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Battleship grey
2nd PlaceBattleship grey
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Selective Desaturation (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S3000
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Date: Jun 18, 2004
Aperture: F8.2
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/420
Galleries: Digital Art, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Jun 19, 2004

Several naval vessels docked at Leith (N. of Edinburgh)for rest during ?NATO manoevres. Picture cropped and colour image increased for contrast and saturation. Duplicate layer created, desaturated, curves applied to enhance sky. Water region deleted to allow colour layer to show through. Image flattened and passed through NeatImage to clean up sky (but should have passed colour layer through independently as blue noise not removed very well).

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 227
Avg (all users): 6.8660
Avg (commenters): 8.4667
Avg (participants): 6.8189
Avg (non-participants): 6.9390
Views since voting: 10853
Votes: 209
Comments: 67
Favorites: 55 (view)


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04/05/2008 12:19:27 AM
Wow.
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12/16/2005 06:14:50 AM
I've just had a look at this, this is pretty neat, I have a battleship shot, so I'm going to try something similar now...:)
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11/22/2005 05:18:19 PM
Wow, this is yummi!
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10/11/2005 12:27:01 PM
Wow... What a fantastic shot and perfect use of selective desat. Outstanding... Instant Favorite!
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07/07/2005 06:07:55 PM
Absolutely perfect photo. I love it.
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11/09/2004 10:11:34 PM
I really like the division of grayscale and color!! The clarity of the shot is great! Good work.
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08/06/2004 01:42:29 PM
A very hypnotic image. The eyes just dance about in delight.
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07/02/2004 06:25:15 PM
beautiful composition, great.
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07/02/2004 09:16:07 AM
This is absolutely beautiful and I love the color. I do not see the noise you mention in the comments. Looks just perfect to me. Could it be that you are a perfectionist? Good! Bobbie
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06/29/2004 04:52:05 PM
Congratulations on your first ribbon! I love this shot :)
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06/29/2004 09:29:10 AM
Well done Ben, it definitely deserved the blue ribbon! We look forward to seeing your photos of Slovenia.
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06/29/2004 09:04:13 AM
Very nicely done. I think this should have gotten the blue ribbon.
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06/29/2004 06:02:07 AM
GREAT shot, congrats on getting 2nd place with it :)
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06/28/2004 02:13:17 PM
this is an amazing image. congrats
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06/28/2004 01:24:01 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon! Beautiful picture.
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06/28/2004 01:22:20 PM
Great choice of desaturation! Love this shot! great work!

Yanik
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06/28/2004 08:05:24 AM
Congratulations!
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06/28/2004 05:31:34 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon!
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06/28/2004 04:18:03 AM
Contrats on the red. I like the negitive space.
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06/28/2004 03:25:30 AM
Well done Ben..If I remember correctly, I predicted that you were heading for a ribbon..glad to see it come true for you.

Congratulations,
Gordon
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06/28/2004 02:35:50 AM
Congrats on the Ribbon!
I just knew this would be a high scoring picture..
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06/28/2004 01:49:13 AM
Well deserved Ben.
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06/28/2004 01:41:08 AM
Wonderful photo and subject. Congrats on the ribbon!
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06/28/2004 01:08:09 AM
Congratulations! A fine work.
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06/28/2004 12:59:23 AM
Super shot, gratz Ben
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06/28/2004 12:58:29 AM
Very cool picture. An unusual use of selective desat, a way I would never thought to use. Love the juxtaposition of colored water and gray sky, really draws attention to the ships, which lie just in the center. Very creative and original, well done!

