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Judith Polakoff


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Challenge: Low Tech (Advanced Editing II*)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: My garage
Date: Nov 18, 2004
Aperture: F/4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/3 sec.
Galleries: Still Life, Science and Technology
Date Uploaded: Nov 19, 2004

Adjustments: the photo was rotated slightly to straighten it, cropped, cloned out what was left of some items on the extreme left and right (such as a bit of blue bottle bottom-right), adjusted white balance, desaturated and re-balanced color to accentuate the brown tones, a bit of curves and contrast, Neat Image, reduced size, sharpened, and smoothed out some minor hot spots.

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 177
Avg (all users): 6.3491
Avg (commenters): 7.1111
Avg (participants): 6.2165
Avg (non-participants): 6.5278
Views since voting: 1493
Views during voting: 256
Votes: 169
Comments: 23
Favorites: 1 (view)


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12/07/2004 05:03:49 PM
Congratulations on your 5th placing. Top 5 is always glorious and you are guaranteed that your effort is noticed. Your image presents a rustic look that adds charm to any image. Keep up the great work, hard to keep talent down.
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12/07/2004 07:37:47 AM
Congratulations Judith on 5th Place.

Another beautiful photo from you.
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12/07/2004 12:01:54 AM
Oh man Judith another very close one. Congratulations on 5th and a very nice shot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/06/2004 10:28:10 PM
Nice simple composition, good background. It would have been good to not crop the top of the shovel. Perhaps warmer light (or adjustment) might have been nice too.
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12/06/2004 05:43:05 PM
I like your composition and the touch of natural color.
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12/06/2004 05:34:04 PM
Nice sharp image, well composed with good lighting.
Well done.
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12/05/2004 11:33:11 PM
Your image certainly fits the challenge, but it doesn't do anything for me interest wise. I think because all the lines are vertical and all carry the same weight - my eyes are not really led into the photo, and really don't have much reason to stay there long. I would suggest being more creative in the angles or perspective that you choose. Try to show these common object in a not so common way. 5
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12/05/2004 10:06:00 PM
Pretty good. Photo is weel done technically, but the shot seems a bit too staged unnecessarily. Still probably a top 20% shot though. ...my two pennies.
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12/05/2004 07:38:27 PM
Losing the handle of the shofel hurt this pic in my opinon. nice collor treatment, it makes the pic look old.8
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12/05/2004 12:45:31 PM
Excellent composition, good use of descending heights to create a visual line, good use of the studs for framing effect.
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12/05/2004 09:53:11 AM
Although alone the tools don't say or imply technology to me, together and against the background of aged wood, they seem to fit into a 'low tech' arena, reminding me of waterwheels, old wagons and thusly low tech. I like the crop of the shovel especially as it somehow lends to the subtracting nature of the rest of the line. Wondering what the whole would have looked like if you shot the shovel in the center, implying an arrow or triangular shape between the uprights. Well centered. The lower left item that seems to have been cloned out is very distracting, like a burnt piece of wood that should have been removed first. There also seems to be a halo of oversharpening on the garden claw but not so much that it in a larger print it would be distracting. I like this interpretation of the challenge and give high marks.
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12/04/2004 04:08:05 AM
I like everything about the photo, lighting, color, texture, EXCEPT that it looks staged.
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12/04/2004 03:07:20 AM
almost perfect, if it wasn't for the plastic handle to the right, well done
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12/03/2004 10:24:23 PM
Tis image is so earthy and authentic, except that garden claw: too new and blue. I am sure you added it as a foil to add interest, but I would like the image better without it. Great photo, though. An 8
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12/03/2004 04:14:28 AM
nice lighting
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11/30/2004 08:11:51 PM
This is my dead on favorite - terrific, perfect classic.
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11/30/2004 07:31:01 PM
This is very nice. I don't think you should have cut off the top of the shovel.
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11/30/2004 01:23:54 PM
love the lines
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11/30/2004 12:46:58 PM
Two small comments on an otherwise good photo: I'd like to see the rest of the shovel's handle, and the blue plastic handle is distracting and out of place compared to the rest of the photo.
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11/30/2004 10:44:19 AM
Nice image. I would suggest either a tighter crop with the shove handle (metal part not the wooden part of the handle) cropped out or reframing with the complete handle in the image. Being on the edge is slightly distracting. Beautiful lighting. Good Work!
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11/30/2004 07:29:53 AM
I think you shouldn't have cut off the top of the spade, and perhaps cut off some of the bottom. But good ideas, nice shot.
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11/30/2004 04:29:42 AM
The lighting and arrangement look good, I just wish that the shovel was not cropped out at the handle.
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11/30/2004 02:27:02 AM
Great, just great! I love the soft colors and lighting, I just wish it wasn't cropped tight from the top. Good luck! :)
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