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Challenge: Military (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2010
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Location: Waxahachie, Texas
Date: Nov 13, 2010
Aperture: F7.1
ISO: 320
Shutter: 1/2500
Galleries: Action, Military
Date Uploaded: Nov 16, 2010

A WWII battle reenactment for Veteran's Day in Waxahachie, Texas. This event has become a yearly event for the Flickr meetup group I belong to. We don uniforms and are allowed to accompany the units in the battle as "press corps". The reenactment groups love getting all the photos of themselves in action and we get some fantastic photo ops. This is the third time we've attended this event and the second time we've been embedded with the reenactment units. I'm starting to know a lot of faces now and a even a few names.

I know from the comments that some folks will be curious what the out of the camera shot looked like and what I did to achieve this look. Here's what the output from Canon DPP looked like after making the usual tweaks to the RAW file.
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My editing steps:

-Adjust and convert to JPG with Canon DPP
-Open in Corel PaintShop Pro X2
-Tilt correction
-Noise reduction w/ Topaz Denoise
-Modest use of Topaz adjust to bring out some detail from the smoke.
-Crop
-Convert to BW with Nik Silver Efex
-color treatment in virtual photographer, using the "Orange Crush" preset (This is when the magic happened!)
-Resize
-Sharpen

Post-challenge notes:
Wow! I have never had an entry start off and stay so strong! Maybe my wife has been slipping something in my coffee. I kept looking at this all week, not believing this was my own entry!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 51
Avg (all users): 7.6791
Avg (commenters): 9.0667
Avg (participants): 6.3333
Avg (non-participants): 7.8773
Views since voting: 6290
Views during voting: 452
Votes: 187
Comments: 90
Favorites: 24 (view)


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12/03/2010 02:30:39 AM
congrats on the ribbon and new PB!
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11/30/2010 03:19:04 AM
I love the PP. Congrats!
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11/29/2010 05:14:16 PM
Yes! This was definitely a no-brainer for blue. Wow! You are the editing BOMB! :)
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11/29/2010 10:41:54 AM
Way to Go Spiffy!! I hadnt been around but this is one awesome image!
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11/29/2010 09:15:59 AM
Bam! Insane amount of emotion.
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11/29/2010 12:15:02 AM
Didn't see your ribbon on til today...been setting up the new computer...this is great and congrats to you!!!
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11/28/2010 11:41:36 AM
I don't want this to come out the wrong way... I've not entered a challenge in a long time, but this seems to be one of the reasons why... Although the image is amazing, it is a great copy and a great edit. I don't think that the editing preserved the "image integrity." In fact the editing to me added an element that was not in the photo to begin with. I mean if anyone can look at the original and say 'I see fire in it', or looked at the post image and say, 'I see smoke in it', I will withdraw this post and apologize most profusely. Had this been advanced editing I wouldn't have as much problem (although still some). To me the editing didn't just change the color of the smoke, it changed it into fire which was not there originally. As I look at the comments the vast majority talk about either the editing or the post-processing of the image. But fantastic image outcome.

I did create a thread on the challenge outcome forum for this discussion, so don't reply here.

Message edited by author 2010-11-28 12:49:58.
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11/28/2010 06:24:48 AM
Great result Steve.
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11/28/2010 03:04:14 AM
This photo reminds me of a quote by war photographer james nachtway

"why photograph war? is it possible to put an end to a form of human behavior which has existed through history, by means of photography? the the proportions of that notion seem ridiculous out of balance yet that very idea has motivated me"

Message edited by author 2010-11-28 04:21:25.
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11/27/2010 09:16:12 AM
That editing is amazing!
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11/27/2010 03:34:01 AM
Great shot and edit. I was a little upset to see this category before going to the Battle of Bulge reenactment on Dec 11th in Bastogne. Maybe I can squeeze some of the photos into a different category. Again, awesome photo.
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11/26/2010 07:49:40 AM
Congratulations.
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11/26/2010 03:44:21 AM
Stunning shot - I'm not sure I would have been that brave on 'Basic' - but they do say ' Who dares wins '

