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Challenge: Even II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: Living Room
Date: Apr 21, 2008
Aperture: 4.2
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/40
Galleries: Black and White, Studio
Date Uploaded: Apr 22, 2008

Special thanks to mom for being the other hand. I was kinda rushed to finish this and think it could be better. Darker background, softer lighting, more emotive hand positions, damn timer mode and minutes between shots to recompose and focus, haha.

I hope people "get it", I'm not sure the connection to Even is very clear. The connection is Even odds when drawing straws, and also that their ends are even with one another.

Process for this one was basic:
Desaturation
Remove noise
Curves
Sharpen
Resize
Add border
Tada

Statistics
Place: 44 out of 108
Avg (all users): 5.3732
Avg (commenters): 5.3846
Avg (participants): 5.1220
Avg (non-participants): 5.4345
Views since voting: 712
Views during voting: 300
Votes: 209
Comments: 20
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04/30/2008 12:27:40 PM
Thanks everyone for your comments on this. There were a lot of tough calls in producing it. I am glad it did as well as it did. Also thank you eyewave, I did not expect that and it really improved my whole day, especially since my Sepia entry is going for last place, lol. I have placed it on my profile with honor.
04/30/2008 04:53:47 AM
Way underrated. The connection is so crystal clear, this should have done much better, even if it had been entered into the "Odd" challenge.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/29/2008 09:44:34 PM
not sure about the background but i like the tonal grade of the whole photo
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04/28/2008 04:26:52 PM
As there are 5 straws, shouldn't this be in the 'odd' challenge ?

Nice idea but lacking a bit of the 'Wow' factor, the tonal ranges are too similar between the hands and the curtains (and even the straws). This might have had more impact against a dark background ? Or go the whole hog and go 'High Key'.

Good luck.
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04/28/2008 02:43:13 PM
i would like to see more contrast
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04/28/2008 02:22:51 PM
I like it. Would prefer more contrast though - and perhaps 4 or 6 straws?
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04/28/2008 10:22:29 AM
the backgroung kind of riuns it.
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04/28/2008 01:14:06 AM
lovely image... could have tried with black background though
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04/27/2008 07:32:21 PM
Neat idea, but the picture is very gray. Color would have made it more interesting.
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04/27/2008 05:18:16 PM
Is this to decide who gets to use the tornado shelter? Because if it is, I am nervous.
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04/25/2008 08:59:08 PM
It think if you put this picture in ODD challenge, it would be better
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04/25/2008 09:35:47 AM
This picture is a little washed out and it might have been resized incorrectly because the hands look smushed.
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04/23/2008 11:02:47 PM
A bit more contrast and this would turn from a good shot to a vgood one 7
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04/23/2008 10:37:07 PM
lol, I always lost at that, neat ide
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04/23/2008 07:29:12 PM
I find the texture/pattern of the background a little distracting. I'm also not sure how this fits into "even."
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04/23/2008 10:06:47 AM
a bit too flat
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04/23/2008 09:56:17 AM
Would be way better if there wer only 4 straws i like the colors though
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04/23/2008 09:51:52 AM
this is a good shot i really like it a lot. maybe having 4 straws instead of 5 could help emphasise the even in the photo
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04/23/2008 09:06:22 AM
I don't even get it?
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04/23/2008 06:10:06 AM
brilliant idea and good setup. background pattern distracts a bit, could also have more contrast
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