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Challenge: Glasses (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: 2009
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Location: Irving, Texas
Date: Jan 19, 2009
Aperture: F8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/3 Sec.
Galleries: Still Life, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jan 20, 2009

No better inspiration for this challenge and I have some really nice diffused light over my desk at work, so here it is, simple and basic. A sheet of 11x17 paper for a backdrop. Powershot S5 with a Gorillapod. This was a first for me with an editing technique. I merged two separate exposures of the same scene to gain greater depth of field.

Even at F8, and shooting with a compact camera, a wide DOF is hard to achieve. A fair amount of work with layers, dodge/burn & clone to get the background nice and clean looking. Several different edits to get a mono tone that I liked. Finally settled on just a faint touch of a blue colorize to make the blacks seem a little stronger. This is also a rare shot in that I did no cropping at all. I was happy with the composition right out of the camera.

Pre-challenge notes:
Not expecting a lot, there's not a lot of wow factor here, but I hope enough people see it as a well photographed stock shot to pull it into the mid 5's. Possible critiques may include a little too bright or high-key.

Post challenge notes:
Ended up about where I had anticipated. The early votes were really low, so this one really came up from behind.

Place: 37 out of 134
Avg (all users): 5.5794
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 5.4138
Avg (non-participants): 5.6410
Views since voting: 1103
Views during voting: 301
Votes: 214
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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01/28/2009 11:04:48 AM
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/26/2009 01:05:08 PM
The angle and focal length work wonders here! Very sharp and attractive image. Upgraded from a 5 to a 7 on pass #2.
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01/24/2009 05:47:41 PM
The sheer minimalism of this photo appeals to me. Eye glasses, plain and simple.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/24/2009 01:47:22 PM
nice shot, love the focues
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/24/2009 02:01:01 AM
Very nice capture. I infact tried somethng like this...but dint come out this well.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/24/2009 12:32:27 AM
nice shot, 10
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01/21/2009 06:28:55 PM
Oh Boy-non breakable-great Hi-def image-
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01/21/2009 02:24:29 PM
the empty white space on the left is really bizarre in this photo.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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