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Shell in Pencil
Shell in Pencil

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Challenge: Still Life V (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2009
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400
Location: Home
Date: May 26, 2009
Aperture: f/7.3
ISO: 68
Shutter: 1/4 sec
Galleries: Still Life, Black and White
Date Uploaded: May 26, 2009

I thought I would do something a little different..all in Basic Editing.

Open Image in PS / Crop
Set the curve point to lighten the background
USM to taste, approx. 66/100/4
Resized to Challenge specs 640x458 9approx)
Sharpened MORE, adjust to taste
USM again 25/100/4
Cropped a little off to clean up image..(random dots)
Resized again to tighten image...
Bordered... 2 px gray
Simple side by side 100x50 px white
10 px gray to finish..
Saved for Web.. approx 148 kb at 94 or so...
Looks like a pencil drawing... I really liked how it turned out...all basic editing steps..as I said something different. and it was fun...

Place: 48 out of 166
Avg (all users): 5.7198
Avg (commenters): 6.0909
Avg (participants): 5.3333
Avg (non-participants): 5.8828
Views since voting: 789
Views during voting: 331
Votes: 182
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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06/03/2009 03:07:17 AM
I really liked this one. I think it was underrated
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/02/2009 11:39:44 PM
One of my favs! I like what you did with the border.
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06/02/2009 08:40:40 PM
Nice contrast.
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06/02/2009 11:02:29 AM
Interesting, but I'm not sure I like the high-key nor the frame
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05/31/2009 02:29:31 PM
I like the photo a lot, but can't quite make sense of the off-center framing. I don't personally think it's necessary to have such a large area of white - the photo itself is well-composed to emphasize the fractal nature of the shell. Without the frame I would have rated it higher - 6.
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05/30/2009 01:12:31 PM
Not a fan of the border but the shell is interesting.
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05/30/2009 11:25:17 AM
When I first saw your image I thought of a framed sketch hanging in a bathroom. I like the image, wish it were a bit larger though and not so much frame around it.
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05/28/2009 01:12:26 PM
photo of a still life drawing?
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05/28/2009 02:49:41 AM
Nice presentation.
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05/27/2009 01:56:46 PM
I don't like that this is off center.
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05/27/2009 12:24:02 PM
Neatly done.
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05/27/2009 09:09:31 AM
I like your use of the border/mat. The BW shows off all of the textures and tonal differences well.
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05/27/2009 12:26:54 AM
I really like the unique framing and nicely rendered tones.
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05/27/2009 12:21:09 AM
Love teh graphical nature of this, excellent B&W conversion, what software you using, NIK......? Also I think you might have set a new trend with offset border, very cool. My 10
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