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Feelings of Ruby Red
Feelings of Ruby Red

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Challenge: Love III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-500D Rebel T1i
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Studio Lighting
Date: Dec 18, 2009
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/125 sec
Galleries: Emotive, Studio
Date Uploaded: Dec 21, 2009

Taken in my basement studio, editing, was Hue/Saturation, USM, Gaussian Blur, Re-size, Submit. Not expecting much from this, I'd like at least a 5.5, but waddaya gonna do? Hope this does well enough to raise my average just a little.

Place: 63 out of 72
Avg (all users): 4.4223
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 3.7500
Avg (non-participants): 4.5460
Views since voting: 691
Views during voting: 328
Votes: 206
Comments: 4
Favorites: 0

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01/01/2010 02:59:06 PM
** Greetings from the Critique Club **

Overall, this is a pretty good shot, a good attempt at capturing smoke, but I'm not sure how much this meets the challenge without some lengthy interpretation. This may be one fact your score is so low. It is unfortunate though you didn't receive more comments.

You have captured a decent spectrum of zones, from the black to white. The only problem here is that there is too much negative space and not enough emphasis on the smoke. Don't get me wrong, you don't need a lot of smoke to make an impact, rather, something interesting needs to happen with the smoke. For example, this photo:
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has nearly the same amount of dark space, but the smoke spirals are quite interesting. I pulled that image from the Smoke II challenge.

Technically, you shot this well. The DOF could be increased a little which may provide a little more detail in the smoke. Your choice of shutter speed was well placed to stop the motion. As for the lighting, it may be worthwhile playing with the lighting a little more to see what different angles and intensities (distance from the smoke) provides you.

You should definitely experiment more, and go through the forums and challenges to get ideas. I hope to see something in a free study one day.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/29/2009 11:20:01 PM
don't know what ruby red is; took middle of road
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12/29/2009 10:31:08 PM
Love gone up in smoke? Great image and nicely done
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12/29/2009 08:29:42 PM
very cool. confused about the "Love" though. Unless you were going for hot, steamy, KY jelly packaging.
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