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Challenge: Games II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Location: My dining room
Date: Apr 27, 2008
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/5 sec
Galleries: Still Life
Date Uploaded: Apr 27, 2008

This was lit by holding a table lamp over the top of the cards! Shot in RAW (my first time shooting in RAW) so I could sort the white balance out after.

Set white balance and converted from RAW using DPP. CS2: increased saturation for greens to make the table look less pale. Contrast, burn a couple of bright spots, clone a few tiny bits of dirt off the cloth, usm, sfw

Place: 58 out of 123
Avg (all users): 5.5765
Avg (commenters): 5.8333
Avg (participants): 5.3077
Avg (non-participants): 5.6949
Views since voting: 732
Views during voting: 281
Votes: 170
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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05/10/2008 03:57:34 PM
Technically, I think this is good, although for most, I think it lacks the "wow" factor. The interest is more subtle, and has to do with what's actually going on in the game. I suspect most voters looked at it, said, "Oh, how interesting, a poker game," voted, and moved on. Maybe a hand holding some of the cards or something even more dramatic (an ashtray?, a spilled drink?) would have held voters for a longer visit. I gave this a five.

I do like the lighting. Taken out of context, it might be considered harsh, but here it gives it the feel of a card game in a dark room or someone's basement with a single overhead light.
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05/10/2008 02:33:17 PM
I gave this a 7, so I might not be the best one to critique it. It is very clear and fit the challenge well, the lighting is dramatic. It does seem to have a bit of a tilt to it, I realize that's the angle you shot it from but it looks like the chips will go falling to the left any minute.
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05/10/2008 12:07:17 PM
I gave this a 10 in voting. Love the lighting and everything fits together perfectly. I'm sure it's the lighting that put off a lot of folks. Maybe a small fill light from the left could have helped in the voting.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/04/2008 11:00:26 PM
One of the better ones this challenge. Well done!
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04/29/2008 04:24:58 PM
The lighting is a bit harsh to me.
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04/29/2008 10:57:11 AM
Only 1 out :)
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04/28/2008 07:06:44 PM
Nice lighting on this one
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04/28/2008 04:04:48 PM
everyone is wondering if it is an ace or jack... I think its a 5 of clubs. nice shot
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04/28/2008 10:17:40 AM
I love this picture
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04/28/2008 02:59:11 AM
Nice balanced composition, I like the perspective here too
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