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Challenge: The Username Challenge III (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2009
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF for Canon
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Date: Jul 25, 2009
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Portraiture, History
Date Uploaded: Jul 26, 2009

I was originally going to do a staged shot representing 21_F.gif PixelPig, but could not find all the props I needed. I was then going to do a member by the name of "PigGlider" who shows no participation, but I found a great flying pig to represent. Several hours before rollover, I started working on this cowboy shot from the Fort Worth Stockyards the previous day. I was really pleased with it, especially considering the out of the camera shot was backlit by midday sun and showed little promise. I found 18 people with variations of "Cowboy" in thier username, but there was no "black cowboy" or "old cowboy". I went with the username of the most active of the bunch. I guess that makes this a shoehorn in a way, and it's not terribly inspired. Then again, if I had gone out to the stockyards intending do get a cowboy shot for this challenge, it would still be the same. I'm over-thinking this.

Pre-challenge notes:
I think this is a pretty good shot and hoping for a high 5 out of it. Can never tell, however. This might be the one challenge where my usual ridiculous style of humor is expected, and I failed to deliver it.

Anticipated critiques:
-uninspired shoehorn
-Over processed

Post-challenge notes:
Came in about where expected, and got the anticipated critique about the overprocessed appearance. I knew this would not have appeal for all, but it did well.

I did use some Topaz adjust on it, as one commenter mentioned, but the other major part of the appearance was a sample Nik Color Efex Pro that came with my PaintShop Pro upgrade.

Place: 114 out of 169
Avg (all users): 5.6528
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.2941
Avg (non-participants): 5.9737
Views since voting: 629
Views during voting: 274
Votes: 144
Comments: 6
Favorites: 1 (view)

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08/04/2009 10:06:10 PM
I think you got some back lash from the "I hate Topaz" crowd. Shame, wonderful shot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/31/2009 08:36:13 AM
I hope this ribbons!!! MAGNIFICENT...
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07/31/2009 12:03:48 AM
Kind of over did the HDR, too strong on the colors and grain.
Nice post card look.
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07/29/2009 11:26:56 PM
wow this is sick
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07/28/2009 07:31:43 PM
sorry but this is way over-topazed for my taste. 4
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07/27/2009 12:43:42 AM
Two thumbs up! 8
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