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Old Oct 25, 2009, 2:21 AM   #1
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The Yellow building is the Mendocino Hotel in Mendocino, CA. It is actually yellow.

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Old Oct 25, 2009, 2:23 AM   #2
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This is a young Black Crowned Night Heron that I shot last winter. That is the real, natural eye color.

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Both nice shots and great examples for this challenge. And both look like Ive said previously, so fake. All the pics look like the beginnings of hand coloring B&Ws.
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To me, the first shot looks like an antique picture postcard with the yellow building hand colored. I think the heron shot is outstanding.

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Thank you Cal. The Heron shot is one of my favorite shots. That eye was just begging for this challenge.

Bynx, thanks for the feedback. I know exactly what you mean. I think it might be because, at least in my case, I am selectively choosing an area and then desaturating all of the other colors. I am going to have to try your 'Layers" technique.
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Like both shots, for both they work well for this challenge. Would like to see the originals too.

As for them looking hand painted, the last time I did selective color was before computers. Then we use oil base paint and a brush to add color to a b/w photo. It was not a very pretty sight when I tried to paint.

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Bynx, thanks for the feedback. I know exactly what you mean. I think it might be because, at least in my case, I am selectively choosing an area and then desaturating all of the other colors. I am going to have to try your 'Layers" technique.
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When I say fake it has nothing to do with your technique. Your way is just as good as mine. I just make a dup layer of the background, desaturate it, then using the eraser tool, erase what I want to be in color. No, I just mean that looking at the expanse of B&W and a small area in color, it just looks like it is in the early stage of being hand colored. And the color we see is so monochromatic as to have a fake painted on look. They both look fake, but you did exactly what was asked. Good job.
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When I say fake it has nothing to do with your technique. Your way is just as good as mine. I just make a dup layer of the background, desaturate it, then using the eraser tool, erase what I want to be in color. No, I just mean that looking at the expanse of B&W and a small area in color, it just looks like it is in the early stage of being hand colored. And the color we see is so monochromatic as to have a fake painted on look. They both look fake, but you did exactly what was asked. Good job.
No problem, I didn't feel that you were picking on my work. I have a much thinker skin than that. I teach Jr. high. I have too. I respect your criticisms and I mean that in the better sense of the word. Keep it coming, it is always appreciated.

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