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Challenge: Outside Looking In (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D
Lens: Tokina AF 24-200mm f/3.5-5.6 AT-X 242AF for Minolta Maxxum
Location: Thorp Perrow Arboretum
Date: May 8, 2005
Aperture: F13
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/45
Galleries: Nature, Black and White
Date Uploaded: May 8, 2005

Looks better on darker monitors. Shame the sky was a bit overcast. I'm sure you'll love or hate the selective desat.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 165
Avg (all users): 7.1844
Avg (commenters): 8.2000
Avg (participants): 7.0732
Avg (non-participants): 7.2784
Views since voting: 32895
Views during voting: 335
Votes: 179
Comments: 72
Favorites: 63 (view)


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07/07/2005 10:03:59 AM
I stumbled onto this photograph and all I can say is WOW! This is a fabulous shot and beautiful post editing. It is beyond the level of point and shoot photography and enters a realm of emotion.

LOVE IT!
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05/22/2005 08:59:48 PM
Hello from the Critique Club..

Talk about the luck of the draw..
How can I say anything but wonderful things about this blue ribbon winner.
I love everything about this picture. It makes me feel like I am about to enter Oz from Kansas. Thanks sharing this extraordinary shot with us.

Great capture..

Regards,
Karen

Karen
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05/21/2005 10:18:39 PM
Congrats! Love the Selective Desat.
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05/19/2005 09:12:15 AM
congratulations on your Blue! Love the desat in this one, gives it a magical look that invites the viewer to step into.
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05/19/2005 09:01:01 AM
Fun and evocative image, Bob! I love it. Congratulations on another ribbon!
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05/18/2005 11:50:23 PM
The first thing I noticed about the selective desat was the the "bleeding" of the B&W into the color area. Another poster mentioned that it was a bit messy. Another mentioned that it was very Wizard of OZ.

Personally, I like it. I feel that it gives a more magical ambiance. Like an aura boiling and spinning around the edges of the physical objects on the edge of reality. I'm no expert, but that's what it feels like when I look at it. I don't think that I would feel the same if the color rolled into the stonework, or if the blur was very uniform.

It may or may not be intentional, but I think it works perfectly.
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05/17/2005 12:53:01 PM
You know Bob, I applaud your final product here.
Not only was this well composed & balanced, but the choice of selective desaturation and the B&W tones work so well in this.
There is a magical sense of two worlds in one here - one inside, in a B&W world/dimension, looking out into the live world in color.
Nicely done and well seen.

Congrats - well deserved!
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05/17/2005 10:56:44 AM
Absolutely breathtaking photo....I hope you will be able to make this print available. I didn't get a chance to vote in this round...but I would have given it a 10! Each time I look at it, it takes me back to a time when I was little and saw things differently. Thank you !
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05/17/2005 08:29:33 AM
Lovely shot. Well executed too with the "Wizard of Oz" type use of the color from the black and white. Worthy of the win!
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05/17/2005 07:32:47 AM
Perfect choice for the challenge. Very well done. Congratulations!
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05/17/2005 05:42:52 AM
Very well done. Congrads!!!!

Tamas
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05/17/2005 03:53:19 AM
Great image but I think the space at the bottom of the door could use a bit of cleaning up in terms of the line between color and desaturation.
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05/16/2005 11:47:43 PM
A wonderful image. Very deserving of a blue.
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05/16/2005 09:13:24 PM
Great idea well executed. Congrat's Bob!
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05/16/2005 08:08:26 PM
Congratulations! This was my favourite of the challenge but I didn't think it would win with the voters. Shows what I know. Goodjob!
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05/16/2005 03:47:33 PM
very led zeppelin album cover, I love it. nice work again.
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05/16/2005 03:05:03 PM
FABulous! I love this! It jumped off the homepage.
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05/16/2005 08:56:13 AM
Love, actually! This is the perfect situation for selective desat, and you did beautiful work with this photo. Well deserved win!

Linda
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05/16/2005 08:49:09 AM
fantastic photo, congrats for the 1st place
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05/16/2005 08:06:30 AM
beautiful..brilliantly done....congrats on the blue..
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05/16/2005 08:06:01 AM
Congratulations Bob.
This is how I wanted "Outside In" from the "Selective Desat" challenge to look..but couldn`t find this type of location.

Perfect use of the technique and well deserved "Blue".
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05/16/2005 07:50:24 AM
congrats bobster!! its the type of photo i would hang in my home ...a true beauty!!! very very well deserved
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05/16/2005 07:46:07 AM
Congrats on your well deserved blue Bob! Gorgeous image!! Never been a fan of selective desat till I saw this!
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05/16/2005 07:15:52 AM
Well Done Bob, this was my fav of the challenge. Hope your liking your Tokina 24-200??

Mike

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05/16/2005 07:07:45 AM
I love select-desat when chosen well , and that, you have perfected here !
Well done Bob on your blue :-)
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05/16/2005 06:44:17 AM
Thankyou so much for the votes and comments.
I've opened up a thread about this photo here:
//www.dpchallenge.com/forum.php?action=read&FORUM_THREAD_ID=211619
05/16/2005 06:30:36 AM
Congrats on your blue ! This is sweeeeeeeeeet. It's a beautiful place and you've captured it well :)
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05/16/2005 05:26:26 AM
Congrats on the Blue!!
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05/16/2005 03:02:22 AM
I didnt vote on this challenge or enter (no time)
But this is a lovely image Congrats on your Blue Ribbon
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05/16/2005 02:15:36 AM
Glad to see you ribboned again !
The desat is excellent here imho.An excellent photo ! My sincere congrats !

