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Challenge: The Username Challenge IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Location: Oakland, California, USA
Date: Dec 31, 2011
Aperture: 3.19
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/1244
Galleries: Emotive, History
Date Uploaded: Dec 31, 2011

Modeled after the Rembrandt painting Abraham and Isaac (1634), though taken from behind to preserve anonymity of the models (myself and ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Isaac.

Check out the outline of the clouds swooping in over the hillside ...

Note to CPS: My son ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Isaac was not harmed in the making of this picture, though he admitted that the rock made his back itch.

-Tripod, timer, manual mode
-Minor touch-ups to clone out stripes on pants leg and highlight knife blade
-RGB Curve
-Channel Mixer to create monchrome image
-Blue/Yellow Curve to give toning effect
-RGB Curve through graduated mask to create more contrast in the clouds
-Crop a bit from left and bottom
-USM at 66%/0.6 dia/TH = 5 (applied twice)
-Enlarge Canvas to make border
-Curve to inner border through graduated mask
-SaveAs JPEG at quality 9/10 = 264KB

Place: 126 out of 133
Avg (all users): 4.9141
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 4.8732
Avg (non-participants): 4.9457
Views since voting: 628
Views during voting: 272
Votes: 163
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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01/11/2012 04:30:15 PM
An unsettling image, an unsettling story. I especially connected to this because my son sang Britten's Canticle II as a boy soprano.
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01/11/2012 01:36:47 PM
Thanks everyone! For those who hated my "gilded frame" (I was emulating a Rembrandt, and that's how I usually see them displayed) I have almost completely toned-down the inner border for the print version, trying to leave just a hint of gradient to suggest an element of three-dimensionality.

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01/11/2012 12:04:36 AM
I thought this was stunning(!).
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/10/2012 11:59:58 PM
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01/10/2012 10:14:10 PM
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01/07/2012 11:47:59 PM
I like the concept but not sure about the rest... that frame is too much for me, it takes away from the image.
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01/07/2012 11:44:05 PM
nice image! nice idea! but I dont like the frame....
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01/07/2012 02:27:07 PM
The image is interesting. The border is distracting.
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01/06/2012 04:23:14 PM
Ouch! LOL! My eyes hurt from that border! LOL!

I think this would have done better in pure BW.
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01/05/2012 04:52:54 PM
I love the color tone.
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01/05/2012 02:38:19 PM
When I block out the OVERWHELMING BORDER, this is a gorgeous image.
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