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Challenge: Geology (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX Macro for Nikon
Location: Moscow
Date: Jul 14, 2009
Aperture: f 18
ISO: 100
Shutter: 10''
Galleries: Macro
Date Uploaded: Jul 14, 2009

Lump of polished rock laying on the shelf for the past 20 years. Two flashes within one exposure - one in front and slightly below upwards, one up and slightly behind the edge of the crystal. Layers, global contrast via curves Almost submitted an entry made of two separate exposures combined in overlay mode and then realised it's in basic rules so spent another hour re-doing things to accommodate the rules.

Place: 30 out of 86
Avg (all users): 5.7617
Avg (commenters): 7.7500
Avg (participants): 5.2941
Avg (non-participants): 5.8616
Views since voting: 648
Views during voting: 333
Votes: 193
Comments: 5
Favorites: 1 (view)

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07/24/2009 07:03:28 PM
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Critique Club Critique

First Impressions
I like the way it looks somewhat like a landscape on first look. The lighting is interesting, but results in a harsh contrast that detracts from the subtle patterns, texture and colors of the rock/crystal.

Photograph Information, Technicals & Composition Review
The combined image you mention might have shown more detail, alas with Basic you had to 'redo' and abide by the Rules. Good for you for making that effort. Composition wise it is ok, as mentioned, this composition lends itself to another 'scene'. I can notice, only barely, what appears to be black fabric in the background, but minor. A more refined crop around the patterned areas of the crystal would have been better.

Comments, Score & Placement Review
31/82 is quite good. Your commenters all like your vision.

A good subject choice that a variation in lighting may have showcased even better. Would also have liked to have seen this a little sharper with more texture discernible.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/19/2009 06:10:03 PM
interesting shot.
07/19/2009 07:17:06 AM
One of my top 5.....9
07/16/2009 11:31:09 PM
Simple, but well executed. An interesting piece.......
07/15/2009 08:43:56 PM
love the lighting, hard to photograph rock samples in an appealing fashion, but you succeeded, 8

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