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Challenge: Jewelry Advertisement (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: Kirkland, Washington, USA
Date: Apr 22, 2005
Aperture: F/38
ISO: 200
Shutter: 4 Seconds
Galleries: Macro, Advertisement
Date Uploaded: Apr 22, 2005

Photographer’s Notes

I began the challenge looking at lots and lots of jewelry advertising: Newspapers; Magazines; TV (the home shopping channel); Web; and so on. I studied background (usually white, gradient, or fabric such as velvet), focus and DOF (all over the place), B&W vs. color (all over the place) and in general just trying to get a feel for what’s being done.

I wanted to do something that would stand out from the crowd. I anticipated many watches, rings, pendants, and earrings with lots of shiny metal and stones. What if I used a plain old rock, instead of a precious or semi-precious stone? My wife makes jewelry and I had a piece she made that fit that goal perfectly.

And I wanted a context that would stand out from the crowd. What culture might value a rock as jewelry? I have always been a huge Star Trek fan and I got to thinking about Klingons. They might wear rock-inspired jewelry. Put it atop a leather background to further the contextual illusion and all that was left was to invent some words that fit the context, modeled after the numerous ads I’d seen.

What you see is the result. To my eye, it’s a decent execution of the idea. I just hope DPC folks have a sense of humor and enough of them resonate with Star Trek so the idea works. Enjoy!


Post Processing
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Text
Font: Star Trek Film BT
Enter English Text
Save for Web

Camera Data
Nikon D70
2005/04/22 11:01:02
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
4 sec - F/38
Exposure Comp.: -1.0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Vivid
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: Manual
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

Statistics
Place: 28 out of 159
Avg (all users): 6.1968
Avg (commenters): 7.2051
Avg (participants): 6.0400
Avg (non-participants): 6.3020
Views since voting: 1503
Views during voting: 382
Votes: 249
Comments: 42
Favorites: 1 (view)


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/01/2005 11:02:23 PM
Great presentation. Very nice lighting and background.
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05/01/2005 07:30:21 PM
A very appropiate font to match the subject. Something gives the illusion that the type has a tilt and climbs up to the right. However, this is very minor in consideration of the well composed image. Bumping up.
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05/01/2005 06:00:16 PM
Well done!
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05/01/2005 12:52:54 PM
LOL, I actually really like this.
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05/01/2005 12:04:34 AM
LOL, well another trekker on DPC, cool. Authentic, that i'd have to see! Cool shot, although there really is nothing 'special' about it unfortunatly. I'd loved to see a very hard 'Klingon Empire' themed setting with the jewel (metal, rust, red, dirty...). 6
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04/30/2005 03:36:49 PM
Not only stylish, but doubles as a battle-axe.
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04/30/2005 02:32:00 PM
Very creative, love the concept. Pendant is out of focus slightly on the top, and the background is a little distracting
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04/30/2005 03:46:45 AM
nice one well thought out. 7
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04/30/2005 12:14:48 AM
Nice background and beautiful peice of jewelry. 8
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04/29/2005 11:17:55 PM
Unique ... I wonder what the Romulans are wearing? :)
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04/29/2005 11:15:16 PM
Cute idea. I think a bit more saturation might have improved the shot, but great as is. 9.
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04/29/2005 10:37:20 PM
Simplicity, nice background, colors complement well. Cool piece of jewelry as well!! 8
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04/29/2005 04:01:50 PM
Perfect text selection, and great originality.
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04/29/2005 01:38:46 PM
Enjoy seeing something out of the ordinary. Live long and prosper!
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04/29/2005 06:55:56 AM
Nice! Love the star trek addition. The color saturation in the stone is nice. I like the contrast on the gold? the background is a nice addition also 10
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04/28/2005 10:32:16 PM
cool...I can appreciate this!
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04/28/2005 04:02:47 PM
nicely done
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04/28/2005 02:12:11 PM
Hahaha. I do like the colors and layout. Great text. 8
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04/27/2005 03:15:21 PM
Good idea, nice to see some humor.
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04/27/2005 10:39:55 AM
Nice choice of background material. Interesting jewelry piece. Go Trekkies! ;^) No, I'm not one, but I used to watch the show. I think you've balanced this photo and text very well. The lighting and focus is fine too. Good luck in the challenge.
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04/27/2005 09:01:31 AM
well done
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04/26/2005 07:06:09 PM
Nice shot, right on topic.
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04/26/2005 02:27:10 PM
Nice job. Humorous. Great font but needs a crisper shot of the rock itself.
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04/26/2005 01:15:23 PM
Interesting piece. The text in this "advertizement" takes away from the jewelry, though.
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04/26/2005 12:56:41 PM
good pic but hate the text. the font is ok, but the placement and sizing is really static and ordinary. i would have asked a graphic design friend to help - or just left it off.
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04/26/2005 10:20:38 AM
Not sure about the background color, however well done and very creative.
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04/26/2005 05:10:44 AM
nice texture
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04/26/2005 02:29:13 AM
nice advertisment nice jewelry
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04/25/2005 08:41:28 PM
Couldn't be any better. Love the text, light, and background.
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04/25/2005 07:02:23 PM
This is creative and unusual, but very good..I like the Klingon jewelry too! The background sets off the stone well, the detail is good on the wire wrapping..it is just plain cool..7
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04/25/2005 05:58:35 PM
* Chuckle *
Quite the unique approach to this challenge.
Design & layout are good, as is the lighting & detail
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04/25/2005 01:48:13 PM
Very creative and unique, good job!
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04/25/2005 01:38:45 PM
Composition: Excellent
Lighting: a little glare on metal but not overly so
Color: excellent
Clarity:excellent
Lettering: Fits add perfectly
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04/25/2005 01:14:21 PM
Hello Trekkie !! Nice picture !
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04/25/2005 11:18:49 AM
Love the idea. Not sure how many people will get it. I gave it a 7.
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04/25/2005 09:57:45 AM
I like it. Nice background too.
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04/25/2005 04:53:02 AM
cool! do you also sell klingon batleth's! great job. 8
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04/25/2005 02:58:58 AM
Very creative and pleasant to look at...good luck!!
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04/25/2005 02:05:45 AM
Nice photo and humor too. Thanks for th chuckle!
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04/25/2005 02:03:46 AM
Cute, I like it. A little high on the brightness, but lighting is a real issue for me as well.
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04/25/2005 12:34:50 AM
nice colors...harmony :-) gl with photo...
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04/25/2005 12:27:40 AM
very nice...font works with necklace..colors work well together and lighting is nice
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