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Winner @ the ColorCarnival
Winner @ the ColorCarnival

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Challenge: Free Study 2009-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: Jackson Homecoming Carnival, Jackson Missouri
Date: Jul 24, 2009
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/50 sec
Galleries: Candid, Photo-Impressionism
Date Uploaded: Jul 26, 2009

A tribute to my DCPO South West Love Shack teammate colorcarnival. I went with something else in the username challenge, because I felt this would get voted down for all the processing. I still feel it will get voted down, but I really like this image and I like colorcarnival. I've not entered a free study before, but I wanted to enter this image somewhere. I like it too much not to use it for something. Cropped, topaz adjust, Alien Skin Exposure 2 (GAF-500 Warm slide grain-off setting)

Place: 383 out of 419
Avg (all users): 4.8264
Avg (commenters): 4.3333
Avg (participants): 4.6852
Avg (non-participants): 5.2500
Views since voting: 727
Views during voting: 244
Votes: 144
Comments: 7
Favorites: 1 (view)

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08/10/2009 05:17:04 PM
Greetings from Andi via the Critique Club

First Impression: This is what I'd call a Marmite shot and sadly I fall within the hate it camp. This type of image can be well received in certain quarters and I'm sure many would wonder at its artistic value, heck, am sure it would have faired better if you entered it in the username challenge as it would fit much better there than a FS.

Composition: I think you could have cropped this right down to the peoples heads as for me the top third is image that doesn't add to the 'story'

Subject: A nice shot with movement and direction, its an 'of the moment' candid and the composition works well (would still prefer to lose the top third).

Technical: Can't comment as the cartoonish HDR style is not my cup of tea sorry.

Final thoughts: I've said I don't like this style of editing but yes, it has its place and I'm sure a Fair could use a shot like this to advertise itself and maybe WOW lots of possible punters (using that wasted top third for the text). I too would like to see the original and wonder if I'd prefer it more?
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2009 09:37:36 PM
Interesting, but the processing goes too far for me.
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08/06/2009 09:27:33 PM
This has turned into a cartoon image. I like it though.
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08/02/2009 06:05:16 PM
She'll love it!
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08/02/2009 03:37:14 AM
Sorry, really don't like the post-processing, and without
it, this would probably just be a snapshot. Would like to
see the original.
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08/02/2009 03:31:07 AM
the edit is a little on the hideous side...way over the top
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08/01/2009 05:15:51 PM
The heavy HDR makes it look cartoonish.
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