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Silent Assassin
Silent Assassin

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Challenge: Light on White III (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD IF for Canon
Location: home
Date: Nov 24, 2006
Aperture: f/20
ISO: 100
Shutter: 0.5 seconds
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Nov 24, 2006

These critters get in the house all the time. I figured this might be a good challenge to shoot them given their light color.


Placed scorpion on a white flexible poster board clapped to an easel. Lit with two light sources, a worklight set front/left and a lightbox on the right. Shot with a small aperture since my macro lens has such a narrow DOF in general. Unfortunately this made all my sensor dust come "alive". While it wasn't difficult to clean it up I do need to clean my sensor again.

Post Processing:

- Cloned/healed sensor dust
- Neatimage
- Curves to brighten
- Tone mapping to brighten some more
- Dodge/Burn used to make subject "pop"
- PS Noise Reduce Filter set to Lighten blending
- Blur/Clone out minor blemishes
- Gradient Map and Channel Mixer used to tweak tonal range.
- Hue/Saturation used to boost saturation
- Cropped just a tad.
- Resized using bicubic sharper as the resampling method.
- Smart Sharpen applied over entire image with "highlights" turned off
- Sharpen Tool used selectively
- Added border
- Save for web


Well so much for that string of 6s. Thanks for the comments!

Place: 73 out of 233
Avg (all users): 5.7990
Avg (commenters): 7.2000
Avg (participants): 5.6633
Avg (non-participants): 5.9375
Views since voting: 1099
Views during voting: 372
Votes: 194
Comments: 11
Favorites: 3 (view)

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12/08/2006 08:35:43 AM
Yikes, great shot, way to go!
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12/04/2006 07:26:16 AM
Wow - figured this was in 6 range easily. Very nice work. Could make a cool print.
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12/04/2006 03:32:29 AM
I don't get voters, greatdetail, your streak should still be alive!
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12/04/2006 12:38:47 AM
This is a very striking shot Richard. The gold colour is wonderful.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/03/2006 09:33:16 PM
This is just an amazing and striking image. Beautiful colors and detail. Just wonderful. Bumping up 2 and adding to my favs.
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11/30/2006 10:08:18 PM
Nicely composed and great color.
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11/29/2006 01:34:16 AM
awesome colors. arresting image!
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11/28/2006 04:58:23 PM
This would of been good also for the BOND challenge. Love the deep gold color. Unique.
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11/28/2006 02:56:02 AM
Absolutely FABULOUS!!!!
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11/27/2006 08:22:25 PM
Ew ew ew ew EW I HATE scorpians
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11/27/2006 12:33:39 AM
cool! great pose for it
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