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Challenge: Selective Desaturation II (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: Challenges 2007
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
Date: May 17, 2007
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/200
Date Uploaded: May 20, 2007

This delightfully cheerful woman and her friend (not shown) adorn the window of a local coffee shop. While I do not expect a good score with this, I learned a lot in processing it and thank my teammates for their input with the tweaks (and for not having a cow that I'm submitting it). My best option for this challenge was a shot I took the day before the challenge was announced, unfortunately. My second choice, shot during the challenge period, would undoubtedly score better but was a simple desat of all colors but one. I think this one best represents the challenge and best represents learning new skills.

Used a mask to isolate parts of the mannequin to stay in color; used CS3's black and white conversion. Tweaked color saturation, dodged the eye to bring it out a bit. Added slight vignetting with the gradient tool on a blank layer with soft light blending mode.

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Statistics
Place: 133 out of 556
Avg (all users): 5.7857
Avg (commenters): 8.5556
Avg (participants): 5.7853
Avg (non-participants): 5.7872
Views since voting: 839
Views during voting: 361
Votes: 224
Comments: 35
Favorites: 4 (view)


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06/27/2007 09:53:41 PM
Deb, girl, I have been neglecting you, but its hard to miss ya you are always in the top 20 these days!!

This is great, really, I love it and I hate desat!!
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06/11/2007 11:05:09 AM
Wow Deb, this is just great..So different but so good in so many levels!
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06/01/2007 02:21:33 AM
8 from me. she is a classic and what an interesting milieu!
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05/29/2007 11:51:10 AM
Very cool reflected shot! The clarity in the reflection is astounding. I like how the two walkers seem to be look at the primary subject. Very nice coloring! Wonderful shot.
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05/28/2007 01:45:15 PM
Well, there ya go, Deb. Solid placement in a tough challenge. And talk about adoring comments! :)
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05/28/2007 01:39:27 PM
Dame - I never seem to bet on the right horses in DPC - I thought this will be in the top 10
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05/28/2007 12:38:44 PM
This is a beautiful and extremely underrated shot. Great work, Deb.
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05/28/2007 12:26:05 PM
This is a beautiful photograph, from concept to capture to processing. If I'd voted, I would have increased your "10" scores. Thanks for adding the workflow and it's now a favorite.
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05/28/2007 11:44:40 AM
WOW,WOW, and WOW, this just blows me away. 10, 10 and 10..
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05/28/2007 11:24:11 AM
Deb, I loved this one and gave it a 9. I think it is an excellent use of selective desat. Without the desat, the mannequin blends into the background too much and the whole image is a jumble. You got a pretty good score for this considering that it is very off-beat. I think many voters just thought WTF and moved along quickly.
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05/28/2007 11:11:49 AM
This is top notch stuff Deb!!!
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05/28/2007 10:48:09 AM
Okay, now that I've seen it in full color, I like this one better! Those damn DPC voters!
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05/28/2007 10:15:12 AM
Nice job Deb, this shot kind of reminds me of ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' jaysonmc's "Somewhere between cherry and madness". I really like it. Good job.
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05/28/2007 10:14:17 AM
you did good and you should be proud of yourself.
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05/28/2007 09:54:05 AM
Great original shot, I really liked this one. Congratulations for a fantastic effort,

Jack
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05/28/2007 09:46:25 AM
Deb - I'm really glad you went ahead and submitted this shot despite your reservations. Look at that average from the commenters - and 2 faves! Obviously this one really resonates with people. Great job!
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05/28/2007 05:35:08 AM
Well above 50% Deb. Your shot hung in there well. Very nice work. Good attention to detail, especially now being able to see the original. Well done.

Message edited by author 2007-05-28 05:42:29.
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05/28/2007 02:15:01 AM
I almost gave this a 7. I gave it a 6 and a half. I really do like the picture. It's just that I thought it would be better without the selective desat. I could be wrong!
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05/28/2007 01:33:04 AM
Loved this. Gave it an 8. What a wonderful photo opportunity, great work :)
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05/28/2007 01:26:57 AM
Wow! I think this is amazing! It is so strikingly unique. She almost looks like a disney character. I absolutely love this! I'm really surprised that it didn't place much higher too. It looks very artistic and dpc-friendly.

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05/28/2007 01:02:50 AM
I'm shocked! I was hoping this shot would finish higher!!! Hey, we finished right next to each other though. ;) Seriously...i LOVE this picture. It's lovely. Good for you for submitting it, even though you didn't think it would score well. :)
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05/28/2007 12:35:53 AM
So delightful, and so quirky, and so much fun.....
A wonderful example of processing in a new, refreshing, and differant way..... I really love it.....
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05/28/2007 12:18:26 AM
Wow way to go Deb, what a great photo, and love the processing, the expression on the subject is outstanding and you have captured a brilliant mood...this received a 7 from me...
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05/28/2007 12:17:10 AM
I think this is awesome Deb. You dont some great processing on this one
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05/28/2007 12:06:29 AM
Yay! I unknowingly gave a Team Suck member a 10. :) Great job, Deb!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/27/2007 03:06:22 PM
Great interesting perspective, and like how you framed it so that the pedestrians appear to be looking at your "model". Nice use of selective desat.
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05/24/2007 11:19:37 AM
Well done!
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05/23/2007 02:19:22 PM
How intriguing and thought provoking but very confusing. I think I like it, I certainly like two pedestrians in the background looking towards her but I wonder if most if not all of the near one could have been cropped? I will be interested to see how you have done this. Good luck.
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05/23/2007 02:01:14 PM
This is pretty cool. I love the reflection of youth with the color on age.
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05/22/2007 09:12:02 PM
This is really creative!
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05/22/2007 02:48:55 PM
Amazing.
I love this.
10.
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05/22/2007 11:14:29 AM
Cleverly attempted. Had such an idea myself but shelved it. Nice character capture.
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05/22/2007 08:27:57 AM
Woo,you stumped me. Which isn't hard to do but does get you an 8 from me for shear interest.
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05/21/2007 12:33:36 PM
very nice
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05/21/2007 07:50:33 AM
Wow, what a perfect shot.
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