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Seed Spectrum

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Challenge: Seed (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Challenges 2006
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Date: Sep 17, 2006
Aperture: f/ 11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/45 sec.
Galleries: Abstract, Macro
Date Uploaded: Sep 17, 2006

A homage to Ursula. Gerbera daisy seeds on a CD-R. The idea did came from the interview with Ursula and I liked how the seeds look on the spectrum of light on the CD-R.

Post: Convert from raw in PSElements 3.0 with a -0.33 exposure compensation. Healed and cloned three dust spots. Layer adjustments for levels, brightness/contrast and hue saturation. Sharpen. Crop to remove curves from the CD-R and then again for 640 x 480 sizing. Resize. Sharpen.

Place: 37 out of 163
Avg (all users): 5.8919
Avg (commenters): 7.4000
Avg (participants): 5.8000
Avg (non-participants): 5.9545
Views since voting: 944
Views during voting: 248
Votes: 148
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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09/29/2006 07:20:40 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club:

Hi Robert

I like the idea and it definitely has 'seeds'in it so certainly matches the Challenge title.


The position of the seeds in the frame and the appearance that they are falling is good. The spectrum of light adds another aspect to this shot that makes it stand out from other images that have used similar 'seeds'.


The colours in the spectrum of light are nice, on my screen in the green on the right handside there appears to be some small patches that don't look quite right. This could just be the way it looks or a processing 'problem'?

The subject would suit a black background but again there appears to be some areas on either side of the frame that are a slightly different colour to the centre of the background. Small little details but on voting I would be looking at all these things.

I would agree with the comments below, the seeds are a little grey and would look better if you were able to lighten them to get them a bit whiter. I also agree that the seeds could benefit from slightly less sharpening.

My Personal Thought:

I may have been tempted to do two things with this shot. One would be to lose the spectrum altogther and just have the whiter falling seeds against the black background, but that would have taken away that extra 'something' this shot has. Or I may have placed the spectrum to go more from one corner to the other, say bottom right to top left.

If you've got any questions about this critique, please feel free to contact me via the PM system.

- Natalya :o)
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09/25/2006 02:35:53 AM
Thanks Shez! Thanks for the comment during the challenge and to the others who commented as well!
09/25/2006 01:58:36 AM
I really like this one a lot during the challenge, so now I have added it as a favorite as well.....
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/25/2006 01:52:20 AM
I wish the seeds were less gray, too!

Message edited by author 2006-09-25 02:36:09.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/24/2006 12:14:10 PM
beautiful photo -
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/23/2006 08:08:28 AM
Nice one here.....
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/20/2006 09:12:08 PM
Maybe a bit too sharp, I think I'd like the seeds to look a bit softer.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/19/2006 10:05:57 AM
I like the prismatic colors. I would adjust contrast so that the seeds were whiter.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/18/2006 07:51:03 AM
This photo really inspires me. I love the use of a prism to create the beautiful rainbow background. This photo makes me want to try this, and I will, but I am sure it won't come out as well.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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