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Challenge: Spheres (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2010
Camera: Nikon D60
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
Location: Home
Date: Jul 10, 2010
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 6 seconds
Galleries: Interior, Textures
Date Uploaded: Jul 9, 2010

Arranged six clear contact juggling balls in this manner on a beige sheet with a bedside light to the top of the shot.
I was so surprised when I saw the range of the ball colours. I have some outtakes here (most of them are very poorly processed. Kinda intentionally so, I'm trying to learn to edit with topaz).
The spheres are all clear, and a little battered. I think the range of colours is to do with the balls diffracting light, the polariser on my lens, and because I was using my reading lamp to light the set. I think that's the cause. But I don't know why it's the cause. Any physicists here?

* Arranged the balls in this manner.
* Put my camera on a book to give it a bit of height.
* Set the camera to its settings with remote shutter.
* Put on polariser and adjusted until happy.
* Held bedside light over the spheres.
* Snap.
* Crop, rotate, dust removal, topaz detail, blacks.
* Repeat
* Export to dpchallenge size.

Anticipated criticism:
* Could have used a wider aperture to get a narrower DOF (Yup. I put it at f/22 intentionally so that I would get a wider range of contours in detail)
* The crop cuts out a bit of the rightmost sphere (Yeah. That was intentional. With the full triangle the scene lost a lot of what it had. This setup, in my opinion, added to the composition)
* There's a bit of dirt on the sheet (Get over it! :D)

Place: 17 out of 113
Avg (all users): 5.9458
Avg (commenters): 7.5714
Avg (participants): 5.8679
Avg (non-participants): 5.9733
Views since voting: 1176
Views during voting: 350
Votes: 203
Comments: 14
Favorites: 1 (view)

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07/21/2010 07:50:08 PM

You should be very proud of this shot. It is very good. Plus, you performed the composition study on this one too, which I think really helped give you a good angle.
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07/21/2010 10:17:39 AM
I like this shot much better than your outtake. I actually liked this shot quite a bit and gave it a 9.
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07/21/2010 04:43:21 AM
Surprised it didn't ribbon. This was one of two 10's I gave (and the other ranked even lower... go fig). ;)
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07/21/2010 12:50:49 AM
Ended up doing quite well. Congrats on the new PB!
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07/21/2010 12:15:19 AM
very nice. i gave it an 8. i loved the colortone and textures.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/20/2010 11:32:58 PM
this is a really pretty picture. I like it. good job
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07/20/2010 11:17:26 PM
I bumped this at the last minute... its been at a 6... but as I went back thru one last time... I discovered how much I really liked the depth and texture of this image... bumped to an 8!
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07/20/2010 10:21:20 PM
Lovely.... but could have cropped a bit off left, I think... but it doesn't really matter what I think, 'cause I'm not voting this challenge. :)
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07/20/2010 02:35:20 PM
I love that one actually and wanted to give it a 6 or 7... but something about the processing and the imperfections on the balls/marbles/bearings made it a 5 from me. Especially the front most one has a couple of big scratches that really distracted.

Great idea though and I wouldn't hesitate to reshoot for another challenge.

Basic editing sucks too :)
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07/19/2010 09:02:45 PM
Cool monochromatic feel.
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07/17/2010 04:57:42 AM
Nice textures and color tones. One of my faves in this challenge.
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07/15/2010 11:01:46 AM
I really love the metallic quality of this image.
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07/15/2010 12:06:14 AM
Good textures and lighting here. The photo has a bit of drama to it.
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07/14/2010 01:27:16 PM
Love the textures in this image. Beautiful
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