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Challenge: Michael Jackson Song/Lyrics (Expert Editing*)
Collection: Silly Stuff
Camera: Nikon D200
Location: Springfield, VA
Date: Jul 4, 2009
Galleries: Humorous
Date Uploaded: Jul 5, 2009

This has got to be one of the silliest timewasters I've ever indulged in! I don't think Expert Editing is my thing ;-) It takes me FOREVER.

Our subject is ... in its natural state ... a Great Spangled Fritillary who came visiting yesterday. 3 shots of him, 2 of a hat, and one of a glove. Used my Sigma zoom for the butterfly and my Nikon 50mm for the hat and glove.

Used multiple butterfly images because the song title is plural. Would have been a lot easier if it had been singular!!

PP - converted all from RAW, levels, white balance.

Cloned hat trim to look smoother, desaturated it, dodged it so it would look like a white ribbon on each hat. Selected hats as objects and converted to duotone B&W.

Selected glove as an object, increased brightness and contrast.

Used big butterfly image as my base. Dodged butterfly a bit (mostly eyes). Added shrunken hat, made antennaes into objects so they could stick out of the hat, added shrunken glove. Rotated/skewed additions as needed. Added shadow under the brim of the hat.

Repeated for other butterflies (one just has the hat), then selected them (clothed) as objects and pasted them into the main image. Blurred and shrunk them so they'd look like they were in the background more.

Cloned and touched up about a bazillion things in the background to smooth out all the rough edges from my imprecise object definitions. I am really not good at this! Also connected a couple of stems so nothing was floating in space.

After all was merged and blended, resized, increased contrast, sharpened, added border, blurred forground hat a bit more (looked too sharp to me in comparison to the butterfly face ... different lenses and lighting so not a surprise). Dodged main butterfly some more and then cloned some color onto a bright spot in the flowers. I'm overprocessing this one like crazy ;-)

Originals (noting this for myself, mostly, so I don't forget): butterflies 6, 43 and 54; hats 8 and 15; glove 1.

Place: 17 out of 75
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07/14/2009 12:36:43 PM
Great job Mary - Congrats on nice finish !
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07/13/2009 07:43:17 AM
You pulled this off nicely. Nice job Mary! Very funny!
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07/13/2009 12:19:38 AM
you did a great job with this!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/12/2009 11:47:06 PM
Soooo cute! Love the hat... oh and GLOVE! Hilarious.
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07/12/2009 07:38:00 AM
I like this - as it seems one of the very few entries in this challenge that actually shows some creativity.
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07/08/2009 06:51:49 PM
Very cool! Love it!
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07/08/2009 08:24:40 AM
This is so damn clever and well done. Love it. 10
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07/07/2009 09:05:04 PM
Challenge Relevance:7 Impact/Emotion/Mood:6 Technicals:6 Processing:6 Creativity:8
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07/07/2009 08:45:21 PM
Love the hat touch!
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07/07/2009 08:33:32 PM
Cute hat!
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07/06/2009 09:37:59 PM
Holy Crap! I totally missed the hat on the butterfly the first time around... Freakin hilarious... Well done!
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07/06/2009 06:59:05 PM
lol, too cute
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07/06/2009 10:10:06 AM
lock up the little caterpillers!
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07/06/2009 09:07:30 AM
love the little fedora..clever! :)
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07/06/2009 01:38:11 AM
BAHAHA!!!!! thats so freaking funny!!!
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07/06/2009 01:22:58 AM
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