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Autumn Puffs
Autumn Puffs

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Challenge: Single Light Source (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S5100
Location: home (Upsala, Ontario)
Date: Nov 14, 2005
Aperture: F/4.9
ISO: 64
Shutter: 1 sec.
Galleries: Nature, Floral
Date Uploaded: Nov 15, 2005

I went out & picked several different stalks of dead, gone-to-seed goldenrod just before it snowed. This is actually one plant. Set up in my liningroom with a piece of dark card for a backdrop. Light source is a single incandescent ligt bulb in a "trouble light" fixture, which was laid below & behind the subject, so that it shined through the plant. I used a couple of white cards as reflectors.

Editing steps in Paint Shop Pro 8: Rotate; crop; histogram contrast adjust for both luminence & color; saturation enhance; borders; resize; soft focus (this was an experiment that I tried,instead of sharpening, and I liked the soft effect on the fluffy seedheads - hope you do too!), compress & save.

Place: 27 out of 291
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Views since voting: 1143
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Votes: 287
Comments: 10
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/21/2005 03:30:23 AM
Very nice lighting and color. I think the composition would have been better if more of the stems had been cropped off.
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11/20/2005 11:00:39 PM
I like the soft look on this one.
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11/19/2005 09:33:57 PM
8 - Like the choice of subject and composition, good use of lighting. Criticism; having said that, I think that perhaps some more space to the left and a slightly more 'dramatic' (stronger?) lighting bottom right, may have made this better in my opinion, but not sure. Some more discernable 'texture', or detail, in the seed heads(?) also may have made this better, but difficult I imagine with the one light source, unless it was stronger lighting, but then llikely blow out issues in the stems so, who knows.
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11/16/2005 07:03:17 PM
gorgeous lighting......interesting arrangement/framing. nice job
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11/16/2005 04:07:04 PM
beautiful picture!!!! i will look for the print :) ...8
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11/16/2005 02:35:52 PM
This is exquisite!!!!!!
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11/16/2005 11:54:41 AM
Excellent shot and use of light. The border is good too.
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11/16/2005 11:21:31 AM
nice soft focus
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11/16/2005 02:06:47 AM
lovely shot but I wish the unidirectional light was a but more evident, I see it but I belive subtelty will be punished, and sadly that is evident here. great tones, focus and framing, good luck.
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11/16/2005 12:46:58 AM
SO pretty. I love the unusual curly drying leaves. This is stunning. Great border too. 9
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