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Challenge: Calendar II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5- 5.6G ED DX
Location: Kitchen counter under a canned fluorescent light
Date: Feb 19, 2009
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Sports, Floral
Date Uploaded: Feb 19, 2009

Thought the flowers and the baseball were a good representation of April, especially with a little water on the flowers. Set my wife's Valentine's Day flowers on the kitchen counter; put a tube originally used to hold my daughter's playdough containers into the middle of the flowers to hold the baseball; spritzed the flowers with water; and set a tripod over the top of the flowers to take the shot. In editing, I cropped, brightened and sharpened a bit and modified the hue / sat to bring out the yellow in the flowers. Cloned out a little distracting glare caused by the water on the center of the flowers. I was going to clone out the dirt on my baseball, but thought the scuffs brought some character.

Place: 167 out of 182
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Avg (commenters): 5.2222
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Views since voting: 523
Views during voting: 216
Votes: 146
Comments: 9
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/01/2009 06:53:46 PM
Could've been cooler of you had sprinkled some water on the baseball.
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02/28/2009 11:48:37 AM
nice shot
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02/28/2009 11:02:34 AM
The lighting here is really harsh and the black background behind the flowers and ball is distracting... perhaps if it were green or blue or a more organic color...
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02/27/2009 12:51:59 AM
Too busy. Lighting is little flat. Good luck.
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02/25/2009 11:15:52 PM
Comes off very flat. I popped this into PSP to see, and found the histogram is flat on the rightmost 1/4. A quick levels adjust really brightened it up and brought out the dewdrops.
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02/23/2009 08:41:34 PM
I like the daisy's but not the baseball in the shot...
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02/23/2009 05:53:10 PM
Very nice. Seems slightly underexposed (whites seem a little dark).
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02/23/2009 02:25:26 PM
looks a bit underexposed.
check your histograms.
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02/23/2009 09:48:23 AM
A little more contrast would have been better IMO
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