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Challenge: Free Study 2007-08 (Expert Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Epping Forest, Essex, England
Date: Aug 24, 2007
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Animals, Rural
Date Uploaded: Aug 8, 2007

FYI - This is NOT the same bull/cow thing that I used in my "fill the frame" entry, check out the horns on this guy, they point upwards, on the "fill the frame" they point down..


Epping Forest.

Influenced by Alexsaberis "MAJESTIC" image.

Twas driving through the forest on my way to work the other day and saw they had these guys out in the glades. In spite of the scary pointy things on their head, they were actually very docile, although I admit I made sure I had an escape route in mind at all times. The grass was actually green but changed it to brown to give it a warm Autumnal feel. I like to think of this shot as an extension of my "Autumnal Fern" shot, the ferns and bokeh associated with it defintely have the same feel (and the shot was taken about 100 meters from where that other one was).

Processing wise I did the following.

In Lightroom -
Exposure up a tiny bit
Add clarity
Changed green grass to brown grass via the hue slider.
Export

Photoshop

Cloned out some flies
Tonemapped
Neatimage
USM
Duplicate layer
Desaturate new layer and add guassian blur, change layer mode to "Overlay", faded to 70% opacity.
Stamp to single layer
add vignette using lens distortion tool
add saturation layer and drop sat slightly.
add levels layer and upped the mid tone VERY slightly.
add border
resize..


Statistics
Place: 7 out of 503
Avg (all users): 7.1419
Avg (commenters): 8.2500
Avg (participants): 7.1495
Avg (non-participants): 7.1220
Views since voting: 3366
Views during voting: 242
Votes: 148
Comments: 32
Favorites: 15 (view)


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09/22/2014 09:22:58 PM
OMG This is so Amazing!!!!!
04/26/2009 05:57:24 PM
Stunning photo
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09/19/2007 07:28:17 PM
May I ask what tonemapping is?
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09/10/2007 05:44:41 PM
WOW!!!! You could definitely have a gallery grouping with this one and your fill-the-frame guy. They both give new meaning to the word STUNNING!!!!!!!

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09/09/2007 03:02:52 PM
Yeah right - this is the same cow. Expert editing means that you can twist the horns round and we would never know.

Good job though - I like the hue.
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09/08/2007 09:53:38 PM
Bravo. So glad this did well. Congrats.
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09/08/2007 06:19:03 AM
This guy has been super kind to you and your efforts at dpc :-) well done on being 7/500
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09/08/2007 05:38:51 AM
this is totally awesome ... congratulations on an absolutely brilliant photograph & place in the challenge .. your processing is perfect .. stunning colours ... :)
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09/08/2007 03:05:05 AM
excellent, congrats on high finish.
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09/08/2007 12:04:42 AM
Grats on another great image and finish
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2007 03:32:11 PM
Very nice shot. Love the muted colours and use of vignette.
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09/06/2007 10:42:15 PM
Well you lost points with me not calling it "El Toro". :P Good shot!
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09/06/2007 10:49:33 AM
the dark brown color tones give this an old western feel. very nice.
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09/06/2007 10:03:48 AM
Love the subtle light and detail, and terrific positioning in the frame.
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09/05/2007 04:18:15 PM
Very nice selective focusing. Very nice image overall.
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09/05/2007 12:09:23 PM
Hey this shot looks kind of cool but still, don´t really care for that softfocus effect, gave a 7 despite that.
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09/04/2007 11:22:59 PM
So well done! I love all the techniques you brought into play here - just a hair of sharpening around the face would have edged it one more for me << 9 >>
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09/04/2007 02:49:22 PM
Nice capture! Love the colors here!
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09/04/2007 08:52:09 AM
Top notch color and clarity. Perfect foreground and background, really compliments and accentuates the bull. Excellent!
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09/04/2007 03:35:14 AM
Wonderful shot and creative editing
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09/03/2007 10:19:06 PM
Hello simms, this must be you- same yak from your fill the frame and same ferns from your bokeh :P

Anyway, great shot!-9
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09/02/2007 04:27:34 PM
This image is like velvet. Chocolate velvet (if that makes any sense). I just love the processing and the color pallet. I think it really makes this image stand out. Also: spot on focus and I really love those ferns there for some reason.

Message edited by author 2007-09-08 01:12:41.
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09/02/2007 01:15:37 PM
Stunning ! Colors and blending are sooo nice (hope you had a fence between you ) ! Ten
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09/02/2007 01:13:10 PM
Beautiful. I love the DOF, the dreamy feel, and the detail in the grass. Great post processing.

Very minor point, but there appears to be a stuck pixel left of the left horn?
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09/02/2007 08:58:45 AM
I like your post processing - very nice. Plus, I'm a Taurus so I have to give you a ten. :-D
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09/02/2007 01:40:30 AM
Nice shot - Like the tones - Great PP on a well photographed subject - Love the warmth and softness very nice - Would like to know how you did it.
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09/01/2007 10:49:08 AM
good shot! square crop fits well. overall a tad too dark, don't like the vignetting too
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09/01/2007 09:43:04 AM
Beautiful shot and excellent post processing
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09/01/2007 09:11:34 AM
I wish you had removed that one blade of grass leading up to his horn. Almost looks like a scratch. Otherwise this is one of the nicest photos I have seen so far.
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09/01/2007 09:06:03 AM
You must've taken this just for me. THANKS - it rocks.

Loving the softness, DOF, composition, bokeh. WOW
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09/01/2007 06:45:28 AM
vignetting is too much, IMO. Otherwise a real nice shot!
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09/01/2007 12:59:16 AM
I love everything about this picture, my favorite one so far...10
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