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A Candy Cane
A Candy Cane

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Challenge: All I Want for Christmas (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Date: Dec 21, 2008
Aperture: f10
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/15s
Galleries: Studio, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Dec 21, 2008

Open RAW in DPP
Adjust Brightness
Convert to JPEG
Open in CS3
Lots of healing and cloning on the candy to clean it up and make it perfect on a new layer.
Curves Adjustment layer
Channel Mixer Adjustment layer Monochrome, red to black and green and blue for brightness of whites, adjust mode to screen, opacity to 26%
Some smudging on the candy to make it smoother, reduce layer opacity to 50%
New Layer converted to B&W. Made reds really black, changed blending mode to multiply opacity to 50%
Flattened all
USM @ 150, 1.5, 2
Resize for challenge
GB @ 1px use fade command to 5%
USM @ 50, .5, 0
History brush set to resize on everything but the canes
Canvas size to add border
Resize again for challenge

Place: 31 out of 89
Avg (all users): 5.8650
Avg (commenters): 6.1667
Avg (participants): 5.4773
Avg (non-participants): 6.0084
Views since voting: 1111
Views during voting: 356
Votes: 163
Comments: 8
Favorites: 2 (view)

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12/29/2008 01:50:31 AM
Not bad considering the competition! Shoulda gone with something similar to last years. ;-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/28/2008 04:35:59 PM
Can't vote on this one, but I hope it does very well! :)
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12/28/2008 03:39:15 PM
A very well done set up. You have obviously spent alot of time creating this festive image. Good luck and happy holidays.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/27/2008 11:11:52 AM
good idea. one of my top picks...
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12/23/2008 04:13:25 PM
This would be a great stock/postcard!
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12/23/2008 02:43:38 PM
Nice arrangement and colors. LOVE the shadows. But the lighting is uninspired and flat.
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12/22/2008 08:25:59 AM
Love the way you set these up.
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12/22/2008 07:48:21 AM
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