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Potato Bug
Potato Bug

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Challenge: Selective Desaturation (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Olympus D-40Z
Location: In the Garden
Date: Jun 20, 2004
Aperture: F4.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Abstract, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jun 20, 2004


Place: 178 out of 227
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Views since voting: 646
Votes: 198
Comments: 6
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07/02/2004 10:03:11 AM
from the Critique Club:
This is a very clever idea and if I squint my eyes I appreciate it even more. In other words, you have a very good picture with a nice green foreground color. However, when you color a foreground, the eye wants to see it sharp, otherwise the eye has to get past it and to the subject, but returns back to the green to find a lot of fuzzy edges.
As you may have learned when you retain a color and desaturate the rest, your first problem is to find the true line of demarcation. If the image is not in focus then this problem invites you to judge where the fence begins and ends. There is no software available which will make this decision without either keeping or throwing information away. This makes your job very difficult with this image since you selected the fence. Of course, I can say why not the leaf?, but then it would not have the same impact. Again, I like the idea because as is it imparts a feeling that the viewer is peeking right behind the fence and I am certain that this image stands on its own without the color. The color gives it charm, but the viewer is left giving the color a second thought. So: great picture without the color if we discount the spirit of the challenge. dan
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/27/2004 06:41:16 AM
Clever idea, using the saturated fence as a frame....but bit risky as it detracts from the subject somewhat
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06/23/2004 01:17:50 AM
Definately a different view of the desat thing. I kind of like how the subject of the shot is in the b/w portion of the shot. It's a frame within a frame! Kudos
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06/21/2004 11:01:01 AM
Neat idea...like the surprise of highlighting the mesh fence instead of the critter.
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06/21/2004 03:42:27 AM
I thought the idea was to desaturate everything except the point of interest?
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06/21/2004 12:44:21 AM
This would be much more powerful if the bug were to be the focal point, as the title suggests...maybe it in color and the fence and foliage desaturated. Just a thought. :o)
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