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Retro in Red

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Challenge: Free Study 2009-12 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Lens: Canon 250D 58mm Close Up Lens
Location: Oakland, California, USA
Date: Dec 31, 2009
Aperture: 3.51
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/15
Galleries: Vintage, Science and Technology
Date Uploaded: Dec 31, 2009

My old telephone.

-Handheld, manual mode
-Noise-reduction with PictureCooler
-RGB Curve
-Blue/Yellow Curve
-Hue/Saturation adjustments to Reds and Yellows
-Clone out minor reflections
-USM at 66%/0.6 dia/TH = 5 (applied three times)
-SaveAs JPEG at quality 10/10 = 298KB

Place: 326 out of 334
Avg (all users): 4.2079
Avg (commenters): 4.2500
Avg (participants): 4.1368
Avg (non-participants): 4.3443
Views since voting: 617
Views during voting: 270
Votes: 178
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/06/2010 08:53:59 PM
A nice idea, but could stand to be more carefully composed and lit.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/04/2010 08:03:31 PM
Personally, I think your processing could have added quite a bit to this in order to accentuate the retro nature of the subject. A high contrast side lit shot in BW, some grain, or an aged sepia look, would all add to the retro nature of the shot.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/04/2010 02:54:48 AM
What in tarnation is that thang? ;-) Ahh, I remember the rotary days.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/03/2010 10:08:03 AM
OK, I'm going through the Free Study submissions, purposefully finding those images I think are shot with a less conventional eye - this is one of those images! Thanks for offering something that isn't just DPC friendly eye-candy (though of course there's nothing wrong with eye-candy). I'll be picking one of these images for the Mu (most underrated) award:

Positives: The coloration is pretty good, it is a great shade of red and the green and blue highlights work well too.

Critical stuff: Everything else (sorry to be harsh) - the subject matter itself is, in my opinion, super-dull; to pull this off I think you would have needed to have made some bolder lighting, shooting and editing choices. With a really critical rant I could say 'unfocussed', 'ill-composed', 'distracting, cluttered background' but actually I don't think any of this is accidental, I think they are deliberate choices and that make me want to know more about the context.

Overall: This is a difficult image for me, in many ways it is something a 5 year old might produce with a point-and-shoot, but it isn't - this is something that has been 'seen' and chosen and offered in good faith. In the final analysis, the limitations are in my viewing; I don't get it and I don't like it but I'm guessing you do and I'm also guessing that you're a much more creative photographer than me - I'd never have the faith or commitment to stand by something as viewer-challenging as this.

I'm going to score it purely subjectively though, I know I may have missed it's merit but my vote is mine to give and I'm afraid it's a 3 from me; after all, your honesty with the image deserves an honest reaction from me.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/03/2010 12:51:17 AM
I can appreciate this concept and I can see how the dial is off center as if it was moving. However I would have liked to see the motion blur with it as well as a stronger light source that creates drama. In other words having the light to the side and possible back a little to crate shadow appeal.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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