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Missing California
Missing California
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2008-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Location: Wrightwood Park, Chicago, IL
Date: Mar 8, 2008
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Children
Date Uploaded: Mar 30, 2008

We were the only ones at the playground that day, determined not to let a little late snowfall deter us from the swings. Still, the boy was sad that nobody else was out. It was so unlike where we used to live, in California.

In Photoshop: Crop, tighten levels, boost saturation, use the diffuse glow filter, add a gradient map to soften the colors, unsharp mask around the boy.

I expect enough voters won't like the grainy look to this, or the snow bokeh in the foreground. After the challenge I'll add the original to this description.

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Post-challenge: Wow! I flirted with a 6.4 for awhile, but I'm thrilled to get a new top 5!

Here's the original.
666922.jpg

Statistics
Place: 57 out of 500
Avg (all users): 6.3264
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 6.1714
Avg (non-participants): 6.7436
Views since voting: 935
Views during voting: 220
Votes: 144
Comments: 21
Favorites: 3 (view)


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05/07/2008 09:18:36 PM
677021.jpgPostLuminous Award Nominee!

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04/09/2008 09:03:29 AM
Spectacular processing, Rob! This is really nice.
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04/08/2008 11:48:26 AM
Wow, very nice composition. Very nice to see what you did in post processing. Congrats on the score!
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04/08/2008 06:20:38 AM
I really like your processing on this! Fantastic!!
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04/08/2008 04:58:40 AM
Yay!!! :D So glad that one did so well!
Great picture - it's got such a lovely dreamy quality to it...
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04/08/2008 03:42:56 AM
I love the processing work. Feels like a dream
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04/08/2008 02:03:40 AM
Both images are beautiful, but your processing and crop really do add punch. Wow! Such an emotive and moving image.
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04/08/2008 12:18:45 AM
Grossly underrated. Deserves to score much higher. Keep up the good work. Andrew
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04/08/2008 12:11:11 AM
Aww at least there was snow! I was missing California after moving to Philly and it only snowed once! (I did a shoot in my bathing suit in it!) I like that it's fuzzy and the snow and everything, the photo would be a little plain without it.
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04/08/2008 12:07:59 AM
Very evocative image - glow was the way to go! Congrats on the excellent score and placing!
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04/08/2008 12:04:26 AM
I thought this was pretty cool and I liked the snow. Congrats on the great FS score!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/07/2008 08:32:48 PM
Nice processing really brings out the snow beautifully. The child has a certain poignance to him in that pose. Quite a painterly creation. A painter, though, would not put that bright snowflake right over his head. I kinda like it, though, precisely because it reminds me that this is a photo, not a painting.
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04/06/2008 05:44:44 AM
that white spot above the boy's head is distracting still a very nice photo -8
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04/05/2008 12:34:16 AM
LOVE the look here. nicely done.
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04/04/2008 11:15:05 PM
This one made me pause to take it all in. Good job.
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04/04/2008 09:29:56 AM
Wonderfully emotive! Love the processing.
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04/03/2008 10:21:05 AM
excellent capture , wonderful PP work 8
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04/01/2008 05:34:06 PM
that hot spot over his head REALLY takes away from an otherwise good photo...a 5
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04/01/2008 12:37:17 PM
Very nice effect
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04/01/2008 11:41:00 AM
Great shot. Love it.
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04/01/2008 12:54:34 AM
Very good. The title is great.
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