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Challenge: Motivational Poster II (Advanced Editing V*)
Collection: 2007-08-09
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro for Nikon
Location: Castlegar, BC
Date: Aug 28, 2007
Aperture: F 5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Animals, Persuasive
Date Uploaded: Aug 29, 2007

The sheep was photographed from the road that goes from Castlegar to Syringa Park, not too far from Scotty's Marina. Made with the D70 because I had the macro lens on the D200, long lens on the D70. Handheld, evening light, used the car's window edge for support.

Shot RAW. Worked on the image of the mountain sheep first, opened in PSCS3, adjusted curves, darkened colours, cloned out imperfections, dodged/burned in 50% gray layer. Added border (both the coloured inline and thick black border). Added text. Flattened, resized, sharpened, saved for web.

I was tempted to clone out or tone down the two grass stalks in front of the sheep, but the image looked "too dry" with them gone/toned down. I liked it much better this was, it has context and a sort of natural frame.

I hope this one does well, I like this kind of picture a lot.

Place: 21 out of 165
Avg (all users): 6.5801
Avg (commenters): 8.2222
Avg (participants): 6.3333
Avg (non-participants): 6.7119
Views since voting: 2335
Views during voting: 353
Votes: 181
Comments: 21
Favorites: 2 (view)

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11/27/2007 10:57:44 AM
I like this shot and the border/quote that you added.
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09/15/2007 10:40:45 AM
Critique Club feedback -

This entry followed the 'classic' motivational poster formula in terms of graphical design and content layout.

Very nice picture (the bit of dodge/burn to highlight the center of the shot is subtle and well done), the message in a large font and centered for impact, the font itself one that has a feeling of authority.

Two things that struck me as slightly off. First, it's more of a public service announcement than a motivational poster. Could argue it either way, but Smokey the Bear telling me not to toss cigarettes into piles of leaves doesn't make me feel motivated, just informed. I think a lot of people that voted in the challenge did have a fairly concrete definition of what type of message should be presented.

Second thing was the cursive script. I think it's pretty, I like how you placed it and the choice of color was extremely complementary to the rest of the poster - but I can barely read it. It just doesn't work well for the medium (medium being postage stamp sized web images) though is no doubt stunning at a decent size.

This image scored quite well and rightfully so. I think those couple of nitpicks probably kept it out of top 10, because really it's a solid entry.

Great work!
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09/12/2007 12:11:11 AM
great Ursula! love the cursive of the script & how it echoes his horns!

Nice one!!
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09/10/2007 05:51:00 PM
Nice finish, girl. Love the fonts.
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09/10/2007 05:06:56 PM
Oh Ursula!!!!!! What can I say. You KNOW this is MY kind of photo! Jeeeeez, how can anyone who gave it under an 8 or 9 have a clear conscience!!!

I got some photos of a majestic ram like this when we were in Colorado. I'm saying my prayers that I can turn out something a fraction this striking!!!!

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09/10/2007 06:04:41 AM
Nice one Ursula
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09/10/2007 03:23:33 AM
Beautiful image and great idea for a poster, Ursula.
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09/10/2007 02:17:47 AM
Very beautiful shot!
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09/10/2007 12:29:17 AM
I so love this one, i thought i'd see it on the front page. Glad to hear that it wasn't a zoo shot.
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09/10/2007 12:06:25 AM
Congrats on a beautiful image in a very high-scoring challenge!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/09/2007 11:36:37 PM
Great image. You have done a nice job on this.
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09/09/2007 11:07:21 PM
Love it!!! Nice font type too. Super image.
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09/09/2007 08:07:24 PM
Beautiful photo. And good job on the text as well.
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09/09/2007 02:11:52 AM
Excellent picture, excellent poster, font seems a little crowded IMO.
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09/08/2007 02:23:41 PM
Very well done, and I applaud the message. Nice text treatment. 9
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09/06/2007 04:10:35 PM
I don't think this shot could have been done any better. Nice.
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09/06/2007 02:58:36 PM
Wonderful photo, 10 from me
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09/05/2007 06:34:05 AM
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09/04/2007 09:25:43 AM
very nice image and layout...
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09/03/2007 10:25:23 PM
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09/03/2007 07:07:15 AM
good shot that suffers a bit from post-processing (reddish cas tin the shadows). very well designed poster, good choice of fonts and colors, especially like how the subline lays above the headline.
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