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Girls prefer nine best friends
Girls prefer nine best friends

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Challenge: Nine (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
Location: Plainview New York (Carlos Morales Fine Jewelry)
Date: Sep 11, 2009
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Fashion, Wedding
Date Uploaded: Sep 11, 2009

Lightbox lighting. This shot would have been much easier with a macro lense instead but could not get my hands on one. I was lucky the ring had 9 diamonds!

Place: 81 out of 165
Avg (all users): 5.2979
Avg (commenters): 5.6000
Avg (participants): 4.8421
Avg (non-participants): 5.4962
Views since voting: 885
Views during voting: 352
Votes: 188
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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09/26/2009 03:20:05 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club

I didn't actually vote on this image (I only managed 20% in the 9 challenge) but had I done so I would likely have given it a 5/6.

I do like the subject and the composition is great. The centered composition with a square crop was certainly the best way to go with this one. The depth of field was a good choice.

For me though the lighting seems a bit flat. I think you could likely have corrected some of this in post processing. I dragged the image into Photoshop CS3 and noticed that an adjustment (using Adobe Camera Raw) in the white balance settings brightened the image up a lot, made the background whiter (without having to adjust exposure, brightness or levels) and overall the image had a bit more depth.

I also agree with Ericwoo about the border, I feel the black doesn't enhance the image at all.

Still, overall I think it was a nice idea that fell a bit flat in the execution.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/23/2009 04:16:56 PM
Thanks for the suggestions guys. I would love to learn more about how to get diamonds in particular to show up better under lighting. If anybody has any tips I would greatly appreciate them. There are a number of challenges I noticed taking this shot:
1. each dimonde based on the cut or the way it was set will reflect light at different angels.
2. If the lighting is head on, you run the risk of a "black inside" where the light gets trapped in rather than reflected
3. balancing the lighting to get a consistant picture of all the diamonds is a lot easier said than done.

thanks again
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/22/2009 11:16:04 PM
Wonderful depth of field. I love that you chose a cyan background to complement the gold, but I think I might have made it ever so slightly more saturated.
09/22/2009 06:59:04 PM
CZ? Nice prouct shot and I think the shallow dof really works great on this.
09/21/2009 03:32:47 PM
mmmmm 6
09/18/2009 01:20:42 PM
wish they were lit better
09/16/2009 11:43:13 PM
I like the idea, bu the execution seems to be a bit lacking. The shallow depth of field works well for the image, but the muted colors detract from the pop and sparkle that the image should/could have. Your border also takes away from the overall quality of the presentation. I like a clean, thick, white border with a small, 1-2 px back line separating the image from the white border. That's all a matter of personal preference, but a clean look would have served this one much better. I like the square, centered composition. It plays nicely with the symmetry of the subject. I am going to go 5 here, but there is tons of room to grow this vote.

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