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Challenge: Image Grain V (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Location: yarrow Point, Washington (USA)
Date: Apr 27, 2013
Aperture: f/13
ISO: 400
Shutter: Various ~ 10 seconds
Date Uploaded: Apr 27, 2013

Photographer’s Notes
I am sure this has happened to you. You look at something you’ve seen a hundred times before … and see it differently than you ever have. Maybe it’s in an unusual light. Maybe it’s from an unaccustomed angle. And you say to yourself, “I want to photograph that!”

That was the inspiration for this.

I showed it to my wife and her response was, “Why are you taking a picture of a faucet?” And her tone implied I was a number of f/stops short of proper exposure.

This is not a good sign because she has a good artistic sense. It’s often symptomatic I have lost perspective about a photo. And maybe I have because I sure like this!

You decide, okay?

Post Challenge
Well, it was just a stupid faucet, but honestly hoped it would score better. Oh well.

Post Processing
• Merge 7 Originals to HDR (Photomatix)
• Tonemap to B&W (Photomatix)
• Remove Dust (PSCS5 Clone Layer)
• Darken Background (PSCS5 Overlay Layer)
• Strong Contrast (PSCS5 Curves Layer)
• Brighten (PSCS5 Curves Layer)
• Crop (PSCS5)
• Resize (OnOne Perfect Resize)
• Add Noise (PSCS5 Add Noise Layer - Masked)
• Sharpen (PSCS5 USM – Masked)
• Save for Web (PSCS5)


Camera Data
• Date: 2013.04.27
• Camera: Nikon D3
• Lens: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
• ISO: 400
• Aperture: f/13
• Shutter: Various ~ 10 seconds

Statistics
Place: 38 out of 133
Avg (all users): 5.8421
Avg (commenters): 7.7500
Avg (participants): 5.7778
Avg (non-participants): 5.9268
Views since voting: 279
Views during voting: 171
Votes: 95
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)


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AuthorThread
05/07/2013 05:03:35 PM
This works very well for me. I'm beginning to think we're of the "old school" when it comes to interpretation.
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05/07/2013 09:59:46 AM
Well, I'm with you and ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Garry - quite elegant and should have finished much higher. Well seen and taken.
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05/07/2013 01:29:17 AM
Originally posted by Garry:

Thank you for the explanation, that's a very useful technique to know in the future! I think you did a great job with this ordinary subject. Wonderfully photographed and underappreciated in my view.


Thanks - sometimes it's something simple!!!
05/06/2013 09:15:29 AM
Thank you for the explanation, that's a very useful technique to know in the future! I think you did a great job with this ordinary subject. Wonderfully photographed and underappreciated in my view.
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05/06/2013 12:24:26 AM
Originally posted by Garry:

How you did this without getting hotspots on the chrome, I'd love to know. Very nicely controlled lighting!!


Shot with natural light from an adjacent window. Put a piece of printer paper between the window and the faucet too block the hotspots. Works like a charm.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/05/2013 11:20:37 PM
I love the tones here and the grain works well. The brand name bothers me and I would have lost it - but maybe you couldn't in Advanced. I like this a lot. Voted earlier, back to comment.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/29/2013 09:46:55 PM
How you did this without getting hotspots on the chrome, I'd love to know. Very nicely controlled lighting!!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/29/2013 07:14:50 PM
This is really impressive! I like how you made this is look interesting. Great work.
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04/29/2013 05:10:32 AM
Smooth truth
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