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Fijian Black Pearls
Fijian Black Pearls
dkubin


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Challenge: Jewelry Advertisement (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Nikon D100
Location: Living Room
Date: Apr 20, 2005
Aperture: f8
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Fashion, Advertisement
Date Uploaded: Apr 23, 2005

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Statistics
Place: 9 out of 159
Avg (all users): 6.7913
Avg (commenters): 7.8039
Avg (participants): 6.5300
Avg (non-participants): 6.9610
Views since voting: 4355
Views during voting: 415
Votes: 254
Comments: 59
Favorites: 1 (view)


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05/08/2005 01:44:39 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club.

Thank you for entering your photo to the DPChallenge, Jewelry Advertisement.

Very nice capture of the black pearls displayed on sand and seashells.
Great compositional idea's. I am sure that many voters will find this presentation appealing.

Technically a hard shot to pull off. Their is a lot white balance issues to work with. This creates a struggle for contrasting one element to the other. There is also the flash area's that get hit in the foreground. I am assuming that you used a flash, because the pearls have a flash bounce on them.
The use of a more diffuse light and some fill in reflectors might have created a more even exposure and contrast.

Again a difficult shot if you only use normal ambiant lighting. Some of the background area's also lose detail. The ISO 800 settings sometimes gives off a grainy look. But you did a good job here, and those noise and grainy results are not visiable.

Overall a great image. The focal point and background elements make this photo very appealing. The use of some USM, in certain area's of the photo would have made it pop. The use of the white elements against the dark pearls was a great idea. It is also making a statement about where they originate in sea. The title and your framing left no question as to what you are selling. Great job.

Good luck in your next DPChallenge. Sincerely, Zagman.