:- )
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11/26/2010 12:46:00 AM
Well done Steve. Great PP and the crop really draws the viewer into the image. I'm getting hot just looking at it.....lol
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11/25/2010 08:58:53 PM
Awww, so there wasn't an actual firefight going on? Ah well, still a really good shot and well deserving of a front-page finish. Huge congats on the blue Steve! :-)
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11/25/2010 01:54:49 PM
Sorry for the delay in congratulation you on this AMAZING shot. You did a great job... very impressive.
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11/25/2010 08:54:16 AM
Wow, Steve. Awesome score! Well done. Congrats on the new PB! Saw this and thought 'wow.'
Did you edit for this effect? Or was it from tinkering that you realised the potential?
It's excellent.
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11/25/2010 08:09:54 AM
Congratulations Steve, fantastic shot. Feels like a real photojournalist shot from a battle. You should post this one around, I'm sure it will win many awards.
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11/25/2010 07:14:08 AM
well done! nice shot!
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11/25/2010 12:11:34 AM
You have got to appreciate that graph!!!It's just crazy good. 41 8's not to mention the 9 & 10's
Congrats on the Blue!
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11/24/2010 10:23:13 PM
Awesome processing. I might never have seen the potential from looking at the original. Congratulations on the blue ribbon!
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11/24/2010 08:16:36 PM
Congratulations Steve. Fantastic image, well deserved result.
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11/24/2010 07:51:31 PM
Congrats Steve!
Great job on the post processing. You really made magic here!
Very well deserved ribbon!
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11/24/2010 03:57:23 PM
This is sooo awesome! Fav'd!
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11/24/2010 03:55:31 PM
Awesome!!! Congrats!!
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11/24/2010 03:45:16 PM
Look at YOU!!!! Fabulous, Steve. And inspired pp'ing. Congrats on your blue. Maybe you can send me some of your wife's coffee...??
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11/24/2010 02:26:49 PM
I love this shot. And it goes to show what an eye and imagination can do in PP. Incredible job taking it from a descent pic to a blue ribbon. I showed my friend the before and after and the reaction was "holy Sh..." haha. Well done.
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11/24/2010 01:00:05 PM
Great job Steve!!! I did not guess that was your photo- I also never had time to vote! Awesome picture guy!
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11/24/2010 12:47:02 PM
Considering the number of commenters, an average of 9+ from them is phenomenal. Great image, congrats on the ribbon.
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11/24/2010 11:48:18 AM
Great shot + awesome processing = BLUE for YOU! Congrats!
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11/24/2010 11:45:04 AM
good job. If I'd seen that shot in my roll I'd have never known how to make it a ribbon winner.
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11/24/2010 11:24:13 AM
Your photo has everything in it : action, dramatism, the mood of the battlefield.
Congratulations !
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11/24/2010 10:56:25 AM
By the way, another bunch of morons with 1s and 2s and 3s...

Have you ever heard of "McDonald's", I think you should NOT even flip burgers but just clean the floor there, freaking clowns :(
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11/24/2010 10:54:10 AM
Congrats... Yours is better than this one, at least sharper, more dramatic and more people in it.

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You should have get 8+

Unprocessed one also good, just cropping would do as well
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11/24/2010 10:19:40 AM
Wow. What a great capture - and a well deserved blue.

Congrats, Steve.
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11/24/2010 10:11:34 AM
My first thought was "How in the world was this photographer in a place to capture this scene"? Excellent, excellent. Congrats on the blue and your new PB.
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11/24/2010 09:39:17 AM
This is really good! Congrats with a very well deserved blue ribbon.
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11/24/2010 08:58:51 AM
Congrats, Steve. Terrific eye for comp/crop and post-processing. I like your story, too.
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11/24/2010 07:27:40 AM
Yo..wow.. Wow,Yo.. congrats!
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11/24/2010 07:05:29 AM
Congrats! This was my pick for the blue also...great capture and post work
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11/24/2010 07:03:12 AM
Congrats on the huge personal best. Fantastic editing.
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11/24/2010 04:41:17 AM
Like I said in my voting comment"Fantastic military action scene" and I say so again now "Fantastic win"
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11/24/2010 03:56:08 AM
huge congrats on the excellent image and the well deserved blue ribbon!!!
what is that "orange crush" thing? I assume it's a safe editing tool under basic rules since 17203.gif Scalvert passed it (he sounds like he has), and it would be great to know more about it.

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11/24/2010 03:46:07 AM
Awesome!! A bug congrats Steve!!!!
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11/24/2010 03:39:20 AM
wham!
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11/24/2010 03:36:50 AM
Well done you, I love this shot, not sure how I missed it when i looked through the challenge, well done mate
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11/24/2010 03:05:50 AM
Oh my!! Doesn't that look pretty on your profile!

