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Magical Curves
Magical Curves
David Ey


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Challenge: Curves (Classic Editing)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 995
Location: home
Date: Apr 5, 2002
Aperture: 8.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1.35sec
Galleries: Abstract, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Apr 7, 2002

French Curves on Mirror

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 89
Avg (all users): 6.7609
Avg (commenters): 7.4286
Avg (participants): 6.8354
Avg (non-participants): 6.7048
Views since voting: 4108
Votes: 184
Comments: 54
Favorites: 17 (view)


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01/21/2009 07:54:19 PM
Congrats on 5th! Great image of course!
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01/08/2008 05:12:27 PM
I love the bright colors!
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01/04/2007 01:07:18 PM
Fascinating and beautiful arrangement and composition - adding to favorites. Wish for advanced editing to remove the lettering. Wonderful.
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08/17/2006 10:10:45 PM
I really like this, though I wish the center background wasn't completely blown-out. OTH, if you rotate it about 90 degrees CCW, I notice it's rather heart-shaped -- perhaps you'd want to accentuate that.

I love shots of old tools in general -- I have to shoot more of my own : )
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05/07/2006 07:19:55 PM
Great composition, and love the colortones as well..... Out of a very simple shape, you have created a really great image, with so much impact.....
I love it, and it is now in "my favorites" as well.....
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06/11/2005 09:37:44 PM
I love this. It is so sunny and full of hope.
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09/04/2004 12:00:02 AM
I love this composition. It is truly beautiful. Even as is, I am placing it in my favorites. I look at images and when I work I do so in series. That is, I vary the lighting and then look and see what else can I do to improve it. I love the transition from yellow to red and would have prefered a slower transition between the white and the yellow. Of course, it is easy to point out ideas and changes once a concept is born. Here I concede that your concept is indeed above average. It has a flair and beauty to boot.
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05/07/2004 08:36:05 PM
Nice subject (reminds me of the manual days of design!). Composition would benefit from ofsetting the subject to bottom right, creating some lead-in lines. Arranging the French Curves less rigidly would enhance the aesthetics too.
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10/18/2003 03:31:25 PM
Very cool! Wonderful color, terrific clarity...good job!
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10/12/2003 06:03:07 PM
I really like this photograph. Particularly the color, then the asthetics of the shapes. I find this quite original. Nice eye. My only distraction is the printing on the curves.
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04/15/2002 07:52:00 PM
Thanks to all. I appreciate your comments.
I will try to answer your questions: There are two transparent french curves, the smaller one stuck through the larger one. They are setting on what WAS a clean mirror which is laying beside a wall which is Spanish textured and painted a creeme or off white color. The room's lights were off. The lighting was by "playing" a flashlight onto the curves in a tight circular motion from above. The final result was created by adjusting the global levels. I didn't notice the speck which shows up as two until the next day when looking at the shots in 'Elements. I tryed to redo the shot about 60 or so times but was unsuccessful. Lesson learned------keep an eye on the details BEFORE you make the shot. You might not get the same chance again. Thanks again for your votes and your comments. David
 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/14/2002 09:53:00 PM
Interesting lighting and curves. Nice Composition.
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04/14/2002 08:40:00 PM
superb composition, lighting and colour - excellent
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04/14/2002 07:25:00 PM
These colors are superb.
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04/14/2002 06:57:00 PM
Nice use of common objects with just the right lighting
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04/14/2002 12:22:00 PM
I love the lighting, but I wonder what it would have looked like with no flash and a long exposure with some softer lighting.
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04/14/2002 10:37:00 AM
Great lighting and colors. Well done.
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04/13/2002 10:54:00 PM
The best. No contest.
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04/13/2002 09:43:00 PM
I like the composition and the use of the gels on the light.
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04/13/2002 02:29:00 PM
The arrangement of these "french curve" jigs with the orange backround works very well! Very creative.
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04/13/2002 01:34:00 PM
The intense lighting of this photograph really throws you off -- same with the odd shape. Nice effect.
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04/12/2002 04:07:00 PM
nice depiction of the theme, nice colors. Curious how you set this up? is that a reflection of two or are there actually 4? Good shot!
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04/12/2002 02:07:00 PM
