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Steel Horse

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Challenge: The Username Challenge III (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2009
Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Sony SAL-50F14 Normal 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens for the Sony
Location: Rural Virginia
Date: Jul 22, 2009
Aperture: F2.4
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Rural
Date Uploaded: Jul 22, 2009

Sony IDC
- DRO/Manual (0,0,50)
- Contrast +20
- convert to TIF

- duplicate bg layer twice
- layer 1, Virtual Photographer: B/W Classic 04
- layer 2, Virtual Photographer: B/W Gritty (exp -11)
- put layer 2 on top and set to 61% opacity
- merge all
- resize
- sharpen
- resize
- USM (.35,100,10) +luminance
- save as JPG

Well, this certainly wasn't planned. :-) I had been thinking about various usernames to use and was going to try a studio setup type shot after coming in for the evening. As it was, I took a couple bags of grain out to the barn on the ATV. Had the camera with me with the 50/1.4 on to goof around a little (didn't / don't have a FS shot yet for July). Put the grain away and was admiring the new rack extension I had put on the ATV. Took a couple shots, then the horses went around back. Hmmm...this could make an interesting juxtaposition! Went shallow because I wanted to keep the horse shape in the background but didn't want much detail.

Came in the house, had dinner, etc...finally pulled these up on the computer and instantly liked this shot. Hmmm...any usernames with 'horsepower'? Oooohhh! Steel Horse! Perfect. :-D

Spent more time trying to figure out if I wanted to shift the hue some to a more "steel" coloration (adding some blue). Liked this slightly earthy tone better in the long run. Hope this does "ok".

***** post-challenge *****

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Place: 123 out of 169
Avg (all users): 5.5616
Avg (commenters): 8.2500
Avg (participants): 5.5286
Avg (non-participants): 5.5921
Views since voting: 901
Views during voting: 248
Votes: 146
Comments: 6
Favorites: 0

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03/12/2010 08:57:44 PM
See, now the watermark on this one doesn't bother me. Almost looks like a commercial magazine kinda thing with a short caption on the photo. Doesn't detract from the flow or the mood of it at all.
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08/03/2009 03:45:03 PM
Critique Club

A totally brilliant image. I am not sure what to say as the image speaks volumes just in its self. The positioning is perfect, the sharpens and details on the ATV are tack sharp. The blur of a perfectly formed horse in the background makes this shot perfect. The colour is right, i think going a bit blue may have spoilt this capture. I am tilting my head just a fraction to the right, so a tiny straightening may be in order.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/02/2009 11:50:11 PM
Love the comparison between the two. Beautiful contrast and tones.
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08/02/2009 08:26:50 PM
Stunning juxtaposition perfectly captured.

I have to give out two yellows just so I can reward the technique of this photo. Posthumous Yellow Ribbon for you.

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08/02/2009 02:10:31 AM
I figure a bicycle or motorcyle is slightly more appropriate for that name, but why split hairs? It's good and does fit the name.
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07/27/2009 01:22:54 AM
Nice work! 8
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