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Challenge: Free Study 2008-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Ledyard, CT
Date: Mar 31, 2008
Aperture: f14
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Black and White, Floral
Date Uploaded: Mar 31, 2008

an orchid stem backlit with two flashes. This shot is an extension of the technique I used for my Pattern entry. I didn't have a white plastic background (translucent), so I had to use a blue one! Just took care of during the black and white layer. set-up had the blue plexiglass sitting on a stand made from PVC (just to get it off the floor). put a clear sheet of plastic on top to help compress the petals. two flashes underneath pointing up through the flowers (triggered with Cactus wireless).

PP - opened RAW in CS3, adjusting clarity, black point, and added a little sharpness here. Crop, hue/sat layer, black and white layer. Layer for curves, cloned out dust spots, big dose of USM at large radius to add local contrast. convert to grayscale, then duotone. burned a little around perimeter for vignette. resize, a little USM at small radius, gothic glow layer at 60%. added border. save for web

Statistics
Place: 245 out of 500
Avg (all users): 5.7020
Avg (commenters): 6.5000
Avg (participants): 5.5495
Avg (non-participants): 6.1250
Views since voting: 780
Views during voting: 224
Votes: 151
Comments: 4
Favorites: 1 (view)


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/06/2008 07:58:21 PM
I like this, very neat and clear. The bg is superb with the difference in tone at the corners. Lovely capture.
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04/05/2008 05:36:35 PM
without contrasting tones, the threshold between the flowers and the background needs to be -sharp-, which it isn't. USM would be very effective here.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/05/2008 11:49:37 AM
Nice image. The white on white does the flower no justice here, and the background is just to bright.
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04/03/2008 06:34:40 AM
lovely...love the duotone 8
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