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Challenge: Free Study 2010-11 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenge Submissions
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED
Location: Seattle, Washington (USA) University of Washington
Date: Nov 27, 2010
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 500
Shutter: Various
Galleries: Emotive, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Nov 27, 2010

Psst Challenge:
Thanks for all your great comments and your votes (of course). I guess I'm either a late bloomer or a tribute to persistence.

I'm working on a little DPC project that has exposed me in a systematic way to many members with terrific portfolios of DPC work. Tributes to persistence and the power to learn from this site. Stay tuned.

Honestly, I should probably also thank J K Rowlings. I have a feeling that with the penultimate Harry Potter movie in the theaters that my photo might have benefited from people's warm feelings toward Hogwarts.

Photographer’s Notes
Stick with me on the story, okay?

My daughter is a recently graduated law student, a recently admitted-to-the-Bar attorney, and recently the CEO of a company she formed to practice Law.

She asked me to shoot headshot portraits for her website, for social networks (e.g. Linked-In, Facebook) and such.

After explaining I haven’t shot professional portraits before, and promising to do my best, I agreed to shoot her headshot. Next, I looked at a bunch of law firms’ websites trying to see how attorneys portrayed themselves. Then I scanned a bunch of stock photo sites looking for photos of lawyers and business people. I downloaded a bunch of photos, made a contact sheet and gave it to my daughter to see what she liked.

Next we needed a site with great “lawyerly” backgrounds. The University of Washington Suzzallo Library came to mind. Being this is Thanksgiving Day weekend in the US, we thought the place would be deserted on Saturday afternoon.

The short ride is: 1) It was in fact deserted; 2) We got a bunch of terrific headshot candidate photos; and 3) We weren’t hassled or arrested in the process.

As a side trip, I took a few photos of the library itself … which you see in this free study challenge entry.

Post Processing
• Create HDR from 7 Originals (Photomatix)
• Lens Correction (PSCS5 Lens Correction Filter)
• Sharpen (High Pass Filter)
• Remove distraction (PSCS5 Clone Layer)
• Dodge & Burn ceiling (PSCS5 Overlay Layer)
• Desaturate Yellow (PSCS5 Hue/Sat Layer)
• Crop (PSCS5)
• Resize (Genuine Fractals)
• Sharpen (PSCS5 USM)
• Save for Web (PSCS5)

Camera Data
• Date: 2010.11.27
• Camera: Nikon D3
• Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4.0G IF-ED
• ISO: 500
• Aperture: f/2.8
• Shutter: Various

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 264
Avg (all users): 7.1707
Avg (commenters): 8.5833
Avg (participants): 6.9610
Avg (non-participants): 7.5217
Views since voting: 5727
Views during voting: 244
Votes: 123
Comments: 45
Favorites: 27 (view)


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AuthorThread
12/08/2011 02:04:07 AM
I'm a bit late to notice your fantastic, ribbon-winning shot here, but hey, congratulations.

I knew you'd make the front page eventually :)
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11/23/2011 10:29:22 PM
Seems now would be a good time to take more of this place, as you did last year!! (T'giving break)
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02/17/2011 05:08:42 PM
Ah man! I took a break from DPC for a while, and of course it was during this time that you finally make it to the front page. I knew it would happen sooner or later! Congratulations for your well-deserved recognition for an excellent photo. The depth of field and the crisp focus really bring this Gothic library to life. Well done, sir.
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01/09/2011 02:46:46 PM
Wow! Somehow I missed this one while I was away. Congrats on your first ribbon with a well done shot.
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12/14/2010 04:43:30 AM
Excellent shot and a well deserved ribbon. Congrats!
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12/12/2010 12:47:33 PM
Wow! Just caught this! What a lucky break.. a red ribbon afterall! Maybe you oughta play the lottery, you seem to be on a roll!!
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12/10/2010 05:53:08 PM
Wow! This is amazing in terms of subject, comp and HDR exposure. A new fav for me. This is superb photography!
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12/10/2010 11:00:34 AM
Truly amazing the level of detail in this image- congratulations on some very fine work!
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12/10/2010 07:17:19 AM
Wonerful image! I think having one person sitting at one of the tables could have given this a little story to it.
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12/10/2010 12:37:04 AM
WOW. Dr......and amazing photograph! Congrats on a yellow in a Freestudy.....a new favorite for me too!
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12/09/2010 11:19:46 AM
stunning.

