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Literally extraordinary
Literally extraordinary

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Challenge: Extraordinary (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: My house
Date: Jun 24, 2004
Aperture: F4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Black and White, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jun 24, 2004

Maybe not the most creative solution. But then again, how do you shoot something everyone agrees is extraordinary?

When I first got the idea, I did not know that the word "Extraordinary" would be at the top of a page in the dictionary that I have at home. I would probably have rejected the idea if it wasn't so.

I made several versions of the picture, but somehow the one I ended up liking the most was this one. Hopefully I will get some feedback on the picture; this being my first submission to any challenge.

Editing: I have cropped the original, adjusted levels and added some USM.

Place: 259 out of 278
Avg (all users): 4.0819
Avg (commenters): 3.9167
Avg (participants): 3.8480
Avg (non-participants): 4.2692
Views since voting: 707
Views during voting: 373
Votes: 281
Comments: 14
Favorites: 1 (view)

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07/07/2004 04:19:34 AM
Reading the recent thread of the "artsy pictures" discussion, I see why I didn't do that well. But, I would like to thank you for all the comments I have gotten; it's a great way to learn and improve. This was my first challenge, and surely the only way is up from here (I really do hope!).
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/06/2004 12:12:37 PM
Literal and nice use of DoF to highlight the word. Exposure seems over exposed, probably caused by changing to B&W with no grey tones. . White line in border creates the area of most contrast and thus draws too much atrtention.
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07/05/2004 07:27:26 AM
What a contrast
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07/03/2004 02:16:58 PM
very original idea... a 2, I mean it looks like very ordinary dictionary :)
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07/02/2004 11:44:40 AM
Seems maybe litle overcontrasted and sharpened.
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07/02/2004 06:58:34 AM
Two of the same idea in one competition! This is a great idea that is overexposed a bit.
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07/02/2004 06:34:29 AM
For your wit,seven.
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07/01/2004 05:49:47 PM
Very nice idea, I like it and would love to know the process. Wish there was a tad more definition around the page edges, with the full B&W being so rich, it doesn't look like a photo so much as a painting.
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07/01/2004 12:40:47 PM
Nice idea, but I would have preferred the lighting to be a little softer, and instead of washing out the rest of the page, blur it out.
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07/01/2004 09:19:37 AM
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07/01/2004 06:38:40 AM
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06/30/2004 12:59:39 PM
nice and sharp
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06/30/2004 11:58:19 AM
Good idea. I think, however, that the contrast is too high or possibly that it is over leveled. The whites are blown out and the black is too. This makes the image look flat. There is obviously some depth to the photo and it would be better in my opinion to celebrate the depth and texture rather than eliminate it.
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06/30/2004 08:37:40 AM
lol altho it is a picture of the word extroardinary the photo itself isn't. interesting take on the challenge tho but i bet its not doing that well.
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