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Mack The Knife
Mack The Knife

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Kitchenware (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: Challenge Submissions
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
Location: Florence, Italy
Date: Apr 20, 2007
Aperture: F/4.5
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Advertisement, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Apr 20, 2007

Photographer’s Notes
I’ve been living in Italy since January. During the first week I was in Florence, I chanced upon a kitchen store selling this wonderful knife block. The Kitchen Utensils challenge was a great opportunity to reshoot this little guy. Hope you enjoy!

Post Processing
• Rotate Canvas
• Correct color (Curves Layer)
• Straighten Canvas
• Crop
• Select Man & Knives
• Select Inverse
• Desaturate Background & Darken (Hue/Saturation Layer)
• Blur Background
• Crop Further
• Dodge & Burn (Overlay Layer)
• Remove Distraction (Clone Tool)
• Resize (Bicubic Sharper)
• Save for Web

Camera Data
• Nikon D200
• 2007/04/20 10:11:06.1
• JPEG (8-bit) Fine
• Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
• Color
• Lens: VR 24-120mm F/3.5-5.6 G
• Focal Length: 35mm
• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
• Metering Mode: Spot
• 1/60 sec - F/4.5
• Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
• Sensitivity: ISO 800
• Optimize Image: Vivid
• White Balance: Auto
• AF Mode: AF-C
• Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
• Color Mode: Mode III (Adobe RGB)
• Tone Comp.: Normal
• Hue Adjustment: 0°
• Saturation: Enhanced
• Sharpening: Medium high
• Image Comment:
• Long Exposure NR: Off
• High ISO NR: On (Normal)

Place: 98 out of 149
Avg (all users): 5.4348
Avg (commenters): 6.2500
Avg (participants): 5.1356
Avg (non-participants): 5.5760
Views since voting: 726
Views during voting: 397
Votes: 184
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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05/22/2007 09:43:15 AM
absolutely priceless.

One thing that might make this really surreal is extracting the BG, blurring it to heck, then adding heavy NeatImage to the knives and figurine... It's already bordering heavily on a 'trompe d'oeil' and I like it!
05/04/2007 04:40:58 PM
Hi there from the Critique Club

Technically, this is a fince photograph. Your focus is spot-on, and your colors are spectatcular. The image appears to have a small amount of haziness to it that would have been easily remedied with a slight curves adjsutment. Compositionally, I think you had lots of room for improvement. The image is a bit too centered, and chopping the base of the image off with your crop seems more accicental than an intentional composition. As mentioned earlier in your comments, the background is a bit too busy, thus distracting. Your lighting is nice and even, and I really like the reflections you captured in the little man. You also did a fine job meeting the challenge, perhaps as well as any other in the challenge. With some compositional adjsutmetns and a little curves adjsutment, I think this one would have pushed a bit higher.

Thanks for the opportunity to critique your entry,
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/28/2007 11:16:23 PM
This has got to be the coolest knife block in the world!!!!!!
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04/25/2007 06:01:55 PM
Great shot but IMO a little distracting background
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04/24/2007 10:26:08 PM
Awesome! I want it!
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04/24/2007 03:33:22 PM
Is this a real knife block? What a spiffy idea! I think the photo would be more interesting with a different background. Perhaps something solid.
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04/23/2007 11:47:31 PM
I've always wanted one of these.

Clearing out some of the distracting elements in the background would have improved this some.
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04/23/2007 01:23:38 PM
that is sooo damn funny! Are those ceramic-bladed knives? 7
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04/23/2007 12:41:06 PM
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04/23/2007 12:26:43 PM
cool subject -- i've seen these before -- but i think it would have more impact if it were just one or two knives, and against a totally black background. as shot, i think it's too mundane.
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04/23/2007 11:52:03 AM
That's probably very bad Feng Shui. It's cute though.
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