And what a score!! Way to go!!
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11/24/2010 01:55:31 AM
ABSOLUTELY AWESOME! Congratulations!
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11/24/2010 01:45:59 AM
Way to BLOW UP your old PB! Congrats on your fantastic image and well deserved blue.
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11/24/2010 01:35:42 AM
Great shot! Congrats!
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11/24/2010 01:13:34 AM
Way to go, Steve!!! Beautifully done! Congrats on a stellar image and your blue!
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11/24/2010 01:07:42 AM
WOW! Nice!
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11/24/2010 12:53:51 AM
Congrats on your great win. Awesome score.
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11/24/2010 12:51:42 AM
Great job Steve and congrats on the blue. Starting to get habit forming for you.
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11/24/2010 12:49:36 AM
Big congratulations on the blue! Well taken,deserved & processed !
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11/24/2010 12:41:32 AM
Congrats Spiffy, what an image!!

And the win is largely due to such wonderful processing choices... Really superb!
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11/24/2010 12:40:53 AM
Yup... I knew you'd be here... the minute I saw this. Congrats!
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11/24/2010 12:38:54 AM
I knew that you would have a very strong chance of getting the blue in this challenge. One feels the danger and action. Well done!
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11/24/2010 12:34:45 AM
Absolutely brilliant Steve! Congrats on a very well deserved blue. You took a good shot that I would have given a 5 or 6 for and through your PP skills produced a shot that I gave and 8 for. You must feel pretty good getting the Blue on a challenge you suggested. Well done!
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11/24/2010 12:32:41 AM
This is what you call a good old fashioned unfair advantage. Nobody else stood a chance. Congrats on blowing away your personal best!
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11/24/2010 12:18:57 AM
OHHH and congratulations on your new PB!!
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11/24/2010 12:18:37 AM
I knew it! You were my top pick. How could have anyone else won when you have a photo like this?
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11/24/2010 12:18:17 AM
Congratulations this is one Totaly Awesome shot!!
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11/24/2010 12:17:51 AM
I picked this to win it..Glad I was right, Congrats Steve!!
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11/24/2010 12:16:09 AM
Wanna know what gets me about this photo? It's not the processing (which is awesome, btw) but the detail in the medic's helmet (it's a medic right?).
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11/24/2010 12:14:38 AM
Whoa, look who just got his 7th ribbon! WTG, Grog!
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11/24/2010 12:11:32 AM
nice job! congrats. that orange made an amazing transformation to this shot. have you tried it without the color?
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11/24/2010 12:09:17 AM
Great job Steve!!
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11/24/2010 12:09:08 AM
Holy cow. That's amazing! Congrats.
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11/24/2010 12:07:58 AM
What a great shot. Love the color. Congrats on the blue!
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11/24/2010 12:07:55 AM
what a great idea with the conversion! congrats on your Blue, well deserved!
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11/24/2010 12:06:07 AM
Congrats Steve! A clear winner with a great capture that suits this challenge perfectly.
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11/24/2010 12:03:58 AM
Wow. Rather imposing! Congrats
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/23/2010 11:59:36 PM
Wow. PERFECT. (not voting)
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11/23/2010 10:41:16 PM
Nice action shot!
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11/23/2010 01:01:45 AM
Very Stirring! should win this!
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11/22/2010 12:08:06 PM
This is amazing! This one's gotta be in the winners' circle!
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11/21/2010 01:09:18 PM
:)
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11/20/2010 08:21:40 PM
Wow!!
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11/19/2010 12:46:45 PM
My choice for blue, without doubt. Amazing shot.
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11/19/2010 10:06:34 AM
Just brilliant. What more can I say. 10
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11/19/2010 07:47:52 AM
How on earth did you get this shot? Were you on a movie set? Holy. I can't see this not winning.
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11/18/2010 11:11:42 AM
Fantastic military action scene. Are they shooting a movie? It looks like WW2 uniforms and equipment.
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11/17/2010 10:13:53 PM
Great color choice. Adds to the sense of action.
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11/17/2010 08:16:58 PM
awesome color and treatment my first choice
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11/17/2010 04:16:27 PM
This has got to be a ribbon. Fantastic stuff. 10 from me.
Better than stuff I have seen in National Geographic
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11/17/2010 10:25:22 AM
Wow - this is quite the shot - looks like photojournalism. 10
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11/17/2010 10:16:17 AM
another futile immoral national disgrace
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11/17/2010 02:40:15 AM
Classic Photojournalistic image. Should do well. Nicely "shot".
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11/17/2010 01:21:57 AM
Wow, this is amazing! I can't wait to read how you got this. 10
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