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Challenge: Double Exposure (Basic Editing)
Collection: Favorites - Ribbons
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Easton, CT
Date: Apr 27, 2010
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 15 seconds
Galleries: Humorous, Children
Date Uploaded: Apr 27, 2010

I wasn't planning to enter the Open challenges, but an unexpectedly lame score in the Member challenge plus several DPL teammates sitting out left me little choice. I only had to overcome the minor detail of no idea at 8pm on deadline day. I was aiming for "The Shaggy Dog" but I think I wound up with Chewbacca's Daughter instead.

I've never tried this sort of thing before, but the setup wasn't so hard. I shot through a hole cut in the bottom of a cardboard box with black paperboard flaps over the opening, top and bottom. The shutter was open 15 seconds in a dark room, and I fired the strobes with a radio trigger.

Logistics was another matter altogether. Here's the drill: I place the dog, check the position through the lens, have one daughter mark the spot and try to guess where her head will need to be, hold the top flap down on the box and call out to my son to turn off the room light, try to get the dog's attention in the dark, open the shutter and fire the strobes with my other hand, then my other daughter runs in and grabs the dog while the first one jumps into place, I tell her to go high or turn slightly to the left based on what the dog did when the lights popped, hold the other flap open and fire the strobes again. It was nuts, but after 27 takes we got lucky with the alignment. It didn't occur to me until afterwards to just cover the lens and position the other daughter with the lights on. :-/

Processing: Convert from RAW, Crop, Levels, USM, Curves and clone out one hot pixel, desaturate and darken the blue and cyan channels to hide a blue ponytail. I ran another version through Noise Ninja to take care of the long exposure noise, but missed the deadline to replace this one by seconds.

Ooh, just missed two Opens in a row. I certainly can't complain though... this one started out as low as 2.52 in the early voting after getting hammered by FIVE votes of 1 right off the bat. Huh?!?!

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 143
Avg (all users): 6.6144
Avg (commenters): 8.3704
Avg (participants): 6.6230
Avg (non-participants): 6.6114
Views since voting: 4394
Views during voting: 631
Votes: 236
Comments: 46
Favorites: 2 (view)


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05/08/2010 07:45:15 AM
As mentioned during the challenge, I was sure this was the blue... miles ahead of the others. Tactical voting???

No way this deserved any 1's
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05/06/2010 03:39:49 PM
Every time I see this picture... it reminds me of this photo I did....Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_878731.jpg The quality isnt so hot, but it still makes me laugh.
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05/06/2010 12:36:09 PM
I'm really quite stunned this didn't get the blue.
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05/06/2010 10:44:26 AM
Amazing.
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05/06/2010 10:14:56 AM
Hey Shannon! take these five 1s and make a party. This only means that you have made a great image. Congrats, you r the King!
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05/06/2010 09:52:37 AM
Congrat Shannon, This image cracked me up when I saw it. Great job
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05/06/2010 12:02:58 AM
Congratulations on your 4th placing here. Strange, a similar blend as this has been lurking in the back of my mind. I may enter it someday. However, your workmanship, as usual, is totally outstanding and the reward for the effort is self evident. Bravo!
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05/05/2010 01:08:25 PM
Originally posted by Melethia:

As an FYI only, on my overly bright monitor the background is VERY color-noisy.

Your monitor is too bright. I can just barely make out some background noise (more so on the laptop if tilted at a weird angle), and I ran Noise Ninja to address that, but missed the rollover. I tried! ;-)
05/05/2010 09:47:10 AM
As an FYI only, on my overly bright monitor the background is VERY color-noisy. May have affected some of the laptop voters who have screens tilted badly. Or those with too bright monitors. It didn't hurt the score too much, though. :-)
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05/05/2010 07:39:17 AM
great job, congrats on the HM
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05/05/2010 05:06:09 AM
Good to see you scored well! Next time I'll try to vote you 11*.
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05/05/2010 02:42:41 AM
Hey Shannon, I would have put money on this one taking out a ribbon and from my POV 'the blue'. 5 ones - I actually don't believe it - bloody morons. Congrats on the top 5 anyway. It's still a brilliant image.
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05/05/2010 01:09:01 AM
Congrats on the high finish. I would have thought it would ribbon, but gee 5 1s, that's really rude.
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05/05/2010 12:22:49 AM
Maybe the five 1s were from people who couldn't believe you would chop off your daughter's head and make your dog wear it. :P
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05/05/2010 12:20:09 AM
Congrats with a well deserved top 5 Shannon. I bet all the 1's and low scores are from voters that thought there would be no way to accomplish the transition as you did it between the dog and your daughter in basic mode.
Can't really blame them though since it really does look like you have put two images together 'manually' and made the transition by changing the opacity selectively on the top of the dog. But the voters should always vote as if the shot is legal and leave it for the SC to decide - which as it turns out the majority of the voters luckily did.
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05/05/2010 12:08:05 AM
OMGosh..Nice Job. Congrats.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/04/2010 11:18:34 PM
The works of Chewy and Leia. :] 8
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05/04/2010 10:51:52 PM
Great job, definitely a winner!
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05/04/2010 03:48:57 PM
This is one of my favourites, hilarious!
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05/04/2010 01:41:58 PM
Awesome! Got to be the blue - and the fact that this is already validated just ups my confidence on that! :-)
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05/04/2010 11:06:10 AM
kinda disturbing but well done
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05/04/2010 10:24:40 AM
that's just WRONG!!! :)
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05/04/2010 09:48:14 AM
Excellent work!
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05/03/2010 04:27:23 PM
Good work, must have taken loads of shots to line up
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05/02/2010 10:16:23 PM
My pic for the Blue - fantastic image
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05/01/2010 04:16:02 PM
ha ha ha. hilarious
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05/01/2010 08:50:12 AM
:-D

I am sure you have received lots of comments on this.. Wonderful!!!!
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04/30/2010 10:14:05 PM
This works surprisingly well :)
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04/30/2010 07:11:56 PM
LOL
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04/30/2010 12:39:55 PM
What?? I mean how? What the.... I don't know how you did it, but it's good. Can't wait to hear about it.
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04/29/2010 10:59:09 PM
How did you do this in Basic Editing?
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04/29/2010 11:51:40 AM
How on earth can someone manage such an incredible mesh?
I'm afraid I have to call it out.
As a rewarw, I'll also give you 10* as a head start before the model sees what you've done.
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04/29/2010 11:47:44 AM
Outstanding work. I have no idea how you did this so expertly, but I enjoy looking at it.
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04/29/2010 05:23:57 AM
very good attempt to merge
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04/28/2010 11:23:15 PM
I can't challenge this in any way. you nailed it! 9
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04/28/2010 08:33:10 PM
wow, great idea and well executed
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04/28/2010 04:52:36 PM
Hahahhaha, this is funny.
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04/28/2010 03:05:48 PM
ha ha ha good one, nice and crisp
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04/28/2010 02:22:39 PM
Ha - Nice effect. I bet she loves that photo!

As long as that is a real double exposure, well done, good effort!
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04/28/2010 02:18:07 PM
Haha, really cute :)
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04/28/2010 11:09:46 AM
LOL well done!
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04/28/2010 05:52:36 AM
oh this is rally funny
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04/28/2010 04:03:34 AM
haha, brilliant!
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04/28/2010 02:50:22 AM
Beautifully done. Great exposure and blend, and great title. 10
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04/28/2010 02:44:03 AM
lol, nicely done!
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04/28/2010 12:52:30 AM
Love it! Creative and well done!
This is the kind of thing that is easily done in photoshop, but not at all in one exposure. But you did it!
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