Message edited by author 2005-05-16 10:33:13.
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05/16/2005 02:02:45 AM
A worthy ribbon Bob, great desat.
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05/16/2005 12:53:35 AM
congrats Bob! this is gorgeous
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05/16/2005 12:49:12 AM
Congratulations Bob on your blue ribbon. Keep up the good work!
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05/16/2005 12:19:37 AM
Ohhh, yeah! I loved this and am thrilled to see it on the front page "in blue".
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05/16/2005 12:19:29 AM
Way to go.Definitely deserving of 1st place.

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05/16/2005 12:16:21 AM
great shot MrBobster its like Marmite, you either love it or you hate it, I LOVE Marmite and I LOVE the de-sat too, CONGRATULOBOS
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05/16/2005 12:13:29 AM
Hey Bob: warmest congratulations on your blue. This is simply a golden touch with selective desaturation.
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05/16/2005 12:09:21 AM
congrats there. as i said in my original comment, nice use of selective desat.
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05/16/2005 12:05:00 AM
Congrats! This is a fabulous shot. I personally love the selective desat.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/15/2005 09:33:07 PM
Veeerrry cool ! Use of desaturation is way justifiable with great results. I like how the tree blends in with the bagkgorund, it's almost as if ti was carved in. Very interesting to look at and beautiful. Good luck !
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05/15/2005 07:11:34 PM
Good choice of a photo to demonstrate the effective use of this technique. Nice parallel lines with the two major trunks. It's possible that moving slightly to the right would show a bit more of the further trunk.
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05/15/2005 06:59:22 PM
this is my favorite shot in the challenge....good luck!!!
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05/14/2005 11:38:53 PM
Very cool.
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05/14/2005 09:20:12 PM
THis is so good! I just want to run through that door! I love it!
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05/14/2005 04:50:34 AM
This is an erea where selective desaturatin works. I think that I would have preferd a a sepia wall to put a little more warmth into the wall. However this is a great idea, well edited.
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05/14/2005 01:24:25 AM
I love this image! 10
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05/14/2005 12:53:32 AM
great idea
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05/13/2005 10:52:17 AM
nice shot. i'm getting a deja vu, but I'm not sure from where. A movie or something, I think.
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05/12/2005 06:00:15 PM
great use of B&W and color to create a scene... one of my favorites this challenge
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05/12/2005 03:58:38 PM
I'm normally not a fan of selective desaturations, but it certainly works well here! 8
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05/12/2005 03:09:49 PM
The desaturated foreground makes for an excellent contrast.
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05/12/2005 01:43:43 PM
Very good image for the title (or vice versa!). Your editing is a little loose around the doorway but it's a beautiful scene and an excellent comp. Although some may tire of this technique, the subject lends itself well to the process. Should do well.
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05/11/2005 02:03:59 PM
great texture on the wall and tree, and nice selective desat/oversat. the black wall on the right hand side works well to emphasize the burst of color. 8. Bumping to 10 to fix my voting curve :)
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05/11/2005 02:50:13 AM
I LOVE iT! HOPE It WINS!
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05/11/2005 12:40:01 AM
Nice use of de-saturation to enhance the feel of looking in to the garden. You should have cropped out most of the black area on the right however, just up to the outside edge of the white edge of the wall on the right.
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05/11/2005 12:00:10 AM
Even though it has a more 'inside looking out' feel and seems just a tad over sharpened, it might just be the best one in the challenge. Goog luck.
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05/10/2005 04:33:58 PM
This is one of my ribbon picks. The use of selective desaturation is an wise choice and overall the image is excellent. Good luck!
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05/10/2005 01:35:30 PM
This image is very surreal with the transition from grey scale to color. Nice job.
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05/10/2005 11:21:03 AM
Wonderful shot, very atmospheric and mystic. The fence on the left hand side distracts me a bit, but a great shot though. 8
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05/10/2005 08:58:53 AM
Very nice use of selective color here. The lighting is dead on. Excellent
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05/09/2005 10:26:53 PM
Perfect application for partial desat. Nice composition and light, too. Excellent for this challenge.
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05/09/2005 05:47:15 PM
What a great shot. Selective desat works awesome here. One of my favorites in this challenge.
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05/09/2005 05:35:31 PM
lovely. best I've seen so far, well done.
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05/09/2005 05:01:14 PM
Contrast of grey and color is great idea!
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05/09/2005 03:54:42 PM
Great use of selective desaturation. Really makes a nice contrast between the welcoming garden path and stark outer walls. Nicely done. 9
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05/09/2005 11:59:19 AM
Love the tones, grains and colors but looks more like inside looking out.
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05/09/2005 10:01:04 AM
I love the composition. I think I would prefer to see it all in color, but maybe the voters will like it this way. Good luck. You deserve a high score
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05/09/2005 09:47:08 AM
Excellent use of selective desat - one of the few occasions I have seen it done well and appropriately.
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05/09/2005 03:30:54 AM
I really took time to rate this challenge. I eliminated all the way to one final shot. Congrats, this was my only 10. It was between the broken leg and your shot. What pushed me over the edge was that this was an advanced editing challenge and the other photo had no post editing. NICE JOB.
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05/09/2005 01:02:38 AM
Excellent selective desaturation! 8
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05/09/2005 12:21:41 AM
very nice...like the colored focal pt...gj 10
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05/09/2005 12:06:13 AM
I almost did something very similar, Yours is better.
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