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Challenge: Pick Two (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Challenges 2006
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix 2800Z
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Date: Mar 11, 2006
Aperture: f/ 8.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/2 sec.
Galleries: Abstract, Macro
Date Uploaded: Mar 11, 2006

I chose bifocals, since I have a few sitting around, and feathers. The bifocals and bicyle idea did not work out too well. The feather is a peacok feather that I shot some time ago. I took the image and layered several copies of it on to an enlarged canvas so there were two rows of 4 (or eight all together) of the image. I displayed the multiple image on my computer monitor. Took a pile of heavy books and set them in front of the monitor and placed a RainX (yes, Ron, I know all about RainX) treated piece of mirror on top of the books. Placed an old pair of glasses on the mirror and put water drops with an eyedropper in behind the lense. The camera was in macro mode with a 10x close up filter, manual focus and on a table top tripod.

Post: Layer adjustments for levels, brightness/contrast and hue saturation. Sharpen. I burnt the barely visible reflection of the bottom of the rim of the glasses at the bottom of the image. Then I healed a billion and half hot pixels.I toyed with using NeatImage but found the detail loss was not acceptable, so the noise is still there. Sorry. I also wanted to clone out the relection of the temple on the bottom right, but did not want to get into any major component business, so I left it.

Another noisy, water drop shot...oy...what was I thinking.

Place: 27 out of 110
Avg (all users): 5.8761
Avg (commenters): 6.8462
Avg (participants): 5.7727
Avg (non-participants): 5.9211
Views since voting: 864
Views during voting: 421
Votes: 218
Comments: 16
Favorites: 2 (view)

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03/23/2006 12:40:07 PM
I might give this another try, perhaps, the set up is not awful to deal with. But I hope you all do understand about this focus thing...it's a bit tough when your dealing with the camera lense, the close up filter and then two different areas of the lense prescription....I think...course if the prescription was the same for both areas...they probably would not be bi-focals.....hmmmm.
03/23/2006 12:10:47 PM
Hi! Here’s a comment from the Critique Club.

First Impression:
Busy! Eyes dropped to the large water drop front and centre, up to the dark area near the top, around to the left, back to the front water drop.

I feel it’s too busy, with too much out of focus. The black areas on the screen are distracting in the bifocals as well as in the water drops. I like the colours.
My eyes kept following the glasses frame around, looking for what was in focus.

Clever use of bifocals and feathers. Meets challenge. Speed voters may have had trouble!

Find DOF too shallow. If you could have brought the frame and some water drops in focus, your picture would have really “popped”
Thanks for your comments describing what you did pre and post. Gives me a much better idea what your intentions were.
Sorry, I don’t understand your reference to RainX

Congratulations on your 76% placement, and getting a score above your average.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2006 06:43:32 PM
Very clever, I hope we find out how you did it.
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03/17/2006 01:38:14 PM
Verry creative.
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03/17/2006 10:56:08 AM
Nice idea and pretty good execution. More DOF would be better so that the images in most of the drops are as sharp as the one in the foreground.
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03/16/2006 11:39:27 PM
The drops, while not entriely in focus, creates texture and added layering to this beauty. Rimless glasses would have instantly made this a top notch image. Bumping up.
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03/14/2006 09:50:59 PM
Nice take on the challenge - and definitely bifocals.
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03/13/2006 08:57:21 PM
Wow..peacock eyes from heaven!
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03/12/2006 10:46:05 PM
Nicely done.
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03/12/2006 08:59:29 PM
Now this is a unique photograph. After you ribbon, you must explain what you did.

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03/12/2006 05:25:23 PM
This is clearly the most abstract of the challenge. Excellent way to show the bifocals and feathers without being like everone else. Nice job.
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03/12/2006 12:14:06 PM
This is just cool.
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03/12/2006 11:27:26 AM
Cool shot!
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03/12/2006 09:47:26 AM
great job getting the reflections and beautiful result
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03/12/2006 01:24:39 AM
Doesn't meet challenge. Interesting picture though.
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03/12/2006 12:14:51 AM
nice, I hope people take the time to figure out its a feather behind the glasses
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