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Gold Leafing
Gold Leafing

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Challenge: Abstract Macro II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G2
Location: inside my home
Date: Sep 23, 2006
Aperture: F2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/25
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Sep 22, 2006

Close-up of a leaf in the process of decay.

Post-processing in Photoshop: rotate, slight adjustments in levels and curves, reduce brightness, increase saturation of yellow, a little burning, neat image, slightly sharpen, add border, save for web.

Place: 88 out of 285
Avg (all users): 5.7892
Avg (commenters): 6.7143
Avg (participants): 5.5824
Avg (non-participants): 6.0400
Views since voting: 869
Views during voting: 232
Votes: 166
Comments: 8
Favorites: 1 (view)

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10/08/2006 02:41:29 PM
Critique Club Review:

I think you have already heard, over and over, about the only real problem with this picture. (The softness of the focus.) At this closeness, and with a wide aperature, (f-2.8) the depth of field will be extremely small and unforgiving.

Had you tried to sharpen the image much more, it would have looked worse because it would have become grainy and had haloes around objects.

Other than that, this is an extrodinarily good image. Color, saturation, hue, brightness and contrast are all excellent. I particularly like the perfect black contrast of the missing areas of the leaf. It really sets off the other colors well.

Nice job.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/30/2006 05:43:39 AM
Great composition and lighting. I don't like the soft focus here. When you take a shot of the structure of a leaf it has to be quite sharp imho. Try to sharpen your shot via postprocessing.
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09/30/2006 03:40:05 AM
Quite magical.....stunning, and one of my favorites in this challenge.....Definately a "10" from me.....
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09/29/2006 04:07:13 AM
Great idea and the colour and light is lovely. Wish the focus were just a tad sharper though.
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09/26/2006 01:26:16 PM
great title! lovely texture and color. I'm not crazy about the composition, though. it seems too static.
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09/25/2006 03:02:44 PM
Very good title and very good abstract.
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09/25/2006 08:39:38 AM
lovely. it doesn't need the border.
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09/25/2006 01:02:12 AM
HEE HEE - I almost entered something similar. This seems slightly out of focus. Maybe I'm just needing to sleep. LOL Love the colors.
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