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Challenge: The Four Elements (Advanced Editing I)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S602Z
Location: Home (modest basement studio)
Date: Feb 15, 2004
Aperture: F4.5
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1
Galleries: Emotive, Nature
Date Uploaded: Feb 15, 2004

First off it is February in Minnesota... finding black dirt (thats not frozen) is near impossible. Having no thawed black dirt available, I had to resort to using potting soil (which contains white styro, etc.). I used a 'shoot' off of an Eternity Plant (African origin) to represent the new sprout.

Spreading out the potting soil over a piece of cardboard (prox. 3' wide x 4' deep), I then tried to remove as much of the foreign particles as possible. I placed the Eternity Plant shoot into my desired location, positioned my halogen desk lamp, and took the shot.

Editing:

It was necessary to clone out multiple white specks, and other foreign particles, because of having to use potting soil for 'earth'.

Performed a slight clockwise rotation to straighten sprout while adding a roundness effect (in my opinion) to the shot.

Did a little 'burning' of the left leaf on the sprout (original was a tad 'burned out' in my opinion).

Cropped to an aspect ratio of 7 x 5 (the size it would be if I submitted to DCPrints).

Resized, bordered, and submitted for challenge.

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 139
Avg (all users): 7.1750
Avg (commenters): 8.4737
Avg (participants): 7.1379
Avg (non-participants): 7.2192
Views since voting: 2339
Votes: 160
Comments: 21
Favorites: 2 (view)


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02/23/2004 09:14:24 AM
As I noted below, this is marvelous work!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/22/2004 08:29:48 PM
Earth
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02/21/2004 08:36:49 PM
Very simple yet very powerful. 9
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02/21/2004 05:33:28 PM
This photo is great, the lighting is very good. Looking at the title I autamatically thought earth which is probobly what you intnded. The leaf is offset from the middle which is very good for composition. Great job.
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02/21/2004 12:38:48 PM
One of the better images this time around. Good job.
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02/19/2004 04:37:30 PM
Great use of negitive space!
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02/18/2004 06:06:42 PM
tells a nice story, well executed
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02/17/2004 10:19:53 PM
I have to give this a 10...I bet it's a ribbon shot...my favorite so far...
The negative space and simplicity are powerful together...good luck!
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02/17/2004 03:26:31 PM
very good
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02/17/2004 12:06:36 PM
Lighting and composition are so effective here. Very simple, effective image. 10
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02/16/2004 08:12:42 PM
Great 10+
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02/16/2004 07:33:54 PM
9 from me. I think this is super. Maybe would of cropped the bottom off a bit more. I hope you ribbon.
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02/16/2004 05:13:56 PM
Beautiful.
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02/16/2004 05:09:39 PM
Understated, simple and the perfect choice for this challenge. Wonderful job!
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02/16/2004 12:27:58 PM
The border only detracts from this in my opinion, but an otherwise beautiful picture. Well done. 9
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02/16/2004 11:10:24 AM
Simple and effective..good use of light and compositionally perfect.
Like the title too !
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02/16/2004 10:56:39 AM
quiet, I like
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02/16/2004 02:19:58 AM
i really like your shot a lot. great minimalism and lighting which creates a very strong clean image. nice job.

your downfall in this challenge could be that your true subject isn't really one of the four elements. however, i still really like it regardless of the challenge.
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02/16/2004 01:45:38 AM
A beautiful composition.
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02/16/2004 01:05:32 AM
Simple and very elegant.
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02/16/2004 12:47:57 AM
beautiful - lovely negative space image - really evokes the theme well
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