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... the Simplicity of Childhood

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Challenge: All I Want for Christmas (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenge Submissions
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
Location: Kirkland, Washington USA
Date: Dec 21, 2008
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 3200
Shutter: 1/20
Galleries: Emotive, Macro
Date Uploaded: Dec 21, 2008

Photographer’s Notes
Every year at Christmas, I take photos of ornaments, usually macros, because they capture the simplicity of Christmases I remember as a child. Here’s one of this year’s batch.

I know this is cliché, and I expect there will be many like it, but maybe this will be a good one among the crowd.

Post Processing
• Convert from RAW (PS CS4)
• Crop
• Reduce Noise
• Remove dust (Clone layer)
• Resize (Genuine Fractals)
• Sharpen (USM)
• Border (Stroke layer)
• Border Blur (Masked Gausian Blur)
• Save for Web

Camera Data
• Date: 2008-12-16
• Camera: Nikon D3
• Lens: 70-300 mm at 300
• ISO: 3200
• Aperture: f/5.6
• Shutter: 1/20

Place: 15 out of 89
Avg (all users): 6.1520
Avg (commenters): 6.8750
Avg (participants): 5.5000
Avg (non-participants): 6.3780
Views since voting: 1598
Views during voting: 339
Votes: 171
Comments: 12
Favorites: 3 (view)

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05/11/2009 09:16:53 AM
why list it as an apple iphone when in the description you say you used a nikon d3
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12/31/2008 12:53:32 AM
Good finish!!
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12/31/2008 12:31:27 AM
Like the camera choice.

I think what might have improved the comp would have been to include a subject to add to the ornament. Something like the 1st and 2nd place finishers did. But then you would have had to change the title.

Message edited by author 2008-12-31 01:40:23.
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12/29/2008 12:48:58 AM
Originally posted by Rino63:

not a great composition.

What would have been helpful would be to suggest how to improve it.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/28/2008 04:30:50 PM
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12/28/2008 01:37:24 PM
Probably my favorite of the tree ornament shots thus far (and there have been lots in this and other challenges). Beautifully exposed and terrific sharpness and textures.
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12/27/2008 11:38:38 AM
good shot, bulb a little to centered...a little tighter cropping on the right...but a nice shot...
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12/24/2008 01:51:50 PM
Beautifully captured, love the bokeh, very nicely done! 10
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12/23/2008 06:24:22 PM
This is excellent. Very Christmasy!
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12/23/2008 02:46:36 PM
Great detail and color. I can actually smell the pine!
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12/22/2008 05:18:06 PM
I'm not entirely sure I like the yellow-greeny colors, but I realize from personal experience that christmas tree colors can be difficult to perfect... I was going practically insane the other day trying to white-balance! :D You achieved a much nicer shot than the ones I ended up with, especially since the lighting and focus are so superb. Great work! :)
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12/22/2008 07:14:23 AM
not a great composition.

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