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Iron Forest

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Challenge: Periodic Table (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Nikon MF Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 AI
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Date: Nov 8, 2008
Aperture: f/32
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Landscape, Macro
Date Uploaded: Nov 8, 2008

This is a picture of some Iron filings sitting on a piece of steel with a magnet behind to make them stand up... I had several ideas, but it was a busy week... I have two jobs now... construction all day, and teaching evenings... so I had to go with the easiest one... This is an EXTREME closeup... I used two extension tubes (total of over two inches long) so the quality is only so-so... you can see in the setup pic below how small the iron filings really are... The setup pic is actually from one of my outtakes, but same idea... (I'll add the setup pic later...)

as this is a last minute entry, I am not expecting a very good score... meh.

[Nov. 16th, 2008 07:46:55 PM]

well... here are the setup pics... the iron filings that you see in the second one are from an out take, the ones in the actual challenge entry pic are smaller...

oh... and about the DOF... this shot was taken at f/32 WITH a load of extension tubes... soooo yea... thats as deep of a DOF as I can go... i do like the result though...

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Thanks everyone for all the amazing comments!!! I am very pleased with my score and place! I had no idea I would place so high =)

Thanks again!!!

Place: 11 out of 102
Avg (all users): 6.2378
Avg (commenters): 7.0476
Avg (participants): 6.1957
Avg (non-participants): 6.2542
Views since voting: 1979
Views during voting: 357
Votes: 164
Comments: 25
Favorites: 2 (view)

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11/21/2008 02:40:49 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club Eric!

First Impression: This photo fits into the challenge perfectly.

Composition: Great composition. I like the large grouping of iron on the right, but I really like how smaller fillings fill the frame. The smaller fillings really add depth to the photo. The lighting also really adds depth to the photo by giving the filings some great shadows. The colors of the rust are also perfectly used. Good focus.

Subject: I feel that the use if iron in this photo fits the challenge perfectly. I also really enjoy how you used the physical(magnetic) and chemical(rust/oxidation) properties of iron in your photo.

Creativity: I find this photo very creative because of the reasons in my subject portion.

Improvements: I am not sure if it is the texture of the iron filings or the use of USM, but edges of the filings almost seem too sharp and a little harsh. The filings are distracting to me. Softening up these edges a little bit would be a good improvement in my opinion.

My Thoughts: The composition and the subject are just awesome. I study Physics and the fact you used the magnetic properties of iron shows your creativity. I could easily see a photo like this being used in physics texts or lectures. I honestly feel that not many of the photographers who scored higher than you showed there subject in a manor that truly reflects their particular element on the periodic table. You on the other hand, nailed it!

Overall, great photo. I would score this a 9. If you have and questions please PM me. I hope my critique has been help and informative in some way.


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11/18/2008 09:24:01 AM
Absolutely should have been in top ten (personally I'd have given this a ribbon). Congrats however on finishing 11th against some good competition!
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11/18/2008 08:41:17 AM
I really thought that you would have been in the top 10.........but congrats on 11th place!!!!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/16/2008 09:31:33 PM
What a cool idea. It reminds me of those magnet games for kids (where you make a face out of it or something). Who knew it would be great for photography too?
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11/16/2008 11:18:42 AM
When i looked at the thumnail i though SHOEHORN, but that is really brilliant! I love how you have captured what looks like a perfect landscape, nice use of DOF
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11/15/2008 09:08:21 PM
This has amazed me since I was a kid (which I never was, I didn't say that and you cant prove it, I'll never confess...) Ahem... great shot, it reminds me of the PC lens arial landscapes that look like models. Great title too.
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11/15/2008 06:28:32 PM
Love the idea, wish the image were a little sharper
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11/15/2008 11:27:06 AM
I like how this capture meets the challenge. There are iron filing trees, but it doesn't stop there, there is also iron oxide grass (rust). So it is truly an iron forest. Good Work!
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11/14/2008 07:56:15 PM
Great idea! Nice macro too.
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11/14/2008 05:17:12 PM
great shot!! love your pov and you dof also great color
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11/13/2008 02:51:52 PM
wow! very cool. i would have tried to get a it lower to get more of a landscape, but it still gets the foresty part across. good take on the challenge:)
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11/12/2008 10:05:56 AM
Very creative picture.
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11/11/2008 08:39:43 PM
great idea, perhaps more dof would improve this.
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11/11/2008 06:54:16 PM
Inrtriguing shot. Do you have to walk on some of that to get near it? 9
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11/11/2008 05:53:01 PM
Not a bad idea but not very pleasing to my eye
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11/11/2008 04:45:44 PM
really creative angle, idea and shot
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11/11/2008 04:42:38 PM
Looks neat
The title is so true
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11/11/2008 03:27:47 PM
Oh how cool!!!!
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11/11/2008 03:10:36 PM
Great originality! Well done!
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11/11/2008 11:35:26 AM
Very interesting, you have turned rust into a landscape, good color, good composition and use of depth of field.
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11/11/2008 11:21:37 AM
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11/11/2008 11:06:40 AM
Wonderful narrow DOF. Interesting image to view. Something not often seen. Great entry for this challenge. (9)
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11/11/2008 08:49:05 AM
I give you a 7 for cool science guy/gal points.
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11/11/2008 02:33:16 AM
interesting image
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11/11/2008 12:03:06 AM
It really does look like a forrest, well done!
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