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Challenge: Light Bulb (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Olympus E-300 EVOLT
Lens: Nikon Series E 50mm f/1.8
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: Jun 29, 2008
Aperture: f/2
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Humorous
Date Uploaded: Jun 29, 2008

This sudden challenge totally derailed my plans for the night, so it had better do well :P

The style in which I shot this was a tribute (perhaps a little tongue-in-cheek) to all the "shot in front of a monitor" shots I see on the front page of DPC. Maybe if I emulate their style I can get higher scores. I feel like such a sell-out.

Though I'm sure there'll be a million "light bulb over head" shots.

Crop, curves, clone out black thread from which bulb dangled, clone out some excessive red fringe on left side of bulb. Wanted to burn the outside of the bulb to create a 'glow' effect, but was afraid that might be against the rules, so I played it safe. Those commenting after the challenge, what do you think?

Place: 71 out of 112
Avg (all users): 5.3333
Avg (commenters): 5.6000
Avg (participants): 5.0455
Avg (non-participants): 5.4639
Views since voting: 772
Views during voting: 262
Votes: 141
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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07/09/2008 12:18:00 PM
by karmat

Compositionally, I do like how you have filled the frame with the subject. I think, though, as someone else mentioned, it might have been better to do a profile shot. Without the ears, (which can only be seen with scrolling on some monitors), it is not immediately obvious that this is a head. Also, it is too tight at the top. It almost feels like the bulb is hanging on the top of the frame, or is attached to something that you don't want to be seen.

Technically, I like how the bulb is sharp focused, and the orange really make you pay attention to this shot. There is some orange haloing around the head, kinda like an aura, that takes away from the overall effect, but otherwise it works pretty well.

Burning a "glow" on the bulb would have definitely gotten you dq'ed as it would be adding an element that is not present in the original. THAT SAID, it is your picture, so outside of dpc, edit to you heart's content -- I think it would be a neat effect. Especially if the glow contrasted with the background.

Best to you in future challenges.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/02/2008 08:03:20 PM
Good idea.. colors just seem a bit blown out. 5
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07/01/2008 11:59:15 PM
Excellent concept photo. I like the silhouette and also the addition of color to the background.
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06/30/2008 08:00:01 PM
Personally I think if the shilhouette were of the profile of the face instead, the might have made the concept clearer. Also the cropping is a bit tight on the top; the lightbulb is almost cut off. Otherwise this is good image. I like the colors!
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06/30/2008 07:39:07 AM
Great shot...just a bit more space on the top of the lightbulb...but overall, I really like it.
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06/30/2008 03:46:14 AM
Could have been a major contender if you could have figured out how to show the entire bulb. Was the head closer to the camera than the bulb? Or did you use a fairly wide aperture? The head is OOF. No vote, I'm in this one.
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06/30/2008 02:03:29 AM
Too tightly cropped, wish the pic had better balance. The head silhoutte too large IMO
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