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Challenge: Macro III (Classic Editing*)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Location: Home
Date: Dec 21, 2003
Aperture: 45
ISO: 100
Shutter: 4
Galleries: Abstract, Macro
Date Uploaded: Dec 21, 2003

Lit with two 600W hot-lights at close range, one bounced off umbrella and other filtered blue. The sword is a replica of Frodo's sword, Sting, from Lord of the Rings.

Place: 43 out of 165
Avg (all users): 5.7923
Avg (commenters): 7.8333
Avg (participants): 5.6742
Avg (non-participants): 6.0488
Views since voting: 1118
Votes: 130
Comments: 8
Favorites: 1 (view)

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01/04/2004 01:17:44 PM
From the Critique Club

When I saw this entry for the first time my thought was 'What a timely choice of subjects with the movie just released!'

I like how you chose to shoot straight on against the blade rather than down the length. This way you have the whole shot in focus which is a definately a plus! You also did a good job of capturing the depth of the etching with the lighting angles that you chose. At first I was put off by the bluish cast, but considering the subject and story behind the subject, it is actually a very intelligent choice. Those who are not familiar with the story may or may not like the blue cast however.

From a compositional point of view, I both like and dislike the way that you framed this. I like it because you get more detail in what you can see! The lighting and shading in the etching comes out nice as does the bevel on the edge. I dislike the framing mostly because I'm such a big Tolkien fan and would like to be able to translate the Elvish runes.

All in all a very nice shot and one that I would consider turning into a print!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/27/2003 07:52:40 PM
beautiful shot!
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12/27/2003 07:34:15 PM
Some nice detail and well lit. I'm not keen on the magenta/blue hue on the edge of the blade but it's a dynamic composition.
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12/25/2003 12:56:24 PM
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12/23/2003 03:55:56 PM
How did you get hold of this? :)
Cool photo
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12/22/2003 10:29:23 AM
Ooooooooooh. Love this. Lighting is great (is it glowing bluish?). Hopefully lots of viewers will know what it is. Nice texture on the blade. Composition is nice.
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12/22/2003 08:45:11 AM
Nice diagonal lines and very crisp focus.
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12/22/2003 12:56:12 AM
Love it
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