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Alain


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2008-06 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Sigma 50-500mm f/4.0-6.3 EX DG HSM for Nikon
Location: Hemminford, QC
Date: Jun 5, 2008
Aperture: f/9.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Animals, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jun 28, 2008

Wow! My first ribbon, and hopefully not the last:) Thanks to everyone for the votes and the nice comments.

The original picture was taken through a glass and did not look very good; I almost went with something else. Here is the original
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Post processing:
Slight Rotation
Crop
Basic Curves, colors, levels and lighting adjustment
Brighten the eyes
Smart Sharpening
Convert a layer to B&W using the green channel
Combine the 2 layers using multiply
Lots of dodging and burning
Save for Web
Reopen in CS3
Smart sharpening again
Added a border
Saved for web again

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 473
Avg (all users): 7.2162
Avg (commenters): 7.7895
Avg (participants): 7.1415
Avg (non-participants): 7.4048
Views since voting: 7869
Views during voting: 294
Votes: 148
Comments: 72
Favorites: 40 (view)


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03/21/2009 10:43:56 PM
LOVE THE PICTURE OF THE LION GREAT USE OF LIGHT AND CONTRAST LOVE DETAIL AND HOW YOU CAPTURE THE LION THROUGH THE EYES
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01/17/2009 04:47:35 PM
Awesome shot!
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07/12/2008 07:01:42 PM
Well done. Great processing! Congrats on the ribbon.
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07/11/2008 11:29:37 PM
Absolutely amazing post processing! Beautiful job with this!
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07/11/2008 12:06:41 AM
At first I thought image was great and then when I saw what the original image was that it came from, then I realized this picture was flat out amazing. Very sharp image and great work after the shot.
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07/10/2008 12:54:07 PM
WOUHOU!!! First ribbon! Félicitations Alain, my fellow Quebecer! This image is simply stunning. You can be proud of yourseilf.
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07/10/2008 12:49:46 PM
WOW WOW WOW this is amazing,well done,congrats
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07/10/2008 02:12:36 AM
wonderful shot .. and I'm not sure how you've managed not to ribbon before!
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07/09/2008 10:55:41 PM
simply amazing....
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07/09/2008 06:56:55 PM
A well deserved ribbon ... long overdue

Glad to see you on the front page Congrats!!!
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07/09/2008 03:40:19 PM
Wow, wow, and WOW!!!

What a grabber of a photo. And when you see the original, it is even that much more amazing.

I could stare back at this one for a long time...
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07/09/2008 03:36:14 PM
great bit of post processing
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07/09/2008 12:02:38 PM
SIMBA!! lol! congratulations!
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07/09/2008 11:27:36 AM
this is an amazing shot. the crop really adds something to it. i am an artist & i was wondering if i could have your permission to paint this someday? i was also wondering what kind of software you used to do your editing?

you can write to me at pookey83@hotmail.com

thank you

elena
www.elenassketches.freeservers.com

Message edited by author 2008-07-09 11:29:51.
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07/09/2008 10:17:32 AM
What a fabulous transformation! Such a well deserved ribbon, Congrats!
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07/09/2008 08:20:53 AM
brrrrr. what to say ? nothing. superb.
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07/09/2008 07:18:31 AM
Great job! Just like those we see in National Geographic.
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07/09/2008 03:35:00 AM
Alain -
It has all been said by others.. but just had to say that the image is an inspiration to all others to persevere at the "taking" stage and also in the Edit stage in PS'. A truly wonderful shot, captivating and well deserved praise.
thanks for sharing and congratulations.

Andy =Cashel Ireland
www.ajphotography.ie
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07/09/2008 12:12:21 AM
Just gorgeous. Amazing transformation and accomplished vision with the final product.
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07/08/2008 05:22:31 PM
Congrats on your first ribbon! a fantastic powerful gaze...hopefully they won't dq you as they did me for a similar tiger image where I burned out the background :( (Still not over it!!!) just kidding, I AM over it...

Wonderful image you should be proud of
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07/08/2008 05:22:02 PM
Félicitations!
I am happy to see a "neighbor" here. Superb job on this photo. Well deserved ribbon!
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07/08/2008 04:15:48 PM
You have done some amazing PS work on your original maybe I should give you some of mine to do LOL!
This is Beautifully done and you have certainly done justist to this majestic beast
Congratulations on your Ribbon well deserved
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07/08/2008 03:51:24 PM
Ohmygoodness! What a majestic photo. I'm quite sure it won't be your last! But there's nothing like the first one. CONGRATULATIONS!!

