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Challenge: Lawn II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark III
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Date: Apr 14, 2015
Date Uploaded: Apr 14, 2015



[Apr. 15th, 2015 10:47:50 AM]

When this challenge first came up, I whined a bit internally as the grass here is all brown and gross. Then something magical happened. It rained. Then it got warm. Then the grass started to come alive!

So what to do with this new green grass other than pick up dog poop?

I could find a brick path and take a photo of the edge. That is ok, but not great.

I could take a photo of my girls enjoying grass for the first time. Well...they hated it. A photo of screaming 1 year olds isn't all that fun.

Ah ha! I can setup a shot where I am measuring grass and cutting it. Brilliant! It's cliche but fun, exactly what I want from a lawn challenge.

So I setup my camera, and grabbed some scissors/tape measure. I cut all around where the camera focus area would be with the scissors and started shooting. I found that the scissors I was user were too big, and didn't give the effect I wanted. So I grabbed some medical scissors from the first air kit. Much better! Then I found I had to do two main things to get the shot look better:
1) twist the tape measure just a bit so the sun didn't shine on the numbers
2) tilt the scissors a bit so that viewers can see both blades instead of a horizontal view

Then I came in an edited. Some tweaks in Aperture, and some Topaz Clarity for some subtle yet effective color and contrast.

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 57
Avg (all users): 6.5375
Avg (commenters): 8.2857
Avg (participants): 6.5152
Avg (non-participants): 6.5532
Views since voting: 743
Views during voting: 160
Votes: 80
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0


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04/22/2015 01:58:23 PM
Very nicely done!! My husband would tell the story that his grandma actually would go out and cut grass with a scissors. :)
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04/22/2015 12:28:23 PM
Nice! Congrats on the deserved high finish!
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04/22/2015 11:53:27 AM
Excellent finish and very well done - cliche or not. I must have my head in the sand - I thought it was clever :) Congratulations on the HM, Mike
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04/22/2015 06:36:24 AM
This was my first thought but said to my gf everyone will do it and its a cliche but guess the voters liked them hehe
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04/22/2015 03:25:19 AM
Congrats on the HM. Reminds me of a neighbour.
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04/22/2015 01:55:32 AM
Great idea and perfectly executed. Congrats on great finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/21/2015 09:48:32 PM
Ha; great take on the challenge and executed well. Nice bokeh.
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04/21/2015 05:20:37 PM
Love this one, great take on the challenge, good focus, great image!
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04/21/2015 12:34:04 PM
Clever idea
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04/21/2015 10:03:34 AM
Great take on the challenge.
OCD at it's best.
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04/17/2015 01:02:28 PM
Very good idea, a different way to interpret and present the theme
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04/17/2015 12:05:02 PM
What I like:
- Cute shot
- Okay bokeh

What I don't like:
- hand is out of focus

Overall:
- Cute. I like adherence to the assignment theme.
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04/15/2015 08:20:21 PM
This is an amazing photography and composition. Wow top 3 for sure. It is a 9 for me !!!
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