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Challenge: Free Study 2007-07 (Advanced Editing V*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Pentax *ist DL
Lens: Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Date: Jul 16, 2007
Aperture: F4.5
ISO: 3200
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Jul 31, 2007

Shot a bunch of Jellies at the Tennessee Aquarium while visiting there with my wife for our anniversary. The tank was completely dark except for top and bottom very focused directional lights. The jellies would fade in and out of the light. I shot these and most of them handheld at 3200 ISO, so the graininess couldn't be helped. I also had a polarizer on my lens which I believe helped with the colors.

Started with four separate layers, but ended up keeping only two, one for noise reduction and the other for primary color and sharpness. Adjusted hues, curves, a little burning in the dark water area, though not really necessary, resized, USM and save for web.
Save for web always seems to take a little away from the depth of the color.

I hope this does well enough to keep my average above a 5.

Place: 210 out of 651
Avg (all users): 5.9398
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.9364
Avg (non-participants): 5.9565
Views since voting: 837
Views during voting: 186
Votes: 133
Comments: 2
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/04/2007 08:35:44 PM
Sharp & colorful. All that I've been looking for.
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08/02/2007 11:37:58 AM
Yikes!! Cool
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