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Challenge: Windows (Expert Editing)
Collection: 2012 Challenge shots
Date: Nov 1, 2012
Date Uploaded: Nov 1, 2012



[Nov. 8th, 2012 11:13:16 PM]

So... I really, really love window shots. I'll start by saying that.

I enjoy the expert editing challenges -- but I was really disappointed that this was expert editing, because I didn't think my imagination could keep up.

But the I started thinking of what types of window shots I loved, and I really liked the empty room or maybe even abandoned building, broken window shots.

Wow... !! That actually makes the window challenge easier if I can make an empty room or broken window!!

All of the sudden the world just opened up and rushed to meet me!

Then it came to a screeching halt, because I still had to figure out how to do it. :)

And, of course, wait until the last day to do it.

The window is the 2nd story window in my front hall. It creates wonderful light/shadow patterns on the wall. Unfortunately, I remembered it later than I wanted, so the light/shadows weren't placed where I wanted. I still don't understand perspective, etc, so instead of moving it where I wanted it -- I left it there.

Here is the window in my front hall:

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So there really isn't a floor, because it's not a room -- just that little shelf, so I needed to extend that and make a floor for my "room".

I looked up how to make stars (basically it's just noise -- pretty funky!), so I had an empty room with a window and stars.

Did most of the coloring through color efex pro. First big mistake!! (I'll come back to that later...)

Then I figured there really had to be something in the window. At first I thought maybe my daughter just collapsed in the corner of the room, but what does that have to do with windows? So a cat in the window, it was. Not Moriarty. A black cat in front of a black sky was more than I could handle.

Cinders, my fat cat on a window was a challenge, as well. I photographed her on a piano bench, instead, and the body was too blobby, and things weren't right, so I ended up kinda merging a couple of photographs.

This is one of the few times that I am extremely grateful for the 800 px limit!! Believe me, this covers up for a lot of issues with this cat. (I still can't figure out how to successfully copy a very hairy beast onto another photo successfully. Never looks quite right.

Then, last minute, I realized that there was no cat shadow on the wall!! Argh!!!

But wait! The shadow only has 3 window panes, so there wouldn't be a cat shadow.

It didn't occur to me until Samantha's comment that the shadow should have wrapped onto the floor. It didn't before, because there was no floor there!!

Ah well -- feels kind of silly now, but I'm so glad that it didn't get in the way of people's enjoyment.

Oh -- back to the first mistake.

Never do toning until you're at the end! I had the room so beautifully toned, and I had absolutely no idea what combinations in color efex that I used. So it was nearly impossible to tone the cat appropriately. It would have been so much easier to start off with them un-toned, and dealt with them at the same time.

Ah well, live and learn.

Huge, huge thanks for all the wonderful votes and comments!! What a fun week. :)

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 55
Avg (all users): 7.6333
Avg (commenters): 8.6316
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Views since voting: 3122
Views during voting: 272
Votes: 120
Comments: 51
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04/02/2014 05:07:31 PM
I haven't seen this before - love it!
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11/12/2012 12:34:47 AM
You mean that's not a "real" cat? Could have (and did) fool me.
Beautiful work, as usual.
:)
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11/11/2012 10:48:34 PM
Very beautiful!
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11/11/2012 09:21:13 PM
Love the light on the cat. What a calm and pleasant scene you've created!
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11/11/2012 08:12:32 PM
Wow. Thank you for including your processes. I'm very new to post processing and am amazed and what you've created from that original photo. Well done. Inspirational.
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11/10/2012 09:56:46 PM
Congratulations on the blue vawendy! I was one of your 10s. Love the way you edited it. The set up looks awesome in the final picture. Love the shadow on the wall, plus every element makes it perfectly put together. Nothing unnecessary in it.
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11/10/2012 06:56:02 AM
very nice indeed! congrats!
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11/10/2012 12:14:09 AM
I loved that there was no cat shadow. Added to the mistery
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11/09/2012 10:03:30 PM
you could crop this at the 'floor' and it would still be fine. good lookin kitty, great tail... is she a torbie?
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11/09/2012 04:38:30 PM
All your work is so amazing Wendy. I love this.
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11/09/2012 12:21:43 PM
Love this shot,Congratulations.
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11/09/2012 10:44:51 AM
I love kitties. :) Congrats! Glad you noticed what I mentioned though about the light (or lack thereof) on the floor. Whenever I do expert editing stuff, I really try to imagine what things would look like, lighting wise, if it were real, in order to make the most blended, realistic photo, despite the fact if it's more fantasy or reality. Luckily you chose a very real image and not something fantasy-ish, so visualizing how the light would have reacted to the floor is easy. :) You just gotta remember to do it. Nice work either way!
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11/09/2012 09:49:21 AM
Absolutely fantastic! (Even with the "shadow problem"). The cat even looks like it is watching something with great interest. For me, the picture raises a lot of imaginative questions - why is the room empty? Why is there a cat in the empty room? What happened here? Or is this a fresh start? And then, emotively, a feeling of watchfulness, loneliness (maybe abandonment), but the almost golden tones dampen the melancholy and lend a touch of hope and anticipation. And all that is virtually "first impression". This is not a photograph - it is art!
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11/09/2012 09:44:08 AM
Major congratulations, Wendy. I think you can now call yourself an Expert Editor par excellence :) Such a lovely win. And would you look at those scores - only six out of 120 below a 6??!! Where are the 1's that a composite is supposed to garner? WTG!
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11/09/2012 09:23:52 AM
Oh I love this! It has made my morning...kudos on the blue.
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11/09/2012 08:35:08 AM
YES YES!!! You aced this in so many ways. I adore it. It also has commercial appeal. If bought for the right product or promotion, you could make big bucks. Congrats.
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11/09/2012 08:13:56 AM
Very cool! Well done!
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11/09/2012 08:06:40 AM
Congrats Wendy; this is my top pick. Such a magical image.
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11/09/2012 03:50:24 AM
This is so well done. One of my 2 top scorers in the challenge.
Congrats!
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11/09/2012 03:29:11 AM
Amazing !
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11/09/2012 01:57:04 AM
Excellent! Congrats on your first ribbon!

