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Three Faded Roses
Three Faded Roses
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Challenge: Threes (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 700
Location: my living room, Providence, RI
Date: May 27, 2004
ISO: 100
Galleries: Emotive, Still Life
Date Uploaded: May 27, 2004

I went through a lot of effort setting up and lighting a different photo but I was never quite satisfied with the results. I didn't want to waste the set-up so I started thinking about what else I could do a still-life of and my eye fell on a pair of my daughters used up pointe shoes. She had some pink roses in her room from a performance this past Sunday that were still pretty but a little past their prime. I thought I could set up a still life that would parallell the brief life of the flowers with the fleeting glory of a dancer.
I like the result quite a bit, though it's a bit postcard-y. It gave me good practice on lighting and shooting a still-life.

I bought a cheap lace curtain at a thrift store and used it as a table cloth. I lit the scene with three different lights. I'm poor so I used a 120 watt grow light for the main light, and two 70 watt Phillips "Natural" bulbs for the supplemental back light and side light.
I set my camera to 100 ISO at low contrast, and set the white balance from the table cloth.
I cropped, adjusted hue/saturation levels, color balance, dodged some highlights and added some slight noise for the vintage look.

Statistics
Place: 167 out of 205
Avg (all users): 4.8791
Avg (commenters): 4.9167
Avg (participants): 4.7632
Avg (non-participants): 5.0735
Views since voting: 1244
Votes: 182
Comments: 14
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06/15/2004 08:25:57 AM
Too much noise for my liking. Excessive lighting at top left of the picture and not enough lighting on the top right down to the shoe.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/06/2004 09:59:26 PM
Good concept. You needed more ambient light on the scene to avoid grain and the hot spot in the background, but still quite nice. If the grain is intentional, then fading the saturation would add to the nostalgic feel.
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06/06/2004 01:51:59 PM
Far too much grain in the shot, in my opinion. The shoes do little to add to the subject.
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06/05/2004 10:55:19 PM
A bit noisy and the focus appears off.
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06/05/2004 04:59:31 AM
Not sure I'm a big fan of 'romantic fantasy' photos like this. However, I think the set-up could have been improved. All the interesting parts are on the left...on the right you have the rather dark, unattractive stems and the messy ribbons....so I would recommend a tighter composition next time. Also, I now you have fone for the soft focus and grain effects but perhaps the detail wasn't there in the first place to allow this.....
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06/04/2004 11:42:52 PM
looks very soft and muted...was that your intention
the composition is nice
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06/04/2004 12:13:21 AM
like the muted colours and the grainy texture
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06/03/2004 07:28:39 PM
Evokes the sentimentality often associated with ballet. The petals not on the flowers were a very nice touch. The bright spot in the upper left corner is distracting--to harsh for the picture. Love how the stems carry your eye to the flowers.
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06/02/2004 04:52:41 AM
You might want to try adding noise by using the monochromatic feature- it might look more like film grain instead of digital noise.
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06/01/2004 11:07:14 PM
very noisy, not sharp or clear
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05/31/2004 02:31:30 PM
Very good composition is marred by excessive grain/compression.
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05/31/2004 11:21:50 AM
There looks like a not of noise in this picture. I don't know if it's intentional or not but it seems very grainy to me.
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05/31/2004 04:14:06 AM
Very pretty.
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05/31/2004 12:24:50 AM
good arrangement light on left not too great but sometimes can,be helped 6
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