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Delusions of Grandeur
Delusions of Grandeur

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Challenge: Portrait of a Camera (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 LD Aspherical AF for Canon
Location: Home
Date: May 16, 2008
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/50 sec
Date Uploaded: May 18, 2008

This is the first photo for DPC where the final image matches the image I had in my head when I came up with the idea. Normally the idea is much better than the final photo turns out.

I had to borrow the DSLR in the photo and after had returned it I thought of a better way to take the photo so the reflection was more realistic. This one fools most people I've shown it to but if you look at it for a while you realize that mirrors don't work that way.

I'm expecting this to score quite high.

RAW import
WB adjust
Import into Photoshop
Spot Healing for dust and spots
Levels in select areas to make background dark
Lots of Burning/Dodging to make background black
Smart Sharpen

Here is the original for this shot

Place: 20 out of 137
Avg (all users): 6.2065
Avg (commenters): 7.1111
Avg (participants): 6.0820
Avg (non-participants): 6.2872
Views since voting: 1235
Views during voting: 333
Votes: 155
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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05/26/2008 07:42:05 PM
why is the camera wanting to change brands?
05/26/2008 12:41:43 AM
This was really my favorite of the challenge. Very original. I understand what you were doing with the mirror, but what I saw when I first looked at it was a sort of portrait gallery, where the small camera was looking at a portrait of an important camera. Probably because of the angle of the frame -- I didn't see it as a mirror. Anyway, congratulations on a good score, nice placement, and a new addition to your top row.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/25/2008 08:25:33 PM
One of the best of the challenge - 7
05/24/2008 02:54:15 PM
Good idea.
05/24/2008 08:34:36 AM
I toyed with this idea also, well done! I like the spotlight effect
05/22/2008 10:04:34 PM
Detail suffered a bit in the downsizing to 720 pixels, but otherwise, I really like this. Good job. You need to work on resizing methods in order to maintain detail and avoid stairstepping.
05/22/2008 07:19:31 PM
This is going to be a sort of physics critique. I totally understand your thought process and I actually get the message...funny one at that. Here is where I get really picky. If the small camera was looking into a mirror that was set at the angle of your frame, then the reflection would not be at the same angle as your subject. There would be a lengthening and off-centeredness. The angles would be exactly opposite. Imagine standing in front of a mirror waving at yourself. If you were straight one exactly parallel with the mirror, you would see yourself as you were. If you turned your body so that your waving had was away from the mirror, your reflection would show your waving hand backnot front. Same effect if you tilted the mirror off of parallel. Again, physics and science, not art.
05/19/2008 06:32:37 PM
Great idea, and perfectly executed! I love it.
05/19/2008 12:24:59 PM
I'd give it an extra point if the frame was parallel to the cameras like it would be for the reflection as seen. 6
05/19/2008 10:04:32 AM
great idea....i love both cameras, i need a better one, hehe....very creative shot....8
05/19/2008 12:27:56 AM
great title and image...lighting is very good...I would have reversed this so that the Canon was around the right way

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