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Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Debt!
Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Debt!

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Challenge: Minimalism in Black and White (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Location: Oakland, California, USA
Date: Jul 30, 2010
Aperture: 2.71
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/40
Galleries: Humorous, Political
Date Uploaded: Jul 30, 2010

Dime and a stack of mail (you know, bills). A vision of the current state of the economy, mine in particular. :-(

The dime is held on-edge with a small glob of tacky adhesive, surface is semi-glossy black graphic arts film.

I was torn about the title, my first option was "Brother, Can You Spare A ...", and the second thing I thought Might be both apt and more descriptive was "My Unbalanced Budget", but of course it looks like I'll go with the punniest choice.

Tilted composition reinforces the "unbalanced" aspect (as does the DOF blur), and makes the stack of envelopes look a little like surf about to crash down on (crush) the coin.

I also like how (especially in the thumbnail) it also resembles the back half of a car speeding away into the night ... :-)

-Handheld, SuperMacro mode
-CFL swing-arm lamp, Auto WB
-Channel Mixer, monochrome mode
-RGB Curve
-A little local dodging/burning on the coin
-RGB Curve
-USM at 66%/0.6 dia/TH = 5 (applied twice)
-Clone out a few dust specks
-SaveAs JPEG at quality 10/10 = 123KB

File: Dime_IMG_3543-DPC.jpg

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/08/2010 05:55:21 PM
Very cool dark shot. Nice angles.
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