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Coal Fired
Coal Fired

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Challenge: Image Grain IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm IS USM
Location: Madison, WI
Date: Nov 12, 2011
Aperture: 9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/30 - 1/2
Galleries: Vintage, High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Date Uploaded: Nov 12, 2011

I had a couple ideas when this came up, all revolving around old/industrial style shots (and I suspect we will see a lot of that). I had take a shot similar to this a few months ago, when there were no weeds in the tracks. There was also a cool cloud cover then, something I wasn't lucky enough to get this time. But I still like how this turned out.

In post processing, I was trying to enhance the industrial feel. Included in that is my first border in a long time. I think the white border adds a bit more of a vintage feeling, so in this case I think it enhances the photo instead of detracting.

Post Processing:
* Combine three exposures in Nik HDR Efex Pro
* Remove dust spot
* Crop
* Topaz B&W Effects to get the washed out colors, grain, and border
* Decrease saturation with higher vibrancy
* Increase orange saturation
* Export as TIFF
* Resize
* Sharpen Edges
* Save as JPEG

Place: 113 out of 179
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/20/2011 10:37:37 AM
I suspect this lost most of the grain effect when you re-sized to 800, which is unfortunate. Interesting composition. The line of smoke stacks seen in perspective nicely balance and complement the rail tracks, providing a diagonal element to an otherwise horizontally divided photo.
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11/15/2011 12:25:38 AM
wheres the grain?
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