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Challenge: Family (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Still Life
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: Smithfield, UT
Date: Jul 10, 2005
Aperture: F/7.1
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/3
Galleries: Family, Persuasive
Date Uploaded: Jul 10, 2005

The idea and meaning of family should all come down to one starting point, the marriage. There is one universal symbol for marriage, wedding bands. I wanted to portray the basic meaning of marriage that could be understood wherever you are.

I can't take all of the credit for the idea of this shot. There are tons of other shots that I have seen where a mirror is used, so I wanted to try my hand at some. I hope that it does well.

For post processing, I simply adjusted the levels a bit and removed some dust specs that I did not get off of the mirror. Then I cropped it for the Internet.

Place: 117 out of 159
Avg (all users): 4.8792
Avg (commenters): 5.1667
Avg (participants): 4.6747
Avg (non-participants): 4.9873
Views since voting: 954
Views during voting: 377
Votes: 240
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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04/25/2007 08:43:58 PM
I like that you preserved the details in the gold of the bands. Very nice!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/16/2005 11:02:30 AM
Control of the light is pretty good with just a couple of hot spots, exposure is about right. Now. Work on the composition a little and this would be a better picture. Centered compositions just don't have enough impact.
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07/15/2005 10:17:12 PM
Beautiful shot
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07/15/2005 12:52:46 AM
well i can't figure out what you've done here...so it is intriguing in that respect. At first i thought it was a mirror image but I think i see 4 different rings which seems odd as a symbol for marriage. anyway, the light refractions from the glass around a couple of the rings are a bit annoying. the centered composition is a bit static. the background color and lighting are terribly bland, though your shadow removal was well done. your focus is very soft. perhaps perusing the previous jewelryadvertisement challenge might provide some useful insight.
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07/12/2005 03:22:29 PM
Nice representation and a good shot, both.
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07/12/2005 08:54:38 AM
NIce, might have been nice for the jewelry challenge.
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07/12/2005 08:06:17 AM
excellent idea and well executed. hope it does well for you
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07/11/2005 02:23:31 PM
Universal symbol of love and marriage maybe. But that does not necessarily mean family. I must be missing something. it is a nice photo - well focused and lit. The reflection works nicely. But I just don't get family from it.
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07/11/2005 12:49:55 PM
maybe try a tigher crop on this image.
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07/11/2005 12:23:45 PM
Nice shot and good sentiment. I like the reflection idea, but the double reflection shadows are a bit distracting (IMHO) - the single reflections are fine. Maybe this was caused by multiple light sources? Also the highlights are a little overblown. Still, a very nice shot that I like a lot. Just my 2 cents... 7
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07/11/2005 11:31:06 AM
A pretty image, I would have cropped more closely. I think this would have worked better showing the rings on their owner's hands.
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07/11/2005 11:05:17 AM
lighting too harsh.
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07/11/2005 09:17:14 AM
This just is kind of boring to me. The man's ring has nice tone and quality, but the woman's ring is blurred. Overall, it just leaves me kind of blah. Hope this helps.
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07/11/2005 03:03:57 AM
Mirror shot has a ghost showing around the man's ring reflection - perhaps the lighting was angled wrong?
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