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Just Because : Love

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Challenge: Greeting Cards (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: 2005
Camera: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3
Location: Virginia
Date: Sep 20, 2005
Aperture: F3.2
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Emotive, Floral
Date Uploaded: Sep 20, 2005

Post-processed with Paint Shop Pro 9

Aperture Priority
Exposure compensation -1.7
Custom white balance
Cokin Filters (Polarizer, Radial Zoom)


Copy background - paste as new layer
- Noise Reduction: Edge Preserving Smooth +28
- Select (circle) Rose center area - promote to layer
- Invert selection - promote to layer

Non-center layer
- Gaussian blur +5
- Noise Reduction: JPEG Artifact Removal (med @ 50%)
- Neat Image
- Noise Reduction: JPEG Artifact Removal (max @ 50%)
- Digital Camera Noise Reduction
- Clone/Burn dust line on left rose petal leaf
- Digital Camera Noise Reduction

Rose center layer
- USM (.50,75,0)
- USM (.50,75,0)

Merge all layers (flatten)
Brightness & Contrast: (B +5,C+5)
Brightness & Contrast: HMS (5, 5, 0)
Digital Camera Noise Reduction

Select seam bottom right of rose - promote to layer
- Gaussian blur +10
- opacity of layer to 52%

USM (.50,75,0)
Noise Reduction: Salt & Pepper Filter (1, 2)

Merge all layers (flatten)

Save as JPG

Place: 71 out of 211
Avg (all users): 5.5928
Avg (commenters): 6.4286
Avg (participants): 5.3196
Avg (non-participants): 5.8065
Views since voting: 1040
Views during voting: 305
Votes: 221
Comments: 7
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/02/2005 06:21:47 PM
This is very pretty, my only suggestion would be to move it away from dead center in the frame.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/02/2005 01:44:51 PM
Good use of DOF. Normally, I'm against centered focal points and I'm not sure you've convinced me here. I think a tighter crop would have worked a bit better. Overall, good evocation of mood.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/29/2005 01:16:30 PM
How pretty!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/27/2005 08:02:15 PM
I love the way the rose blurs out -- very interesting!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/27/2005 05:27:55 PM
Very subtle fade in to the rose. the pinkish white spot is somewhat distracting.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/27/2005 09:02:14 AM
Interresting DOF. The single light part of the rose is a nice touch. I like the overal dark tone of it. This could work for anniversary, birthday, just general as well. I usually don't like centered subject matter, but this one seems to work.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/26/2005 03:11:21 AM
Excellent photo and classic image for a card.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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