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Challenge: ABC...LMN...XYZ (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D2H
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f2.8-4.0D
Location: Central Park, NYC
Date: May 10, 2008
Galleries: Architecture
Date Uploaded: May 10, 2008

lots of PP. Probably my most photoshop'd image (all legal)

Convert from Raw, saved all the highlights, bumped saturation, increased exposure a tad.

PS: Biggest thing was a 70% opacity layer of black across the sky/edges in overlay mode to darken the sky. Then another around just the edges of the sky at around 30%, to sort of transform the sky into something fantastical.

Then curves, 20 min of dodging, hah, some burning, saturated the wall to get some of the sky's colors to come thru, dodge/burn the sky, High Pass filter to sharpen it all up

Neat image, crop, border, USM, s4w

This is Central Park, Belvedere's Castle at the base of the Great Lawn. I hope I haven't over-saturated the site with pics of this castle (3 in the last few weeks), its just that i've been spending a lot of time there relaxing and its just there so you have to take photos of it.

*Post-Challenge

I got the trifecta of ribbons! Sweet! And a PB to boot! Thanks for all the comments/votes I was very pleasantly surprised to see this shot do well. I was going for a surreal feel here and I didn't think it would take with the voters, happy it did.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 194
Avg (all users): 7.1788
Avg (commenters): 8.7895
Avg (participants): 6.8514
Avg (non-participants): 7.4935
Views since voting: 11036
Views during voting: 314
Votes: 151
Comments: 63
Favorites: 49 (view)


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04/06/2009 08:17:11 PM
I love this! Going into my favorites!
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01/05/2009 06:50:31 AM
Breathtaking image. Just like a fairytale castle.
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10/29/2008 06:13:29 PM
Holy tamales, batman! This is awesome! I want to wander around there, it looks like a fairy tale...
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09/09/2008 11:29:29 AM
This is absolutely AMAZING!!!! Somewhere I have never been but hope to! Should have been #1 !!

Added to my fav's! To brighten your day! :) Molly
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05/28/2008 01:25:25 PM
Congrats on the Red, Adam! And on the new PB :O) I've been a big fan of your portfolio for a while now, and it's great to see you on the front page... love the surreal feel of this - what a little gem of a place! Glad you decided to shop the heck out of this - it just brings it to life - very fitting for the scene!
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05/23/2008 07:41:04 PM
Nice pic :) looks like it's animated but its not :) greate photoshop work :)
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05/23/2008 06:30:19 PM
Congrats Adam! You really put your unique vision on this classic.
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05/23/2008 10:44:35 AM
Love the processing. All that work really paid off. The fantasy is there big time.
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05/22/2008 01:52:23 PM
Really nice shot adam, congrats on the new pb as well as the ribbon, love the pp on this one, really a very nice job.
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05/20/2008 11:33:53 PM
This is beautiful. It looks like something you'd see in a fairy tale book. Congrats on the red!
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05/20/2008 10:06:19 AM
Absolutely spectacular! Love those vivid colors!
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05/20/2008 12:30:34 AM
What a great locale and the sky looks great against such a great building, congrats!
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05/19/2008 09:57:48 PM
Beautifully done. I was there 2 weeks ago taking students on an art and photography trip and I almost didn't recognize it.
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05/19/2008 09:40:41 PM
A stunning image! Nice work and congrats.
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05/19/2008 08:58:19 PM
This is amazing! I'd buy this. Definitely.
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05/19/2008 07:36:16 PM
Great job Adam. Awesome shot, well deserved ribbon.
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05/19/2008 07:19:12 PM
Congratulation Adam! The ribbon + PB + over 7 - great job!
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05/19/2008 05:22:27 PM
Wow...fantastic PP
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05/19/2008 04:40:58 PM
Congrats on obtaining a complete set of ribbons!
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05/19/2008 02:20:00 PM
Congratulations on attaining the trifecta :)
A magical looking shot. I'm very glad you hit the 7's. Cheers!
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05/19/2008 02:12:33 PM
This is just an incredible shot. The colors, the clarity, it all works. Congrats on an amazing entry and the Ribb.
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05/19/2008 01:33:26 PM
Nice one, Adam. It's a beauty!
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05/19/2008 01:32:32 PM
Go Adam go! Great shot, I like it alot.
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05/19/2008 12:03:23 PM
Congrats, Adam!
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05/19/2008 11:15:10 AM
Love the photo, I could have done without the extra saturation on the wall, but maybe that part looks more convincing on a larger image size.
It has a great feel to it, well done!
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05/19/2008 10:41:06 AM
Looks like it was raining fire. Splendid capture and congrats on your ribbon.
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05/19/2008 10:22:17 AM
Auuuughhh . . .isn't that breathtaking! CONGRATULATIONS! What a beautiful photo to be in the place of highest honor on your profile page!

