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Challenge: Light on White III (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: Miscellaneous
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Studio/Office, Buchanan, VA
Date: Nov 26, 2006
Aperture: 1:5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/4000 second
Galleries: Still Life, Studio
Date Uploaded: Nov 26, 2006

Setup included whiteboards, overhead fluorescent light, halogen desk lamp, 650 watt flood (hand held). Used stacked close-up filter set, tripod, & remote.

Converted from RAW. Generated HDR in Photomatix from 5 different levels of exposure on same original RAW file.

PP done in both MS Digital Image Pro 10 & PS 7. PP included NI, gaussian blur (background only without shells), blend brush to clean up a few spots, levels/curves, dodge/burn brush, contrast, sharpen, save for Web.

Place: 138 out of 233
Avg (all users): 5.3333
Avg (commenters): 5.7143
Avg (participants): 5.0729
Avg (non-participants): 5.5714
Views since voting: 723
Views during voting: 271
Votes: 201
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/02/2006 01:26:42 PM
I like the star and shadow. The out of focus shell towards the back doesn't add all that much IMHO, it maybe even confuses the image. The horizon line (edge of table or whatever) is not straight, and it isn't slanted enough to be intentional. I wonder how it would be to have an image of just the star on white, with shadow (experiment with light to get the best shadow), no horizon line. ~5
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12/01/2006 08:16:10 AM
Very good details on the foreground starfish. I understand your use of DOF to make the background shell an item of interest but not the primary. The big thing that holds this back for me is the seam from wall to floor (back to bottom, however you want to label it...). Best of luck to you in the challenge.
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11/30/2006 11:43:00 AM
Exquisite! :)
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11/30/2006 12:15:58 AM
Nice texture on the starfish.
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11/27/2006 09:53:24 PM
Hmm - I guess there were more than a couple of these shots... Maybe I should have tried to be more creative! =)

I think your shadow under the starfish is a little harsh, and the fact that the other shell is out of focus seems odd.
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11/27/2006 06:11:30 PM
Tried this to,deleated it, yours is nicer.
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11/27/2006 05:07:16 PM
Personally I'd like to see a bit deeper DOF. 5
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11/27/2006 08:11:33 AM
The dissecting line where the base meets the background spoils the overall effect of this.
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11/27/2006 01:44:48 AM
Good light and composition, nice shot
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