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Safe from Harm
2nd PlaceSafe from Harm
mchalmers


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Safety (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Location: Dining Room
Date: Sep 14, 2008
Aperture: f/2.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/8
Galleries: Emotive, Birds
Date Uploaded: Sep 15, 2008

POST:
WOW! My sincere thanks to all of the voters for my first ribbon. This feels great!! This was quite a surprise when I looked at the results this morning. I'm stoked!

I feel that I've grown as a photographer quite a bit over the last year, and I have dpchallenge and it's members to thank for that. So thanks!

A special thanks to ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' posthumous for his awesome comment during the challenge. Thanks for keeping me grounded. :)

GO TEAM CANADA!!


Sometimes it takes a long time to come up with a concept for a challenge. When I saw the topic for this challenge, this picture pretty much popped into my head looking how you see here.

This was shot on my dining room table, which has a nice shine to it. I placed each feather one by one to build the 'nest'.

The lighting was tough to get exactly how I pictured it.. I must have moved my umbrella around 50 times. I finally placed the umbrella almost completely parallel to the subject, which completely darkened the background, while still lighting the subject with interesting shadows and that nice reflection.

Editting was minimal. Shadows/Highlight, upped the exposure a bit, sharpening; pretty much everything within Lightroom 2 which is fantastic.

I certainly don't want to make predictions about the score, but another 6+ would be great because it would knock the last 5 off of my front page! :)

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 86
Avg (all users): 6.5123
Avg (commenters): 7.0909
Avg (participants): 6.0698
Avg (non-participants): 6.6313
Views since voting: 3913
Views during voting: 347
Votes: 203
Comments: 27
Favorites: 4 (view)


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AuthorThread
10/06/2008 11:08:37 AM
I laughed out loud at "Safe from Ham", it is a better title.
I didn't quite get this either.
Debbi
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09/26/2008 12:40:41 AM
Congrats....Nicely done!!!
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09/25/2008 10:57:45 AM
Very nice.
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09/24/2008 10:30:15 AM
A wonderful image to ribbon. Congrats on your first.
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09/24/2008 09:58:26 AM
Congrats, Mark! Awesome!!!!
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09/24/2008 08:26:48 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon. Go Canada! :)
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09/24/2008 07:33:58 AM
Congrats on your first ribbion Mark! I knew it would ribbon, I'm glad I was right :)
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09/24/2008 02:07:55 AM
Woo hoo. Way to go.

You've set the standard for Canada II.
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09/24/2008 12:14:37 AM
Congratulations!
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09/24/2008 12:10:32 AM
Well done! Congrats on your ribbon!
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09/24/2008 12:07:49 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon!
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09/24/2008 12:04:00 AM
Really lovely, congrats Mark
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09/24/2008 12:01:48 AM
Congrats Mark!!!! Awesome!!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/23/2008 01:22:02 PM
Terrific image, jumps off the page at you. Nice detail.
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09/22/2008 11:06:05 AM
I just dont think the composition is good. I like the use of the black background, though.
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09/20/2008 07:14:36 PM
My favourite photo in this competition
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09/19/2008 05:47:58 PM
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09/19/2008 01:03:47 AM
Absolutely wonderful photo. Sharp and clean. I love the minimalism of this image... the border is okay. The DOF is a bit too shallow for my liking. Well done... one of my favourites from this challenge.
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09/18/2008 08:30:06 PM
I think it would be safer in the care of its mother. Nice composition and exposure.
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09/18/2008 06:39:30 PM
Meets the challenge: 3
Color and lighting: 0
Focus and DOF: 1
Originality: 1
Camera angle: 0
Aesthetic appeal: 0
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09/18/2008 05:01:12 PM
Really interesting shot with excellent lighting.

Could do well.
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09/18/2008 01:43:54 PM
Can't offer anything helpful to improve your photo nor can I find any fault. The subtle reflection is awesome: great job on the lighting. It's gotta be a ribbon contender or top 10 for sure. 10
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09/18/2008 10:05:17 AM
Back to comment: Eggcellant lighting. I would have loved to see this with a bit less negative space on the right but that is nit picking. Nice job.
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09/18/2008 09:28:44 AM
7/10
Nice lighting and composition.
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09/17/2008 06:25:12 PM
At first I thought it said "Safe from Ham." That would have been a much better title. As to the photo, well, I don't know why the egg is on feathers on a black tabletop and the composition doesn't make any sense.
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09/17/2008 05:13:43 PM
Good idea and great lighting.
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09/17/2008 03:51:08 PM
Very subtle and balanced.
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