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Challenge: Payphones (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM
Location: Vigelandsparken, Oslo, Norway
Date: Nov 28, 2010
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 3200
Shutter: 1/15
Galleries: Architecture, Street
Date Uploaded: Nov 28, 2010

This was shot late in the afternoon, the sunlight had already disappeared, and the remaining light was being blocked out by a veil of snow in the air. I did not bring a tripod so I was forced to shoot handheld, thus the high ISO.

Despite the amount of snow in the air, it was very hard to capture it in the picture, so I had a friend throw some extra snow in from the left.

The phone booths in Norway are really bright red, and while they used to be all over the place there are only about 100 left now. These are now under the protection of the government, and kept as landmarks.

PP in lightroom:
- WB, Exposure, black clipping, lightness, contrast.
- Desaturated most colors, leaving only red and some blue
- Adjusted the luminance sliders to increase some of the colors' contribution to the B&W
- Removed default sharpening, bumped up the luminance and color NR
- Export to tiff

PP in photoshop:
- Copy contents of tiff into new picture
- Add frame (Edit->Stroke)
- Save for web.

I'm anticipating critique for the noise and lack of sharpness, and probably also for the somewhat cliché desaturation.

[Post challenge edit]:

WOW! I never anticipated a top 10 placement with this! Thank you for the votes and wonderful comments! :) I am absolutely thrilled, 7 is my best placement so far.

I got a question on how I accomplished the effect under Basic editing, so I'll elaborate on that here as well:

Regarding how I did the effect under the "basic" rules: Using the sliders under "HSL" in Lightroom, I simply desaturated the colors I didn't want in the picture - orange, green, magenta etc - and left red and yellow saturated plus a little bit blue for the shadows. All of this was done globally on the picture (not within a selection), so I am fairly sure it's all allowed under the rule:

"saturate, desaturate or change the colors of your entry, but no selections are allowed."

This is the original without any processing:
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Place: 7 out of 64
Avg (all users): 6.1717
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 5.5152
Avg (non-participants): 6.3030
Views since voting: 1490
Views during voting: 335
Votes: 198
Comments: 10
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12/08/2010 10:28:52 AM
great editing job, this is one of my favs
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12/08/2010 07:43:29 AM
great job on a top ten, love this photo!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2010 11:49:20 PM
One of the better ones. 9
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12/06/2010 03:55:38 PM
best so far, how did you do this in basic?
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12/04/2010 09:17:43 AM
I love red!!! This has a graphic sense. :) 7
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12/02/2010 08:14:05 PM
Reminds me of one I noticed in the Free Study. I like this much better. Nice dramatic feel for something as simple as a phone booth. Well done.
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12/02/2010 11:16:26 AM
excellent! I love the atmosphere here! What a very unusual phone box! Seems to be sitting in a forest...
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12/01/2010 05:58:13 PM
Neat job on the processing.
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12/01/2010 01:54:51 PM
Love this
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12/01/2010 12:31:23 AM
My favorite of the challenge - love the contrast of colors to the snow and the sunlight streaming in. Has a surreal feel to it without being over the top.

Great job!
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