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Snicker . . . that brush and comb for me?  Gotta catch me first!
Snicker . . . that brush and comb for me? Gotta catch me first!

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Challenge: Grunge (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: 2009
Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Sigma 50-500mm f/4.0-6.3 EX DG HSM for Minolta
Date: May 18, 2009
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: May 18, 2009

That's our chubby Arabian that needs some exercise - dang!

I had given him some grain and took a walk to the pond looking for anything interesting to shoot (with the camera). On the way back I noticed the late day sun hitting the front of his stall. Knowing his habit of grabbing a mouthful of grain and coming back out front I readied myself for a shot or two. I had forgotten about that smiley painted on the wall. Thought it might be fun to get that in the photo too so I moved right to center the horse in the doorframe and still get the smiley.

Don't know how it will do for "Grunge", but what the heck. :-)

Sony RAW converted in Sony IDC software - converted to TIFF with no adjustments.

- rotate left (I think it was .35)
- crop
- clarify +20 (twice)
- curves (pull down highlights)
- HSL (reduce red saturation)
- HMS (pull down highlights)
- darken edges
- resize
- sharpen
- resize
- duplicate layer
- sepia tone, layer to multiply mode, 16% opacity
- merge all
- auto levels
- duplicate layer
- salt & pepper (noise reduction)
- erase thru top layer to selectively bring back detail lost with s&p.
- merge all
- usm (.25,100,10) +luminance (twice)
- usm (.35,100,10) +luminance
- borders
- save as jpg

Place: 40 out of 99
Avg (all users): 5.4545
Avg (commenters): 6.1429
Avg (participants): 5.1765
Avg (non-participants): 5.5267
Views since voting: 949
Views during voting: 338
Votes: 165
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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03/12/2010 08:59:41 PM
This is adorable!! I apparently didn't vote this challenge. Great catch with the matching smiles! (And vertical shots are not a problem for the watermarks at all - I can scroll so that the very bottom of the photograph is not seen - perfect!)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/26/2009 02:49:55 PM
I don't know if I'd put this shot in this challenge, but it is a lovely shot.
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05/25/2009 03:27:00 PM
hummm 7
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05/22/2009 01:07:54 PM
i love how the subject pops out of the photo - 8
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05/20/2009 11:14:34 PM
Looks like "Red John" was there
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05/20/2009 12:20:26 PM
windy title doesnt help this one. lovely lighting.
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05/20/2009 12:16:41 PM
nice shot, hah, doesn't scream 'grunge' to me though except maybe the smiley
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05/20/2009 04:17:07 AM
Nice frame and quality of the photo, but I don't like the idea
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05/20/2009 12:16:58 AM
Gorgeous photo.......Grunge? I'm not sure, but gorgeous photo - 7
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