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Betty's Oceanview Diner, Berkeley, Ca
1st PlaceBetty's Oceanview Diner, Berkeley, Ca
BrennanOB


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Oceanview, Berkeley, CA
Date: Jul 6, 2011
Aperture: f/5.0
ISO: 250
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Architecture, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Jul 7, 2011

[Jul. 11th, 2011 11:10:53 PM]

I knew I wanted to shoot this dinner since it is my second favorite looking diner I have ever been to. Best looking is Miss Florence Diner in Florence Mass. Bette's closes at 2:30 (breakfast and lunch only) so I got there around 3:00 and waited while the staff finished the books and cleaned up. Once they were out, I shot this through the front window. The light from the back window was a bit hash, so I hid the reflection off the floor as best I could behind the bar stools.

The main issues in processing were to minimise the glare, and to bring up the latent colors in a fairly flat light, since I wanted it toned in candy colored funscape. I brought three varients in exposure into PS from the same RAW exposure to brighten up the corners and knock back the blowouts. Once I did that I copied the file in layers the top one I took into Topaz and used spiceify as a start to get the colors up to match the fiesta wear on the right hand shelves. i used that layer at 45% opacity. Layer two was shifed to black and while and used at 17% opacity on overlay. Third layer was pretty straight. Flattened, DeNoised, USMed, and saved for web, then UMS again.
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Statistics
Place: 1 out of 57
Avg (all users): 7.4048
Avg (commenters): 8.7895
Avg (participants): 6.8824
Avg (non-participants): 7.5978
Views since voting: 6970
Views during voting: 337
Votes: 126
Comments: 53
Favorites: 12 (view)


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10/05/2012 08:47:56 PM
How did you get to take this image when it was empty ..before they opened..great blend of colors
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09/30/2012 01:13:55 AM
I like the idea of bringing out the colors from the light.
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07/18/2011 11:16:40 PM
That's a fun looking place. Congratulations on the blue ribbon, and thanks for providing the processing details.

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07/18/2011 03:46:59 PM
Well deserved! Adding to favs.
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07/18/2011 07:19:14 AM
Fabulous shot! Congrats on the ribbon, and thanks for the post-processing details!
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07/18/2011 01:36:50 AM
Perfect colors and lighting. Fantastic shot! I love this place!
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07/17/2011 12:36:04 PM
PP is perfect! love this.
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07/16/2011 03:35:38 PM
Fantastic,well done
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07/15/2011 02:40:30 PM
Just love the wild diner color in this. Congratulations!
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07/15/2011 02:40:22 PM
Wow! Great processing. I don't think I would have ever thought of the layering you did and squeezing in a b/w layer in between.
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07/15/2011 02:33:15 PM
Congratulations on your Blue! This could be an ad for Bette's. The PP suits your great shot of this classic diner!
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07/15/2011 02:16:54 PM
Originally posted by kichu:

SUCH a fantastic shot! :)
Um...why is the pie flying? Was that on the window, or hanging or am I seeing things or....


Nope a giant 3' slice of plastic pie is hanging over the cash registrar. Kind of weird.
07/15/2011 12:42:01 PM
SUCH a fantastic shot! :)
Um...why is the pie flying? Was that on the window, or hanging or am I seeing things or....
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07/15/2011 12:08:54 PM
Super duper and a big congratz
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07/15/2011 10:35:04 AM
Ah, lovely. This shows that post-processing can be artistic and 'creative' (whatever that means).
Your rendition looks as if it was taken from the pages of The Saturday Evening Post circa 1950.
fabulous job.
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07/15/2011 09:39:09 AM
Love the colors in this photo. Awesome job.
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07/15/2011 05:37:41 AM
Congratulations,it was tip for the top,super duper stuff.
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07/15/2011 02:33:34 AM
This is a superb image. I see that this one didn't just drop in your lap either. It took some planning, good shooting, and a lot of thoughtful processing to get it to look this great. It's one of those shots where the photographer's concept and talent make the end result a work of excellence. Congrats on the new ribbon too!
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07/15/2011 02:12:35 AM
Fantastic, Brennan! Truly fabulous. Congrats on the candy. Er, bling. Um, ribbon.
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07/15/2011 01:58:06 AM
Congrats was my favourite in the first second
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07/15/2011 01:09:33 AM
I really like your processing here!! Congrats on the blue!
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07/15/2011 01:05:27 AM
Love all the colors, they almost look surreal. Congratulations on the blue, Brennan!
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07/15/2011 12:58:36 AM
Well done, those colours are so good.
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07/15/2011 12:30:26 AM
wow. THROUGH A WINDOW!

Brilliant! congrats!
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07/15/2011 12:26:48 AM
Such color, congrats on the blue.
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07/15/2011 12:24:21 AM
Loved the color burst. Congrats Brennan!
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07/15/2011 12:07:26 AM
Hey, great work, Brennan! Congrats on blue!
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07/15/2011 12:06:15 AM
Excellent shot of an old time diner .. congratulations
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07/15/2011 12:05:52 AM
Clown pushed to the right ;)

Congrats :)
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07/15/2011 12:04:40 AM
Way cool! Congratulations!
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07/15/2011 12:03:03 AM
Great shot one of the nines is mine!! Congratulation on a well deserved blue!
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07/15/2011 12:02:04 AM
Clear winner, congrats.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/14/2011 07:03:43 PM
Cool retro colors. I like this in portrait.
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07/14/2011 06:05:55 PM
I hope this gets the blue. Amazing colors and a nice view of a classy, yet typical diner. How in the world did you get a shot of it empty?
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07/14/2011 12:55:08 PM
great job with the colors.
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07/14/2011 11:13:18 AM
Wow! Like the pp very much.
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07/14/2011 01:12:47 AM
Outstanding. Great depth and color! This better get a ribbon! :-)
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07/10/2011 07:16:51 PM
Just absolutely one helluva image--although I don't think I'll pay attention to the sign.
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07/10/2011 04:07:17 PM
Great retro look. Excellent.
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07/10/2011 12:05:57 PM
Very nicely composed and your processing which I might not like with most scenes seems very appropriate here. Well done and good luck!
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07/10/2011 04:33:44 AM
Love the colors and view you captured here.
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07/09/2011 09:02:25 PM
My fave! Love the depth, color, everything!
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07/09/2011 04:59:12 PM
Lovely tone...9, how do you make it?
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07/09/2011 05:46:49 AM
Fun colors and perspective.
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07/08/2011 07:46:27 PM
Great!! This is was Diners are all about. I really like the bold colors.
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07/08/2011 05:56:21 PM
best shot .. could not find anything wrong in the shot !!!
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07/08/2011 03:01:17 PM
Best of the bunch
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07/08/2011 12:49:57 PM
Great shot and processing.My tip for the top spot.
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07/08/2011 10:16:01 AM
Pretty in Pink! That`s how I remembering a Diner.
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07/08/2011 09:37:38 AM
The attack of the giant pie! great color. Nice shot!
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07/08/2011 09:08:43 AM
Nice interior shot. Great colors. Should send this one to them for their website. Or even have one framed for their wall.
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07/08/2011 08:24:49 AM
Love the 'flying pie"!
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07/08/2011 12:56:02 AM
So cartoonish, so wonderful, so bright, 10.
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