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Challenge: Fantasy World (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S5100
Location: Farmington, New Mexico
Date: Jun 19, 2005
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/10 Sec
Galleries: Still Life, Floral
Date Uploaded: Jun 19, 2005

Bought the tree and attached dollar bills. Took the picture in our light box with 2 50watt flood lights.

Post Processing:
One step photo fix
Auto Contrast
Bias = Darker
Strength = mild
Apprence = bold
Auto Saturation
Bias = More colorful
Strength = Normal
Brightness/Contrast
Brightness = 3
Contrast = 1
Select top dollar - Brightness/Contrast
Brightness = -20
Contrast = 5
Used clone brush to clean background imprefections
Crop
Resize
Add boarders
Save for DPC

Statistics
Place: 26 out of 151
Avg (all users): 6.0625
Avg (commenters): 7.2174
Avg (participants): 5.9762
Avg (non-participants): 6.1143
Views since voting: 1048
Views during voting: 397
Votes: 224
Comments: 24
Favorites: 0


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07/01/2005 12:18:50 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Despite some technical flaws, this is a good photo. Creative idea, nicely set up, and well composed. The main problem with it is the lighting. A light box is an effective method for creating a shadowless white background. But the front lighting isn't strong enough here to compete with the light box, making the subject too dark and giving it a strange color cast. It also gives a flat appearance to an obviously 3-dimensional object.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/26/2005 10:38:47 PM
Colors seem off here, I'm not sure if it is the lighting or the post processing - 5
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06/26/2005 02:01:08 PM
When that tree matures, will it start yielding 20's? Want to mail me a seed packet?
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06/26/2005 08:31:42 AM
I've thought about this, and if it did, it would still be a matter of how long it would take to grow it, then the rent of the guards to protect it, then the cost of fertilizers, etc.... Most bushes don't grow this big in a year, but let us just imagine that they do... I see in your photo... oh... about $25 now if it took a year to grow that $25, why just think, in only 320 years or so, you'd have enough for that big Canon EOS 1DS-Mark II... :-) Seriously though great idea, good implementation. A little better lighting to really set off the money, instead of the dark hole in the middle of the picture that sort of swallows the idea would really help. 5
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06/25/2005 12:14:25 AM
nice idea, good creation of the money tree. The tree looks too dark, however, and then it has highlights blowing out around the edges at the top. 7
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06/24/2005 11:34:10 PM
"BUUUUUUUT MAAAA! Money IS made out of paper, and paper comes from trees!"

Great photo!
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06/24/2005 10:59:27 PM
money grows in shrubs! i knew it!
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06/24/2005 02:11:26 PM
A money tree fits a fantasy world concept in a way anyone can relate to. Sharpness is good and the choice of a white background works very well.

There are a couple technical items that will hurt this image in scoring. One is that the background is not solid white. Some 'dirtiness' shows through that will be a distraction for some viewers.

There are some digital 'jaggies' that show up prominently on the edges of the dollars on the tree. These are also distracting and should be corrected.

The biggest flaw is lighting. The tree needs some front illumination. It is too dark in the center and it is made more apparent when contrasted to the white background.

There is something you might try in post processing without reshooting that might work well with this image for this particular challenge. You could apply dodging to lighten various areas in the darkened interior of the tree to give it a more surreal look and added viewer interest. But you have to be careful not to overdo it. It is very easy to lighten to much and give the image a washed out look. I'd recomment a brush opacity of around 5% or maybe a little more and make broad circular strokes.
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06/24/2005 08:10:56 AM
Great picture well executed. I think that it would have been better balanced with another six or eight inches of the stem. It would then look more like a money tree than a money ball.
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06/22/2005 08:42:05 PM
where can i get me one of these? got a spare?
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06/22/2005 05:03:10 PM
Why stop at ones - I definitely need the bigger version.
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06/22/2005 05:01:39 PM
i almost went with this idea but dont think i could have done it as well as you have.
maybe just a bit better lighting on the center of the pic
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06/22/2005 04:53:23 PM
Yes, quite a fantasy. Call me over at harvest. lol A neat presentation.
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06/22/2005 01:02:10 PM
I have a "hundred" plant. ;)
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06/22/2005 10:58:10 AM
I WISH
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06/22/2005 05:47:02 AM
Yup, if only :)
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06/21/2005 11:28:32 AM
cute idea :)
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06/21/2005 12:18:51 AM
Apart from a rather bothersome overall colour cast and/or over saturation, I just love this photo!
Great idea! The centered composition and plain background work well.
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06/20/2005 10:09:31 PM
Very Good work here! Very crisp and Great idea!
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06/20/2005 11:40:47 AM
Everyone wants one of these - and the photo is perfect- top 10 for sure
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06/20/2005 11:20:11 AM
Ahhhhh. . . now THIS is MY fantasy :) Great idea and great execution.
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06/20/2005 09:16:46 AM
Very well executed, one of my top picks
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06/20/2005 06:12:01 AM
Greed will be found in any world...8
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06/20/2005 03:12:18 AM
you and me both, y kids still believe this .9
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