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Cutting the Deck
Cutting the Deck

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Challenge: Deck Of Cards (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Location: Tampa, FL - Apartment
Date: Apr 22, 2012
Aperture: 13.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Date Uploaded: Apr 22, 2012

I got this idea pretty much last minute. I was thinking of interesting ways to present the deck of cards...then I wanted to shred them for some reason, and then I was thinking of a good place to set this shredded set of cards which led me to my bamboo cutting board. Revelation was had.

Cropping, small brightness adjustments, vignette, and cloning of debris on the knife completed in LR3

Place: 27 out of 64
Avg (all users): 5.7434
Avg (commenters): 7.2500
Avg (participants): 5.2778
Avg (non-participants): 5.9610
Views since voting: 320
Views during voting: 228
Votes: 113
Comments: 6
Favorites: 0

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05/04/2012 08:29:02 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Made me smile, an easy 7 in voting. The shredded cards on a cutting board are a great idea and the knife, although sheathed, adds some menace to the scene. I might have tried to jumble the cards a little more, like mixed a few of the faces together, especially as they're all of the same suit, just to add to the chaos here. Throw off the viewer a little and make them go 'Waitaminute...' and come back to look at it some more.

But the knife being at the top also makes it a bit top-heavy, I think if it had been at the bottom you could have pulled a lot more off. Your light source is quite strong and fairly low, I'm guessing at an overhead flood, and that gave you those grievously strong shadows under the knife and to some extent, under the cards too. Remember that it's an Advanced challenge and never be afraid to dodge out shadows, as I don't think a reflector or diffuser would have helped much here.

But still, I love the idea here and use of handy-dandy tools around the house! And never fear, there is nothing wrong with entering a shot you like. Look at DPC as a gym, where people come to work out, and focus on developing muscles according to their own goals as opposed to the artificial ideals imposed by others. You're doing fine, just keep at it.

Feel free to PM me,

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04/30/2012 01:14:16 PM
I was excited about this one, but oh well. Thanks for the comments, and there were some strong images ahead of me.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/29/2012 08:11:57 PM
Made me snicker. Funny shot.
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04/28/2012 03:10:59 PM
Roflmao... Hey you stole my knife from the emergency challenge!
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04/25/2012 07:07:57 AM
excellent play on words. i like the lighting too.
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04/23/2012 04:45:42 PM
I found this to be highly amusing. There is no rhyme or reason for my amusement - it just tweaks the funny center of my brain.
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