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Challenge: Free Study 2007-04 (Expert Editing*)
Collection: Challenge Submissions
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
Location: Florence, Italy
Date: Apr 22, 2007
Aperture: F/10
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Abstract, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Apr 20, 2007

Photographer’s Notes
Believe it or not this is a single, real, photograph post processed using my normal workflow (color correction, sharpening, noise reductions) with a few added steps at the end.
It was taken at night, on the streets of Florence Italy, of a lamp in a shop window. The extra steps are these: 1) Polar coordinates; 2) Rotate 45 degrees; 3) Polar coordinates again; and 4) Select background and add a white to black radial gradient to it.
I like this a lot and my wife (for the record, not a member) likes it far better than my earlier entry, so this replaces the earlier effort.
I realize this may not appeal to DPC voters who have the view that post processing should “develop a photo”, rather than “make” a photo. And I realize many many voters do not appreciate abstract images, and this would certainly seem to be an abstract. To the voters in these two classes, I do not fault you if you voted this low. But I hope you have taken the time to look at it and set aside briefly your initial reactions to it.
I hope that it is a unique image, one that defies repetitive subjects and even genre. This is an expert editing challenge, and I have learned something about the tools we all have available to us. Maybe the experiment will please you as it did me. I hope the photo and the title may have made you think, smile, or maybe remember it however briefly.

Post Processing
• Crop
• Sharpen (Lab Color Method)
• Correct Color (Curves Level)
• Reduce Noise (Photoshop)
• Polar Coordinates
• Rotate (45 degrees)
• Polar Coordinates
• Crop (Further)
• Select Backgroud
• Radial Gradient
• Resize
• Save for Web

Camera Data
• Nikon D200
• 2007/04/22 20:13:48.5
• JPEG (8-bit) Fine
• Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
• Color
• Lens: VR 24-120mm F/3.5-5.6 G
• Focal Length: 58mm
• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
• Metering Mode: Spot
• 1/250 sec - F/10
• Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
• Sensitivity: ISO 800
• Optimize Image: Vivid
• White Balance: Auto
• AF Mode: AF-S
• Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
• Color Mode: Mode III (Adobe RGB)
• Tone Comp.: Normal
• Hue Adjustment: 0°
• Saturation: Enhanced
• Sharpening: Medium high
• Image Comment:
• Long Exposure NR: Off
• High ISO NR: On (Normal)

Place: 288 out of 573
Avg (all users): 5.6848
Avg (commenters): 6.2857
Avg (participants): 5.6031
Avg (non-participants): 5.8868
Views since voting: 611
Views during voting: 247
Votes: 184
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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05/12/2007 01:49:05 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club -

Gotta love that Polar Coordinates filter huh? It has served me well in previous challenges thats for sure.

You have an interesting image here. One that is actually hard to critique. While being taken from a photograph you have brought it beyond that with PS. I am not saying this as a bad thing, but what you have created here is more of an artistic peice rather than strictly photographic. And thus hard to say what you could have done better or differently to make it score higher. This image is what it is. You created what I believe you were lookng for. I can say that colors are nice and the gradient is nice as well. It is an interesting image and didnt do really horrible for one that would be percieved as pure digital art.

Good luck in future challenges. I do enjoy seeing your images.

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05/08/2007 04:54:00 AM
a great image! should have scored higher! Thanks for sharing the details..I miss Firenze!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/06/2007 10:34:32 AM
I absolutely adore this. I hope it does well for you.
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05/05/2007 11:01:47 PM
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05/03/2007 02:37:49 PM
A guy in my camera club frequently submits photos of agates and various other stones that look quite similar to this, although more colorful. I realize that's not what this is, just what it made me think of. I'm not sure this strikes me as entirely photographic but who knows. I think I'd like more of the yellow bits but without knowing what this is, maybe that's not possible.
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05/02/2007 05:25:49 PM
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05/01/2007 09:48:11 AM
I am very curious as to what this is.
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05/01/2007 01:11:51 AM
I'm not sure what I am looking at but it looks nice.
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05/01/2007 12:06:44 AM
pretty cool abstract /7
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