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The Holy Grail
2nd PlaceThe Holy Grail

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Challenge: The Ribbon (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Date: Aug 15, 2009
Aperture: f16
ISO: 800
Shutter: 5s
Galleries: Abstract, Advertisement
Date Uploaded: Aug 15, 2009

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How To:
I used the ribbon provided by ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Judi in the forums, inverted the black and white, and printed it at kinkos on card stock. Cut out the ribbon with a utility knife to create the stencil. Cut a tab in the card stock, and inserted it between discs of Season 2 of 24. Camera on tripod and timer, sparklers behind the stencil.

PP was straighten, crop, recovery, blacks, contrast, saturation, vibrance in RAW, more contrast, some burning of errant sparks to emphasize the shapes of the ribbon, change hue to blue, resize and adamus sharpening.

Place: 2 out of 72
Avg (all users): 6.6866
Avg (commenters): 8.2727
Avg (participants): 6.4324
Avg (non-participants): 6.7835
Views since voting: 5253
Views during voting: 335
Votes: 134
Comments: 20
Favorites: 7 (view)

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08/27/2009 01:38:13 AM
Wow, this is awesome. Thanks for sharing how it was done. A well deserved ribbon due to the creativity shown here. :)
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08/25/2009 05:58:25 PM
Very creative idea! Congrats on the ribbon!
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08/25/2009 06:39:43 AM
Sweet, nice going Brad! Great concept and nicely executed. Congrats on another ribbon. That's pretty cool that you and Jon are sharing some front page-time.
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08/24/2009 11:20:20 PM
I do have to repeat what I said in the forum. I actually think the stray sparks added a bit of character and made it a much more interesting photo. People don't realize that perfection is dull. There are tons of pictures of beautiful models--they don't interest me. Give me the old wrinkled woman with the sparkle in her eye. That's character!
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08/24/2009 06:14:53 AM
Wahooo...I am glad it came in handy...good work.
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08/24/2009 01:39:17 AM
How's the view from up there? Congrats buddy!
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08/24/2009 12:52:10 AM
Striking shot, very ribbon worthy. Also love the title ;-) Congrats, Brad.
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08/24/2009 12:05:47 AM
Great Photo! Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/23/2009 01:12:31 AM
how was this done!? very cool
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08/21/2009 03:33:44 PM
very creative! one of my top pics.....did you use a cut out and some sparklers? hopefully will tell us
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08/20/2009 09:18:37 PM
Absolutely wonderful! I noticed this the first night when I browsed through the entries. It's just a wonderful days later! I can hardly wait to see how it was done. - 10
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08/20/2009 12:08:46 AM
this is very pretty. looks like sparks from welding or something. how did you do it?
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08/19/2009 04:47:43 PM
Amazing 10
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08/18/2009 06:39:55 PM
Celevr, not sure how you've done this but I like it......
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08/18/2009 10:04:50 AM
VERY original, love it. great idea.
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08/17/2009 02:46:09 PM
the hairy grail ;-)
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08/17/2009 12:01:31 PM
This is cool - I like it.
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08/17/2009 09:36:27 AM
Good Luck sir! - No Vote
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08/17/2009 03:53:45 AM
this is awesome, hope it does well 10/10
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08/17/2009 01:05:23 AM
Great effect, would like to see how you put this one together. Nice clean shot, to the point and manages to be interesting in a challenge which makes it difficult to be original! Good job, 9 from me.
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