Message edited by author 2010-12-09 11:20:33.
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12/09/2010 09:05:05 AM
Glad this one did well,Congratulations.
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12/08/2010 02:59:48 PM
A new PB and a Ribbon - congrats on both !

:- )
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12/08/2010 12:15:19 PM
Stunning image! Congrats on your first ribbon!
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12/08/2010 11:47:13 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon, Chuck!! Beautifully executed imagery and well worth the honors. I'm very happy for you!
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12/08/2010 10:33:03 AM
Wonderful HDR work, exact processing. Thanks for the step by step and congrats on your first ribbon!
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12/08/2010 09:48:55 AM
good for you Charles!!!! Yea a ribbon and we're on the front page at the same time....this is great!!!
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12/08/2010 09:25:34 AM
Congrats on the deserved ribbon. Beautiful.
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12/08/2010 07:26:17 AM
Congrats on an awesome photograph. Winning a ribbon in a Free Study is very hard to do.
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12/08/2010 07:13:31 AM
Congrats! Awesome idea, execution and processing. Wonderfully done.
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12/08/2010 07:03:13 AM
Amazing shot and an instant favorite. Big congrats on your first ribbon and new PB!
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12/08/2010 06:53:51 AM
Congrats!! Just an incredible shot!
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12/08/2010 02:38:37 AM
whoops, double entry

Message edited by author 2010-12-08 02:39:28.
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12/08/2010 02:38:24 AM
oh, congratulations on the ribbon. i was surprised to see that it was your first one.
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12/08/2010 02:36:09 AM
very nice shot of an amazing place. can we see some of the headshots?
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12/08/2010 01:41:22 AM
Wonderful image of that great looking library - congrats on your first ribbon!
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12/08/2010 12:46:44 AM
Congrats on the over due first, great subject.
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12/08/2010 12:44:44 AM
Seriously? First ribbon??? Congrats! It's a fabulous capture.
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12/08/2010 12:31:06 AM
Dude! Congrats! First ribbon ('bout time) and it's a FS and it's an awesome image!
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12/08/2010 12:30:53 AM
about time....congrats!
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12/08/2010 12:16:03 AM
I've seen this library from outside, but I didn't go inside. What a gorgeous interior! Captured very well to include the cool textures and architectural elements. Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2010 09:27:05 PM
Great capture the viewer is really pulled in~!
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12/07/2010 08:36:12 PM
Great use of leading lines and nice HDR effect to bring out the details.
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12/06/2010 09:19:11 PM
I really like the tones of the wood and stone. The angle of view is great.
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12/06/2010 11:04:42 AM
Holy Wow! What a fantastic shot of an amazing location! They really don't build em like that anymore! 10
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12/06/2010 04:02:23 AM
Amazing detail and such an interesting subject ... 10
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12/02/2010 05:12:30 PM
simply beautiful - 10
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12/02/2010 12:35:44 PM
Of its type this is a great image,think this should do well.
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12/02/2010 08:19:22 AM
The detail you have brought out in this shot is just brilliant. The building is such a wonderful find as well.
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12/01/2010 08:39:33 PM
Beautifully processed. What an amazing space, perfectly framed.
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12/01/2010 07:56:05 PM
Excellent shot. I like the off center look. This is an incredible building. Seems like I've seen this before.
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12/01/2010 05:56:40 PM
reminds me of harry potter.
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12/01/2010 10:35:55 AM
Awesome impression and feeling of vast and silent space. Lovely detail. 9
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12/01/2010 08:30:06 AM
look like the harry potter school :) nice
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12/01/2010 01:15:15 AM
Oh WOW .. some where I've seen a picture of what looks like the same libary done similar to this. This is just spectacular my first 10 of this challenge
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