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Candy Apple Grey
Candy Apple Grey

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Challenge: Selective Desaturation II (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ20
Location: New York City
Date: May 19, 2007
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: F/0.8
Date Uploaded: May 20, 2007

Took this at a crowded street fair on a damp afternoon. When I saw the candy apples shining in the gloom I thought of this challenge. Luckily I ran into a friend who volunteered to pose. I suggested the umbrella backdrop and "paid" him by buying the apple!

I used center-weighted metering and took the reading from his face. I cropped this in landscape because portrait orientation put the apple at the center of the composition.

I burned the umbrella to make it darker and dodged highlights in the model's facial hair. I also lightly dodged his eyes. I tried to soften a rough edge on one of the umbrella stays and sort of botched it.

The upper edge of the apple may look as if I "colored outside the lines", but there were actually two shades of red and that is the real color and shape coming through, including the bit of white highlight at top.

Used clarify tool at lowest setting. Slightly sharpened after resizing.

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Candy Apple Grey is the name of an 80's album by Hüsker Dü. I also considered naming this "Street Fare".

A big thank you to Joe W. His wonderful expression really makes this photo.

Place: 157 out of 556
Avg (all users): 5.7040
Avg (commenters): 7.5714
Avg (participants): 5.5465
Avg (non-participants): 6.2353
Views since voting: 1282
Views during voting: 311
Votes: 223
Comments: 12
Favorites: 2 (view)

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08/23/2008 08:33:35 AM
This is still one of my favorite shots of yours - I was one of the 9s in voting. Your friend is very photogenic, which helps, but your careful composition (using the umbrella is perfect, particularly where the lines go) and care during processing really make this shine.
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07/27/2007 01:49:33 AM
Man, I can't imagine why this didn't do better, very nice shot and the processing is perfect!!
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05/30/2007 10:48:41 PM
DUDE!!!! Awesome Job!!! I love the way that his eyes are hooded, yet visible giving the smile just that little bit of dark edge. The umbrella stays fanning out are perfect, and I love the character lines in his face.

Great job with the desat.....I could sure use a tip or two from you, and the color in the apple is just perfect!

Very nice!
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05/28/2007 02:46:51 PM
Congrats Larry, the highest rank on our team. Way to go!
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05/28/2007 12:36:38 AM
Congrats Larry, cant be too upset with a 5.7 on your first entry Great Idea with the unbrella as bg, realy focuses us in.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/27/2007 07:32:32 PM
Completely sweet... the composition is wonderful, and the man's expression is perfect. Lovely shot! :)
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05/26/2007 09:16:18 AM
Fun title.
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05/25/2007 07:17:15 PM
great expression on the man's face.
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05/24/2007 04:41:23 AM
The desat aspect is OK, but the picture is exceptional - very nice portrait - love the use of the umbrella as a background.
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05/22/2007 02:18:38 PM
I love the facial expression, in fact the whole image is very appealing.
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05/21/2007 04:17:57 AM
I hate you. I want a candy apple but there are none here :( Well, at least you know the selective desat was effective in my case. Love the cheeky grin.

p.s. I don't really hate you ;)
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05/21/2007 02:40:38 AM
Isn't that a Husker Du album title? Very nice clarity on your shot - and an interesting expression on the subject.
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