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Me, Myself And My Assistant
1st PlaceMe, Myself And My Assistant
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Challenge: Triptych III (Basic Editing*)
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
Location: Milton Keynes
Date: Oct 20, 2009
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Portraiture, Diptych / Triptych
Date Uploaded: Oct 20, 2009

Arrrrghhhh, After missing last weeks open challenge for only the second time in one year, I was devastated. I had already cut out the black border and was ready to enter the into the frame challenge, but work got in the way so I was not able to enter. Ohh well at least this weeks challenge allowed me to use the same idea three times over. I just needed a way to knit link the three separate shots together.

This was the third attempt. It didn't; seem to matter where I placed the lights I could not get even blacks on the border. In the end I settled with one softbox immediately above and behind the camera and the lastolite highlight as the background. If only I had thought to use blue card I would not have had an issue.

The expressions on the submitted photos are not the best. They were a limited few of hunderds of shots that were acceptable. I cannot begin to tell you how hard it is to hold a card frame straight, pose and try to keep all limbs and props inside the card border at the same time while the remote release counts down!

I had put a tape line on a table to ensure the border remained in the same place and obviously the camera was on a tripod. This made it a bit simpler when putting the 3 shots together. I ran a batch process for the white balance, fill, black, exposure and clarity on each of the 3 raw files. I then cropped and straightened them before opening in PS$. I resized each frame to the same height (they were almost there anyway) then cut and pasted them into a blank background and arranged side by side.

The editing was pretty straight forward, but the final was very constrained by the basic editing. A levels adjustment to set the black point lost lots of detail in the shadows but was necessary to get even black borders, de noise, lots of contrast, brightness, slight desaturation, sharpen, resize, noise, sharpen and save.

Fingers crossed it turns out to be a six plus. It could have been so much better if I had used blue card instead of black or was allowed to selectively edit the frame. Maybe next time.

Yeahh, I was convinced that there would be a bunch of 7+ scores ahead of me. Thanks for all the encouraging comments. I just need to work out how to upload the files for validation.

Chris

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 149
Avg (all users): 7.2285
Avg (commenters): 8.4118
Avg (participants): 7.1410
Avg (non-participants): 7.2646
Views since voting: 8214
Views during voting: 614
Votes: 267
Comments: 47
Favorites: 21 (view)


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11/03/2009 10:49:58 PM
this is so great!
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11/03/2009 07:25:48 PM
Really nice job here. From start to finish. 'gratz :D
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10/30/2009 08:44:11 PM
A very well deserved Blue!!! Congrats.
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10/29/2009 03:26:10 PM
Ohmygosh! I'm so glad you got rewarded a bunch over for your disappointment in missing last week's challenge. I do believe this is about the most awesome triptych I've seen. Blue ribbon for this is a no-brainer! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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10/29/2009 10:57:17 AM
GREAT separation from frame and background, absolutely perfect!
Perfect job on the overall composition! Congrats!!
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10/29/2009 07:05:47 AM
Creative, original, fantastic work! Congrats!!!
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10/28/2009 09:47:30 PM
Great shot!
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10/28/2009 04:10:21 PM
LOL, I just need a copy of that PS$, never heard of that version
Nice job!!!

Debbi
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10/28/2009 12:04:08 PM
This is brilliant! Congrats on the Blue!
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10/28/2009 11:49:26 AM
I cannot believe this garnered any 1's 2's or 3's !!

It's wonderful !
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10/28/2009 09:30:49 AM
what a great picture...congrats on the Blue!!! definitely one of my top picks
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10/28/2009 09:28:46 AM
Loved this in voting, one of my top pics. Congratulations on the blue ribbon.
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10/28/2009 06:19:55 AM
Excellent concept and execution!! Well done!
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10/28/2009 05:52:47 AM
very creative - congrats on the Blue!
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10/28/2009 04:26:44 AM
great concept and execution. Congrats on the blue!
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10/28/2009 03:40:11 AM
Really clever. Congrats
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10/28/2009 03:32:19 AM
just when i thought i was pulling away you go and do this lol.
well donr Chris, well deserved blue
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10/28/2009 02:15:29 AM
Way to go, Chris! Congratulations!
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10/28/2009 01:59:23 AM
Well, you can't get much better than the blue ribbon! Congrats! This fascinated me in voting, trying to figure out how you did it so well.
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10/28/2009 01:49:08 AM
Brilliant shot! You worked hard for this, I'm delighted for you that it paid off. Many congrats on the blue, Chris.
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10/28/2009 12:40:28 AM
All the hard work paid off, though.
Congratulations on the blue.
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10/28/2009 12:37:55 AM
BRILLIANT !!! one of my topscores. Huge congrats on the ribbon!
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10/28/2009 12:26:09 AM
Knew this was a winner! Big congrats on the Blue
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10/28/2009 12:25:20 AM
Brilliant execution. Congrats on your well deserved ribbon!
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10/28/2009 12:13:14 AM
Congrats on your blue!
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10/28/2009 12:08:03 AM
Congrats on the blue! :)
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10/28/2009 12:03:50 AM
LOved it.............Congrats!
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10/28/2009 12:02:00 AM
I loved this one!! I was one of your 25 10s. Congrats on a well deserved blue!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/26/2009 11:51:00 PM
Great idea and well put together
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10/26/2009 05:07:41 PM
Literally outside the box thinking!! Masterful - 10.
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10/24/2009 10:57:37 PM
cool 9
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10/24/2009 03:27:33 AM
Sweet - very well done, interesting and funny use of the triiptych license. Good luck!
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10/23/2009 06:32:44 PM
Fun concept, I like it.
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10/23/2009 05:35:53 PM
Great idea and execution. Too bad the photog doesn't line up with the model's face in the middle, unless he's got a wide angle on that camera :)
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10/23/2009 05:32:27 PM
Original
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10/23/2009 12:29:52 PM
You are so lucky having such a great assistant :-)
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10/22/2009 03:21:05 PM
Very interesting and creative image.
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10/22/2009 10:41:15 AM
Brilliant setup and great results.
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10/22/2009 09:51:30 AM
i love this 9
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10/22/2009 02:43:25 AM
very well done 10!
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10/22/2009 12:29:12 AM
nicely done 10
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10/21/2009 10:39:51 PM
Great concept. Love the overlap of image outside of frame. Almost lose the camera in the border.
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10/21/2009 01:01:10 PM
oh. I like this. (not voting)
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10/21/2009 12:56:16 PM
very clever idea!
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10/21/2009 04:51:48 AM
very creative...10
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10/21/2009 03:55:32 AM
you guys did a good job :)
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10/21/2009 12:50:15 AM
This could be a winner! Top ten at least I think.
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