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timfythetoo


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Challenge: Where's Waldo? IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Date: Sep 3, 2009
Date Uploaded: Sep 3, 2009

[Sep. 13th, 2009 10:19:11 PM]

I almost didnt enter this. I figured that he wasn't really hiding in the shot like many people would prefer. He actually stands out pretty prominently IMO. However I got a $25 parking ticket for not feeding the meter at 8:30am on a Saturday morning (was away from the car for no more than 10 minutes). So I figured I paid for the shot I might as well enter it.

Votes: 125
Views: 358
Avg Vote: 6.8400
Comments: 10
Favorites: 1

Was in the 7's early on. Can't complain about this score at all. Might squeeze out a top 5. Doubt it will ribbon. Really low vote count is always a bummer on an entry taht is scoring well. Really thought more people would be voting. Oh well. Looking forward to rollover.
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Post Challenge - Whooh hooh! Another ribbon of my boy. We had fun in the alley downtown and the ribbon makes the parking ticket not so painful.

Looking at the breakdown in this challenge it worked out that my 5 highest scores given landed in the top 6 of the challenge. Had a couple of other 8 scores fall lower but 5 of the top 6 is interesting.
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Ok - so there seems to be a desire to know the editing steps involved here. I dont remember all of them specifically but I can share the general gist of my workflow. The above picture is the converted RAW image with no tweaks done to it.

First thing I did was convert in Lightroom with some basic steps - probably a direct positive and some minor tweaks. After conversion I did a crop and a slight Skew tweak to help straighten up the wall corner by my boy. I then ran an action called Super Fun Happy (from the totally rad action site) and did some tweaks on each individual layer (reduced opacity on the saturation and warmth layer and the main layer to bring back the sharpness, plus a bit of paintbrush work on the lighten and darken layers (if you dont have this free action I would recommend checking it out - I use it often to varying degrees). Next was a Bitchin' b&W action (from the same site) then shifted that layer to soft light and reduced the opacity. This gave me a more appealing contrast and color tone. There are several selective color and hue/sat tweaks to adjust the reds, remove the blues and darken the blacks. Dodging and burning galore as well as some spot desat on the windows. USM in the large version followed up with a faded USM in the resized version. I believe a paint brush set to color or something to match up the color of the wall on the right side to be similar to the left. Finished with the border.

I need to set PS to record my history proper so that I can give more detailed info. Needless to say I use many layers and many many duplicate tools (dodge, burn, sat/desat, selective color). Hope this helps those who are interested.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 73
Avg (all users): 6.9048
Avg (commenters): 7.3636
Avg (participants): 6.5000
Avg (non-participants): 7.0426
Views since voting: 7349
Views during voting: 367
Votes: 126
Comments: 42
Favorites: 7 (view)


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09/08/2011 12:52:04 AM
Far out this is GOOD !
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10/30/2009 07:25:38 AM
Adorable!
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09/30/2009 07:19:39 PM
Thank you so much for sharing your processing information! I love seeing originals, learning how you processed and visually seeing the magic that can be created in post processing if you are talented and have the skills. Now I'm going to go and look for that Action site!
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09/21/2009 01:37:50 PM
Originally posted by ElGordo:

Intriguing photograph, nicely grundged and gritty! From your description of the editing steps this was not a simple accomplishment,...

Thank you! And while the process wasn't "simple" it was alot of fun. I truly enjoy seeing where an image can go and sometimes taking the longer route to get there is half the fun. Many times in my work I don't necessarily have an end product that I am looking for. I just kind of fumble my way through.
09/17/2009 11:28:09 AM
Intriguing photograph, nicely grundged and gritty! From your description of the editing steps this was not a simple accomplishment, but I'll bet that Topaz Detail would have provided a very similar effect with just a couple key and mouse strokes. Of course, you would have use a Topaz compatible image editor! Congrats on a well earned ribbon!
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09/17/2009 10:33:53 AM
Thanks, greatly appreciated! I don't use to use Photoshop, even having it available here... I'll try the actions and see how they come... But still I find that I can get same results on PSP X2, I really enjoy it much more than Photoshop.
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09/16/2009 09:33:44 PM
Excellent photo! Good job! The use of your son in this picture is perfect! Clever idea!
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09/16/2009 06:17:18 PM
I'd like some details of the editing process for this photo... Could you please post it?
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09/16/2009 08:06:14 AM
Cool! Nice $25 ribbon! : ) It looks a little like your son is using a squatty. : )
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09/15/2009 07:58:36 AM
HEE HEE - I thought I recognized your itty bitty son, but I wasn't sure. Congrats!!!
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09/14/2009 10:50:37 PM
I liked this shot from the get go. It's not only the processing but the child's pose and angle from which we see him. The space all around him makes him look smaller than he is and adds to the feeling of being lost that I get when I view this.

