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Slow and Steady       ©2009 RolandB
Canon PowerShot SX10 IS       2nd place, 148 points
1/50s, f6.3, ISO 200, 286mm, ?, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Multiply layer; masking; dodging/burning; brightness/contrast; increase saturation; crop, resize and high-pass sharpening.       Extra Info: None
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Jade O.
Aug 13, 2009
    Roland, That link opens to a great (self-)portrait --and that mug looks like a cross between Harrison Ford and Sean Connery (the older sexier version) don't you think? ;-()
I am familiar with the one photo processed into multiple f-stops technique. It is a favourite of mine to increase dynamic range. I was a late convert to digital but it is a wonderful medium to work with.

Aug 13, 2009
    Congrats on your 2nd place Roland!! really a nice pic, and a great PP applied. Well done!!

Aug 13, 2009
    Jade O -- I haven't used Qtpfsgui 1.9 Hdr software, but looking at their website it seems very good. I use Photomatix Pro 3.0 and have pretty happy with it.

If you're interested, MY method for HDR & tonemapping is somewhat different. It involves only 1 photo, processed with different exposures, originally exposed to avoid blowouts, and processed with photomatix. A sample of the result can be seen here: http://www.fujimugs.com/challenge/entry.php?entry=7621

Thanks for your info about Qtpfsgui. I like to learn about new things.

Roland (mole)

Jade O.
Aug 12, 2009
    Mole. I'm posting here in hopes you'll see the comments.
In checking I found that amazingly, Qtpfsgui 1.9 Hdr software actually saves the settings for you; and I tried and could reproduce the image so here is the technique:
Choose two samples of the same image at two f-stops. Offset one slightly to enhance grain. Tone-map resulting combined image then apply the following settings:
Operator-Mantiuk, Contrast Factor 6.286, Saturation Factor 1.833, Detail Factor 84.1, Pre |gamma 0.679 and click apply. Then choose Adjust Levels in the Menu Bar and adjust to taste. If you or anyone else is interested, I can walk you through with screen savers which I suppose I would post in the forum section if someone will tell me how to post images there. The actual Contrast/Saturation/Detail settings to use varies depending on how far apart the f-stops are, but it is the final Adjust Levels step that breathes life into the image.

Aug 12, 2009
    Congratulations mole!

Aug 12, 2009
    Congratulations on the photo and the technique.

Aug 12, 2009
    Congratulations on your 2nd place finish!

Jade O.
Aug 12, 2009
    Thanks for the explanation Mole. I'll try to remember that when I have the same conditions. More proof that a great image starts with getting the exposure right.

Aug 11, 2009
    Thanks, Jade O. The reason I used ISO 200 was to get as great a depth of field as possible. This guy just kept MOVING, in and out of shady areas. I didn't want to go any higher for fear of noise.

And even though there were a lot of steps in the PP, I was lucky to start off with a well exposed image and it didn't really change it that dramatically.

Thanks for your comments and vote!

Jade O.
Aug 11, 2009
    My No. 1 pick. A fine finish. This is a textbook example of what good PP can do to enhance an already good image. (But I've never heard of a NG cover photog being embarassed! You'll have to become less modest!) I'd really like to know the thinking in going ISO200 in what appears to be bright daylight conditions.
Edited on Aug 11, 2009

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Aug 11, 2009
    Difficult to choose my TT, there are a number of great pics this time. But your pic fits the theme well, and you did a nice, pleasant composition, also a nice colour treatment. So it's in my TT, good luck!!

Aug 9, 2009
    Slow and steady and filling out the whole frame!
Nice colors and pattern. Good finding for the theme.

Old Finn
Aug 9, 2009
    Nice composition, colours and sharpness. My 1:st choice.

Aug 7, 2009
    Bet you didn't have to worry about using a fast shutter speed to capture his/her picture. I really like this shot & adding to favorites.

Aug 7, 2009
    Hard to say it's beautiful, but in a way it is. A real masterpiece of processing and a fine concept. In my TT.

Aug 7, 2009
    Taken right after supper? :-) In my TT.

Aug 7, 2009
    Jade O, stop... you're embarassing me!

Just kidding... I love hearing this :) Thank you so very much.

To all, I followed this guy (whose name is Tucker) for a long time trying to get a shot that was in focus. He WOULD NOT STOP MOVING! I had no idea that these critters could walk so fast and for so long. We probably covered about 1/4 mile, me crabbing along trying to keep ahead of him. He almost walked right into the camera several times... he didn't care!
Edited on Aug 7, 2009

Jade O.
Aug 7, 2009
    Now this is full frame. You worked this image a lot in PP and it shows. Your effort gets my No. 1 vote (for the result as well as the effort). A beautiful, powerful, extraordinary image worthy of a cover of National Geographic.
Edited on Aug 7, 2009

Aug 7, 2009
    A wonderful wildlife portrait. Lovely detail and well composed. What needs to be sharp is sharp, the rest supports the shot by adding tones and textures without getting in the way. TT for sure.
Edited on Aug 7, 2009

Aug 7, 2009
    Great image. This stands out from the rest for me.

Aug 6, 2009
    Beautiful photo. Great colour & composition.
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