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Challenge: Impressionism II (Advanced Editing V*)
Collection: Blur
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) for Nikon
Location: Neighborhood pool
Date: Sep 3, 2007
Aperture: 9.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/180s
Galleries: Blur, Photo-Impressionism
Date Uploaded: Sep 5, 2007

Done in-camera at our neighborhood pool. For those who can't see what it is, there's a woman and a man on the right looking out over the pool. The blue/white and red lines are separators between lanes where people swim laps.

I put vaseline on a UV filter with visible strokes. WAY too thick - couldn't see anything but a blurred mess. Then I wiped off most of it and got this.

Editing was pretty simple - mostly USM to enhance contrast (a very useful trick) and a hue/sat layer with saturation +66. Pushing it that high yielded some ugly sharp color edges, so I blurred those a bit. No filters to make it look like a painting.

Statistics
Place: 64 out of 206
Avg (all users): 5.5493
Avg (commenters): 7.3636
Avg (participants): 5.2410
Avg (non-participants): 5.9831
Views since voting: 1271
Views during voting: 292
Votes: 142
Comments: 26
Favorites: 7 (view)


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10/18/2007 02:20:12 AM
This is awesome!! I would love this on canvas in my house! Fantastic!!
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09/18/2007 02:26:58 PM
This is stunning, and way underrated. You've achieved a lovely watercolor effect that fits the challenge perfectly.
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09/18/2007 12:41:40 PM
I loved the fact this was done al'naturale. Very cool scene and the color pallette is amazing.
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09/17/2007 01:37:56 PM
One of my favorites for the challenge - excellent abstraction, lively colors. Modernist impressionism, well done!
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09/14/2007 01:01:53 PM
This was a great shot and it sounds like you had fun taking it!
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09/14/2007 12:24:05 PM
Hey, Jeffery, I tried exactly the same thing -- vaseline on a UV filter shooting sunbathers at the beach. I had exactly the same experience -- couldn't see a thing except the vaseline. I kept wiping and shooting. BUT I never did get a good shot from it. There lies the big difference in our photography. You got a marvelous shot. Congratulations.
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09/14/2007 11:56:24 AM
well done, jeffrey. this is super, and it makes it extra good that no ps filters were used.
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09/14/2007 10:01:41 AM
Jeffrey, I think you did a great job on this. It is very impressionistic and very appealing!

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09/14/2007 06:19:29 AM
Jeff - This was so completely underappreciated. I really thought it was brilliantly done. I gave you a 10 for the vibrancy of the colors, the compositin and the fantastic impressionistic feel.

Message edited by author 2007-09-14 06:20:24.
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09/14/2007 01:26:57 AM
this is brilliant .. the colours are awesome and so fitting for the subject .. and interesting how you achieved this image .. fantastic result for no pp to achieve the impressionist look .. :)
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09/14/2007 12:47:58 AM
I didn't vote, I just was too disappointed overall, but this is very beautiful, and very much the kind of thing I was hoping to see a lot more of in the challenge.
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09/14/2007 12:11:45 AM
Excellent use of in-camera technique. I gave you a 7 and that was too low.
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09/14/2007 12:07:03 AM
nice finish Jeffrey! loved this image in voting!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/13/2007 07:51:03 PM
I love the colors and patterns in this, and the woman in the chair holds your interest and provides a focal point for the composition. Gave you a 10 (just back to comment)
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09/13/2007 12:04:20 AM
Wow. How did you do this? This certainly evokes Impressionist paintings.
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09/09/2007 09:14:09 AM
Interesting...but, I am having a hard time distinguishing what I am looking at. My feeling about impressionism, is you are able to recognize the subject...it just has a lot of texture and brush strokes.
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09/08/2007 07:08:57 PM
Nice color and lightness but too abstract for me
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09/08/2007 02:18:46 PM
Fantastic colors!
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09/08/2007 08:37:58 AM
beautiful abstract of an everyday summer scene!
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09/07/2007 10:49:53 PM
The blur is so effective in this shot...as are the super saturated colors...I can hardly look away. With out this treatment, done in cam or not I just know this wouldn't be nearly such a pleasing scene...very nice.
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09/07/2007 08:09:34 PM
this is just so well done - the colors so vibrant and the lines so appealing - a work of art
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09/07/2007 08:05:00 PM
Too bright and neon like for my taste.
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09/07/2007 06:43:12 PM
Excellent colour in this shot, one of my favorites for this challenge so far.
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09/07/2007 04:38:38 PM
Jeffrey - I think you are getting robbed if you have a low score on this. Passing by I think it looks a lot like the scenes of Paris sidewalk cafes. I wish I could vote - I'd give you an 8, I think.
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09/07/2007 02:40:52 PM
Very bright and vivid. Nice leading lines, I'm wondering what she's looking at.
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09/07/2007 12:41:13 PM
The most exciting image here! I can feel the heat! Wonderful energy.
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