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Shining Example   Featured in Digital Darkroom #063
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Shining Example
Shining Example
When I encountered this displaying peacock yesterday, it was a breathtaking experience. But EVERYONE photographs these magnificent birds. So, I tried something different: "Golden Silver Peacock" Converted to b&w, added sharpness and contrast, applied two gradients (silver and gold, using the metallic palette in CS3, dodged and burned, painted a little history back..and that's about it!
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F4, 1/640s, 280mm, ISO:500

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Paul E. Earl
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    Beautifully converted, Michelle! Lovely image!

4/13/2008 4:11:22 AM

 
Bill Knaps
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Michelle you have a beautiful creation here. Bill

4/13/2008 4:13:47 AM

 
Aimee S. McMaster
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....a very pretty outcome Michelle...Aimee

4/13/2008 4:17:42 AM

 
Kathleen M. Rinker
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It works for me, it added a certain touch of grace and elegance, she looks very dainty, great work!!!

4/13/2008 4:31:21 AM

 
Mike Clime
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Very nice in B/W, Michelle! It's always nice to be different!

4/13/2008 4:39:12 AM

 
Barbara Waldoch
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Fantastic work, Michelle!

4/13/2008 4:41:54 AM

 
Kathy Reeves
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Fantastic work Michelle!! Love your creativity with this stunning peacock!!!

4/13/2008 4:55:40 AM

 
Ken Smith
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It's different, and unique, so you did well. Super!

4/13/2008 6:26:20 AM

 
Jim Baines
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You are just too much, Michelle! This is absolutely stunning! Perfect composition and effects!

4/13/2008 6:47:00 AM

 
Nancyj Hovey
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Your creativity is awesome. A sure winner.

4/13/2008 7:54:40 AM

 
Su Sana E. P
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Wow!! Michelle, this is over the top composition!!!!! Good luck with this great entry.

4/13/2008 8:14:25 AM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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Exceptional job on this,Michelle!!! It's a beauty,my friend!!!

4/13/2008 8:29:01 AM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Michelle - Wow!! Neat treatment! - Mike

4/13/2008 10:11:48 AM

 
Valeria McCormick
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Marvelous!

4/13/2008 10:34:07 AM

 
Tiia Vissak
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Very original! Well done!

4/13/2008 11:37:52 AM

 
Martie Last
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This is beautiful and creative! I like the treatment and the crop.

4/13/2008 5:14:40 PM

 
Drixel G. Develos
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Can I call you a creative genius, Michelle! You are one, indeed! Wonderful capture and treatment!

4/13/2008 6:49:47 PM

 
Robert K. Bemus
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You're way ahead of the crowd on this one, Michelle!! If I photographed one - it'd blue -- until I grilled it on my Weber when it would become golden brown...

4/13/2008 11:49:53 PM

 
Stefania Barbier
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WOOOOW spectacular Michelle... amazing details and love the comp!!!

4/14/2008 12:00:52 AM

 
Chua Wee Boo
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Wow! Such a great shot & very nice tones,Michelle!

4/14/2008 5:38:37 AM

 
Jessica N. Leesburg
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Great work on this image Michelle! All of your work is breathtaking :)

4/14/2008 7:45:05 AM

 
Joseph N. DiGilio
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What a great idea! Outstanding work, Michelle. I like the presentation, clarity, detail and natural design. I have never seen this done before. You were inspired for sure.

4/14/2008 3:31:09 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Wow... Beautiful image!! And wonderful work, Michelle!!

4/14/2008 11:37:46 PM

 
Dawn M. Schneider
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i really like your version of this, the details are wonderful looks very regal this way

4/15/2008 4:59:01 AM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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Really, really spectacular!!!
The tones are fabulous!
Kudos, Michelle!
~Lisa

4/15/2008 11:45:59 AM

 
Douglas Stratton
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This needs to WIN!!!!!! That's all I need to say.. wow!

4/16/2008 9:14:14 PM

 
Steve M. Harrington
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Dare to be different, Michelle! I like your style. :)
Steve

4/17/2008 8:30:05 PM

 
Anne M. Young
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Stunning - this is a winner. Its like you dipped him in silver!

4/20/2008 5:28:08 AM

 
Lydia Martin

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I see you also like originality! this is wonderful - I actually like white peacocks better - which I know this one did not start out as - just a stunning treatment and wonderful idea!

4/25/2008 11:00:59 AM

 
Stefania Barbier
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congrats on your finalist!!!!!

5/19/2008 10:54:32 AM

 
Douglas Stratton
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Congrats! You can tell everyone was routing for you!

5/19/2008 11:21:51 AM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! Michelle, CONGRATULATIONS on this well-deserved finalist,my friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Very,very happy for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5/19/2008 11:45:26 AM

 
Mike Clime
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Congrats, Michelle, on this great finalist!

5/19/2008 12:40:01 PM

 
Mitch Spence
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Beautiful bird, beautiful treatment. Congratulations to you, Michelle!

5/19/2008 12:53:12 PM

 
Tiia Vissak
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Congratulations!

5/19/2008 1:19:47 PM

 
Jennifer L. Alder
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Such a gorgeous finalist, Michelle! congrats :)

5/19/2008 3:20:35 PM

 
Bill Knaps
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Congrats on making finalist Michelle. Bill

5/19/2008 4:40:07 PM

 
Laura L. Gonzales
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WOW! What a great job on this stunning finalist!!! Congratulations!!!! Laura

5/19/2008 7:56:51 PM

 
Kristi A. Howson
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Congratulations on this wonderful Finalist Michelle. Gorgeous!

5/19/2008 9:06:05 PM

 
Pat Gamwell
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WooHoo! WTG, girl! Big congrats!

5/19/2008 9:13:34 PM

 
Harmeet Singh
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Congratulations on your Beautiful Finalist!

5/19/2008 10:45:00 PM

 
Barbara Waldoch
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Congratulations on this gorgeous finalist, Michelle!

5/20/2008 12:57:52 AM

 
Kathy Reeves
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Gorgeous finalist Michelle!! Congratulations!!!

5/20/2008 4:13:20 AM

 
Sam Britt
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Congratulations Michelle!

5/20/2008 4:28:11 PM

 
Nancyj Hovey
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CONGRATULATIONS! 8o)

5/20/2008 5:16:07 PM

 
Michael G. Marshall
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Congratulations on this beautiful finalist, Michelle! Michael

5/21/2008 5:42:47 PM

 
Cassie  L. Woodlee
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Congratulations, Michelle!!!!!

5/25/2008 6:20:41 AM

 
Manuel Barrera
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belated congratulations!

5/26/2008 1:55:30 AM

 
Corné Arts
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I like the editing in this upload. The colours are very nice. Thanks for your comment on my panorama. Best wishes and keep up the good work!

6/2/2008 2:59:32 AM

 
Jean B. Hall
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Magnificent shot! Love the effects and the composition. Congratulations!

6/11/2008 10:10:49 AM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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AWSOME, HUGE Congrats on your finalist!

6/12/2008 2:07:38 PM

 
Cyn D Valentine
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Congratulations Michelle!

6/19/2008 4:24:54 PM

 
Martie Last
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Congratulations on your well-deserved recognition for this beautiful photo!

6/24/2008 5:40:25 PM

 
Lisa Lo Verde
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Congratulations, this is a beautiful photo, Michelle. Aren't these birds gorgeous?

7/3/2008 4:43:06 AM

 
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