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The day they'll never forget.
The day they'll never forget.
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Masters' Free Study II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2008
Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Sigma 50-500mm f/4.0-6.3 EX DG HSM for Minolta
Location: Manassas, VA
Date: Nov 3, 2008
Aperture: F6.7
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/20
Galleries: Nature, Children
Date Uploaded: Nov 4, 2008

SilkyPix
- white balance: 3 band flou 4900
- strongest contrast
- memory color 1
- faint sharp for noisy scene
- export as TIF

PSP X2
- Smart Photo Fix (28,50,20,16,86,12,16)
- dup layer, multiply mode, 21% opacity
- merge all
- dup layer
- desat part of mans shirt, clone spot on forehead
- merge all
- dup layer
- xero: Soft Mood, layer 70% opacity
- erase center area to brighten
- merge all
- dup layer
- HSL (red, yellow, cyan: saturation -11)
- B/C (0,5)
- merge all
- dup layer
- darken brush on boys face & girls eyes
- remove grass/twig line from boys face
- merge all
- dup layer
- Smart Photo Fix (0,-10,15,0,78,8,12), layer 59% opacity
- merge all
- dup layer
- HSL (red, yellow, cyan: saturation -11)
- HSL (red: saturation -30)
- merge all
- crop
- resize
- USM (.35,100,10) +luminance
- border
- save as JPG

I took this shot at one of the U.S. National Parks in our area. I stopped on the way home to see if there was much left for fall color. Wandering around I spotted some deer a couple hundred yards out. As I got closer I noticed one was pretty decent in size. Figured I'd try and get a shot...working my way over slowly I grab a few shots; still not close enough. During my approach I see some people coming from the opposite direction. I'm thinking this deer is going to bolt so I stopped where I was and prepared to get some shots of this guy running across the field. Well, before he bolted (right after I took this photo) the deer was watching this family approach. He saw them way before they saw him. Actually, the dad saw the deer just as they were coming up on the rise and I noticed him stop and tell the kids. You could tell the kids were excited.

I had fun too as I was able to watch this event unfold without being detected and from an elevated vantage point.

Statistics
Place: 126 out of 170
Avg (all users): 5.8772
Avg (commenters): 7.2667
Avg (participants): 5.8000
Avg (non-participants): 5.9069
Views since voting: 1004
Views during voting: 601
Votes: 342
Comments: 18
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AuthorThread
01/26/2012 09:42:28 PM
That's quite touching, the simplicity of a beautiful story.
Perspective planes work great here in separating the characters while linking them.
I couldn't image a more effective angle than this.

Message edited by author 2012-01-26 21:46:05.
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10/27/2009 12:56:19 PM
Great shot, great story, very underrated with regards to score. Love it.
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03/03/2009 01:07:54 PM
Absolutely magical. What an excellent catch and a lovely story to go with it!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2008 11:18:42 PM
Nice! 9
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12/07/2008 11:01:19 PM
colors on the people don't look right, but nice moment nonetheless.
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12/07/2008 10:47:10 PM
great capture.
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12/07/2008 07:32:39 PM
ah what a great moment to capture. love the processing, makes this feel quite dreamy
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12/06/2008 06:29:16 PM
Lovely colors.
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12/05/2008 02:43:46 PM
nice moment - interesting colors - good luck!
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12/05/2008 12:04:14 PM
Way to be at the right place at the right time!
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12/02/2008 11:46:00 PM
the people elevate this from just another butt shot (I always get them as the animal decides to leave)
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12/02/2008 07:54:56 AM
Nice moment!
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12/01/2008 09:36:31 PM
Great scene capture. I'm not quite sure why the little boy's face on the right is so orange. I do like the burn that centers on the deer. 7
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12/01/2008 05:24:13 PM
Ohhhhhh. I LOVE this one!!!
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12/01/2008 02:01:39 PM
Lovely colors, great moment captured so artistically. Love the little faces. Don't know how you managed to do this.
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12/01/2008 12:41:01 PM
wow, what a wonderful scene!
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12/01/2008 09:25:10 AM
Incredible moment to capture.
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12/01/2008 02:46:10 AM
I'm shocked they even got that close.
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