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Losing My Religion
Losing My Religion
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Religion (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
Location: Norwich, England
Date: May 29, 2007
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60 s
Galleries: Emotive, History
Date Uploaded: May 29, 2007

Taken at a local church ruins, yours truly as the "model" (used loosely).

Lots of processing (probably more than I needed to get what I wanted since I didn't know how to do it any easier):

Raw processed, one copy for "inside" the church, one for the sky
Overlaid them, used a mask to paint to get the exposure I wanted
sharpened
a bit of dodging and burning
selective color (inside the church layer)
levels (inside the church layer)
Gradient mask for b&w conversion, with a gradient used in a mask to make a gradual change to B&W, masking myself to retain the color in my clothes
two layers of curves, one general, one just to darken the cross evenly (dodging/burning didn't get the effect I wanted)
resized
sharpen
border
save for web

Not sure how this will do, but it's my favorite setup so far of anything I've ever, well, set up!

Statistics
Place: 46 out of 311
Avg (all users): 5.8842
Avg (commenters): 6.5556
Avg (participants): 5.7869
Avg (non-participants): 5.9302
Views since voting: 748
Views during voting: 296
Votes: 190
Comments: 21
Favorites: 3 (view)


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06/13/2007 02:35:47 AM
Rob

This one kinda sneaked by me...You have taken some outstanding pictures in your time, but this certainly has to be one of the best.

Outstanding image, very thought provoking and beautifully sharp

Brilliant pp as well

All round excellence and congrats on your top 50 finish
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06/06/2007 10:31:18 AM
Very nicely done, Robert! I love your composition and processing! You did a fantastic job on this photo.
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06/06/2007 09:19:58 AM
Congrats on a great shot and score. This is abeautiful shot, and fantastic processing.

Nicely done, Jack
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06/06/2007 09:15:18 AM
Congrats on a new top row shot! Looks like all that work paid off pretty well. The gradual desat is kinda nifty - takes a minute to see it so it's very subtle but very effective in conveying your message.
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06/06/2007 08:18:29 AM
Great idea for the challenge. Love the colors and the processing.
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06/06/2007 07:07:00 AM
hey rob .. nearly a pb, but not quite !! ... excellent image .. a very emotive photograph ... congratulations on your great place in the challenge .. :):)
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06/06/2007 01:28:50 AM
Powerful shot, Rob. Well done! Congrats on your new second-best score. :)
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06/06/2007 12:32:24 AM
Great idea, especially with the gradual desat. Fantastic choice of setting.
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06/06/2007 12:13:36 AM
I'm so glad this was your photo I commented on! I was one of your 9's. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/05/2007 11:59:34 AM
A very interesting photo. Love the emotion. I think the selective desat is interesting but for me, it would have added more drama if a little more of the sky on the right were included in the desat. Also I just now see the cross on the left and it's almost a little too dark - just blends into the background. Lots of stuff to look at! Good luck!
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06/03/2007 10:47:37 AM
interesting place
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06/03/2007 10:13:56 AM
My attention is drawn to the centre of the shot, was that the intention?
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06/03/2007 06:21:27 AM
good for you 8
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06/01/2007 01:28:40 PM
This has some great texture in it but the man is almost lost in it all. Maybe if the shot was taken at a different angel?
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06/01/2007 01:18:21 AM
Come on, throwing the god-monkey off your back is a happy occasion. Chin up! Very colorful shot, too.
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05/31/2007 06:13:27 PM
The best attempt at "Losing my religion" I've seen so far today.
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05/31/2007 12:42:49 AM
great shot
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05/30/2007 08:26:48 PM
Beautiful picture and symbolism of a man either in sorrow or hopelessness opposite the cross. I love the sky and the ruins of this brick building. Technically speaking, a little less cropping or stepping back a bit would put the man and cross on the thirds.
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05/30/2007 03:15:45 PM
Very nice...
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05/30/2007 01:29:01 PM
I feel this way every time I read the paper. Great image here.
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05/30/2007 12:41:20 AM
wonderful colors and composition.
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