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Pink Moon
Pink Moon

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Challenge: Color on Color (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S3100
Location: Elgin, Illinois
Date: Jul 19, 2006
Aperture: f/8
ISO: ISO 100
Shutter: 1/2s
Galleries: Macro
Date Uploaded: Jul 20, 2006

Pink marble shot against pink sheet using room lighting and flash

Place: 226 out of 239
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08/03/2006 12:34:19 PM
Here's an example that might benefit from more "negative space." That means not cropping so tightly. Look at some of the results of the negative space challenges for some ideas. Here's one example:
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Your image doesn't have the same vibrant background, but do you see how the large space away from the subject gives some interest?

The other main issue here is focus. You want the marble to be sharp and the background to be soft.

You also want to avoid the harsh "spotlight" effect of the lamp. My first entry suffered from the same problem.

Search Google for "light tent" to learn some things about lighting. I've been experimenting with many ways to diffuse lights, like pillowcases, tissue paper, and even my hands.

Putting the light to the side will not only hide its reflection but also create some drama with shadows. Long shadows coming out the side are more interesting than short ones directly behind. They also look deliberate.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/30/2006 04:03:13 PM
This has potential ... I like the idea. It seems sorta out of focus. The lighting would be more effective from the side or from the back to look more planet-like also.
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07/30/2006 03:06:28 PM
I like the photo...a tad too much crop of the 'moon'.
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07/30/2006 04:19:35 AM
what's this all about?
07/27/2006 03:16:27 PM
Hmmm. Not overly exciting to look at. JMO. Image is soft and OOF and too grainy.
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07/27/2006 12:43:37 AM
Experiment more with the lighting to enhance the shadow areas and not have such a bright white spot on the sphere.
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07/26/2006 01:01:39 PM
focus seems too soft
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07/26/2006 08:50:24 AM
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07/26/2006 01:36:32 AM
??? Not sure what this is but its quite blurry and poorly composed and lit
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