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TonyT


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Challenge: Ducky II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Location: my studio
Date: Aug 12, 2008
Aperture: f/20
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250 sec.
Galleries: Humorous, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Aug 12, 2008

Steps:
Open RAW, minor RAW adjustments
- exposure, black level, contrast, clarity, custom white balance.
Crop
Noise Ninja
Shadow/Highlights
Selective Color
Unsharp mask
Image Size
Unsharp Mask
Convert Profile
Canvas Size (for border)
Save for Web.

After challenge: Wow! It got a ribbon! You don't know what this means to me. Thank you all!

Some of you are interested in how I got the duck in the egg. All you need is a raw egg. Punch a tiny hole and drain the contents. (I washed the inside out with warm water.) Keep the hole as small as you can. It will get bigger on it's own. Cut the head off of a rubber duckie. Roll up the head like the diamter of a pencil. Put it in the hole. The head pops back to it original shape. Position head as desired with a pliers. When the head pops back if your not careful the eggshell breaks apart.

ps. I tossed the body in the garbage. My daugter wanted to save the egg/duck head so it sits on display in my kitchen. It was a 3-pack so I am ready for 2 more ducky contests.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 151
Avg (all users): 7.1726
Avg (commenters): 8.5000
Avg (participants): 6.8361
Avg (non-participants): 7.3235
Views since voting: 7575
Views during voting: 410
Votes: 197
Comments: 47
Favorites: 16 (view)


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10/05/2008 03:48:03 PM
love it! :)
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08/25/2008 09:09:52 AM
Very cute, 10 from me. Congratulations
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08/24/2008 07:27:48 AM
Excellent shot, congrats on your first ribbon!
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08/22/2008 08:39:09 AM
great, original idea. should have blued. :-)
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08/21/2008 09:53:38 PM
This one was brilliant. I'm glad you beat me =)
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08/21/2008 06:40:44 PM
Excellent job Tony!! Congrats!!...and thanks for sharing the making of it.
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08/21/2008 11:19:20 AM
Congratulations on your yellow ribbon, this is to cute.
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08/21/2008 05:46:05 AM
actually i thought that was the egg yolk....a large red button and 2 stickers of eyes...lol great job....
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08/21/2008 02:18:53 AM
Fantastic thinking and awesome execution! Congrats!
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08/21/2008 12:27:52 AM
Clever thinking. I'm presuming you did some "operation" on the duckie for it to fit into the egg. Congratulations on the ribbon.
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08/20/2008 09:04:48 PM
This is the cutest. It makes me smile every time I look at it.
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08/20/2008 07:24:31 PM
This was a 10 from me. I loved it!
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08/20/2008 04:15:10 PM
Awwwwwwww! This is the cutest thing I've ever seen. I have to admit to not being a very big fan of this whole rubber ducky thing -- but I'll say, this photo has clearly won me over :) CONGRATULATIONS!

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08/20/2008 03:43:16 PM
so deserved !!!!!!!! This was by far one of my favorites shot for the challenge and I'm not just saying that cause your my teammate.. lol.. I'm so happy for you..
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08/20/2008 12:36:39 PM
Yappiiii! First ribbon!!!
Congrats tony! This shot is really cute!

Message edited by author 2008-08-20 12:37:14.
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08/20/2008 10:55:20 AM
Congratulations Tony. I'm very thrilled for you. First ribbon, was way long overdue.
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08/20/2008 10:52:54 AM
I knew this one would do well. Nice set up, creative idea, good lighting. Overall super job. Nice work, teammate!
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08/20/2008 10:06:31 AM
What an amazing shot... I love how you got the duck to look like he is inside the egg.
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08/20/2008 09:32:08 AM
Woooooooooooooooo! Yeah Tony!!!
Go Team Mexico!!!
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08/20/2008 08:21:51 AM
This is just adorable. Congrats on your first ribbon!
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08/20/2008 06:37:51 AM
Would love to know who gave this a "1"
Very creative, congrats
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08/20/2008 03:34:16 AM
Great, creative idea. Congratulations on your ribbon.
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08/20/2008 02:54:56 AM
oh no not another ribbon!
Long overdue congrats
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08/20/2008 01:13:32 AM
Brilliant!! Very well executed!! Very original aproach to the challenge.
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08/20/2008 01:03:25 AM
Hey, I like this idea. Well done and congrats on your first ribbon!
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08/20/2008 12:52:49 AM
wonderful execution. Congrats !!!
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08/20/2008 12:30:45 AM
This one is very cute... Congrats on the ribbon!
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08/20/2008 12:12:18 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon! Great job, Tony.
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08/20/2008 12:07:53 AM
Congratulations on first ribbon and PB! great design and awesome shot!
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08/20/2008 12:06:00 AM
congrats on the ribbon!
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08/20/2008 12:05:02 AM
Congrats teammate. Well deserved ribbon.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/19/2008 01:21:46 PM
hahaah.... LOVE it!
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08/16/2008 07:28:46 PM
even tho this is a rubber duck..i just cant help go ahhhhhhhh...its to cute.
great picture
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08/16/2008 05:36:33 PM
The most original of all and very well executed! 10
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08/16/2008 10:19:26 AM
Ain't that a cutie!!! Love it. My pick for top three.
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08/15/2008 11:01:01 PM
Very cute; the angle of the Ducky in the egg is great. Nice job on the exposure, too.
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08/15/2008 10:10:53 PM
wow
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08/15/2008 05:05:00 PM
One of the cutest photos in the challenge.
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08/15/2008 02:28:57 PM
the highlights are a bit blown out, but... this is one of my favorites, it's so cute.
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08/15/2008 10:01:26 AM
I think you'll place well in this one... good luck!
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08/15/2008 02:02:31 AM
I wish I could see the comments you were gettin on this! Its too adorable
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08/14/2008 03:21:54 AM
great idea! Love the shot, not so much the lighting though. wouldnt have gone so "high key"
almost a 10 for me.
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08/13/2008 06:04:51 PM
Good idea but you suffer from their being antoher shot with that idea that comes across better
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08/13/2008 09:12:27 AM
Really nice. Congrats!
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08/13/2008 05:47:14 AM
Cool image. The lighting is a bit harsh though.
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08/13/2008 01:57:11 AM
Simple & creative. Like the lighting.
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08/13/2008 12:22:33 AM
This is great, my choice to win.
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