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Sweet Gum Seed Pod - Liquidambar Styraciflua
Sweet Gum Seed Pod - Liquidambar Styraciflua

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Botany III (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300s
Lens: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro for Nikon
Location: Kitchen table
Date: Dec 14, 2014
Aperture: 20
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/100
Date Uploaded: Dec 14, 2014

The red/yellow in the background is the leaf of the plant.

I made a little light tent from a big white envelope. I put a piece of glass in the envelope and elevated it on two glasses. Lit with a flash from behind (which lit the whole "tent"), and one that I am holding (with diffuser cap).

Healed/cloned out dust spots
Levels: 0, 1.0, 229
Vibrance: +41 with mask to prevent browns from becoming red
Highpass filter layer set to overlay
Topaz Denoise
Resize/Sharpen x3
Save for web

Place: 35 out of 63
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Avg (commenters): 7.3333
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Views since voting: 174
Views during voting: 140
Votes: 71
Comments: 4
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08/29/2015 01:11:10 PM
*Hello from Sid and the Critique Club*

An interesting image that meets the challenge well.

What an interesting plant you have here, I like it. The colours are very appealing especially against the lovely colour of the leaf.

Your lighting technique has worked well to give a generally uniform and even result though there are one or two brighter spots they are still well detailed. I am not so keen on the OOF areas in the foreground, I see you are either at or close to the limit with your aperture at f20. Given that I would have preferred for the focus point to have been moved closer so that they were in focus, this may well have made the background even softer but I think that would have been acceptable and preferable.

Apologies for the delayed critique, as they say, better late than never, Sid
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/21/2014 07:49:09 PM
Excellent detail. A very alien looking seed pod there.
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12/17/2014 05:16:34 AM
Beautiful colors, shapes and depth. In my top 5
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12/15/2014 07:53:54 PM
a gaggle of gossipy pods?
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