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Crash Landing - Tuck'n Roll
Crash Landing - Tuck'n Roll

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Balloons (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300s
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Location: My kitchen table
Date: Apr 17, 2010
Aperture: About f/4-8
ISO: 250
Shutter: 1/80sec
Galleries: Humorous, Macro
Date Uploaded: Apr 18, 2010

Unfortunately there was a bug harmed in the making of this photo. He was running all over the place, so I put him in the freezer for just a second to chill him out while I adjusted the "balloons". Well, time flies when you're adjusting "balloons" apparently, and he came out with little ice sparkles on him. He hasn't woke back up yet, and I feel awful. I promised him I'd put him right back! :(

50mm reversed with 20mm extension tube - SB-900 pointed at the ceiling.

Preset: BoonDoggle 2 (Wonderland pack)

Healed out a couple hairs on the "balloons"
Cloned/healed a weird spot in the upper middle that looked like a face staring at you
Used Selective Color to deepen the red of the balloons
Some Hue/Saturation adjustments
Topaz Denoise
Burned and dodged a bit of everywhere
Gradient tool from the sides and corners to vignette
Levels adjustment
Brightness/Contrast adjustment
Sharpening tool
Save for web

Place: 286 out of 329
Avg (all users): 4.7200
Avg (commenters): 4.7500
Avg (participants): 4.6691
Avg (non-participants): 4.8281
Views since voting: 933
Views during voting: 348
Votes: 200
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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04/26/2010 01:01:28 PM
Oh heck, I think his death was valiant. How many great ones have already died of balloons? I feel the ghosts of that silly Hindenburg envying the swift mercy of death by chill. Before hitting the ground.
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04/26/2010 01:00:35 PM
So now he's an ice-opod? ;-)
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04/26/2010 02:36:58 AM
Well I gave you a 10 - I thought his death was worth it!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/25/2010 07:16:37 PM
Great bug macro, but I'm doubting those are balloons in the background.
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04/20/2010 11:18:13 PM
Awesome shot, but I do not think it really pertains to the challenge as well as most other entries. 6
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04/20/2010 11:53:40 AM
ingenious idea! and a good picture too!!
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04/19/2010 10:57:40 PM
the balloons are taking a back seat for this shot.
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04/19/2010 04:42:34 PM
Cool shot.. but not really focusing on balloons..
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04/19/2010 12:14:09 PM
Poor little thing. Did you know that these insects are not actually insects, but are terrestrial crustaceans? Your DPC fun fact for the day. Vote of 6.
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