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Challenge: Balance (Advanced Editing II)
Collection: Learning Experiences
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: home
Date: Jul 15, 2004
Aperture: 8.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 25 sec
Galleries: Still Life, Nude
Date Uploaded: Jul 15, 2004

Made changes to contrast, color, brightness and sharpness in Photoshop Elements.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 139
Avg (all users): 6.9358
Avg (commenters): 7.9286
Avg (participants): 6.7126
Avg (non-participants): 7.1300
Views since voting: 4930
Views during voting: 331
Votes: 187
Comments: 56
Favorites: 4 (view)


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08/01/2004 08:47:24 PM
Very fine! I was away on vacation and could neither submit nor vote, but this is wonderuful. Congratulations on a well-deserved win.
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07/27/2004 04:26:57 PM
Eggs are noisy. Look like paper cut outs...almost like they aren't real. Too fuzzy ..sorry.
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07/27/2004 04:02:40 PM
Congrats on your first ribbon!
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07/27/2004 02:03:25 PM
Thanks for the ideas on how to improve this image. I'm planning to redo the post processing on this photograph. I'll publish the new version in my portfolio soon. It's great getting all this feedback.

Message edited by author 2004-07-27 14:05:26.
07/27/2004 01:55:53 PM
Or try 'local contrast' sharpening:
Unsharp mask
20%
40 pixels
0 threshold
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07/27/2004 11:54:32 AM
In addition to what graphicfunk said, I believe that this photo is a great candidate for soft focus also. The lighting here and the darker overall theme would lend itself well to that... Make a duplicate layer of the original image... add a hefty amount of gaussian blur, and then change the opacity of that layer until you are satisfied with the look/feel of the effect... This would completely eliminate the sharpening artifacts... The image may not need any sharpening at all. I would try the soft focus before you sharpen to see what looks good :)
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07/27/2004 11:24:45 AM
This image should have taken first place because of its strong visual impact and subtle tones. When I first looked at it I accepted it as the winner. It lost this glory by a small percentage, much like those nose to nose horse races. I will tell you what is good about this image and what is bad and how to fix it for a dpc print or simply a good print.
The strenght of this composition is more on the shades of the colors. The green ceramic bowl and the brown egg tones are just too lovely and soothing to look at. I have come back to it over and over again to reach the depth of satisfaction that one seeks from a masterpiece. I still come back and each time I simply stare at it in admiration.
What is wrong: the only minor imperfection is the overshapenning...but outside of the halos, I would let it stand. To correct this will require a little well spent time. Here is the way I would do it. Make a copy and set your clone to about 40 percent opacity. Go to all halos with a small brush, 10 pixels or so and clone from the adjascent area so as to reduce the halo in those areas. Do not do multiple dabs in same area. Work at actual pixel size. This will retain the grit texture of the eggs.
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07/27/2004 11:15:21 AM
I wonder how you did this!
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07/26/2004 05:36:23 PM
Congratulations on a well deserved ribbon! Beautiful composition well done!
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07/26/2004 04:56:02 PM
Classic shot, congrats on your first ribbon...
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07/26/2004 04:22:48 PM
This is a superior shot!! Congratulations on your ribbon; you should be really proud of this!
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07/26/2004 12:58:48 PM
nice job...my choice for a win. congratulations and thanks for the "how to"
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07/26/2004 12:36:43 PM
Congratulations on the ribbon.
Long overdue.
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07/26/2004 07:00:03 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon...well done! :o)
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07/26/2004 06:56:25 AM
My first ribbon! Thanks for all the comments and high scores. I did over sharpen a little while trying to bring out the egg shell texture. Maybe I'll go back and redo the post processing on this one. I was asked to validate this picture during the challenge. I guess because the egg is balanced on the edge of the bowl. I actually drained that egg so it's just an empty shell and was very light. There is a hole about the size if a dime on the back side. I then used a small piece of adhesive putty to keep the egg in place. Nothing fancy but it worked well. I'm happy with this shot and am glad it was well received.
07/26/2004 04:09:56 AM
Congrats on your ribbon
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07/26/2004 02:51:57 AM
congrats on your ribbon. I do however think it was slightly oversharpened which caused the jagged edges of the eggs, but a great composition! :)
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07/26/2004 12:46:45 AM
Congrats on the ribbon! Very beautiful photo : )
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07/26/2004 12:17:57 AM
I knew this one was a winner!
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07/26/2004 12:16:02 AM


