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Challenge: High Contrast II (Basic Editing III)
Collection: 2006
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 AD Aspherical IF for Minolta
Location: Virginia
Date: Sep 30, 2006
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Emotive, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Oct 1, 2006

RawShooter essentials 2006
- Shadow contrast +50
- Highlight contrast +50
- Sharpen 50
- Details 50
- Noise 50
- Color Noise 50
- Pattern Noise 50
- to TIFF

Paint Shop Pro X
- Brightness & Contrast : Clarify +20
- Hue & Saturation : HSL (0,0,0 monochrome)
- Brightness & Contrast : Histogram (25,1,225)
- Crop
- Resize
- USM (.50,100,10) +luminance
- Noise Reduction : Salt & Pepper (3,1)
- Save as JPG

Various ideas I had for High Contrast weren't panning out. Decided to check out the local Confederate Cemetary for something interesting, but then the light wasn't cooperating. It was overcast and threatening rain when I was hoping for some sun to cast some strong shadows.

Had the tripod setup for a shot to the right and my son wandered over to this headstone with flowers in front (one of only a couple). Thought maybe this might be interesting so I swung the camera around and captured a few shots. Kind of liked the play on words some, with young life pondering the name of someone deceased - not sure that 'Contrast' is quite correct as a fit tho. After working this over some in PP I felt comfortable enough with the technical contrast in the scene to submit this shot. See how it goes. :D

Place: 11 out of 396
Avg (all users): 6.6215
Avg (commenters): 7.7500
Avg (participants): 6.5060
Avg (non-participants): 6.7234
Views since voting: 1732
Views during voting: 234
Votes: 177
Comments: 19
Favorites: 6 (view)

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11/10/2008 04:19:02 PM
Hey Barry, 11th place is always hard, so near yet so far ;)

You definately depicted high contrast here, love the shot and think all the gravestones look really good (that reads wrong). There seems to be something funky going on in the grass and its a little offputting for me as my eyes keep getting from your son/gravestone. I've been playing with some cards and do think that a tight crop to your son helps draw me in to the shot
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10/18/2006 06:04:21 PM
I cant say anything else than.. I FREAKING LOVE THIS ONE. IS AMAZING.
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10/17/2006 05:38:48 AM
Congratualtions on 11th. I love this shot. Very well done!
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10/16/2006 09:09:54 AM
I think the cemetery shots are overdone, BUT this one is just stunning. Congrats on such a well deserved finish.
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10/16/2006 09:00:41 AM
Very nice work. Had this rated high in the challenge. Well done!
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10/11/2006 09:11:31 PM
Somber and very subject for hc. Congratulations on your 11th place.
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10/11/2006 08:05:25 PM
I can't think of any other photos of yours that I like better than this one. Truly an outstanding shot. Congrats!
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10/11/2006 03:22:29 PM
Lovely picture. Congrats on your top 20 finish!
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10/11/2006 02:13:56 AM
Congrats on 12th, Barry! A really great image!
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10/11/2006 01:23:15 AM
Great shot Barry! Congrats on the high score & finish too. Beautiful image.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/10/2006 11:45:30 PM
Thats so hard to do... Very emotional and strong impact here.
Hope all is well... Peace...
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10/10/2006 09:30:22 PM
Really nice! Good job..
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10/10/2006 03:03:32 PM
love this photo..there is so much emotion
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10/10/2006 12:37:58 PM
the gesture is realy nicely done. i just don't knw about the hoodie. . .
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10/05/2006 01:02:36 PM
So good it sends chills down my spine. Its like his touch lights up the entire scene. Lovely DOF, excellent composure... Simply lovely.
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10/04/2006 10:37:27 PM
aww very emotive. i really like it!
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10/04/2006 02:58:28 PM
This photo is truly haunting and tender. 9.
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10/04/2006 10:07:00 AM
Hauntingly beautiful but has way too many mid tones for me to consider a true high contrast image. Lovely work though.
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10/04/2006 08:11:17 AM
great image and title...well done
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