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Starting To Fall
Starting To Fall

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Challenge: Begin (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron AF 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical(IF)Macro
Location: My dining room table, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Date: Jan 31, 2009
Aperture: f/38
ISO: 100
Shutter: 3 seconds
Galleries: Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 31, 2009

Shot on my dining room table next to a window with a white shade pulled down for diffusion. The dominoes are not actually falling. The first few are held in place by bright yellow sticky putty, thus I couldn't include the bottom of them in the shot.

My biggest learning from this shot is that if you ever want to find your sensor dust, shoot something at f/38. It was crystal clear. It was worse on some of the outtakes based on location of lights and darks in the frame. This one had about 3 spots in the upper left I had to remove. There was no question it was sensor dust because it was exactly the same on multiple frames. Since the basic editing rules say, "You may not spot-edit your entry, except to remove sensor dust or hot pixels" I'm going to interpret that as acceptable to remove these sensor dust spots. So... good learning on seeing my dust. I tend to shoot at wide open apertures where it generally isn't a concern but on this one I needed as much depth of field as I could get. I have no immediate plans to clean my sensor unless it gets worse.

Another things I learned is that strange things happen at f/38. When I removed my diffusion shade and shot with direct sun sidelighting, the light areas became super noisy with color noise. I have to assume it was a result of the f/38. I haven't seen that situation before. It wasn't present in the diffused light shots, only the more contrasty light.

Post Processing:
Camera Raw - recovery, white balance, contrast, blacks
CS4 - noise reduction, sharpen, curves, convert to B&W w/blue tint, add border, save for web

Place: 41 out of 117
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/08/2009 03:19:11 PM
Nice idea. I think it would help if there was a light from the right to see the shadows of the pieces, if it was shot from a higher angle and with a little more depth of field.
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02/05/2009 06:25:34 PM
Nice macro. Would have liked a lighter background to highlight the dominos a bit more. Still, a good shot. Well done.
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