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Horses love grain
Horses love grain

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Challenge: Image Grain (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: leap of faith farms, Walnut Creek , CA
Date: Oct 20, 2005
Aperture: f/10
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125 sec
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Oct 22, 2005

Originaly shot for white on white challenge.
I messed with this shot so much I have no idea what all the steps were. in and out of lab color , copied lightness channel, contrastr up43, brightness down 43, cloned out the stall door, sat up 31, usm @147,7.5,0 then again at 64,50,0, then converted back to rgb mode, posterises a copied layer and squeezed it in levels, created a bunch of copies in layes to use different textures and settings, at this point is all got blurred since I threw everything at this to get a decent level of noise without it getting too blocky.

Place: 39 out of 274
Avg (all users): 5.9267
Avg (commenters): 7.6429
Avg (participants): 5.8103
Avg (non-participants): 6.1067
Views since voting: 1295
Views during voting: 358
Votes: 191
Comments: 20
Favorites: 2 (view)

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11/02/2005 02:45:06 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club.

A strong photo. Very pensive. A feeling generated mostly by the subject's head position and expression, the spare composition, and the inherent lack of contrast in the scene. It is accentuated by the processing, including not only the grain, but also the contrast and brightness adjustments. Together, these remove the "realism" from the image, leaving the emotion behind. I don't know (or care) whether the color is natural or artificial, but it is perfect for the mood here. Beautifully done.

The flaws are few and mostly irrelevant. When looking at the photo awhile, a mildly distracting circle pops out in the center (starting in front of the eye, proceeding to the bottom of the head, and up the front of the mane). I think the forehead should just a bit darker. And the title is awful, not matching the photo at all.
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10/31/2005 01:01:03 PM
Underrated. A great wall hanger.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/30/2005 09:44:45 PM
Sweet and lovely.
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10/30/2005 10:59:14 AM
Nice shot...iffy title. The high contrast and grittiness are very complementary here to your idea, and I think it is an effective shot. Very painterly...definately more artistic than the shot straight from the camera, I'm sure.
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10/30/2005 07:42:21 AM
one of my ribbon picks -- simple and quiet - grain adds a lot to the story
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10/29/2005 03:12:44 PM
Neat. Looks like a painting.
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10/27/2005 09:17:09 PM
Nice pose of the horse. The eye is very well detailed as is the nose. I thought that the color of the horse and wall were too close, though. Maybe less grain on one or the other would have separated the two better.
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10/27/2005 07:17:15 PM
I haven't commented on too many works here, I'll make an excepting for you.
This is an outsanding piece of work and I wish you much luck in the contest.
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10/26/2005 10:07:31 PM
8 - Good use of grain for the Challenge. Criticism; difficult given the coloring of the horse, but perhaps a different 'contrast', also perhaps a little more 'space' to the right, or at the bottom, may have made this better in my opinion.
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10/26/2005 04:05:18 PM
Grain used to mimic brush strokes
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10/25/2005 11:34:46 PM
What's up? I hate animal photos and this one just connected with me. Wow. Great! (10)
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10/25/2005 07:23:04 PM
A bit heavily processed but the overall effect is very pleasing. Looks more like a drawing.
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10/25/2005 10:38:34 AM
Very sad, melancholic horse. It is not easy to make grain work for you, but as I realized while casting votes, sometimes it makes a photo look more artistic, not documentary. It is like a prior notice: hey, look for a message, or mood, I'm going to tell you something. And this is why I love a mood of the horse, and it's not important, what are its nutrition preferences.
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10/25/2005 06:13:04 AM
I happen to love this photo very much! I would have liked to have seen a bit less light on the horses head but this is still very well done and the grain adds to this photo. good luck~10~ :o) ~~Cher~~
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10/25/2005 05:59:59 AM
I like how the horse and barn almost merge here. Very cool effect.
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10/24/2005 11:02:50 AM
Well done, the grain is perfect here.
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10/24/2005 07:36:30 AM
you've captured what appears to be an emotional time for this horse. 6
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10/24/2005 06:29:40 AM
nicely done
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10/24/2005 01:37:02 AM
Love the title. I like what the noise does to the shot too. VERY NICE.
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10/24/2005 12:18:10 AM
Love love love!! I wasn't too sure how I would like photos in this challenge, but this one is awesome! Congrats on the catch and I hope you place well for it!
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