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"Happy Trails, Cowboy!"
"Happy Trails, Cowboy!"

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Challenge: The Cowboy (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Pentax K10D
Lens: Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF
Location: Friend's House, Brooklet, Georgia
Date: Jun 8, 2008
Aperture: F/5.6
ISO: 140
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Portraiture, Children
Date Uploaded: Jun 8, 2008

Rotate Right 90 degrees, Spot Healing Brush, Auto-Levels, Auto-Color Correction, Master Opacity Change, Duplicate Layer, Accented Edges, Multiple Layers (with some blended at Overlay, Screen, Lighten, Luminosity,) Multiple Opacities, Stamp Visible, Glowing Edges Blended at Overlay with a Master Opacity Change, Quick Selection Tool to Highlight a large blown-out spot on the hat to another layer, Selected the tone next to the section and used paint bucket to fill the section, Free Transformed the layer to make it look a little more logical IMHO around the edges, Used the Smudge Tool to further smooth out the edges, Stamp Visible, Duplicate twice, Converted both of them to Black & White with one as a Newspaper version and the other one...Infrared, followed by Multiply blending on both layers at 33% & 28% respectively in an attempt to further sharpen the photo (Sharpness remains the greatest bane to my existence photographically,) Stamp Visible, Spot Healing Brush on the chin, Straighten Tool twice so he wouldn't look so much like he was lying on his side, Cropped, Warming Filter at 14%, Despeckled, Dust & Scratches, Reduced Noise, Adjusted Sharpness, USM, Resized, USM, Saved for Web...

Place: 82 out of 91
Avg (all users): 4.6395
Avg (commenters): 4.7000
Avg (participants): 4.4500
Avg (non-participants): 4.6970
Views since voting: 760
Views during voting: 284
Votes: 172
Comments: 13
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06/22/2008 08:53:28 PM
Critique Club Review:

Without seeing the original I can't really say, but from the appearance of this photo and your comments, it appears to me that the picture was overprocessed. Lighting and contrast are good. Saturation is good. Color appears a bit yellowish to me. Perhaps it is he hat influencing the skin tones, as the shirt white areas are clean and bright.

The angle is different and interesting, but after a bit it appears almost as if he is toppling over. Sharpness in the area of the face, especially the cheeks is acceptable. What I believe that makes the picture look overly soft is the bark on the tree. The eye knows bark is rough, the boy is up against the bark. So if the bark looks soft, I think the mind transfers that mood to the boy's image.

I think had he been further from the tree, the eye would have seen it as a shallow depth of field and not at out of focus.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/15/2008 07:44:17 PM
I'd like to see the face sharper.
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06/13/2008 04:22:38 PM
Nice shot but the face is not sharp at least not to me
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06/12/2008 01:38:17 AM
Nice shot with an interesting pose. Focus seems to be touch off however
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06/11/2008 01:57:15 AM
The tilted aspect of this photo is fine, but the blur isn't
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06/09/2008 07:22:21 PM
cute, but the tilt doesn't really work.
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06/09/2008 05:48:28 PM
I think this picture is a little soft for this challenge. I think this good looking boy’s eyes could have sold it,. you just needed to bring attention to them..
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06/09/2008 01:13:49 PM
The focus strikes me as being too soft and I don't care for the angle
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06/09/2008 12:20:04 PM
great shot, just seems a little OOF
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06/09/2008 11:52:24 AM
Looks like a kid from the 60's with the color and post-processing treatment given. I do wish his face was a little sharper.
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06/09/2008 11:05:25 AM
This shot has a lot that is "right." The angle is great, and his expression really sets the mood of the shot. Also, the tree bark background gives it a nice outdoorsy context. The lack of focus is a bit bothersome. It looks like the shutter speed was a hair too slow, and there was some camera shake.
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06/09/2008 05:48:59 AM
The composition is good - I find the tilt makes it more interesting. The one negative however is that the focus seems very soft - and I don't think that it was done intentionally.
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06/09/2008 01:30:21 AM
vbs nice work
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