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Challenge: Where's Waldo? IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D60
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G DX VR
Location: Colorado
Date: Sep 6, 2009
Galleries: Black and White, High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Date Uploaded: Sep 6, 2009

This is taken west of Manitou Springs, Colorado at Graffiti Falls. Its the underside of a bridge that's absolutely COVERED with graffiti. There's also a waterfall to the left of where this picture is taken. The scenery changes all the time as graffiti is legal there and people come with spray paint cans and express themselves over and over other people's expressions. My "Waldo" is my brother Andrew in a hooded jacket. He had to hold REALLY still for about 8 different 3 second exposures of the same shot.

Post Processing was mainly just combining 4 different exposures in PS to even out the lighting--sort of a fake HDR actually-- and then evening it out more with levels and masking. I had initially wanted to keep it in color because the graffiti was in all sorts of awesome colors. But the black and white just seemed to unify the picture and hide my "Waldo" better. I hope it does well!

--- Oh Wow!!! 4th! Thanks everyone... this is my PB by far! Eep!

Place: 4 out of 73
Avg (all users): 6.5935
Avg (commenters): 7.9091
Avg (participants): 6.5455
Avg (non-participants): 6.6111
Views since voting: 3717
Views during voting: 343
Votes: 123
Comments: 16
Favorites: 2 (view)

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02/21/2010 08:19:52 PM
Just saw this for the first time. Really an excellent piece of work. FWIW, "combining 4 different exposures to even out the light" is exactly what HDR actually is :-) The levels and masking you had to apply afterward is the manual equivalent of HDR tone mapping functions. What you did here represents the *origins* of HDR processing, which has now been automated by a lot of different programs. But there are MANY serious landscape photographers who still prefer to do it the way you did this, because it looks more natural that way.

Obviously, I'm not one of 'em :-) But I admire this. Good work!
09/14/2009 08:51:01 AM
very moody shot, well done
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09/14/2009 07:18:26 AM
Had this in my top 3 images for the challenge (1st and 3rd were the other 2). I had a feeling that this might be a hotpasta image. Congrats on the Hm and new PB.
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09/14/2009 02:51:32 AM
Congrats on the HM, excellent shot!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/13/2009 11:33:01 PM
Your "hide" captured the mood and message brilliantly. Nicely done.
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09/13/2009 10:42:17 PM
Nice p.o.v. It really makes you search. 9. btw, great editing.
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09/13/2009 02:23:13 PM
Love the b/w treatment and the idea. Best so far. Good luck.
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09/12/2009 11:45:15 AM
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09/10/2009 01:38:40 AM
great texture, light, and shadow 7
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09/08/2009 08:09:28 PM
wow this photo really speaks to me! I hope it will be available as a print it's amazing =]
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09/08/2009 04:21:59 PM
a no-brainer 10
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09/07/2009 11:02:08 PM
I love a challenge and this one gave me one. Found him and think this is really well done! The B&W are perfect for this!
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09/07/2009 11:01:41 PM
My favorite in the challenge.
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09/07/2009 04:43:39 PM
Dark and dramatic. I think I see someone sitting down with a hooded shirt on.
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09/07/2009 10:42:22 AM
This one is very cool!
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09/07/2009 12:19:45 AM
in the center top crevice? I can't make out enough to be sure.
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