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Leonard Knight of salvationmountain.us
Leonard Knight of salvationmountain.us

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Challenge: Best of 2008 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS for Canon
Location: Salvation Mountain, Niland, CA
Date: Jan 26, 2008
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/1250
Galleries: Portraiture, Textures
Date Uploaded: Jan 13, 2009

Please either google "Leonard Knight" or "Salvation Mountain" for the full story, or go to the web site. Leonard was led by God to create a manifestation of God's love. Like John the Baptist he did it in the desert. Leonard is always cheerful and happy to give you a tour of Salvation Mountain. I spent a day in the area January 2008 and plan to go again by the time you read this. The title is an attempt to give you an early indication of who he really is. The lighter area over his right shoulder is actually a painted part of his property.

My settings were really bad. I should have reduced the ISO to 100 or 200, but I had just come out from taking pictures inside the dark "hogan" museum.

Change to auto-WB and straighten in Camera Raw.
Import to Photoshop CS3 and crop, resize.
Topaz Adjust "Clarity" preset increasing sharpness.
Back to PS, adjust brightness, contrast.
Select sky and increase blue and cyan saturation and sharpen.
Select face and USM.
Spot heal tiny spot to left of cheek.
Reduced overall saturation by about 70% to make it more suitable as an old, wrinkled person, but I don't like total B&W so I left some color in it.
Selected and darkened sky that blended in too much with his hair.
Used blur tool to clean up sharp edge of last selection edit.
Re-edited selecting and reducing brightness of background and increasing brightness of Leonard.
Color version of the same.


Place: 331 out of 531
Avg (all users): 5.4747
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.4242
Avg (non-participants): 5.6346
Views since voting: 670
Views during voting: 334
Votes: 217
Comments: 10
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/21/2009 12:42:46 PM
title hurts this one
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01/20/2009 11:48:26 PM
He has an infectious smile. I'm not sure about the processing though.
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01/18/2009 10:02:42 AM
Lovely portrait, not sure about the colouring - seems neither one way or the other :)
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01/17/2009 07:46:15 PM
Fascinating! Thanks for putting the web address. I checked it out and was amazed. I'd never heard of Leonard Knight or his work before. I love the message -- and I LOVE that photo of him with the cat sitting beside him. Oh, and this one is a great tribute to him too! Hat's off to ya :)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/17/2009 10:52:54 AM
lovely shot, clean adn crisp, full of happiness, great shot well done
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01/16/2009 06:07:51 PM
Incredibly sharp & detailed. Great image! 9
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01/16/2009 05:14:24 PM
nice detail...I would have pushed up the contrast
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01/16/2009 04:56:36 PM
Kind of frightening.
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01/16/2009 03:57:29 PM
nice shot
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01/16/2009 08:16:23 AM
a great face - the partial desaturation really highlights the character
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