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Challenge: Periodic Table (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Favorites - Ribbons
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Easton, CT
Date: Nov 9, 2008
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250
Date Uploaded: Nov 9, 2008

I haven't submitted many entries this year, but when I saw there were less than 30 entries on deadline day, I figured I'd think up a quickie (I didn't know about the server problem yet). I started setting up the lights about 90 minutes before the deadline. Nothing like a little pressure. ;-)

It's a simple shot: the stones are actually Herkimer diamonds (natural quartz crystals), and those are my hands covered in dirt and face paint. I would have used larger "diamonds," but quartz crystals are six-sided and real diamonds are octahedral. This was the biggest one I had that I could pass off as diamond shaped from a certain angle.

A twist of irony... here I am shooting an image that evokes a miner supposedly scratching in the dirt to eke out a living, and the paint is stinging my hand because I cut my fingers on lobster shells at lunch. whistles...

Setup: I had softbox strip lights on either side and held my arms around the tripod while looking down through the viewfinder for composition. My wife tripped the shutter with a wired remote. Processing– convert from RAW, Levels, USM, Channel Mixer and slight tinting for B&W, Curves for contrast, Noise Ninja, added vignette and assorted dodge & burn.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 102
Avg (all users): 6.8679
Avg (commenters): 8.5294
Avg (participants): 6.4889
Avg (non-participants): 7.0175
Views since voting: 6204
Views during voting: 356
Votes: 159
Comments: 34
Favorites: 9 (view)


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11/23/2008 10:35:02 AM
Pretty much what Judy said, only add that I LOVE the tones achieved here.
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11/21/2008 10:02:27 AM
I think what I like most about this is the almost metallic feel to the entire tonal range. Intense texture and detail. Wonderful. The message is loud and clear as well. This would work well in a nat'l campaign by a non-profit organization for peace. I can see it as a full page ad in a magazine. Well done and congrats.
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11/21/2008 09:32:10 AM
great sharpness, light and detail! good job!
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11/19/2008 11:54:28 AM
Beautiful shot. Love the harshness of skin against the jewels.
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11/18/2008 11:55:12 AM
Wonderful shot!
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11/18/2008 09:55:18 AM
See what happens? I take most of the year off and now Nobody likes my photos. *sniff*
11/18/2008 08:53:36 AM
This from the person who gave us the Cat in the Hat and Snow White and the Apple?

Very well done. Love the DOF and lighting. The irony of the title is deep.

Congratulations.
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11/18/2008 08:20:19 AM
Well done. Congrats on your third place finish.
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11/18/2008 07:44:52 AM
Hey Shannon, congrats on another ribbon...
I wondered when I'd see a Herkimer Diamond in one of your shots! Although your hands didn't get THAT dirty! heheheheh

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11/18/2008 03:21:33 AM
Superb shot! Congrats Shannon .... it's so good seeing you back on the front page again!
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11/18/2008 02:44:11 AM
Good to see you back on the front page! Excellent work.
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11/18/2008 01:36:04 AM
Excellent work, beautiful light.
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11/18/2008 01:11:17 AM
Great image - love the high contrast.
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11/18/2008 12:59:50 AM
i had this picked for the blue. gorgeous tones! congrats on the ribbon!
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11/18/2008 12:46:08 AM
I love this. Great DOF, those gritty fingers, the b/w.... Wonderful shot! Congrats on the ribbon, Shannon.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/17/2008 05:27:51 PM
This is my favorite.
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11/16/2008 11:28:47 PM
10. love the shot and the textures
the use of DOF and composition is truly what makes this impressive.
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11/16/2008 09:12:54 PM
extremely well done - love the palm of the other hand in the background
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11/16/2008 11:19:50 AM
Really creative way to shoot this subject! Love the dust in the whorls of his fingerprints
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11/15/2008 09:19:48 PM
Nice title. It suits this gritty depiction of an often glorified gem. Well composed, well executed and thought provoking.
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11/14/2008 08:52:59 PM
Perfect exposure and focus!!!
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11/14/2008 02:45:34 AM
This is my favorite in the challenge. I love the detail in the fingers and the blurry background. This image just stood out for me and had emotional impact!
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11/13/2008 04:32:50 PM
perfect conversion, perfect composition, I like everything about this picture. It makes me explore and stay and look around.
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11/13/2008 12:12:46 PM
Wow! What a powerful commentary and brilliant image. 10
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11/12/2008 05:00:47 PM
So very true! Great texture on the hands and a nice composition. The shallow DOF looks good to me.

But I really wish that the finger sticking out under the thumb, towards the bottom of the picture wasn't there. It kind of sticks out like sore thumb - although it's not a thumb :)
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11/12/2008 12:47:05 PM
lovely idea. great photo, dof is perfect-9
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11/11/2008 07:28:00 PM
Great image, I love the DOF and the detail.
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11/11/2008 06:14:27 PM
Fantastic texture and sharpness of detail, great tight-in composition, nice use of shallow DOF, lovely contrasty black and white. ALL GOOD!
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11/11/2008 04:47:09 PM
Love the detail to bring out the texture of the hands!
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11/11/2008 12:42:20 PM
Excellent image and title, perfect focus and DOF. The first image I look at and already the winner :)
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11/11/2008 12:20:21 PM
Not only is your image very emotional, but you are sending a very strong message. 10 from me.
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11/11/2008 08:40:02 AM
Beautiful photo.
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11/11/2008 12:17:36 AM
Great image, love the composition and tone. Too many sharpening artifacts for my taste. Still, probably top 10.
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11/11/2008 12:11:34 AM
fantastic image...love the conversion...8
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