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07/08/2008 03:14:55 PM
Well deserved ribbon, I'm sure there will be many more to follow after seeing this work.
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07/08/2008 01:22:02 PM
This is absolutely magnificent. Many congratulations on your ribbon!
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07/08/2008 12:28:54 PM
awesome job on the processing of this. I would love to see the step by step pictures of this. I have many photos through glass like this that I would love to take to the next level. I'll keep practicing, and hopefully I'll get something like this some day!
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07/08/2008 09:30:19 AM
Stunning photo - you have outdone yourself this time...
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07/08/2008 09:25:37 AM
congratulations..well done
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07/08/2008 08:21:22 AM
Alain I can't believe this is your first ribbon. Big congratulations, you deserved one long ago and I am sure this won't be your last!
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07/08/2008 08:13:11 AM
Yes...Yes...Yes..... Finally you have your first ribbon, and so deserved. Long overdue, as your top five images could all have ribboned, due to the outstanding photography.....
A perfect shot here, and in a 'Free Study', and I am so very pleased for you Alain.....
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07/08/2008 08:05:52 AM
Wow! Great shot! Congrats!!
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07/08/2008 07:28:58 AM
FIRST RIBBON?????? I had to check twice. LONG OVERDUE Congrats, I'm sure you will have many more very soon, your photoshop work on this is staggering.
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07/08/2008 07:16:48 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon! And on a Free Study, no less! Wow!

Well deserved. This image is wonderful and you have some powerful PP skills.
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07/08/2008 07:14:53 AM
nice job
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07/08/2008 06:46:45 AM
Congrats on a well deserved ribbon. You've really pulled a lot of detail out in the processing and yet you wouldn't think that from the shot alone. Very good job indeed!
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07/08/2008 06:02:41 AM
You did wonders with the original..congratulations on a beautiful end result.
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07/08/2008 04:48:28 AM
Hey, hey!! Congratulations on your ribbon, and the PB you were hoping for. :) Great image, and one of my 10s for this challenge!
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07/08/2008 04:00:43 AM
Wow! That is some incredible processing to go from the original to this. :)

Another wonderful animal portrait with your Bigma. I really have to get me one of those...then another million years to learn how to process as well as you do, and I am in business! LOL
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07/08/2008 02:53:12 AM
yowza! great processing on this one :) isnt she cuuuuuute!
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07/08/2008 01:42:35 AM
Congrats om your first ribbon!
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07/08/2008 01:19:48 AM
Congrats on the ribbon!
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07/08/2008 01:18:57 AM
Congratulations on the Ribbon and Personal Best!!!
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07/08/2008 01:07:20 AM
congrats on your 1st ribbon. Fantastic!!
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07/08/2008 12:44:02 AM
Very Nicely Done. Congrats on your ribbon!
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07/08/2008 12:36:49 AM
Superb image, Alain. Huge congratulations on your well deserved ribbon.
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07/08/2008 12:23:42 AM
many congratulations on a stunner of an image .. :)
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07/08/2008 12:17:38 AM
This is great, my favorite of the challenge.
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07/08/2008 12:07:10 AM
Superb clarity..congrats.
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07/08/2008 12:06:02 AM
Congratulations, Alain!! A VERY long overdue ribbon - very pleased to see your work on the front page!! And this is an amazing shot with stunning presence.
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07/08/2008 12:05:12 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon with this incredible entry!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/07/2008 10:46:12 PM
Love the lighting and tones. This seems so personified. I feel like she is ready to speak. Very cool.
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07/07/2008 10:46:08 PM
I absolutely love ths picture!!!!!!!!!! This is awsome if you got that close you got my vote LOL... It really is a nice picture that would look good on the front of National Geographic
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07/07/2008 09:49:41 PM
Great detail! The lighting is great and this is one of the best or the best in the challenge. Hope you get a ribbon. 10
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07/07/2008 07:11:26 PM
This is wonderful. Well done and great pp work.
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07/06/2008 06:58:10 AM
I believe I might have a lion in my portfolio that may be a good date for this one. Great shot. One of my faves of the challenge.
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07/06/2008 06:20:23 AM
great detail and lighting - nicely done
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07/06/2008 02:13:28 AM
Love the tight crop and wonderful lighting. 8
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07/05/2008 01:26:30 PM
wow, powerful, like he's gonna jump through my screen and rip my organs out. nice lighting, very well done
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07/04/2008 01:14:57 PM
Very impressive, and a nice feeling of depth to the shot.
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07/04/2008 09:27:04 AM
i like this. i would like to do a whole series of these with different animals looking straight at the camera 8
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07/04/2008 02:34:14 AM
Stunning capture .... the lioness looks just ready to pounce! Great lighting, colour and detail. One of my top picks.
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07/03/2008 12:30:17 PM
This is strong. Best of luck.
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07/03/2008 09:41:55 AM
WOW that is close........
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07/02/2008 10:31:55 AM
beautiful capture process and framing. 8
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07/02/2008 12:13:06 AM
Cool capture and framing. He's definitely focused on something. Great processing.
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07/01/2008 09:09:24 PM
love the texture of the fur on the top of the head
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07/01/2008 05:51:14 PM
What an amazing closeup, filling the frame works perfectly, great job!
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07/01/2008 01:31:54 PM
Beautiful shot
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07/01/2008 11:00:51 AM
Domineering stare.
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07/01/2008 10:39:51 AM
wow very cool editing, I like it , 8. Good luck
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07/01/2008 10:25:29 AM
superb eye contact...looks amazing...super crisp...8
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07/01/2008 09:21:27 AM
Beautiful detail and lighting.
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