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Salt & Pepper

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Challenge: Still Life With Motion (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: 2007
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D
Lens: Konica Minolta AF 50mm f/1.7
Location: Virginia
Date: Sep 23, 2007
Aperture: F4
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Still Life
Date Uploaded: Sep 23, 2007

RSE 2006
- convert to TIFF

- rotate left, crop
- duplicate layer
- film filter (glamour, 10)
- layer 55% opacity
- merge all
- resize
- duplicate layer
- select upper arm area
- digital camera noise reduction (50,50,50,25,0)
- merge all
- usm (.35,100,10) +luminance
- borders
- save as JPG

Well, this wasn't planned. :) I hadn't even planned on entering this challenge. My wife was preparing dinner and the late sunlight was coming thru the window illuminating the stove and steam in a cool way. I grabbed my camera and mostly took shots of just the static items (had figured I'd use one for the B/W side challenge). My wife accidentally got her arm in a couple of shots. When I started processing this it hit me this could work for this challenge.

Not really happy with the way her arm looks in the far left. The steam is causing the bottom edge of her arm to look funny. Don't have the time (or patience) to really manipulate it in PP.

Place: 76 out of 99
Avg (all users): 5.1685
Avg (commenters): 5.8571
Avg (participants): 4.9412
Avg (non-participants): 5.2598
Views since voting: 671
Views during voting: 324
Votes: 178
Comments: 8
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/30/2007 09:51:37 PM
Lovely lighting. Almost like a candid looking still life that's staged, if that makes sense. Anyway, I like it.
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09/30/2007 09:13:17 PM
Love the lighting & lack there of. This is romantic in a simple sort of way. Nice.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/30/2007 12:41:38 PM
The combination of the softness, blur and light make quite an enjoyable image...love the steam rising from the pot.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/29/2007 11:58:52 AM
The soft focus was an interesting idea, but I think it detracts from the idea of discerning "still life" from "motion." Your composition looks a little cluttered, but I love the lighting (minus the dark shadows on the arm). Nice attempt!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/28/2007 08:58:52 PM
Nothing is in clear focus - though the blur background is unique
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09/27/2007 02:19:25 PM
The use of a slow shutter speed has given this shot a feeling of movement, my eye is distracted by over exposed area.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/26/2007 11:41:34 AM
There is supposed to be movement, but here the whole picture appears to be moving because the stationary objects aren't sharp. Maybe it's the natural lighting that is insufficient.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/24/2007 12:29:22 AM
Nice image for this contest. Good luck psart 8
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