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The Lion Lies Down With The Lamb
The Lion Lies Down With The Lamb
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Challenge: Zen Photography (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Location: Oakland, California, USA
Date: Jul 30, 2006
Aperture: 2.7
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/15 sec
Galleries: Still Life, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jul 30, 2006

Chicken feather and cedar twig on blue crushed velvet.

Special thanks to my son Isaac for suggesting the boom adapter for the tripod -- will post link to setup shot when voting is over.

- SuperMacro Mode/tripod/timer
- Incandescent floor lamp/Tungsten White Balance
- Cloned out the tips of a few stray needles at the top-right
- RGB Curve
- Cropped a little from right
- Cropped from bottom to 3:2 ratio
- Resize for DPC
- USM at 12%/48 dia/TH = 0
- USM at 88%/0.8 dia/TH = 5
- SaveAs JPEG at quality 8/10 = 147kb

•Added post-challenge•
I thought about this shot throughout the week, but only set it up and shot it in the last hour before the deadline.

In addition to the "quiet" zen theme, I wanted to introduce a yin-yang element, of opposites in harmony (or at least peaceful coexistence), thus two objects of similar topology but opposite textures. I chose the title for the same reason.

Technically, I wish I'd had a better twig I could arch over the feather, but I was pretty happy with the lighting and detail on the feather.

Statistics
Place: 262 out of 329
Avg (all users): 5.0283
Avg (commenters): 5.1667
Avg (participants): 4.8571
Avg (non-participants): 5.1963
Views since voting: 858
Views during voting: 277
Votes: 212
Comments: 11
Favorites: 1 (view)


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AuthorThread
08/10/2006 11:30:21 PM
Originally posted by DrAchoo:

... people appreciated the technical quality but didn't care for the subject.

This is funny -- that's about the opposite way my photos usually score ...

Thanks for the comments.
08/10/2006 05:59:09 PM
I think you are a victim of the shot being too cerebral. In the average 3-5 seconds the voter looks at a shot they aren't going to pick up on the contrasts between the prickly needles and the soft feather. People were also likely keyed into "tranquil or silent" part of zen due to the challenge description.

The focus and lighting are well done. You capture nice detail in the feather. The composition is perhaps a bit static. Not to exciting. I think the overwhelming 5's show people appreciated the technical quality but didn't care for the subject.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/10/2006 03:13:46 PM
I like the idea but i'm put off by the crushed velvet. just makes anything look a bit cheesy and cheap. If this were on a smotth fabric I think it would have done better. and maybe if you could have clipped off the yellowish parts of the feather. lighting is great though and it's sharp enough. hope that helps.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/10/2006 03:01:40 PM
Here's a link to the resized but otherwise unprocessed original:

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I thought about this shot throughout the week, but only set it up and shot it in the last hour before the deadline.

In addition to the "quiet" zen theme, I wanted to introduce a yin-yang element, of opposites in harmony (or at least peaceful coexistence), thus two objects of similar topology but opposite textures. I chose the title for the same reason.

Technically, I wish I'd had a better twig I could arch over the feather, but I was pretty happy with the lighting and detail on the feather.

Message edited by author 2006-08-10 15:20:38.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/06/2006 11:08:19 PM
poor velvet zen is
haunted by elvis, runs in
to the girl's bathroom
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/05/2006 08:34:56 PM
That feather is just beautiful, nicely done.....
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/02/2006 04:03:32 PM
I really like this image. The textures to be seen are fantastic. The color choices work very well together and the contrasts are many and bring much interest to the image. I personally don't feel much zen when I look at the image but I think its very well taken and your subject choices were well composed and chosen. I think the lighting is good and the focus looks good too (though a smidge soft on a bit of the foreground in the feather). I really like your choice of background. I think the reason I'm not making a zen connection is also one of the best parts of the image - all the different textures. I think its possible to have zen with a lot of things going on in an image but this one just didn't click with me. Still its a great rendering technically and compositionally, I gave a 6
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/01/2006 06:42:22 PM
I like the b/g and the feather but would have been tempted to lose the foliage and concentrate on just a slightly off centre shot of the feather and b/g (MHO)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/31/2006 03:03:08 PM
I'm missing the connection here I think...and what does the title mean? Is the Lion the evergreen branch? From the thumbnail I thought the blue was moving water (the wrinkles look like water ripples at thumb size). Probably don't have enough negative space (subjects are filling the frame) for the Zen group. Anyway...best of luck in the challenge.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/31/2006 06:34:38 AM
I like it, but I am not sure of the velvet type background for this...it's clear and has good lighting and composition
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/31/2006 03:40:49 AM
White feather Zen, to me would have been better suited in a lighter bacground...7
  Photographer found comment helpful.


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