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'Fading in Defeat' ~ Walter Wick
'Fading in Defeat' ~ Walter Wick

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Tribute (Advanced Editing IV*)
Collection: 2006
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D
Lens: Konica Minolta AF 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6(D) DT
Location: Virginia
Date: Jan 20, 2006
Aperture: F29
ISO: 100
Shutter: 3.2
Galleries: Studio
Date Uploaded: Jan 20, 2006

RAW workflow using DIMAGE Master Lite
- Histogram (0,1,220)
- Save as TIF

Post-Processing with Paint Shop Pro X

Rotate left 1.25 degrees
Select right side bg - promote to layer
- Hue & Saturation: HSL (Yel -20)
Duplicate BG as new layer
- clone out thread
Merge all (flatten)

Smart Photo Fix: (7,7,0,0,0,2,4)
Digital Camera Noise Reduction (60,15,50,25,0)
Noise Reduction: Salt & Pepper (7,4)

Select sky bg - layer
- gaussian blur +11
- Brightness & Contrast: Clarify +2
- Hue & Saturation: HSL (Blue sat -20)

Switch to main layer
Brightness & Contrast: Clarify +5
Brightness & Contrast: HMS (10,5,0)
Clone tool to clean up board square blemish by lower left rook piece

Merge all (flatten)
USM (.35,100,10) + luminance
Neat Image

Save as JPG

***** for inquiring minds ;^) *****

Originally I was going for a blur shot of the King falling over. After experimenting I liked the fading out look better.

Tied a thread to the top of the black King, used the remote shutter release, counted to two slowly (exposure time total was 3.2 seconds) and then pulled the King off the back of the board. By waving the thread slightly during the exposure it didn't really show in the background at all, minor cloning around the back of the King took care of the remaining piece of visible thread.

The background clouds are from the packaging material from one of the kids' toys. Thought it might come in handy some day. ;^)


Place: 38 out of 188
Avg (all users): 6.2937
Avg (commenters): 7.3846
Avg (participants): 5.8493
Avg (non-participants): 6.4749
Views since voting: 1607
Views during voting: 389
Votes: 252
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0

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02/10/2006 02:59:15 PM
excellent work, barry
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2006 07:52:45 PM
that is so cool
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01/31/2006 07:36:29 PM
the photo really demands sharp skies, imo
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01/30/2006 11:07:06 PM
Great long exposure here. I think the blue skies in the background is just a tad saturated and takes away from the main subjects and focus of this image. However, the trickery used to make the King disappear might revel well with the voters. Great shot.
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01/30/2006 04:32:48 PM
Great idea, good color, exposure, and execution. Chess players would say that the position looks contrived, but the ghost-like reflections fit right in with the fading king. Nice.
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01/30/2006 04:27:56 PM
Nice shot
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01/28/2006 07:31:05 PM
Very nice picture. Hope youll share your technique. 8
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01/28/2006 10:38:34 AM
Excellent work. I like the effect. The lighting and detaila are perfect.
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01/27/2006 11:48:45 PM
I think I like this better then the WIck stuff I found!! Great job!
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01/27/2006 05:05:47 PM
Well don. 10
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01/27/2006 12:58:28 PM
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01/26/2006 11:10:59 PM
Interesting choice, and well done.
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01/25/2006 07:55:44 PM
cool how did u do that??????
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01/25/2006 12:41:07 PM
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01/25/2006 02:31:40 AM
Some of Walter Wick's best work is his surrealist art/photography. This is an excellent tribute photo in that style. My congratulations to you on conceiving, and executing such a fine photo. Among my top picks!
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01/25/2006 01:44:22 AM
excellent work and a strong contender
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