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Challenge: Deck Of Cards (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
Location: Davenport, IA (Inside House)
Date: Apr 20, 2012
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 500
Shutter: 1/2500
Date Uploaded: Apr 19, 2012

I had a few different outtakes on this one. My first idea was to have a card slicing through a water drop... I'll have to work again on that on a different date.

This is actually pretty simple. I set up 4 cards(all different suits)from a standard deck on one side of the kitchen sink and took the picture from the other side(while the fossett dripped).

Did my post editing in
Photoshop and Lightroom

Place: 47 out of 64
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05/04/2012 12:57:32 PM
Hello from the Critique Club! I have studied your image and have the following to offer:

Composition/perspective: The subject for the challenge leaves few available options for a perspective so the compositional elements should be stronger in comparison to off-set that limitation. Here, the focus of the photograph has to be the drops where your effect takes place otherwise it is just an out of focus picture of a face card. Here is a weak point in your composition I feel. The area of effect is so small in relation to the image size it lessens its impact.

Color: the colors outside of white appear ok. But just ok. Seems a boost in saturation and a correction to the white point to bring out the whites would have helped in this area. It appears to look like it is 'dingy' - like a white tee shirt washed with the dark clothes does. (Hope that makes sense)

Light: there is no notes on your image so I have no idea how you lit the shot. However, it does appear the light just is not bright enough. Brighter would have helped bring out the whites and allowed a faster shutter speed to help with focus and clarity in the drops.

Challenge: As the challenge description went this certainly meets that requirement. However, in a challenge such as this creativity matched with near perfect execution is necessary to place well. The out of focus drops - or more correctly the image reflected in the droplets - and the less than adequate lighting takes away from the execution and the composition adds to that loss.

Overall/my opinion: I feel that a tighter crop around the drops would have been much better. The background would still clearly be a playing card and the reflection would support that. I think the reversed reflection is where the strength of this shot lies, better focus and perhaps closer camera placement would have helped to emphasize these small areas. Even larger water drops would have helped in this regard. I do applaud your attempt at this shot in the kitchen sink with the faucet dripping though.

I hope this helps. If you have any questions feel free to contact me for answers.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/23/2012 07:05:19 PM
I looked at this four or five times trying to get a handle on what the image was about as the title sure as hell didn't give a hint. :>)

Then I noticed the drops. Now that is really subtle - clever, but WAY too subtle. I think this technique could be used in any of the challenges so it may be something the author might want to try.
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04/23/2012 02:23:57 PM
Feeling overdone on the waterdrops lately, but this is a fresh take on it.
I like that you're reflecting the cards in back through the drop, but even in the reflection it's OoF.
6/10 for the shot - would've got a 9 if the drops were in full focus
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