John Rivera level-classic 3/26/2011 1:11:27 PM

Great work here Steven! #1364350

Joannie Bertucci level-classic 3/26/2011 4:26:21 PM

One of the finest "fractured" filter image I've seen on the site Steven! #9318924

Steven W. Lepak 3/29/2011 4:17:24 AM

Thanks for your kind comments John & Joannie. This was a low-light capture shot at high ISO. Although I liked the image, even after noise removal, I thought it was still a lemon (not post-able quality). . . so I made some lemonade in the digital darkroom. #9323371

The Judges at 4/27/2011 6:31:54 AM

great image but how ? #9372847

Karen Celella level-classic 4/27/2011 6:33:32 AM

Congratulations on your wonderful finalist, Steven! #9372853

Steven W. Lepak level-classic 4/27/2011 7:37:20 AM

I shot this image at the Milwaukee Zoo with a Canon 70-200 f2.8L at 200mm wih my Canon 50D. This animal was sitting very still in a dark enclosure directly below a light shining down on him. The capture was made at f2.8 and high ISO resulting in a noisy image. I used NeatImage noise removal, darkened the background just a bit in PS with a mask layer, and applied the Fractalius filter. Because the beast's spots were the same color/darkness as the background, application of the Fractalius filter created the effect of making the beast look hollow with a framework of color - I thought the "Changling" title was well-suited to this look. Best Regards, Steven #9373120

Merna L. Nobile 4/27/2011 2:38:13 PM

Take photo, Sleep
Edit photo, Sleep
Received award, stop sleeping

Steven W. Lepak 4/27/2011 5:05:09 PM

Read puzzling member comment,
go back to sleep
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz #9374879

Patti Coblentz level-classic 4/27/2011 11:11:53 PM

Then wake up...:))you have a winner! Congratulations, Stephen! #9375603

Mary K. Robison level-classic 4/27/2011 11:55:53 PM

Congratulations on your superb and well earned winner, Stephen!
(Personally, I think it deserved to go higher...) #9375736

Karen Celella level-classic 4/28/2011 11:31:43 AM

Congratulations on your amazing winner, Stephen. #9377551

Lydia Williams level-classic 4/28/2011 12:25:37 PM

WOW, Steven...this is a beautiful image..You did it up it.!
Congratulations! #9377714

Joannie Bertucci level-classic 4/28/2011 11:15:01 PM

Boy Steven do you know how to make lemonade! :-) Big congratulations on your gold badge! #9378860

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 4/29/2011 2:49:51 AM

Huge CONGRATZ on your Second Place GOLD!!!

UB. #9379016

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic 4/29/2011 4:46:00 PM

on your very deserving 2nd Place WINNER! 8o) #9380256

Steven W. Lepak 4/29/2011 5:56:18 PM

Thanks to all for you kind comments.
Best Regards, Steven #9380419

Irene Colling level-classic 4/30/2011 11:10:03 AM

Love your lemonade Steven.

Your subject was a perfect candidate for the Fract filter. Your settings expertly created and wonderful and intriguing photo art image.

Congratulations on your gold award. #9381399

David M. Montero 5/11/2011 1:21:26 PM

Great use of the frac filter. Congratulations on your winning selection Steven! #9399996

Jane Hirst 7/2/2013 9:44:12 AM

Nice win.....great use of that filter. #10753699

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