Lee
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06/28/2004 12:49:39 AM
Thanks for all the comments...much appreciated. Congrats also to Gordon and Laurie for their well-deserved ribbons. I shall now retire to low 5 scores where I feel much more comfortable! Away for a few weeks now in Slovenia...hope to bring back some good pix. Thanks again and bye!!
06/28/2004 12:47:45 AM
this makes me feel like the ship has transported thru time to the present. wonderful photography, wonderful imagery!
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06/28/2004 12:42:22 AM
Wow! That is the first thing that came to mind when I looked at your image. It is breathtaking!
Congratulations on your first ribbon - you earned it and them some!
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06/28/2004 12:38:39 AM
Way to go Ben! Normally, selective desatuation is not one of my favorite techniques, but it really works well in this photo. Good job!
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06/28/2004 12:31:51 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon. Truly excellent shot.
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06/28/2004 12:25:28 AM
Congrats on the Red and lovely shot....:) Best wishes for future ribbons.
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06/28/2004 12:22:02 AM
Congrats on the win. Beautiful photo.
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06/28/2004 12:21:36 AM
Have to say.. I thought this was the winner but 2nd is a fantastic achievement well done this pic ROCKS
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06/28/2004 12:19:22 AM
Congrats on your ribbon!!!! :o)
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06/28/2004 12:17:53 AM
just plain, awesome!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/27/2004 02:33:23 PM
I've looked at this one several times this week. I really like the blues in the reflection. The angle is nice; very effective. One tiny nitpick is the back end of the ship right past the "812" is cut off, but that's tiny. Very well done. :o)
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06/27/2004 11:46:36 AM
Very cool color. Good thinking with the desatiration.
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06/27/2004 07:41:59 AM
Nice!!!!!
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06/26/2004 06:46:35 PM
Voted ten 10s on this comp
The most tens i have given
This is one of them with out a doubt
well done
good luck
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06/25/2004 03:13:47 PM
Wow, so far the winner in my opinion. GREAT choice on leaving the water colored!! And the rest of the B&W is perfect. Love this one. 9.
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06/25/2004 01:28:35 AM
Great shot, and the desaturation works very well here. I think this will be top 10
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06/24/2004 08:27:37 PM
Nice effect - Atrocities Above and Calmness Below...
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06/23/2004 11:03:08 PM
This shot is truly amazing the sky looks good, I think it could have been a little darker though, the ship looks awesome and the reflection, the blue color is great, I would be a fool if I would give this less than a 10, Good luck :)
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06/23/2004 10:54:07 PM
I like this one. It looks like the water is giving them their substance while the b/w gives them a dangerous and gloomy appearance.
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06/23/2004 10:05:54 PM
great title. wonderful image. your tones are excellent and the composition is very striking
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06/23/2004 08:27:21 PM
I love this photo! Strong contrast, the lighting, the emotion.. very powerful. Excellent choice to leave the reflection in color, almost leaves you wondering which is reality. You should score highly with this photo, my pick for top3.
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06/23/2004 06:39:06 PM
Creative approach to challenge!
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06/23/2004 12:07:52 PM
very nice entry, good depth of field; I wish the background was just a bit lighter in the area rigth above the ships, the superstructure loses definition there by blending into the background
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06/22/2004 11:53:48 PM
unique
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06/22/2004 11:52:49 PM
My favorite photo so far, and I am just about done voting, nice work.
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06/22/2004 11:37:48 PM
I love the title and subject. The sky is very dramatic and it may have been nice to see a little more contrast between the ship's towers and the sky. Possibly some dodging or levels adjustment in Pshop? ..... 7
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06/22/2004 10:51:08 PM
Beautiful. 8
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06/22/2004 09:05:51 PM
Something about this bugs me, but I'm not sure what it is. I think, that its the blue. I dunno though. I think this would be an awesome photo in color or black and white, not a mixture. 5.
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06/22/2004 07:00:06 PM
Excellent shot and lends itself to the effect nicely.
ok, I'm clutching at straws here but feel the blue of the water maybe makes this a little more surreal than I'd have liked. The title really lends itself to this picture. Calling out for a print (but I guess you know this :)
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06/22/2004 06:14:23 PM
Great! I really like this one. The composition is very nice. Placing the horizon on the lower third was a good choice here. The big, desaturated sky works well with the main subject. Excellent work! A big 10 from me.
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06/22/2004 12:46:44 PM
I really like your take on the challenge. It seems very original to me and it is quite a breathtaking shot. The water looks amazing and really stands out against the B&W background. One of my favorites of the challenge!
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06/22/2004 12:38:23 PM
Here's the winner -
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06/22/2004 10:34:22 AM
One of my favs. 10
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06/22/2004 01:19:31 AM
Just exquisite. Hope there is a print.
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06/21/2004 09:26:24 PM
thats my only ten in this challenge I hope you do well!
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06/21/2004 07:43:39 PM
hey this is a creative one! i likes!
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06/21/2004 04:19:04 PM
great idea. Wish i'd thought of it myself... 9
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06/21/2004 02:32:35 PM
Good work! 8
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06/21/2004 02:44:25 AM
Just too much color in all the wrong places. You should have greyscaled the water and left only the colored reflection.
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06/21/2004 01:35:50 AM
Cool.
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06/21/2004 12:33:17 AM
this shot is just gorgeous. 10
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