 PM
What a great coke commercial this would make! Fantastic!
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02/24/2007 10:53:52 AM
ambiguously delicious
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02/24/2007 09:58:25 AM
cool shot...wonder if coloring he hands and face would have been a cool effect too.
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02/22/2007 10:47:13 PM
Interesting. That vinework though? I don't like that in there. A closer crop would have made all the difference for me.
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02/22/2007 12:33:19 PM
Very well seen. Love the coke can.
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02/22/2007 12:49:38 AM
I really like this. Lighting on the bag is fantastic. I believe leaving the can red actually kind of takes away from the picture, but that's just me. Still a wonderful shot either way.

Daniel.
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02/21/2007 10:21:40 PM
great capture - `10
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02/21/2007 05:35:33 PM
An interesting shot and well framed. I like the editing but would have preferred to see some detail kept in the portfolio case.
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02/21/2007 11:43:59 AM
That is one BIG portfolio she's carrying. Great photo, 8. Good luck!
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02/21/2007 12:39:36 AM
Very appealing composition. Well positioned within frame. Good contrast. The coke can in color is fun. Like it. 7
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02/20/2007 08:19:06 PM
Another nice image ruined by PP.
02/20/2007 04:51:33 PM
Great b&w conversion and composition. Really like the movement of the subject through the photo, makes it much more dynamic. Really hate the selective desat because I don't think it adds to this photo in any way, shape or form. High probability though that the reason just went completely over my head.
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02/20/2007 12:04:03 PM
its like a subliminal coke add.
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02/19/2007 08:44:28 PM
can you say "product placement?" Cool shot!
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02/19/2007 07:33:57 PM
I have not totally finished voting, but this is one of my favorites so far. The portfolio case is nearly as big as the girl, and then there is that coke can. I laughed out loud!
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02/19/2007 07:18:34 PM
why is there a coke there lol
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02/19/2007 04:48:05 PM
This is a neat idea. Definitely different. The desat on the coke can is cool.
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02/19/2007 04:14:31 PM
in my top 3, very odd shot, but it works -- 10
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02/19/2007 03:24:25 PM
This picture is like I don't know...soft on hard, If that makes any sense. Cool stuff!
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02/19/2007 03:18:12 PM
EXCELLENT use of selective desaturation :-) It doesn't shout at you, but it makes its point. I like this very much. She seems so resigned... A pause that refreshes would seem to be in order here :-)
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02/19/2007 02:54:32 PM
very nice
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02/19/2007 02:07:02 PM
I love that this picture has such simplicity (a synonym often used with Asian subjects), still has a nice range on the tonality, and even has a bit of humor. Nicely done.
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02/19/2007 01:37:48 PM
The coke can in that extremely odd little wall niche really makes this doesn't it? One of the few selective desats I think really adds something to the way I'm viewing the image. Interesting character too - wonder what she's carrying in her huge portfolio case?
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02/19/2007 12:38:20 PM
So what I want to know is, did she grab the soda?
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02/19/2007 12:15:35 PM
This is good! That enormous briefcase give it the flare for the unique, and the splash of red with the coke can. Brilliant :)
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02/19/2007 11:33:54 AM
Who ever you are, this presentation is superbe...
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02/19/2007 11:32:08 AM
I think it's the best picture in this challenge! Excellent capture. the coke in the background accentuated the situation!
Well done! Good luck!
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02/19/2007 10:47:50 AM
That coke can is GREAT. This is a superb image. Very artful. 9
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02/19/2007 10:38:43 AM
Brilliant! Now this is a fine composition. I love it when I see things I would never have imagined.
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02/19/2007 10:30:28 AM
noticed the coke can cool
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02/19/2007 05:52:31 AM
wow that's a big portfolio!

I like how you selectively desaturated to enhance the can to pull the viewers eyes to it thus helping fit your title. I think her sleeve could be burned a bit to help even out the tones but other wise very pleasant image.
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