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Pretty Pennies
Pretty Pennies

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Challenge: Metal (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A60
Location: Me bedroom
Date: Jun 20, 2005
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1"3
Galleries: Macro, Studio
Date Uploaded: Jun 20, 2005

This is probably one of the best photos I've ever taken for a challenge, I have even better photos in my portfolio, but none were ever taken for a challenge. This was a bit difficult to do. I wanted a shinny glass surface to reflect the pennies. So I dug around the house for a while and finally settled on taking the glass layer out of a framed photo for a while. I also found a black sheet of posterboard I normally use to control light, a table, one 40 watt clamp light (it's basicallly a scoop) and a white dry erase board as a reflector. Oh, and I also searched a while for the cleanest pennies I had laying around my room. I set the black posterboard up on table which was next to a book shelf, this let me curve the backgdrop. I put the glass on top of the posterboard that was on the table, and used a dress shirt to clean it up. Dust is so annoying in macro photos like this! I would take an exposure, then zoom in to examine for dust missed, I got everything I could. I always have my camera hooked up to a properly set NTSC monitor for shoots like this, so this helped a bunch. The lighting came in from the right side, diffused by notebook paper and was filled via my dry erase board "Ghetto Reflector". I also sleightly warm balanced my camera to give the image more accurate color. Reflections a very tricky, its what you don't light that counts. I did my best to keep all light off of the glass, and only let light hit what I wanted to have a reflection in the glass. As a result I had to cover the book shelf with the black posterboard to prevent it from showing up. I almost taped paper mony to it, but I sided with simplicity for this challenge. I'll play with that some other time. As a last note, I used the smallest possible aperture on my lens to increase my Depth of Field. And thats that!

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/27/2005 05:37:02 PM
hey, you got ole Abe to pose for you!
06/24/2005 04:05:24 PM
nice shot and good use of the light. composition might be a bit static though.
06/23/2005 01:30:10 PM
Fits challenge= 5
Wow factor/uniqueness=0

Not really intersting but lite nicely.

Good luck

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