Very sweet! Beatiful shot. Probably my favorite in this cometition. Only thing keeping me from giving it a 10 are the little black dots just above and to the right of the subject. I know, I know, kinda picky of me. But they are just big enough to be noticible, and therefor distracting. All in all though, excellent work!
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04/11/2002 01:14:00 AM
Truly magical. Please explain how it was done!
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04/10/2002 06:20:00 PM
you must be an engineer
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04/10/2002 02:21:00 PM
Very interesting shot, nicely done. How did you get that lighting?
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04/10/2002 12:15:00 PM
I like the composition and lightning of this picture very much. It's only because of the bright refelection on the plastic in the center that I gave it a 9 instead of a 10.
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04/10/2002 12:13:00 PM
That is one unbelieveably clean mirror! I love the color in this shot, it a shame there's that one black speck and it's reflection.
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04/10/2002 10:40:00 AM
Nice gradient on the background. Still, I'd like to see this tighter.
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04/10/2002 08:23:00 AM
Interesting use of colors and light
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04/10/2002 02:54:00 AM
got no idea what it is, but i know i like it :) ... v cool lighting
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04/09/2002 10:47:00 PM
did you use a filter to get the orange hues or did you play with your white balance? how did you get the bright background without any glare on the ruler? ingenious. ingenious
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04/09/2002 08:57:00 PM
art tools as art. I like it!
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04/09/2002 05:31:00 PM
Superb composition, fantastic subject matter. This did not need the surrounding cartoon effect.
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04/09/2002 03:32:00 PM
I like how you captured the light behind the object...makes it look like it is floating, very neat.
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04/09/2002 11:24:00 AM
this is a very in your face pic. i like it a lot.
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04/09/2002 10:14:00 AM
How did you get them to stand up?
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04/09/2002 07:27:00 AM
Color is fantastic, how did you get that color gradiation from middle to outer layer? spotlight?
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04/09/2002 05:45:00 AM
Nifty!
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04/08/2002 11:14:00 PM
I like the concept. It looks like a difficult shot to get perfect. How did you light it? Was there any way to avoid the strong reflections on the lower curve? Did you try playing around with the plan view angle of the lower curve so that it was not reflecing almost directly at the lens? I would have rated it even higher than I did if not for this small detail of the reflection. Keep up the good work!
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04/08/2002 09:47:00 PM
Great concept, might have helped a little if the light was not as harsh and if the lables could be removed not sure if that would be possible though
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04/08/2002 09:42:00 PM
There's just something about this picture. The colors are good, and the transparency of drawing tools gives the picture another dimension. It would have been more artistic if not for the brand label on the one tool, but not much you can do about that.
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04/08/2002 03:12:00 PM
i like the lighting and contrast of textures
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04/08/2002 03:08:00 PM
Amazing colours, and the overlapping curves are great!
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04/08/2002 03:01:00 PM
creative subject. nice coloring.
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04/08/2002 02:44:00 PM
Let me start this comment by saying WOW! The composition and lighting of this photo are fantastic. I spent about 10 minutes looking at this photo. I'm not going to make any negative comments here because I can't think of any. Score: 9
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04/08/2002 02:38:00 PM
this shot has some obviously great qualities. the colors! wow. i'm not sure what the subject is, but i do really like the curves on it. was this shot on a mirror? the reflection is very cool. i tend to like more "organic" shots rather than these sort of set-up shots, but this has great appeal. nice job.
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04/08/2002 12:32:00 PM
The area to the left of the curves is a little blown out, and there is a reflection on the curves themselves which I find a little distracting.
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04/08/2002 12:30:00 PM
Striking, I really like it. And I hate the color orange even!
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04/08/2002 09:38:00 AM
Great light! Good job.
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04/08/2002 09:02:00 AM
weird colors, not sure how that happened, but i can't argue with the result.
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04/08/2002 08:42:00 AM
Very attractive. Your lighting makes this picture a winner.
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04/08/2002 06:20:00 AM
Nice perspective. Looking up from under a table?

I like the limited palette.
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04/08/2002 12:39:00 AM
French curves rule. And what great lighting!
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