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My Daughter's Passion II
My Daughter's Passion II

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Challenge: Light on White III (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: My basement
Date: Nov 24, 2006
Aperture: f22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 0.3 seconds
Galleries: Still Life
Date Uploaded: Nov 24, 2006

On February 27, 2005, I set up my tripod in my kitchen and layed out some of my daughter's PrismaColor pencils on a piece of white mat board and used the light coming in from the window. I was going to enter the "Light on White" Challenge. At the time, I was quite proud of the shot. It was my 7th entry here at DPC. It scored a 4.9938 and finished 222nd out of 427 entries. I was actually disappointed by the score. How could the voters not see what a wonderful shot this was?

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Well, fast-forward 33 months and 45 challenges later, and I now see it wasn't such a wonderful shot. The background was gray, there were nasty shadows, you can see the texture of the mat board, and well, it wasn't really light.

I missed Light on White II, so when Light on White III came around, I figured I would try again.

This time, I used some lighter colored pencils, some really white core board, and two 1000 watt lights through umbrellas at 45 degree angles to kill the shadows. I used skills that I have learned in Photoshop over the last year and nine months. So I sure hope that this scores better than a 4.9938 and finishes better than the 48th percentile. If it doesn't, I might just quit trying.

Converted from RAW
Levels for white point
Lower Saturation -22
Increase Brightness +10
Cloned out a few spots
Noise Ninja
USM (300, .3, 0)

Place: 100 out of 233
Avg (all users): 5.5291
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 5.3187
Avg (non-participants): 5.7245
Views since voting: 660
Views during voting: 267
Votes: 189
Comments: 4
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/02/2006 12:57:33 PM
Very nice. It's good to see a disorganized grouping of pencils :) When first looking at this I thought, but it would be nice if the pencils were all sharp and maybe turned the same way (no lettering). Then I thought, no, this is much more natural. Technically excellent (the whites and the soft colours and hinted shadows). ~8
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12/01/2006 02:13:24 PM
I like the composition of this picture with the soft pastel colors. Well done.
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11/30/2006 12:13:44 AM
Nicely lit and the soft pastels complement each other well.
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11/27/2006 02:33:07 PM
well composed image and excellent focus and lighting
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