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Jaker


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Success II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D40X
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6G ED
Location: Cocoa Beach, FL
Date: Jun 14, 2008
Aperture: 5.3
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/640
Galleries: Candid, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jun 17, 2008

I was at the beach at a surf contest, and turned around to see this moment happening. Only got about three frames, and I liked this one the best. Had a really hard time converting to b&W, but I really hated the color version.

final edit.

converted to b&w from raw.
levels
additional gradient map
shadows and highlights.
contrast
usm
resize
usm
save for web
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WOW! What a week! I won't take any personal credit for this shot, and rather give the credit to this little girl who was having the time of her life! As soon as I took the picture, all i could think was "success!"

Thank you very much for your votes, and I really appreciate all of the nice comments before and after. Now I have to figure out how to get this verified, which I wasn't expecting to learn how to do so soon. ;-)




Statistics
Place: 1 out of 82
Avg (all users): 6.9215
Avg (commenters): 8.6364
Avg (participants): 6.4063
Avg (non-participants): 7.0252
Views since voting: 7076
Views during voting: 374
Votes: 191
Comments: 36
Favorites: 11 (view)


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06/15/2009 04:43:50 PM
Wow, her expression is priceless. She's having a time of her life... Great shot, great moment.
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08/30/2008 11:13:48 AM
Terminally cute! Nice job, and congrats on your blue!
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08/28/2008 08:34:06 PM
Wow is all I can say...
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07/01/2008 02:31:36 AM
congratulations on a fine shot
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06/30/2008 05:33:19 PM
Great capture, wonderful processing. Congrats on the ribbon.
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06/29/2008 11:24:09 AM
Moments like this are what makes us smile behind the lens.
Priceless. I feel as though I'm sharing in her joy.
Thank-you!
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06/26/2008 11:14:58 PM
One of my all time favorites ever! As a surfer and new Dad, this is the stoke I can't wait to see in my son's face. The photo put it on mine! Well Done!!!!!!

Message edited by author 2008-06-26 23:16:36.
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06/26/2008 09:57:18 AM
Congrats on the Blue Ribbon, Jaker! Great work.
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06/26/2008 09:16:23 AM
what a great capture. The expression on that girls face is priceless.
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06/25/2008 09:52:46 PM
Great photo Jake! Congrats on a well deserved blue ribbon.
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06/25/2008 03:22:23 PM
Oh, wow! A well deserved first place and personal best! Great job and congrats!
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06/25/2008 11:52:01 AM
omg!! look at you go!!! the BLUE!! congrats to you...
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06/25/2008 08:50:16 AM
Bravo , Jake, Outstanding image & well deserved ribbon !
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06/25/2008 05:55:47 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon Jake! I think you will be someone to watch. I foresee many such displays of virtual cloth in your future.
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06/25/2008 03:14:20 AM
congratulations so much on this awesome image ..
excellent shot and brilliant process .. :)
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06/25/2008 01:29:12 AM
Originally posted by Arpit_Bakshi:

Not a Blue Ribbon Material..
No Offence Meant..


Hah, are you serious with this?
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06/25/2008 12:52:12 AM
Congrats! I really like this shot. I have an 18 month old and it's something to see little ones learn things and try them out for the first time. She looks scared and excited at the same time :)
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06/25/2008 12:50:25 AM
This is an absolutely delightful image and a very worthy ribbon winner. Well seen and excelent work, Jake.
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06/25/2008 12:30:08 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon. Well deserved.
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06/25/2008 12:25:22 AM
Congrats on the ribbon!! Posed portraits are great, but captured moments like this are priceless!
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06/25/2008 12:24:46 AM
Double Congrats! New personal best by a whole point and a 1st!
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06/25/2008 12:17:21 AM
Not a Blue Ribbon Material..
No Offence Meant..


Message edited by author 2008-06-25 00:18:08.
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06/25/2008 12:17:12 AM
Priceless. Just awesome. No faves yet??! I'll take the first honor, sure there will be many to come.
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06/25/2008 12:05:17 AM
really really cute and well done!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/24/2008 04:06:54 PM
Sweet, sweet shot. . .

Nice capture and PP work !
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06/24/2008 02:23:38 PM
One of my favorites! Perfect contrast.
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06/23/2008 05:35:53 PM
This is fabulous! Definitely one of the ONLY shots that REALLY shows success. I wish I could see Daddy's face too. I bet his smile is just as big.
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06/21/2008 07:51:01 AM
cute
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06/21/2008 06:33:39 AM
This photo just lit up a grey English morning. Does it meet the challenge? YES! Is it brilliantly delivered YES. Good composition? YES Great black and white YES! An expression of absolute joy that encapsulates success fun and happy...wellllllll....YES YES YES 10 great job and thank you for sharing
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06/20/2008 06:59:28 PM
This looks great in B&W. Very cute too! 8
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06/20/2008 03:31:59 PM
Cute photo! Not sure if it meets the challenge though. Either way, i like it
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06/18/2008 06:17:35 PM
I love this shot!
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06/18/2008 02:18:18 PM
Hi Jake. Did I guess right? :-D

A wonderful image and I think B/W works great with this. I'd wish you good luck in the challenge, but somehow I don't think you'll need it. :-) My top pick for sure.
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06/18/2008 02:40:11 AM
I like the picture and the title...
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06/18/2008 01:28:47 AM
This is just the best....
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06/18/2008 12:27:19 AM
excellent
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