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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Accidental Letters II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8D
Location: Mystic Seaport
Date: Sep 17, 2008
Aperture: f5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Black and White, Textures
Date Uploaded: Sep 17, 2008

A repeat trip to the scene of my "Q" from the August 2007 Alphabet side challenge:
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I like the b/w processing and lighting much better this time around...hopefully sneaks over 6...

Editing:
Flip/ Rotate image to correct orientation.
Adjust levels, curves, desaturation using hue/sat
Noise ninja
USM at large radius for local contrast
Burned and dodged Q
Dodged background
Cloned a couple small flecks
Resize for web
Noise Ninja, USM, and a bit of dodge burn to increase contrast between Q and background.

Post Challenge: I am totally surprised! I really didn't think this would score too great mainly because it is just a "Q". Thanks for the comments during and after voting.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 113
Avg (all users): 6.7734
Avg (commenters): 7.1818
Avg (participants): 6.7105
Avg (non-participants): 6.8000
Views since voting: 4598
Views during voting: 222
Votes: 128
Comments: 41
Favorites: 3 (view)


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10/01/2008 02:04:39 PM
well spotted - i like this one
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10/01/2008 08:57:21 AM
Fantastic, Peter-congratulations !!!
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10/01/2008 03:26:42 AM
Congrats on the yellow, Peter! Simple and effective. Should have ben rotated by 3° counterclockwise, though :)
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10/01/2008 02:47:30 AM
Hey buddy, I wanted to.be the first to congratulate you on the ribbon but because of my tardiness I guess I need to get the back of the Q (groan)

Beautifully observed and captured. Great B&W conversion and a wonderful textured feel. Tack sharp!

All this and the sox beating the twins in the play-off! All in all not a bad week
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09/30/2008 06:44:02 PM
well done Peter! I revisited my "e" and very well for myself. It was a great side challenge.
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09/30/2008 09:58:11 AM
great picture. The best in the competittion.
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09/30/2008 03:09:15 AM
So what you're saying is if you work hard, apply yourself, study and try try again, you can improve? I do like this version better than the 2007 one. Very nice conversion as well. Great texture. And again, congratulations on another well deserved ribbon.
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09/29/2008 06:54:51 PM
Nicely done Peter, I really like the texture and contrast.
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09/29/2008 04:26:17 PM
Congrats on your ribbon!
I knew I should have got your autograph at the GTG
Even though your a Nikon shooter :)
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09/29/2008 03:29:47 PM
great job! this is the perfect Q! I was wondering if we would see your "C". I loved that one, but this one is a winner!!!
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09/29/2008 10:26:49 AM
ahaha I get it
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09/29/2008 09:03:41 AM
I love this image...congratulations..the textures are wonderful.
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09/29/2008 08:34:18 AM
i knew you'd do well in this challenge! congrats on the ribbon!
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09/29/2008 07:18:00 AM
Perfectly framed and beautifully processed. A great sutdy in contrast and textures. Congrats on the ribbon!
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09/29/2008 06:34:48 AM
Great focus and wonderful textures. Congrats on your well deserved ribbon, Peter.
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09/29/2008 06:24:32 AM
Glad to see you won a ribbon with this entry. Elegant simplicity. Well done.
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09/29/2008 04:03:12 AM
Keep it up team mate.
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09/29/2008 02:44:58 AM
well done and congratulations
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09/29/2008 02:30:54 AM
Excellent job, Peter! Congratulations!
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09/29/2008 01:59:26 AM
Well done Peter! Glad to see you on front page with this one.
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09/29/2008 01:25:58 AM
i totally remember this shot! woohoo, awsome job!
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09/29/2008 12:48:42 AM
Congrats, Peter! Well-seen and well-shot. :)
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09/29/2008 12:37:00 AM
Congratulations Peter, well done!!!
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09/29/2008 12:13:00 AM
Many congrats on you Yellow!

Raj
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09/29/2008 12:11:18 AM
Congrats !! excellent shot!
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09/29/2008 12:11:07 AM
Snuck over 6! :-) Congrats on the ribbon! (And agree - B&W works awesome here.)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/27/2008 12:17:05 PM
Wow fabulous textures , perfect letter 10!!
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09/26/2008 10:59:16 AM
Great eye. I was desperately looking for a Q :) Good job done.
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09/24/2008 03:49:14 PM
clever,
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09/24/2008 02:46:43 PM
Excellent texture, I like the elegant simplicity of this image
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09/24/2008 01:52:25 PM
very nice textures here
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09/24/2008 10:03:41 AM
This is awesome.
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09/24/2008 09:15:33 AM
I like the fact that it is for sure a "q" but it seems to centered. Maybe a bit to the side would bake it good but I would liked to se it offcentered before I made a final quote.
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09/23/2008 11:49:01 PM
nice capture, i love the texture, nice job
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09/23/2008 03:10:07 PM
Love the texture.
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09/23/2008 02:58:01 PM
Nice and simple. The texture adds lots of variety.
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09/23/2008 10:56:52 AM
Perfect Q; nicely seen.
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09/22/2008 02:10:05 PM
Looks a tiny bit oversharpened to me but it's a really good find, I like the b&w and the crop is perfect.
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09/22/2008 04:15:19 AM
=]
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09/22/2008 03:55:40 AM
Congrats on the ribbon!
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09/22/2008 02:52:51 AM
Great shot
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