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Golden star (and hangers-on)
Golden star (and hangers-on)

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Challenge: Stars (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2008 Challenges
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: La Studio des Snaffles
Date: Dec 13, 2008
Aperture: f18
ISO: 1/3
Shutter: 200
Galleries: Interior, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Dec 14, 2008

Star Xmas tree decorations from local loonie store, suspended in lightbox. Camera on tripod,big $2 light providing light from left, small light shining up through floor of glass-topped table. Tissue paper sprinkled with glitter for bg.

pp: RAW convrsion, crop, rotate, levels, curves, shadow/highlight, exposure, clone, contrast, warming filter, contrast, resize, usm, sharpen edges, save for web

Place: 39 out of 87
Avg (all users): 5.6093
Avg (commenters): 6.5385
Avg (participants): 5.5227
Avg (non-participants): 5.6449
Views since voting: 686
Views during voting: 300
Votes: 151
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0

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12/24/2008 11:07:34 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club...

I was not able to vote on this challenge, but if I had, I probably would have given you a 6.

My first impression is that this is a nicely executed photograph that fits the theme very well. I like the variation in colours of the stars, and all the intricate details. The background has details, but is neutral enough to not be distracting. The unbalanced framing was a good choice as it lets the viewer wander around the image. I find myself coming back to the gold star, probably because it is near the center, and the colour is brighter than the rest. I don't have any constructive criticism that I feel would add to the photo. I said I would have voted the image a 6 because it is a lovely photograph, but it doesn't "speak to me" as well as some of the entries.

After reading the comments below, it does look like a cat!

If you need any clarification on any of my comments, please feel free to pm me. It might take some time for me to get back to you.
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12/22/2008 03:56:02 PM
This is an absolutely exquisite composition. Should have scored MUCH higher! Classy & elegant......trés subtle in its flavour!
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12/22/2008 12:12:43 AM
Love the colors and composition. Nice going.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/21/2008 07:03:37 PM
mmmmmmm, i dunno aboutt this
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12/21/2008 11:19:33 AM
Nicely composed and good crisp detail.
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12/20/2008 09:59:15 PM
Just lovely! 10
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12/20/2008 10:39:38 AM
What's keeping this from being a 10? I think there are some bright white spots that could have been blurred down a bit. As is: 9
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12/19/2008 07:18:02 PM
wow nice one
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12/19/2008 08:37:38 AM
it almost looks like a cat face (or is it me?)
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12/17/2008 06:26:51 PM
Nice main subject, minor subjects and background, but it just doesn't hold my attention.
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12/16/2008 10:23:51 PM
very nice details and hues - the upside down orientation is a bit unsettling
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12/16/2008 05:32:33 PM
Lovely colours and composition.
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12/16/2008 03:31:28 PM
nice textures
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12/16/2008 12:29:50 PM
nice focus...one of my favorites
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12/15/2008 03:28:37 PM
Nice composition, for me, I think a little more exposure would have added to its opulent feel.
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12/15/2008 11:02:57 AM
Pretty stars! Nice background too.
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