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Busking Day?
Busking Day?

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Challenge: Best of 2008 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM
Location: Quebec City, Canada
Date: Aug 6, 2008
Aperture: f4.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Urban, Candid
Date Uploaded: Jan 14, 2009

Not really... just a usual day for Quebec City street musicians.

- crop, white balance, picture style, color saturation, noise reduction, sharpness
- convert to two TIFF files – a darker and brighter one

- combine two TIFF, de-saturation layer, soft light layer, gradient map: an attempt to create a slightly-colored/higher-contrast image
- curves & hue-saturation layers: to bring back some of the colors I wanted
- dodge-burn layer
- flatten and lab sharpen
- Gaussian blur layer
- convert to RGB, resize, USM, border and Save for Web

[Jan. 19th, 2009 06:21:42 PM]

Honestly was expecting low 6.xxxx… - with 160 votes the score is only 5.9500. But have 8 awesome comments :D – which for me are way more important! Thank you all!!!

Place: 176 out of 531
Avg (all users): 5.9244
Avg (commenters): 6.8571
Avg (participants): 5.9006
Avg (non-participants): 6.0000
Views since voting: 623
Views during voting: 359
Votes: 225
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/22/2009 02:37:00 PM
Great portrait of some very amusing looking characters. Love it! A 9
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01/19/2009 03:06:52 PM
They had stood there for most of the day like that, beating the drums, playing their song. The people passing by would grin or laugh or throw a coin, but always wondered why these men stood so close, with one's head on the other's shoulder. Perhaps it was a show. Perhaps they were very close. Nobody knew, but they listened and gave their money and applauded anyway.

Near the end of the day, with their percussion coming to a close, the taller one turned to the other, and was heard to utter, "Paullie my friend, when this glue wears off, I'm going to hurt you."

Paullie just grinned.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/18/2009 05:50:57 PM
Lovely street portrait, look like a couple of characters :)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/18/2009 09:25:54 AM
the pose, the facial expressions, the earthy tones - what a great portrait of street performers
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/17/2009 07:36:52 PM
VERY cool photojournalism.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/17/2009 11:20:04 AM
I like the colors and the feel of your shot...
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/17/2009 10:51:31 AM
vibrant colours, nicely sharpened, fun fun fun shot, great expressions, nice DOF, well done
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/17/2009 03:33:49 AM
This is a truly peculiar image. I have no idea WTF Busking Day is, yet I'm inexplicably enchanted here......9
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01/16/2009 12:06:57 AM
LOL! I love these guys! Their expressions & outfits are great. It makes me want to know the story behind this photo.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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