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Challenge: Point of View II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Location: At home, looking to the window.
Date: Oct 13, 2007
Aperture: f 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Black and White, Macro
Date Uploaded: Oct 13, 2007

I was wondering what could be taken as an interesting point of view for this challenge and decided to shot my own eye looking to the building nearby my window. It was around 5pm and the sky was very cloudy. I think the photo could be better if I had a nice blue sky on a sunny day, but after the photo has been taken, started to rain, and forecast is rain, rain, rain for the next days.

This is the second time I experiment with RAW files in my life, and I'm completing almost 1 month with my camera now... Anyway I hope I get well on this challenge. I used the software that came with my camera, Silkpix Developer to do the RAW adjustments. I've made some simple RAW adjustments, then adjusted something more on Paint Shop Pro X2.

The only defect that I see on this image is some noise that is present on the shadow on the top of the white part of my eye. This noise was present at the original photo, but since I was alone I could not handle another light source, pose and take the shot at the same time. I think if I had some additional light I could remove that shadow. To comply with basic editing rules, I could not blur that part of the eye to make it softer.
I hope the voters don't notice this noise and give me good scores. I really hope I get better than the last challenge (my first one), where I got 5.7

RAW Processing:
1-Raw adjustments and convertion:
1.1-Exposure to -0.21
1.2-Auto White balance
1.3-Strongest sharpness
1.4-Strongest contrast
1.5-Color monochrome
1.6-Processed to 16 bit tif file
2-Corel Paint Shop Pro X2 processing:
2.0-Decrease to 8 bit tif
2.1-Adjust, Brightness and Contrast, Levels
2.2-Adjust, Brightness and Contrast, Brightness/Contrast
2.3-Adjust, Shapness, Unsharp Mask
2.4-Adjust, Resize
2.5-Adjust, Canvas size to add borders
2.6-Adjust, Add/Remove Noise, Salt and Pepper filter
2.7-Adjust, Hue/Saturation, Colorize to make it duotone
2.8-Export to jpeg (Jpeg Optimizer)

Place: 15 out of 250
Avg (all users): 6.5063
Avg (commenters): 7.8000
Avg (participants): 5.9833
Avg (non-participants): 6.8200
Views since voting: 1771
Views during voting: 240
Votes: 160
Comments: 5
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/20/2007 06:23:42 PM
awesome shot .....i can't wait to see this after the voting so i can see the specifics on equipment and hopefully set up
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/20/2007 10:54:56 AM
very good eye get it
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/20/2007 06:41:43 AM
I really like the reflection created in the eye. A point of view in a point of view.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/17/2007 12:41:47 PM
good eye - 7
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/17/2007 11:06:02 AM
I really like this close up here, especially the reflection in the eye.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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