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Steel Wave
Steel Wave
giantmike


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Challenge: Puzzle Macro IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm IS USM
Location: Madison, WI
Date: Feb 20, 2011
Aperture: 22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/15
Galleries: Still Life, Macro
Date Uploaded: Feb 20, 2011

I'll be impressed if anyone guesses what this is. It's a desk lamp I bought a few years ago because I liked the spiral shape. We actually ended up getting some curtain rods that are a very similar style.

I shot this in my home made soft box, but didn't actually use the soft box features. I tried many different objects in the soft box, but was not getting anything I liked. I eventually discovered that the soft light wasn't dramatic enough for creating a "puzzle." So for this shot, I turned off all of the ambient lighting, and just used my flash with a blue gel and a sheet for diffusion. This gave not only dramatic light on the object, but the background spill on a white sheet turned out to be a nice color. If I had another flash, I would have used it to light the background with the different gel color.

I used a 13mm extension tube to get the macro-ness of this shot. The small depth of field was tough to work with, but with a f/22 aperture this had just enough depth of field. I really need a Macro rail to increase the focus field.

Looking at the past entries for Puzzle Macro challenges, I expect this to do a little higher than mid range.

Post Processing:
* Straighten
* Retouch some dust out and an abnormality in the paint
* White balance
* Increase Exposure and Brightness
* Topaz DeNoise
* Topaz Adjust
* Crop
* Increase brightness further
* Increase definition and decrease saturation on the metal parts
* S curve
* Export to TIFF
* Resize to 800px
* Sharpen Edges
* Save as JPEG

Statistics
Place: 11 out of 158
Avg (all users): 6.0876
Avg (commenters): 6.1600
Avg (participants): 5.7692
Avg (non-participants): 6.3750
Views since voting: 1673
Views during voting: 294
Votes: 137
Comments: 33
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02/28/2011 01:00:22 PM
Thanks, all the best people got it, lol.
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02/28/2011 08:01:16 AM
You did impress me Steve! @nd comment, first person to guess gets it correct. Dang.

Also congrats to Tiny and KarenNfld who guessed it as well.

It's funny how many people guessed curtain rod. That's the first thing my wife thought it was as well.
02/28/2011 12:03:28 AM
So, did I impress you?
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/27/2011 11:38:07 PM
a gate that never shuts again
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02/27/2011 08:53:26 PM
Rod iron furniture of some sort.
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02/27/2011 06:39:08 PM
end of curtain pole?
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02/27/2011 03:27:15 PM
so cool! is it a iron candle holder?
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02/27/2011 05:24:42 AM
wrought iron ladies dress shoe
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02/26/2011 08:38:56 PM
Part of a chandelier? or maybe a ballaster from a hand rail or fence.
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02/26/2011 05:52:34 PM
A whisk???
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02/26/2011 01:36:00 PM
Nice light! No idea what this is
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02/26/2011 12:00:44 AM
Wrought iron?
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02/25/2011 11:42:56 PM
a chair or railing. Nice, cool and strong looking
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02/24/2011 04:36:21 PM
Simple and effective...
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02/24/2011 12:15:05 PM
simple and nice...8
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02/23/2011 11:56:48 PM
iron work, maybe part of a table or gate
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02/23/2011 10:02:06 PM
part of a railing/newel
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02/23/2011 09:42:09 PM
Reminds me of a roller coaster!
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02/23/2011 09:21:06 PM
Think I've seen this before..it's a curtain hanger or picture hanger?
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02/23/2011 03:17:51 PM
whisk
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02/23/2011 02:31:52 PM
Curtain rail end??
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02/23/2011 10:55:11 AM
This looks like the end of a curtain rod I used to have.
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02/22/2011 09:23:15 PM
A candle stick!
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02/22/2011 02:24:22 PM
Wrought Iron twisted knob for bedpost or curtain rail
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02/22/2011 11:19:05 AM
Part of a lamp.
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02/21/2011 05:41:55 PM
A nylon beater.
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02/21/2011 04:24:57 PM
End od a curtain pole?
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02/21/2011 01:27:40 PM
Looks like a candle holder placed on it's side. Or a curtain rod or lamp finial.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/21/2011 11:48:39 AM
Nice comp...flows well. Not sure what it is.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/21/2011 02:39:46 AM
Iron bed post? Maybe an iron fire poker or something?
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02/21/2011 12:54:45 AM
Furniture (maybe bedhead) embellishment?
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02/21/2011 12:53:00 AM
Could be part of a lamp.
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02/21/2011 12:19:55 AM
I like the lighting
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