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The Face of Home Security
The Face of Home Security

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Challenge: Faces in Household Items (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Madison, WI
Date: Nov 29, 2010
Aperture: 22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 2.0
Galleries: Macro, Textures
Date Uploaded: Nov 29, 2010

I don't know about anyone else, but I have always found deadbolt levers to look like faces when you put the lever in the right place. What was most difficult about this photograph was making it interesting. At first I tried a straight on shot with a square crop. This turned out to be as boring as could be.

Next, I grabbed my extension tubes (this is why the aperture is so high to increase DOF), so I could get close while providing an angle that adds a bit of interest. Then I pulled the flash off the camera, and used a wireless trigger with a homemade snoot to point the light where I wanted. With a long exposure, I was able to pop the flash from both sides, which gave the mustache look (cool!). Then I used Topaz Adjust more heavily than I had on any previous photo. I'm sure I will get some points off from some people because of this, but I like it, so that's the way it will stay.

Post Processing:
* Crop
* Recovery
* Brightness increase
* Highlights and shadows increase
* Topaz Adjust
* White Balance
* Reduce exposure
* Increase black point
* Increase brightness
* Increase definition
* Decrease saturation with higher vibrancy
* S-curve for contrast
* Reduce saturation and luminescence of orange
* Export to Tiff
* Resize
* Save for Web

Place: 26 out of 49
Avg (all users): 5.4011
Avg (commenters): 6.3333
Avg (participants): 4.7667
Avg (non-participants): 5.5223
Views since voting: 665
Views during voting: 296
Votes: 187
Comments: 3
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2010 10:40:33 PM
well spotted.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/01/2010 07:30:20 PM
Like the light on this.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/01/2010 12:09:29 PM
i think people who picked the faucet could have been more creative but i like yours.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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