A well deserved red.
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09/14/2009 07:10:46 PM
Originally posted by kellyo:

Can you tell us how you processed this? Congrats on the ribbon.
Ya! Me too! Big congrats on your red, Tim! Love the processing and the composition.
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09/14/2009 11:39:16 AM
Love your editing, congrats on the ribbon.
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09/14/2009 10:44:27 AM
Congrats, Tim! A wonderful, playful shot.

Sorry about your ticket. I'm sure your son was interested in finding out that adults have to follow the rules, too.
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09/14/2009 10:08:41 AM
Hey, Tim....can you send your kids over to me for the weekend? They seem to be Good Luck Charms for you....uhhhh.....that and your tutu! ;-P

Congrats, Tim!!! Really great photo!!!
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09/14/2009 09:38:06 AM
Congrats Tim.
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09/14/2009 09:08:43 AM
Congrats! Great image.
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09/14/2009 08:49:47 AM
well done on getting the red
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09/14/2009 08:23:43 AM
Can you tell us how you processed this? Congrats on the ribbon.
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09/14/2009 06:17:25 AM
Haha! I knew you were trouble as soon as I saw your name! Congrats on the ribbon--wonderful shot! I'd pay $25 for a ribbon as well!
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09/14/2009 03:51:17 AM
WTG Tim!!! Congrats on your well deserved ribbon!!
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09/14/2009 02:49:22 AM
Congrats, Timfy, well done. Nice to share the FP with you again. Interestingly, my 6 highest rated shots made the top 7, too

Message edited by author 2009-09-14 02:53:47.
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09/14/2009 02:24:38 AM
Congrats, Tim! Excellent job!
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09/14/2009 02:23:54 AM
Heh - seemed it ribboned after all. :-)
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09/14/2009 01:16:24 AM
The tension's gripping. Brilliant idea and editing Tim, congrats!
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09/14/2009 12:33:20 AM
Originally posted by Pug-H:

Congratulations again, Tim. I see I wasn't the only one who could tell whose this was. ;-)
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09/14/2009 12:21:43 AM
Congratulations again, Tim. I see I wasn't the only one who could whose this was. ;-)
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09/14/2009 12:17:11 AM
I didn't vote this challenge so I'm seeing this for the first time, and it's jaw dropping gorgeous (and very cool too)! Congrat's Tim!
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09/14/2009 12:11:11 AM
You just keep keeping on! Well Done! I like that I know you and can count on your advise.
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09/14/2009 12:09:43 AM
Congrats! it's really a nice image!
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09/14/2009 12:04:53 AM
Great shot... love the grungy feel to it. I had this pegged for a ribbon during voting, so I am glad you got the red :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/13/2009 10:52:48 PM
Nice image, good hiding spot, 7.
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09/11/2009 04:31:56 PM
This shot scores high marks from me. I like the dark feel of the image and of what the persons "seems" to be doing.
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09/10/2009 01:18:41 AM
That looks like Aiden. ;-)
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09/08/2009 03:32:13 AM
If i'm not wrong, I'm seeing Waldo Thetoo. Oustanding image,Lights, colours and PP are perfect. Very nice!
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09/07/2009 11:10:21 PM
Very cool editing!
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09/07/2009 10:01:38 PM
awesome processing & perfect angle for this shot...
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09/07/2009 09:25:24 PM
What a place to go for a carp. eheh Very well done photo. Love the colours throughout.
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09/07/2009 01:10:54 PM
That's not Waldo, that's Aidan! LOL Nice photo, a signature ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' timfythetoo photo.
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09/07/2009 12:12:32 PM
Oh my gosh. I really want to learn how to do editing like this. This is gorgeous! 10!
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09/07/2009 10:39:18 AM
Ooooh. .. I like this urban grungy look. Nicely done
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09/07/2009 12:58:04 AM
For some unknown reason, I like this photo a lot.
:)
10
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