eta: Oh, I just checked and was mistaken - this is apparently not your first ribbon. Sorry for the oversight. :P :P :P

Message edited by author 2012-11-09 01:58:01.
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11/09/2012 01:39:15 AM
congrats! well done!
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11/09/2012 01:30:03 AM
excellent image, straight from a fairytale book. Congrats, Wendy!
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11/09/2012 01:29:23 AM
Congratulations, Wendy! I love this.
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11/09/2012 01:24:35 AM
Congratulations! Nicely done.
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11/09/2012 01:00:20 AM
Ah, Wendy, your "I'm not artistic" days are most definitely over. Awesome image. Congrats on the blue.
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11/09/2012 12:48:40 AM
WTG Wendy!
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11/09/2012 12:27:53 AM
This was a 10 for me and I am really glad it got the blue! Congratulations!!
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11/09/2012 12:03:33 AM
What Spiffy said.......lol
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11/09/2012 12:01:45 AM
Why am I not surprised any longer? ;-}
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/08/2012 08:26:49 PM
Just beautiful - this has a magic quality for me and its simplicity is very appealing. Love the shadow - double the windows, double the pleasure. Great tones, too.
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11/08/2012 06:31:42 PM
This is so lovely. 9
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11/08/2012 06:27:38 PM
lovely golden light.
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11/08/2012 03:36:45 PM
well done
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11/08/2012 09:05:33 AM
This is so wonderfully simple!! 10 How appropriate, my 55,000th comment!
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11/07/2012 03:32:46 AM
beautiful composition!
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11/06/2012 01:48:00 PM
Very nice. Lighting and play of shadows makes the watcher feel relaxed. Beautiful starry sky!
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11/05/2012 07:26:56 PM
Beautiful image.
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11/05/2012 12:04:32 PM
What lovely lighting!
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11/05/2012 09:54:46 AM
I love this one! I just feel like the floor looks strange. I think the light on the wall would be spilling into the floor too...
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11/04/2012 12:22:16 PM
Usually I am like "Oh look another Cat-pic..... Yawns". Not with this photo, I love it! Excellent framing with the space in the room, moon light from the window and even the cat. 9!
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11/04/2012 11:17:48 AM
Simple and well done. 9
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11/03/2012 10:04:22 PM
My fav
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11/03/2012 09:20:23 AM
LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS..... I WILL BE BACK FROM SHEZ
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11/02/2012 03:51:45 PM
Excellent!
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11/02/2012 02:48:50 PM
I love the concept. I guess I am just wanting to see the cats shadow through the window cast upon the wall? But still, a small consideration b/c its an altogether dreamy shot.8
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11/02/2012 02:01:08 PM
fabulous !!!!! really wonderful
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11/02/2012 01:32:59 PM
Simply very good.
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11/02/2012 01:33:19 AM
Just stunning Wendy, out of this and one more shot, you have to have a ribbon for sure.
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11/02/2012 01:01:00 AM
This reminds me of Samantha's work. There is a quirky, illustrative quality to this image. It is perfectly balanced, the lighting is perfect, and of course, there's a cat :-). Top ten for sure.
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11/02/2012 12:14:40 AM
Just beautiful
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