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05/19/2008 04:59:31 AM
Beautiful photo, congrats on the red ribbon!
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05/19/2008 04:13:57 AM
hey adam .. BRILLIANT IMAGE .. totally works for the challenge and your title .. love your processing ... CONGRATULATION ON THE RIBBON and an excellent score .. :)
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05/19/2008 03:08:56 AM
Well wadya know?...congrats
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05/19/2008 03:06:36 AM
Congrats on your ribbon, good shot and great processing!
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05/19/2008 02:52:47 AM
Beautiful shot, Congrats on the ribbon and PB. Some very fine PP going on here which really suits the image.
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05/19/2008 01:59:07 AM
beautiful shot ap... congrats
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05/19/2008 01:31:29 AM
The red ribbon just suits this beauty perfectly. Congrats on a well deserved top three, Adam.
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05/19/2008 12:40:21 AM
Congratulations on the red ribbon...your image is stunning!
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05/19/2008 12:35:31 AM
Just looking at this again Adam...congrats on the PB and your collection of ribbon colours! :) Thanks for the comments on mine
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05/19/2008 12:30:05 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. Excellent image and great PP. Wild editing without it being over the top. Very nice.
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05/19/2008 12:22:10 AM
congrats on red! an awesome shot. I love serious PP that takes it to the edge but doesn't go over. Adding to favs.
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05/19/2008 12:12:47 AM
I thought the colours in this were simply stunning! Congrat's on your red ribbon.
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05/19/2008 12:05:47 AM
WOW - This is such a magnificent image. Congrats on the red - well deserved ribbon. Beautiful work.
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05/19/2008 12:05:20 AM
Congrats on the red...the orange in the sky is stunning!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/18/2008 09:03:53 PM
Wow, I never tire of this fanasty scene! What a gorgeous, glowing sunset. I love your soft lighting and amazing detail.
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05/16/2008 12:30:12 PM
I love the shot, I wish the title wasnt broken 7
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05/15/2008 02:50:29 PM
this is so beautiful, nicely done
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05/14/2008 11:16:22 PM
Reminds me of the books I read when I was much younger.
Takes me back, thanks.
Great shot.
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05/14/2008 02:26:56 PM
I like the bright colors. It gives this a real fantasy feel. Very pretty.
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05/14/2008 09:08:57 AM
Wow. It's the first word that came to mind.
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05/13/2008 09:59:37 PM
Composition: 10 - Technical: 9 - Creativity: 10 - Appeal: 10 - Challenge: 10 - Overall Calculated Average Score: 10

Fanfreakintastic! **RIBBON PREDICTED!**
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05/13/2008 07:25:50 PM
I really like the balance in this shot created by the darker clouds above. Well done! 9
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05/13/2008 02:50:01 PM
Lovely colours :-)
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05/13/2008 01:38:47 PM
Wow! great sunset - even if it is enhanced. Overall a nice landscape. Well done and good luck.
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05/13/2008 03:41:21 AM
Fantastic sky! Maybe a bit dark? Still a fine pic.
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05/13/2008 01:08:41 AM
... and to think this was once 'just a photo'! 9
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05/12/2008 07:49:26 PM
Lovely processing
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05/12/2008 04:16:27 PM
Wow, impressive colors. Right at the boundary to being overprocessed in my opinion. I expect this entry to do very well.
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05/12/2008 01:46:31 PM
Perfect title. Looks almost fake. 9
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05/12/2008 11:29:13 AM
Nice...very
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05/12/2008 11:15:31 AM
Stunning picture and your processing just brings this to life. My only nitpick would be the flag and antennae; I would have cloned them out.
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05/12/2008 11:08:47 AM
Undoubtedly in Bavaria - it looks so exotic! Better than ever...
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05/12/2008 09:44:37 AM
Very cool picture
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05/12/2008 09:07:10 AM
wow... this is -amazing- breath taking and awe-striking! LOVELY capture -very high score-
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05/12/2008 03:28:39 AM
I'm sure that I have seen this picture before. Beautiful colours. Well exposed.
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05/12/2008 03:20:20 AM
Simply Gorgeous! ok changed my mind...best photo of the bunch...bumping you to a 10! Good Luck i expect this to be in the winners circle.
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