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05/02/2005 02:54:04 PM
Congratulations on your 9th finish. An image to be highly proud off.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/01/2005 11:38:48 PM
Beautiful work...must have been a lot of planning in this one. Very nice lighting...I am ready to make my purchase tomorrow.
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05/01/2005 11:30:12 AM
GREAT!!!!! I just love this one!!! ***10*** I'd give you an 13 if I could.
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05/01/2005 01:18:10 AM
Beautiful, I really like the composition of this shot. Nicely done! 10
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04/30/2005 07:43:19 PM
Wow, excellent shot - one of my favorites! I think this could take a bit more unsharp mask and that'd make it dang near perfect. 9
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04/30/2005 02:22:11 PM
Nice capture of the beauty of these pearls! great lighting and I love the setting with the shells and sand.
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04/30/2005 12:09:23 PM
Well done. Nice composition. Exposed well.
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04/30/2005 03:00:52 AM
If you paint the pearls with milk,let them dry the hotspots are less obvious 6
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04/30/2005 12:37:08 AM
Excellent photo. You definitly caught my eye and made me want to buy it. Good luck. 10
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04/29/2005 11:39:01 PM
Others tried to do the sea theme with pearls ... you did it right. This is great. The lighting gives just the right shine to the pearls. I'll run right out and buy em! :)
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04/29/2005 08:24:04 PM
sorry but i find the bright hotspots on each pearl too distractng. Try using more diffused light and some fill in reflection. The composition it very nice.....exposure and contrast a little less satisfying, especially for print
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04/29/2005 08:22:27 PM
very nicely set out and great contrast between pearls and b/g
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04/29/2005 03:57:51 PM
Very nice crisp photo. I like the layout. I wonder if you had considered a pearl sitting inside of an upturned clamshell. Might have lent an interesting perspective.
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04/29/2005 02:03:04 PM
Very Nice
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04/29/2005 09:10:56 AM
Beautiful composition and lighting. Very nice looking ad.
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04/29/2005 08:00:49 AM
Very nicely done. I like everything about this image 10
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04/29/2005 06:35:35 AM
great dof, the subjects are brought out prefectly, the extra inner line of the border could be lost though, the image has a nice balance and the extra line creates a slight feeling of causing chaos
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04/29/2005 03:25:13 AM
I think that the background may be a bit soft for my liking, but I like the shot overall 7
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04/28/2005 09:00:32 PM
I guess it was hard to light this scene properly since sphere pick up reflection from anywhere. However, Light source are too visible in the pearls. Maybe a diffuse indirect lighting with longer exposition would have been better.
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04/28/2005 08:16:29 PM
Nice - the border is working!!!
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04/28/2005 06:28:07 PM
Very interesting composition. I like the shell
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04/28/2005 04:28:55 PM
great job putting the piece in its natural setting and using the classic black on white backround affording a great contrast with a natural balance..."9"
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04/28/2005 01:45:05 PM
The pearls are beautifully rendered here. I like the inline as well. The photo's very "commercial" (as opposed to artistic), which is what I take the challenge to be about. Or, rather, this is a challenge in which "commercial" can be an asset. Good job.
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04/28/2005 11:18:34 AM
Great context for these pearls. Nice clarity to the image, too. 9
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04/28/2005 10:29:05 AM
Great contrast between the pearls and the background. Like the reflection of the two pearls on the floor in the hanging one. The hanging one could use a little bit of a shift to the left.
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04/27/2005 11:48:08 PM
Nice set up and composition. 7
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04/27/2005 10:26:44 PM
I can't critique this shot in any way -- 10!
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04/27/2005 05:56:56 PM
Nice, looks like the sort of desplay you see in shop windows
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04/27/2005 03:13:29 PM
Nice background, black jewelry gotta be the hardest to shoot.7
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04/27/2005 10:21:02 AM
Wow, by far the best I have seen yet!
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04/27/2005 09:02:08 AM
great job (don't like the border, but didn't take off for that)
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04/27/2005 02:34:33 AM
Very nice. The background and props show off the black pearls perfectly!
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04/26/2005 08:45:20 PM
The pearls in this picture are nice. Only thing different, I would do, is use an oyster shell instead. By doing that, you would bump the richness of the photo. By adding another dark object that belongs.
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04/26/2005 05:00:26 PM
Beautiful - I just finished looking through all the entries and I must say this is my favorite :)
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04/26/2005 02:40:58 PM
reflections in pearl are distracting... I would have preferred maybe a more diffuse light or some editing
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04/26/2005 02:17:47 PM
Great photograph. Made better by the absence of lettering
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04/26/2005 01:57:42 PM
I like the contrast between the black pearls and the ivory background.
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04/26/2005 01:14:36 PM
simple sharp and clear could definetly be an advertisment but IMHO you should have added text. all in all though 9. good luck i predict a ribbon!
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04/26/2005 12:49:45 PM
Great composition and color contrast! This looks really nice.
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04/26/2005 11:53:02 AM
This is very nice to look at, but the arrangement seems off for some reason. The two balls on the right somehow bothers me. ???
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04/26/2005 09:44:44 AM
Well done. Background fits the product. Better than most. Clear.
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04/26/2005 03:25:35 AM
lovely idea and carried out well I like the setting 9
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04/25/2005 11:58:04 PM
Lovely. Nice detail, focus, DOF, and lighting. The processing is relatively clean and free from artifacts (just a slight halo around the center piece pearl). Not a huge fan of the border. Overall one of the best entries though. 8
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04/25/2005 11:18:52 PM
Excellent comp and clarity. Good colors and space for text and logo. Outstanding job.
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04/25/2005 09:42:17 PM
like the composition. Really works well with the pearls. (Even though they are fake)
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04/25/2005 09:03:34 PM
smart way to display the jewelry, nice shot
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04/25/2005 07:38:36 PM
Wonderful approach! Great image, all the details are in place (composition, lighting, contrast, etc...). Excellent work. I hope you ribbon with this one. Good luck.
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04/25/2005 07:32:09 PM
Very nice composition and nice choice of using a very light background in this.
Good job on retaining the details in the background while not making it center stage.
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04/25/2005 02:35:08 PM
Your forground shell is overexposed. Otherwise nice textures, dof, and setup.
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04/25/2005 01:56:29 PM
I'm a sucker for black pearls! Great image!!
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04/25/2005 12:35:48 PM
Pretty pearls ! I like your concept ..... the white sand and the shells. It looks good !
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04/25/2005 11:34:20 AM
Love the lightness of the background. Very good contrast with the pearls. I gave it an 8.
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04/25/2005 10:24:46 AM
One of the better ones for sure - top 10 I would say
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04/25/2005 05:21:46 AM
nice one. the pearls look really hard to light but youve done it well, great background. well done
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04/25/2005 01:06:25 AM
good idea.
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04/25/2005 12:49:55 AM
nice shot...beautiful contrast on colors...gl ...8
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04/25/2005 12:42:26 AM
Awesome shot. I love black pearls too. Excellent detail. 10
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04/25/2005 12:31:42 AM
You have captured the lustre of the pearls beautifully, nice contrast between the black pearls and the lighter surroundings.
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