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Challenge: Black and White in Color II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5- 5.6G ED DX
Location: my kitchen!
Date: Feb 26, 2008
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/4
Date Uploaded: Feb 26, 2008

This is the first time I've tried shooting a still life like this... I've taken inspiration from other shots much like this on DPchallenge.... I don't have any great lights or anything, plus this would've been better w/ a macro lens. oh well.... I'm pretty happy with it, but can see there still remains room for improvement.

opened into photoshop, adjusted RAW
cloned out a few dust spots and specks on the pencils and background.
levels, curves, rotate 135 degrees clockwise, flatten, crop, add border, save for web.

c&c welcome!

Place: 29 out of 249
Avg (all users): 6.2632
Avg (commenters): 6.2857
Avg (participants): 5.9875
Avg (non-participants): 6.4341
Views since voting: 1283
Views during voting: 384
Votes: 209
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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03/05/2008 05:17:59 PM
A bit out of focus in places, but the overall concept and composition boosted you up there. Nice job and congrats on a new personal best!
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03/05/2008 09:46:12 AM

My highest score yet, working on the sharpness and focus... This was the first time I attempted this... Glad some people liked it!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/04/2008 10:12:56 PM
The focus/sharpness seems a little soft, particularly on the top white pencil.
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03/03/2008 10:31:54 PM
Quality entry.
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03/02/2008 08:32:01 AM
I'm not fond of the shine on both of the black pencil tips as well as the fact that it's not sharp.
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02/29/2008 09:22:30 AM
very cool...
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02/28/2008 06:19:08 PM
Nice work on the positive negative idea, the lighting is ok as well, only lil problem is that is a tad oof? If it was nice and sharp it would be a very strong entry! Good luck ;]
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02/28/2008 01:56:59 PM
Very good. Clean and clear.
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02/28/2008 12:02:27 PM
very clean well lit shot.
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02/27/2008 08:58:33 AM
good focus, nice composition, well done
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