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Challenge: Selective Desaturation (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400
Location: London EC1
Date: Jun 19, 2004
Aperture: f/3.7
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/74
Galleries: Cityscape, Urban
Date Uploaded: Jun 19, 2004

I'm on record as saying that a selective desaturation challenge would be my worst nightmare: but in a true dpc spirit I've set myself the task of learning about it, and here's my result. It seemed to me that the really useful purpose of the technique is entirely to do with emphasising a colour - so choose an object/collection of objects where the colour is an essential part of our understanding of it.

I set out to photograph London Buses, or perhaps telephone boxes, and I chose the City of London on a Saturday as I wanted the urban theme and it would be quiet and relatively traffic free, though the buses would still be running. I did get a couple of bus shots, but the adverts all over them ruin things, and I also got a couple of phone box shots, but they feel a touch obvious to a Londoner.

Then I saw this. The selective de-sat here actually serves to isolate these signs from their background, to give them punch, and to add to the effect of the road markings. I quite like it, though I will say that the technique still feels a little like cheating.

A lot of work here; couldn't get far enough away, so had to shoot wide-angle, but I wanted the geometry to work, so have perspective corrected this. Then had to stretch it a touch to get the circular signs round again. Pure desaturation left the buildings looking blue, so I selected the signs and boosted the saturation there, then inverted that selection and completely desaturated the rest of the image, and then used curves and levels to bring out the shadows. Returning to the signs, I balanced the brightness of them individually. A touch of burning and selective brightening and upping of contrast elsewhere to give the high contrast impact, and here you go.

Statistics
Place: 9 out of 227
Avg (all users): 6.5294
Avg (commenters): 8.3684
Avg (participants): 6.5952
Avg (non-participants): 6.4231
Views since voting: 2475
Votes: 204
Comments: 31
Favorites: 21 (view)


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07/13/2005 05:02:04 PM
Just the motive I am always on the look for! You have captured it perfectly. This is a piece of art. Good work, Ed.
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06/29/2004 07:58:10 PM
Originally posted by laurielblack:

Not a bad placement for a desat hater, huh? ;o) Your eye must have healed very well, because this is a great shot! Congrats on the top ten!! :o)


Actually this shot was taken with my left eye ... ;-)
06/28/2004 11:16:05 PM
A work of art, thanks for sharing it...
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06/28/2004 03:20:41 PM
Aye..see you Jimmy !!!
A closet desat freak..I knew it all along. :)

Well done Ed.
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06/28/2004 11:47:43 AM
Not a bad placement for a desat hater, huh? ;o) Your eye must have healed very well, because this is a great shot! Congrats on the top ten!! :o)
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06/28/2004 05:55:20 AM
Great placing Ed.
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06/28/2004 12:22:11 AM
My favorite of all. I really hoped it would ribbon. Very nice work. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/26/2004 02:25:42 AM
This gets my top vote for the Blue Ribbon. Aside from the slightly blown out highlights in the street this is about as perfect an image as you can get for this challenge. I'd give this an 11 if I could.
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06/25/2004 03:43:54 AM
I love the richness of this. The bold blue brings a modern feel to the old style architecture. You've got a good eye to be able to see these elements as a pleasing photograph with the intention of desaturating like this. Bravo!!! 10
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06/24/2004 07:50:54 AM
very nice
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06/24/2004 03:09:54 AM
Ummmm.... can I turn right?
TC
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06/23/2004 11:05:11 PM
This shot is just toooo cool, I absoulutely love it, I will be mad if this doesnt get a ribbon, the is nothing wrong with this, its just the way its supposed to be, So all I can say is good luck :) - 10
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06/23/2004 10:02:37 PM
The print quality is right on. Bright crisp whites and dark blacks - with plenty of tonal range between. Everything else works too - focus, composition, and the desaturization. If it were mine - I would not use the white line as part of the border.
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06/23/2004 08:58:54 PM
very nice b&w, it's nice to see a shot that didn't ignore the b&w aspect. the tonal range is excellent.
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06/23/2004 04:52:40 PM
hehe funny...very nice image as well...very good leading lines---I like I like!
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06/23/2004 12:41:41 PM
great ... 9
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06/23/2004 11:04:32 AM
Its perfect. Not much else to say but good luck! 10
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06/23/2004 07:45:59 AM
nice find!
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06/23/2004 05:34:25 AM
This is awesome. I love the blue, the composition, and the way the text is. It's just perfect. 9.
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06/23/2004 02:07:39 AM
Great use of the desaturation to emphasize the title. The contrast between the electric blue against the greyscale is so vivid...... 8
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06/23/2004 01:23:49 AM
Very good picture to use on this Challenge. Crop is too tight on the top for my taste. Colors and dof are nice, contrast seems a bit much, or, was the original a bit dark? Either way - a very good job. Rated 8.
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06/22/2004 03:16:45 PM
I like the exposure and composition in this image as much as the desat..but they all combine well to give the picture impact.
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06/22/2004 02:20:43 PM
Nice use of the theme (it has a purpose!!) and there's some humour too. Blue is just too saturated though and would look more slick with a bit more subtlety. In this instance I feel that no border would have been more simple and emphatic of the technique.
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06/22/2004 11:44:28 AM
Very simple and artistic. I can't give it less than a 10, one of my favs. Good luck...

PS: I'm back to fav it...
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06/22/2004 05:30:24 AM
Great work!! I love the primary colour blue in your photograph, it really stands out well. I also like the composition, choice and 'colour' in your shot. Excellent work and well done.
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06/21/2004 08:11:13 PM
ha ha!
this is great
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06/21/2004 06:25:22 PM
LOL. Hmmm.... so, right turns aren't allowed here? ;)

Nice photo. The touchs of blue add rather than distract from the overall image. Well done.
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06/21/2004 01:14:39 PM
What's with the bright part in the middle? I like the picture though. Very smart.9
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06/21/2004 08:00:27 AM
Re ally like this, it has a poster quality about it
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06/21/2004 02:47:55 AM
Great shot with deep, rich contrast. Really nice job!
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06/21/2004 12:42:40 AM
good humour in this shot.
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