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Grayscale Family Portrait
Grayscale Family Portrait

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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
Dodged the white pencil and highlight on black pencil
Smart Sharpened
Selectively sharpened a couple bits with the sharpen tool

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.

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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
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