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Grayscale Family Portrait
Grayscale Family Portrait
aliqui


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Crayons & Colored Pencils (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Location: Bedroom floor
Date: Apr 11, 2009
Aperture: f/13
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200sec
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Apr 11, 2009

12mm and 20mm extention tubes on
SB-900 bouncing off of my white closet door for the background.
Macro flash from what is now the top. I don't know if this one even showed up. It was pretty far away.
Diffused macro flash from what is now the right side.


Rotated from horizontal to vertical orientation
Rotated a tad to straighten the pencils

Hue/Saturation to take out some blue/cyan hue
Light gradient from the right, dark gradient from the left in Lightroom
Cloned out 3 pieces of sensor dust around the white pencil
Healed some white spots on the black pencil
Neat Image
Smart Sharpen
Brightness/Contrast
Dodged the white pencil and highlight on black pencil
Resized
Smart Sharpened
Selectively sharpened a couple bits with the sharpen tool



Statistics
Place: 20 out of 110
Avg (all users): 6.1598
Avg (commenters): 6.7692
Avg (participants): 5.9388
Avg (non-participants): 6.2500
Views since voting: 1463
Views during voting: 297
Votes: 169
Comments: 17
Favorites: 2 (view)


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07/24/2014 01:36:30 PM
Life is nothing but shades of gray.
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04/25/2009 12:51:45 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Initial impression: A very simple, cleanly executed shot of a 'family' of pencils that cover most of the bases on the grayscale. I would've given this an 8.

Technical: The composition is great, all the varying heights of the pencils adds flow and interest to the shot; the lighting is wonderful and offsets the pencils to advantage. No pencil is lost against the b/g. I would have liked to see more dof. That f1.8 is a great lens; I love it because it makes me to work so hard to get a good shot.

Artistic: Love the idea of a family portrait, the clean lines and flow here, such a simple idea and very well done. Obviously the dpc crowd agrees. Can't argue with a top-20 finish!

FWIW: Apart from the dof, I wouldn't change a thing. A perfect example of a shot showing the KISS principle at work. Well done!

Feel free to PM me with any questions.

Susan
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/19/2009 07:50:56 PM
since this a so-called family portrait, i might have prefered that all of the pencils be in focus. nice range of grays
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04/17/2009 12:59:42 PM
very basic, but beautifully lit and arranged.
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04/17/2009 11:41:15 AM
I love the simplicity and the lighting.
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04/16/2009 08:45:28 AM
Look how worn out that poor mother is!!!
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04/15/2009 09:55:11 AM
Love the lighting on the picture.
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04/14/2009 11:10:02 AM
Well done shot. Sharp, good background matching it all.
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04/14/2009 10:34:32 AM
good idea...great focus
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04/14/2009 08:36:49 AM
Nicely done! maybe a little more dof. JMO!
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04/13/2009 10:03:55 PM
I like the idea of the family portrait, and I think the composition works quite well, but in the same vein of the idea, I think that it would work better if "everyone" was in focus.
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04/13/2009 05:33:54 PM
The image meets the subject. A couple of minor detail problems as the image appears to be less than sharp. The DOF could have been used more effectively. A good solid entry into the challenge.
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04/13/2009 02:20:39 AM
HAHAHA I LOVE IT! Very creative and highly well done. I love that you did the different heights like a real "family portrait" would be.
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04/13/2009 01:16:30 AM
although this is cute it still is a great shot, nice lighting
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04/13/2009 12:46:23 AM
great title and a nicely lit image
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04/13/2009 12:39:51 AM
simple clean and well lit. I like it!
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04/13/2009 12:26:06 AM
ahah
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