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the organic underbelly
the organic underbelly

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Challenge: Image without Subject (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: South Royalton, VT
Date: Aug 27, 2006
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/15 sec.
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Aug 27, 2006

i don't know what this particular type of fungus is - but this specimen was growing in the back yard of my apartment. it seemed like an obvious candidate for this challenge.

for the lighting, i bounced a 60W fluorescent clip-on light off of a white wall onto the fungus, and shot with a +2 macro ring on my 50mm lens. the conversion to b/w was relatively complex (using a gradient map and a channel mixer layer, as well as some burning), but little editing was otherwise done.

the border: always a toss-up, but in this case, compression was a pretty big issue. (filesize/compression considerations were also what pushed me into b/w.) adding a border allowed me to save it at a slightly higher quality, which even with the border was only 67%. plus, darn it, i like borders.

this was submission #143.


since I got few comments and only one of them was at all critical, I can only assume that w4jzz's comment about DOF explains why this didn't score as well as I would have liked.

I guess I'm wide open to that criticism; looking at this now, I can see how the image would have been stronger had the bottom been sharp focus. I have no excuse for letting it get blurry. I was using a tripod and could easily have stopped down to f/8 or smaller - I just didn't think of it.

Next time!

Place: 52 out of 241
Avg (all users): 5.9277
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.9022
Avg (non-participants): 5.9595
Views since voting: 634
Views during voting: 231
Votes: 166
Comments: 7
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/03/2006 11:22:18 PM
Like the black and white
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08/31/2006 10:29:40 PM
nice focus and details.
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08/28/2006 06:58:18 AM
Good B&W study, very nice textures ...
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08/28/2006 06:22:33 AM
Now this I like very much.....
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08/28/2006 05:26:38 AM
wonderful macro and excellent as a b and w...
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08/28/2006 04:30:36 AM
Finally, a good B&W study. Great texture but watch DOF. A little soft at bottom and just under the edge at the top. A little tighter aperture might have brought them in focus.
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08/28/2006 02:17:30 AM
Looks good in B and W
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