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Challenge: Black and White Still Life (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2010
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Tamron AF 18-270mm F/3,5-6,3 Di II VC LD Aspherical [IF] macro for Nikon
Location: Los Angeles, California
Date: Aug 13, 2010
Galleries: Still Life, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Aug 13, 2010

One of the rare times I had an idea for a challenge. Shot this outside on the back patio in the shade and got great reflected light from the sides. Used a dark gray flannel throw as a backdrop.

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[post-challenge]
Thank you all for all the votes and great and constructive comments. This was my first attempt at a still life and it's a lot harder than it looks. Thrilled to finish in the top 20! And no votes under 4!!!

Statistics
Place: 11 out of 151
Avg (all users): 6.2857
Avg (commenters): 7.2000
Avg (participants): 6.2464
Avg (non-participants): 6.3333
Views since voting: 1554
Views during voting: 251
Votes: 126
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0


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09/04/2010 07:22:32 PM
I really like the full tonal range!
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08/23/2010 08:49:47 AM
12th!! Awesome! Congrats on the great placement and for making your front page!

Message edited by author 2010-08-23 13:37:53.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/22/2010 10:48:24 PM
you have excellent composition here...good elements that compliment each other well and your have varying height...
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08/22/2010 05:53:54 PM
Nice entry; bumped up/
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08/22/2010 12:15:52 PM
I'll start this off by saying: I'm not much of a still life fan.

I gave this on a 7. I thought your lighting was very good -- I like the more contrasty still lifes, and this one falls into that category. The watering can is wonderful. I like the highlights and the details on the handles & spout. The rest of the shot doesn't interesting me as much. The rest of the tools are appropriate, but not very visually interesting.

The one thing I'm not crazy about is the round table. I find the front of the table distracting, it catches the eye, but I don't think it adds to the picture. (small nit -- it wouldn't change my voting.)

The watering can was so wonderful, that if you had done something simpler with the can and maybe one or two antique interesting gardening items, it would have been an 8 or 9.
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08/21/2010 12:42:58 PM
Nice, well done.
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08/18/2010 05:43:15 PM
Nice..
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08/17/2010 11:30:49 PM
Perfect!
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08/17/2010 10:49:12 PM
Great mines think alike,,,your right. I like yours better. Great job on the lighting & composition.
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08/17/2010 10:04:14 PM
Lots of photos here have lots of mixed elements that don't glue together. This one has lots of elements but each one is complementary. Nice placement of those elements.
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08/17/2010 11:21:33 AM
nice setup and lighting. the watering can and flowers are a little overused in still life so no points for originality, but great execution of your vision 6
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08/16/2010 12:46:55 PM
Good job. Nice lighting.
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