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Mr. President - A Little Help, Please
Mr. President - A Little Help, Please

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2009-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenge Submissions
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4.0G IF-ED
Location: Seattle, WA (USA)
Date: Mar 21, 2009
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1666/100000
Galleries: Cityscape, Political
Date Uploaded: Mar 22, 2009

Photographer’s Notes
In the 70’s there was a famous billboard here that said, “Will the last person leaving Seattle please turn out the lights.” In today’s economy, Seattle has a little bit of that feeling. It’s no longer a Boeing town exclusively. With Microsoft, Amazon, Adobe, Google and such, the economy is better diversified.

And this time around we have Mr. Stimulus to help, our beloved president, Barack Obama. Hence the title of the photo.

Post Processing
Lots of steps … all pretty subtle:
• Combine 9 images into HDR (Photomatix)
• Tone Map (Photomatix)
• Boost Saturation (Hue/Saturation Layer)
• Boost Contrast (Masked Curves Layer)
• Brighten (Masked Curves layer)
• Remove Distraction (Clone Layer)
• Desaturate (Masked Channel Mixer layer)
• Desaturate (Masked Hue/Saturate Layer)
• Straighten (Edit/Distort)
• Deemphasize Cross Walk (Dodge & Burn Layer)
• Resize (Genuine Fractals)
• Sharpen (USM)
• Save for Web (PS CS4)

Camera Data
• Date: 2009-03-21
• Camera: Nikon D3
• Lens: Nikor 12-24 f/4 G IF-ED @ 12 mm
• ISO: 400
• Aperture: f/11
• Shutter: 1666/100000 whatever that means

Place: 153 out of 475
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Views since voting: 801
Views during voting: 240
Votes: 135
Comments: 3
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/05/2009 10:49:17 PM
good "sign of the times" shot
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/04/2009 11:43:05 AM
A cool shot. Looks like a sketch.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/02/2009 07:44:01 AM
Very evocative and very interesting urban scene. Enjoyable color mix. I'm not sure the title quite matches the image, but it is effective.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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