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Dice Roller
Dice Roller

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Challenge: Black and White Still Life II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-600D/T3i Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Location: Washington
Date: Jul 17, 2014
Aperture: F/5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1.3s
Date Uploaded: Jul 17, 2014

Couldn't quite figure out exactly to enter here and I thought that just a set of dice would be boring. But as I am just an amateur photographer, I want to start off slow. Not much has been done for the image. Dice already Black and White and the found some shiny paper at the local hobby store.

Picture taken
Adjusted the contrast and the highlights
Topaz DeNoiz and cloned out dust particles
Turned picture to Black and White to make the image pop.

Even though I don't know too much of the rule which can be confusing at times, I try to make my pics as basic as I can.

If disqualified, I apologize and will learn as time moves on. :)

Place: 57 out of 99
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09/08/2014 01:32:45 PM
Thank you for critique and feedback Mr.WBanning and also to you Penny for your feedback. This was a challenge that I just wanted to try and do well in and I lost myself a bit on the dice and their detail. I also agree that the tightness on the left bottom corner to me didn't let the subject "breathe" enough or "expand it's wings" with all the free space going on at the right side of the picture.

These are things I will notice more in my shots and that not just the details but the whole compositions should be evened out.
08/26/2014 10:54:26 PM
Hi Adrian,

I'm new to the DPC Critique Club and your image popped up for me to critique...

What strikes me at first impression is the overall sharpness of the image and the care that was taken in its set-up. The high contrast B&W is effective and the pure white dice have retained detail in the highlights. There's even detail in the concave indentation of the pips on each die. The shiny paper is a nice addition and adds a bit of depth to the scene. The black dice are well exposed, too. Their background approaches the pure black of the background with the shape implied only by corners, edges, and shadows. Lots of excellent technical work here from my perspective - there's no question that this catches the eye on first glance. In addition to the first glance technical work, I like the care in placement and faces of the dice. The white dice showing a 7 from the top and an 11 from the side implies you may be a craps player. I'm less certain of the 8 sided dice's purpose in gaming, but did notice the care to show all 8 faces between the two black dice. Nice details.

That said... the things I find distracting, or not as effective as the excellent technical work, are primarily in the composition and perhaps the subject itself. You have a strong diagonal line, but in my eye it's weakened by the empty space to the right. Although we're often warned against centered subjects, I'm thinking this might have been better with the right side cropped. The bottom left also feels a bit tightly cropped to me... made more apparent by the presence of the white hairline border. Without the boarder the tight crop on the lower right might have opened up a bit.

All in all, it's a solid image with wonderful attention to detail and care in execution. Lots of excellent work on this!

Message edited by author 2014-08-28 19:45:50.
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07/26/2014 04:02:50 PM
I like that the black dice on either end have subsequent numbers. I find your "blacks" and "whites" appealing.
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