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Refraction of a Second
Refraction of a Second

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2009-08 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro for Canon
Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Date: Aug 3, 2009
Aperture: F/29
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Water, Studio
Date Uploaded: Aug 3, 2009

My first free study entry. Hope this doesn't get looked at as too cliche'. This is also my first attempt at a refraction shot.

Processing (not in order)

Raw conversion
Noise Ninja
B&W Levels
Spot healing
Clone Stamp
Slight dodge/burn adjustments
Lots of layer mask work
LucisArt plugin filters (Exposure and Wyeth)
Unsharp mask
Resize for web

Had to do some heavy editing as I had used ISO800 for this shot (Not sure why, I had tried a few shots on 800 and this one was one of my favorites)


utterly disappointed on all fronts. I had heard Free Study was "harsh" but a 5.5 I would not have guessed for this image.

Whats even worse than the low score is the lack of comments. I haven't the slightest idea why people didn't like this.

Did people miss that this was a drop of water? I've heard some feedback that it looks like a glass object. Guess I'll never know.

Place: 194 out of 414
Avg (all users): 5.5758
Avg (commenters): 8.6667
Avg (participants): 5.5534
Avg (non-participants): 5.6552
Views since voting: 758
Views during voting: 248
Votes: 132
Comments: 6
Favorites: 2 (view)

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09/14/2009 05:04:20 PM

Thanks for leaving your 2 cents, I totally respect your opinion.

My opinion: Your vote was too harsh. Judging by your 35 thousand votes cast, i'm guessing you're completely jaded from this type of shot. I'd be interested in seeing what qualifies as a 2 or a 1 for you. Also, while i do appreciate comments, I'm not that desperate for them to go off to the forums and ask for more comments. 248 views during voting and 3 comments says enough: Cliche'. I'm just frustrated considering the effort i put into this.

Thanks for your 3.
09/08/2009 03:23:23 PM
Saying this great shot is underrated is an understatement. I thought it would be on the top 20 at least.
Great job on the both freezing the drop and capturing the refraction of the clock. I know all the work it took to get this fine shot, congratulations!!!
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09/08/2009 11:45:47 AM
Just stumbled across this one again and figured I'd give you my 2 cents. First, unless you have a really good or really bad image, during the challenge is the worst time to get comments. If you want to know why people didn't like it, start a thread after the challenge and ask. Pretty easy, actually. "Guess I'll never know" certainly won't get you there. Personally, I've seen the same kind of shot enough now that it just isn't that interesting to me anymore. I would have given it a 5 if it was full size. As is, I gave it a 3.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2009 08:26:59 PM
well made !!!
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09/04/2009 09:40:47 PM
I would imagine that photograph didn't come easily. Very nicely captured.
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09/01/2009 01:34:52 AM
Just wonderful!!
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