Grats on the well deserved ribbon
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07/26/2004 12:09:22 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon! A beautiful image. I loved the textures and the lighting was superb!!!
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07/26/2004 12:06:05 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon!
Excellent photo excellent composition and lighting.
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07/26/2004 12:04:45 AM
Hey: This was my pick. Congratulations ! A very well composed work with killer lighting.
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07/26/2004 12:03:48 AM
Well done, congradulations on the red
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07/26/2004 12:02:59 AM
One of my "picks". Congrats!!!
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07/26/2004 12:01:56 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. I knew it was a winner!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/25/2004 09:58:43 PM
oversharpened I think. I like the idea and the lighting... you have something going here but the extra sharpness makes this photo look fake, validated or not
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07/25/2004 09:25:52 PM
Please make a print available of this. Wonderful lighting, colors and texture. Composition is interesting. My top pick this challenge
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07/25/2004 02:19:21 PM
lovely colors, great mood
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07/25/2004 01:33:28 AM
Awesome lighting and color.
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07/24/2004 10:04:43 PM
This photo does not need validation. It is a true work of art with lovely lighting.
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07/24/2004 03:11:53 PM
Splendid.10
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07/22/2004 07:17:08 PM
how did you DO that? I love the texture on the eggs. kinda looks like the moon's surface. very cool.
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07/22/2004 06:11:23 PM
Great lighting! Nice texture on the eggs. I like the red ring on the bowl.
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07/22/2004 08:22:13 AM
Great lighting and composition.
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07/22/2004 08:16:40 AM
I like everything about this picture, wouldn't change a thing.
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07/22/2004 01:10:30 AM
Wonderful capture. Your use of lighting and shadows really make the shot elegant and give it a nice feel. The color tones and shapes are very pleasing as well. The border is subtle and tastefully done..... I give an 8
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07/21/2004 05:33:24 PM
Excellent photo. Good example of "balance"
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07/20/2004 10:22:57 PM
This one's got my vote...really nice composition...anxious to hear how you held the egg up.
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07/20/2004 12:43:21 PM
Could have done equally well in the Freedom challenge. Gereat lighting, fine use of subtle colors and an eggcentric but well balanced composition. not wild about the border, but that is a personal taste issue. Should be near ribbon land.
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07/20/2004 03:45:17 AM
Great work here, nice color.
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07/20/2004 03:27:21 AM
The lighting here is sensational.
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07/20/2004 12:23:55 AM
This is humorus and great lighting. I can't believe you think this photo would be DQ'd. I think it's a good idea of balance.
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07/19/2004 11:13:01 PM
Great work really well done, my guess is that its not a full egg sitting up like that but I could be wrong. That is why this is so good a shot it asks plenty of questions and gets the viewer to really examine it.
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07/19/2004 09:47:03 PM
Lovely lilghting and composition on this one. Very well done. I have an idea how you got that very nice balance, but will check back at the end of the competition in hopes you will tell all... Easily a 9
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07/19/2004 08:40:18 PM
The shot looks a tad bit over sharpened, jiggies on the edges and a slight halo show that. Good composition and lighting.
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07/19/2004 02:35:00 PM
Nice light, good idea and execution. Just looks a bit over sharpened.
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07/19/2004 02:07:55 PM
Excellent composition, choice of colors and background. Side lighting very well done.Not crazy about the border.
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07/19/2004 01:25:43 PM
Quality photo. 10
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07/19/2004 12:56:37 PM
This is a very nice image well composed and well shot. I am bothered by the jagged artifacts along the top edges of the eggs and in some of the reflected highlights on the bowl. It could be perfectly natural, but the shadow on the vertical egg looks out of synch with the shadows on the other eggs. Otherwise a 10.
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07/19/2004 12:27:06 PM
Photo definitely meets the challenge! I'm curious as to how you balanced the egg. The lighting seems a tad harsh here and the picture looks to have been oversharpened a bit.
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07/19/2004 05:48:54 AM
Awesome lighting and composition. The square crop really suits this image and I even like the frame. Great image, well done (10)
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07/19/2004 04:27:10 AM
Good idea or the challenge, great lighting and I think the colours in the bowl are ideal and a good match for the eggs. The image does seem a little oversharpened though?
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07/19/2004 01:20:28 AM
Too much sharpness is like not enought...... you have way too much.... a grteat picture turned bad ! a5
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07/19/2004 12:41:05 AM
Too much USM but nice.
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07/19/2004 12:35:51 AM
Wonderful photo!
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