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Guardian of The Realm
Guardian of The Realm
Giorgio


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Shallow DOF II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Jendigital JD 5.2z3 MPEG4
Location: at home
Date: Dec 18, 2005
Aperture: F 3.4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Macro, Studio
Date Uploaded: Dec 18, 2005

These are orange peelings with burned matches sticking out of them.When I saw the challenge the idea just came to me and here it is.

PS edit: autolevels
levels(mid tone)
brightness/contrast
curves
USM
border
save for web

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 346
Avg (all users): 6.5730
Avg (commenters): 8.1579
Avg (participants): 6.4286
Avg (non-participants): 6.6790
Views since voting: 3875
Views during voting: 426
Votes: 281
Comments: 30
Favorites: 9 (view)


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03/08/2006 10:05:06 AM
Wonderful shot. The DOF is tremendous, and the BG is quite nice. The colors are very pleasant. The brights of the first peeling are a little distracting.
Good job.
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03/07/2006 04:09:12 PM
I just love the colors and the DoF! well done.

just checked; allready added to my faves after the challenge. ;)
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02/02/2006 09:09:23 PM
i really like the clairty and color of this one. well done
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01/28/2006 12:48:19 PM
Congrats for the top 5. Felicitari!
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01/03/2006 09:23:33 AM
*Critique Club*

When I first saw this it reminded me of "The Nightmare Before Christmas" movie for some reason. The match resembles the tree drawings used in the film for me. I think that this is an excellent photo. You have a very creative imagination. The detail on the burnt match is great. This is a great example of SDOF. Congrats on a great score.

Mandy
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12/31/2005 10:30:44 AM
great textures off burned wood and oranges
i like the centered position maybe for my sense some sticks in the background a bit out of key
nitpicking / great entry
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12/31/2005 10:22:18 AM
This is really good. Looks like a landscape from another planet. The out-of-focus matchsticks in the background are what I like the most. They look like dead alien trees or some other life-form.
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12/30/2005 05:00:32 PM
Excellent idea and great follow through.
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12/28/2005 01:41:45 PM
Congratulations on 4th place with this one. It really is amazing.
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12/28/2005 08:47:53 AM
A most interesting visual and great contender for this challenge. Congratulations on your top 5 finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/27/2005 09:01:59 PM
beautiful image. Nicely composed, interesting use of pattern and texture.
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12/27/2005 07:59:05 PM
Interesting subject matter and concept. Creative. nice job.
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12/27/2005 07:44:16 PM
The setup is great here. It almost reminds me of a something Tim Burton might use for one of his claymation movies. :) Great lighting, great composition, great DOF. Well done!
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12/27/2005 03:10:47 PM
nice image
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12/27/2005 02:46:44 AM
Great image, which deserves to be up high in the votes..............top twenty.....
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12/26/2005 01:46:22 PM
Nice color and lighting.
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12/23/2005 08:44:52 PM
Wicked. I love the conflict of comfy and warm orange with the desolation of the matchstick. A bit less centre-feel would improve it even further.
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12/23/2005 07:37:51 AM
Excellent shallow depth of field but I'm left wondering - why? Why are there burnt matches stuck in oranges? The image quality is excellent but with such disparate parts I'm left wondering what might be the significance, I feel I don't get the joke or the point. Is there one? A title that better explains what the image is about would work better for me. Of course, if it is just burnt matches stuck in oranges than maybe burnt matches would work. :) Anyway, technicals - excellent, meets the challenge - excellent, emotion/affinity/connection - not so good for me. 6 - good luck in the challenge!
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12/22/2005 07:54:29 PM
Unusual shot but IMO, well done.
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12/22/2005 10:41:20 AM
Incredible focus on your subject! The color combinations are so appealing!
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12/21/2005 10:32:53 PM
Very nice
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12/21/2005 05:53:17 PM
What a great surrealist image full of wonderful vibrant colour, rich texture and so quirky too! I can't decide whether the almost centred composition complements the surreal aspect of the landscape or whether a more traditional rule of thirds placement for the foreground match would make it even stronger. Whatever, I do love it! 10
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12/21/2005 04:48:36 PM
I'm not quite sure I "get" this shot, but I really, really like it nonetheless! It has a mystical feel to it, and the colors are great. It's certainly unique... I gave 'er a 10.
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12/21/2005 12:48:55 PM
A very interesting shot. I like the idea very much and the burnt matchstick is great against the orange. Personally, I find the blurry matchstick almost directly behind the focused one to be a bit distracting. Also, it feels like this might be just a touch to sharpened ... The white outline along the right side of the focused matchstick is a bit strong for my liking. JMO.
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12/21/2005 12:18:49 PM
Oh tha is nice, a potential winner. 10
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12/21/2005 10:21:49 AM
Very Very good shot. This one should get a ribbon. Nice going.
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12/21/2005 10:12:50 AM
superb!!! brilliant idea!
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12/21/2005 02:03:18 AM
GREAT colors
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12/21/2005 01:29:01 AM
Where do you get ideas like this...who would of thought to put burnt matchsticks in oranges....Gosh. 10.
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12/21/2005 01:14:33 AM
Very cool and graphic. Love the bright vivid orange. Nicely done.
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