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Challenge: Black & White IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2011
Camera: Nikon D60
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G
Date: Apr 3, 2011
Galleries: Black and White
Date Uploaded: Apr 3, 2011

This is the setup I wanted for the recent focal point image (or something like it anyway) but I was unable to find a feather so improvised with keys instead.
It'd be superb if this did as well, but I'd be very surprised if it did.


I simply cannot figure out what shots to enter here at all. I again, as I have done in many of my shots of late, need to thank ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Yo_Spiff and ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Bear_Music for recommending I enter this over another I was going to enter (and had indeed entered). I thought this was going to struggle to get to the region of 5 to 5.5... and now it's riding at a new PB...

I'm very happy with 17th position. I was initially hoping for a top 10 finish when I stayed consistent around 6.3/6.4 but then I noticed that there were 300 entries so flet it was unlikely.
Top 20 is the next best thing. Hey, I'm not complaining--top 20 with 329 entries, highest percentile finish, most favourites of all my images, and new personal best! Good challenge.

It was actually quite tough to get the lighting right in this. The difficulty was that I was in a dark room and wanted good light on my hand, but getting good light on that always seemed to blow out the feather. Eventually I just reduced and diffused the flashes I used. Took quite a few shots though. It would have been much easer had I someone else doing the magic on this one!

Place: 17 out of 230
Avg (all users): 6.4110
Avg (commenters): 7.8000
Avg (participants): 6.3103
Avg (non-participants): 6.5593
Views since voting: 3143
Views during voting: 290
Votes: 146
Comments: 15
Favorites: 2 (view)

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04/11/2011 03:32:29 PM
This is a beautiful shot Niall. I really liked the details you captured in the feather. It looks so angelic. Congrats on the top 20!
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04/11/2011 09:13:02 AM
Wouldn't have pegged this one as yours. :)

Fun shot! I can't believe how much we diverged in the last day. It was a fun race!
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04/11/2011 12:56:19 AM
Top 20!!! Congrats.
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04/11/2011 12:37:08 AM
Congrats on the new PB!
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04/11/2011 12:08:04 AM
Very respectable finish! WTG!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/10/2011 01:48:53 AM
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04/09/2011 09:50:26 AM
Creative and well executed, great dof.
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04/06/2011 07:12:58 PM
nice !
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04/06/2011 04:51:19 PM
I wish I could vote on this!
I love the detail of the feather and the lines of the hand.
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04/06/2011 04:55:18 AM
Well done. Nicely lit and great contrast to highlight the detail in the feather. The blur of the face really draws attention to the shallow focal depth and adds a bit to the story. Nice stuff.
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04/05/2011 10:57:39 PM
Love it, great detail I can see the ridge detail in the palm
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04/05/2011 09:59:48 PM
Hey Niall! I can certainly see why this entry is getting you a PB...wonderful detail! Particularly in the creases on the hand between the fingers and in the feather itself. Only thing I didn't "like" was the half-a-head in the background.
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04/05/2011 09:06:29 AM
Like it
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04/04/2011 09:18:50 AM
Excellent DOF
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04/04/2011 12:54:20 AM
Marvelous. What a wonderful, well-executed idea.
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