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Challenge: Portrait of a Camera (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2008
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Location: My kitchen table
Date: May 18, 2008
Aperture: F8.0
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/3 Sec.
Galleries: Advertisement, Science and Technology
Date Uploaded: May 18, 2008

A Coolpix L6 being intimidated by the new bully on the block. They call him "The Rebel".

My original idea was to convey the little camera being intimidated by the big one. I'm not sure if i carried that idea off, but I think this came out pretty neat looking nonetheless.

Pre-challenge notes:
I wanted to get the image on the Nikon's screen lined up a little better with the Canon in the background, but ran a little shy of time to do some more shots. Hoping for a high 5 score, but I'm not counting on it.

Post challenge notes:
Got the high five I was hoping for, but I would sure like some feedback from the folks who gave it 3's and 4's to let me know what they felt it was lacking. I'm a little disappointed in where this placed in relation to some other entries.

Moose408 left a comment regarding the glare on the image in the P&S's screen. My choice was either glare from the flash or a grainy high ISO image, as the Coolpix L6 does not have a lot of manual control. In retrospect, I should have taken the picture with my Canon S5 and then moved the card to the L6 to view for the final shot. Hindsight of course, being 20/20.

Place: 60 out of 137
Avg (all users): 5.6519
Avg (commenters): 7.1250
Avg (participants): 5.6349
Avg (non-participants): 5.6632
Views since voting: 987
Views during voting: 310
Votes: 158
Comments: 11
Favorites: 1 (view)

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05/26/2008 02:11:11 PM
The first two things I notice straight away is the flat blue on the screen and the orange glare on the casing. Now the orange glare can be taken care of quite easily by placing another colour sheet (maybe white for the silver) just out of camera frame to catch the highlights. Next the blue screen seems a bit flat to me, the glare does not bother me as much as well, I do not know what the screen looks like exactly, but the 'icons' against the blue is make the whole thing seem a bit 'faked' to me.

Next, the hard light spot at 3rd location top right draws my eye a bit. Right above the w/t button. I am not sure what you used for lighting, but I would assume that is your main light based on the shadows cast, and such. I am wondering, if you used a white/silver bounce in front of the camera and moved the light more towards the rear instead of the top and side, and let it bounce off the reflector if it would gain a more even lighting cast and highlighted edge? Also help to eliminate some of the shadows on the body. To help eliminate the front shadow this would cause use a pin-light at the base to knock that shadow off.

I read your comment on the 'bully' idea, which I like the idea, though it appears to me that the Nikon is the bully here and not the Canon/Rebel. The reason is, the Nikon takes center stage here and even though the lense of the Canon is on screen the warm oranges push the Nikon out front. I think what I would have done to convey the idea would be to create a harsh angle whereas the Canon was in front and the Nikon behind giving an added distortion and monstrous size advantage to the Canon to truly give that Bullying feel. Maybe even a higher angle 'over the shoulder' so to speak of the Canon to show the little Nikon and an image of the Nikon nice and small on the Screen of the Canon?

Or, if you desire to keep this perspective with the Nikon in front raise the Canon up higher to make it appear larger than life. With a slight up angle, the Nikon looking up to the Bully would help convey this idea.

Overall you did a nice job, focus is nice and colour saturation of the background is nice.

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05/26/2008 12:29:54 AM
Like the idea - tried something similar but ran out of time. (Couldn't get my L10 to display an edited image I put on the card). Glad you did this.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/25/2008 11:04:30 PM
i love the use of color in this..well done!
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05/25/2008 10:25:15 PM
interesting concept, seems a bit too orange though
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05/25/2008 10:14:35 PM
One is in need for her......: )
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05/24/2008 09:30:01 AM
Interesting idea, love the orange. 8
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05/23/2008 11:05:58 PM
Neat idea, and well set up.
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05/19/2008 01:33:28 PM
nice complementary colors and clear focus.
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05/19/2008 10:43:39 AM
great colors!! 7
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05/19/2008 01:35:18 AM
I really like the orange background. Would like the image in the LCD a little better without the hot spots on the lens.
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05/19/2008 12:09:24 AM
That's very clever...I like the orange and the way the blue of the screen compliments that...well done 8
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