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Challenge: Kitchenware (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Location: South Africa, Pretoria
Date: Apr 18, 2007
Aperture: 0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/3
Galleries: Macro
Date Uploaded: Apr 21, 2007

Macro of a dinner fork. Lit with a single desklamp at camera right, using an A4 sheet of office paper as a background. I used my 50mm lens reversed mounted, no electrical connection between camera and lens means no recorded aperture information.

I like the minimalistic look of this shot and the shallow DOF helps to accentuate that. I did post this image on my PaW blog earlier this week. I believe that this is not an issue, looking at the number of comments my blog gets, not many people could have seen it.

Post processing:
RAW conversion.
Slight crop to 3:2 aspect ration.
Levels, curves and some minor spot editing.
Resize, smart sharpen, border and save for web.

Place: 53 out of 149
Avg (all users): 5.8421
Avg (commenters): 6.6154
Avg (participants): 5.5161
Avg (non-participants): 6.0000
Views since voting: 704
Views during voting: 317
Votes: 190
Comments: 17
Favorites: 0

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05/03/2007 04:19:11 AM
Hi from the Critique Club.

Fit: A fork is used to prepare food so it fits ok.

Composition: Good composition for such an extreme macro. You have got the fork placed so that we have a nice leading curve from bottom left up to top right.

Technical: The lighting and DOF is good. If anything the DOF is a bit too shallow given there is nothing in the background to isolate the fork from.

Feel: Here is where the image may have lost a few points. It's a nice macro that meets challenge but it lacks an emotional feel. I know that's hard from a fork but the viewers need to be able to connect with the image. If you look at the high raters in your portfolio you can see there is something in them that viewers can relate to.

PM me if you have any queries.
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04/30/2007 12:35:44 AM
I gave this a 9. Nice clean lines and composition and you got the focus in the *perfect* spot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/29/2007 11:29:23 PM
nice macro, i def expected one of these.. well done
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04/29/2007 10:52:29 AM
Nice experiment in selective focus, good angle so the subject extends across the frame.
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04/28/2007 03:01:12 PM
Nice shot. I like the DOF. 7
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04/28/2007 11:23:41 AM
awesome....give an unique dimension.....
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04/28/2007 10:34:35 AM
lovely DOF and lighting
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04/27/2007 12:59:43 PM
Cool macro!
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04/27/2007 08:11:17 AM
Simple, clean, graphic! I like it.
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04/26/2007 10:02:22 PM
Nice minimalism.
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04/25/2007 12:38:28 PM
good focus, i think a different background would have helped this photo.
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04/24/2007 10:11:59 PM
Nice composition, One pea for color maybe?
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04/24/2007 04:51:05 PM
very creative DOF
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04/24/2007 08:24:13 AM
Lovely, simple macro. Good lighting.
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04/23/2007 08:20:10 PM
nice clean, simple pic. good composition, shape and depth of field. the color is subtle too.
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04/23/2007 06:49:33 AM
Abstract idea is good, but for me the dof is way too shallow and it doesn't say kitchenware to me.
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04/23/2007 05:08:35 AM
"your task is to shoot the stuff you use to PREPARE your food."

Besides that, well composed and lightened. black border fits well, too.
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