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Salvaging Hope
Salvaging Hope

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Challenge: Free Study 2009-11 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Location: Mason Studios, Santa Barbara, CA
Date: Nov 13, 2009
Aperture: f/2.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Emotive
Date Uploaded: Nov 13, 2009

Re-shoot of my "Flower Hands" photo. This is from the same shoot as the photo with the shell. I've already been called on the Joey influence on that one, so I'm curious to see if I get any similar comments on this one.

Edit (Camera RAW):
- Clarity
- White Balance
- Upped blacks
- Slight recovery
- Slight desaturation

Edit (CS4):
- Clone out little piece of shirt and pad front person was kneeling on
- Curves to correct skin tone a bit
- Created a new layer and brought brightness all the way down and contrast all the way up (x2)
- Used layer mask to bring back hands, flowers, and part of floor
- Copied blue channel and pasted it into a new layer > dropped opacity
- Sharpen with high pass
- Added two different layers of Gaussian blur, lowered opacity, then brought back the flowers (I think one layer had some blur showing through even in the flowers to make them look like they were glowing)
- Crop
- Resize
- Save

This is edit #5 million. I've asked a few people for opinions and no one agreed, so I hope I chose the right one. Hoping for a second 6+ score, but I know that'll be tough since this is a free study.

A few people commented on the OOF flowers on the floor. The hands were slightly farther away from the camera than the flowers on the floor were, so they were naturally OOF. Their leaves were tack sharp, but that looked weird, so I blurred the leaves to match the petals. I purposely shot with the bottom flowers soft, but now that so many people commented on it, I wish I had tried both ways.

One of the other edits I did had less space between the hands and the flowers, but for fear of a DQ, I entered this one without the middle chopped out.

Thank you for all the lovely comments!

Place: 41 out of 366
Avg (all users): 6.3487
Avg (commenters): 6.6000
Avg (participants): 6.3148
Avg (non-participants): 6.4318
Views since voting: 959
Views during voting: 202
Votes: 152
Comments: 13
Favorites: 4 (view)

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06/18/2010 05:00:48 AM
this one is gorgeous! Very artistic!!
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12/09/2009 02:46:40 AM
I echo Ameed's sentiments here. I am astonished to see the low votes. Ah well, nothing to be done about that I guess, each to his own, but this is a beautiful image and I'm sorry it did not score higher.
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12/08/2009 11:10:15 AM
Ok seriously, Site Councils should invent a way to remotly bunch the a$$holes who gave this picture 1,2,3 and 4.
Man this is one of the most beautiful pictures I've seen lately, the kind of I love to see hanging on my wall,
Don't let any low score put you down .. it is simply wonderful .. very well done,
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2009 10:02:55 PM
I prefer the one with the shell because this one is just too "saccharine" for my taste. Still a great shot though. 7
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12/07/2009 09:10:52 PM
I think I saw another picture by you in a recent challenge. This one is also great! Now I have to go find that other one to see if I commented...
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12/07/2009 06:21:33 PM
I wish the roses lying there would be in focus as well, but tis photo is breathtaking anyway.
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12/06/2009 08:35:26 PM
This feels like it was a carefully designed, set-up, and lit shot. Well captured and presented. But the flower colors don't feel very hopeful to me. Feels more like a lost hope shot.
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12/06/2009 04:33:26 AM
I like this a lot, 9 from me - best in the challenge IMHO - could perhaps have also included focus on the lower flowers?
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12/05/2009 10:38:30 AM
Interesting. I'm a little weirded out by the pattern on the arms matching the pattern on the floor/table/whatever below. Makes me think of chameleon-like aliens. But with tender hearts ;-)
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12/03/2009 08:51:58 PM
the dirty hands people need better dirt
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12/02/2009 12:48:18 PM
personally I like the sea shell better...I will be interested in how this does in comparison...and here are my thoughts...less arms shown...closer to the roses at the bottom of the picture...I still really like this alot mind you...
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12/01/2009 02:50:18 PM
OK, I'm going through the Free Study submissions, purposefully finding those images I think are shot with a less conventional eye - this is one of those images! Thanks for offering something that isn't just DPC friendly eye-candy (though of course there's nothing wrong with eye-candy). I'll be picking one of these images for the Mu (most underrated) award:

Positives:Sometimes this search for the less conventional also yields images that span mass and niche appeal - this is one of those images. This is a very, very well executed image - seriously great lighting, excellent coloration and a great title too. The composition is excellent too.

Critical stuff: Not much, I'm not sure what I think of the slightly blurred lower flowers, but given that the surface is sharp, this must have been an artistic choice.

Overall: A very well crafted image which communicates a vision - I imagine that this is exactly what you set out to achieve. I hope it does well for you. It deserves to.
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12/01/2009 01:33:39 AM
This reminds me Joey's photo. nice 7
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