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Grain Growers Association 2004 Calendar - OCTOBER
Grain Growers Association 2004 Calendar - OCTOBER

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Calendar (Advanced Editing II)
Collection: Challenge Submissions
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: Kirkland, Washington, USA
Date: Nov 4, 2004
Aperture: F/38
ISO: 200
Shutter: 6 Seconds
Galleries: Still Life, Macro
Date Uploaded: Nov 6, 2004

Photographer’s Notes
Okay, I confess. This a Macro w/o Bugs or Flowers out-take. Since the Calendar challenge is essentially a free study I entered it here. Oh, and for the record, October IS a Grain Growers Association, and they do publish a calendar. And they sponsor a competition for photos for each month. Check it out:

Oh, October is also National Popcorn Poppin' Month, but I digress.

The real reason I submitted is that I’ve been trying to learn High Key photography. This is the first thing that I was reasonably happy with that I consider legitimately high key. And the challenge is a quick way to get a lot of feedback quickly.

Post Processing
Levels – Push towards white and align spikes
Cloned out some specks
Reduce Noise – Neat Image
Cloned out some more specks
Hue/Saturation – Selective reduction in saturation
Select non-kernal
Gaussian Blur
Cloned out some more specks (Damn Specks!)
Cloned out some more specks (Out You Damn
Specks, out!)
Unsharp Mask
Save for Web

Camera Data
Nikon D70
2004/11/04 19:55:02.1
JPEG (8-bit) Fine
Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
Lens: 105mm F/2.8 D
Focal Length: 105mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
6 sec - F/38
Exposure Comp.: +2.0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Vivid
White Balance: Preset
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp: Auto
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Auto
Image Comment:
Noise Reduction: Fixed Pattern

Place: 181 out of 190
Avg (all users): 4.3153
Avg (commenters): 4.2500
Avg (participants): 4.2736
Avg (non-participants): 4.3608
Views since voting: 788
Views during voting: 278
Votes: 203
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/14/2004 06:56:38 PM
Very little here to keep this out of the 1s I'm afraid.

It's poorly lit, blurred and you've got a very confusing and uninteresting subject. This is harsh I know but I'm saying what many people will be thinking. I would have chosen a less flat lighting arrangement, used a tripod and presented an unusual viewpoint that enthusiasts for your subject may not be familiar with.

Perhaps a macro shot of a portion of the popcorn, or a shot of the popcorn with a hand buried in it. Maybe even an action shot of some popping.

... Or you could have shot a miniature cinema with a popcorn on each seat, each with a box of miniature people waiting to be eaten!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/14/2004 01:38:13 AM
That's some perfectly-popped corn ... a pretty healthy snack too.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/12/2004 10:14:50 PM
Mmmm - yummy. I had to go make some of my own after seeing this! Perhaps if you had used a different background (or different lighting) the popcorn would have stood out more and you would have been even more pleased with the result. Clever title.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/12/2004 07:42:28 AM
Nice shot of popcorn. I wonder if a different background would have brought it out more. Of course, maybe you were going for a high key look and in that case, I find the shadows to be a distraction.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/12/2004 01:45:49 AM
I love the idea of this. I would have put it on an orange or black background because the shadows take away from the interesting edges and outline of the popcorn.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/11/2004 10:55:27 AM
too soft, too center.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/10/2004 07:14:11 AM
I think a black background would have worked much better and would have helped hide the shadows as well. Good focus.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/09/2004 08:04:56 PM
This needs a different background to set off the popcorn better.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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