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Challenge: Botany (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
Location: Bedroom, UK
Date: Aug 9, 2004
Aperture: f32
ISO: 100
Shutter: 8 seconds
Galleries: Abstract, Macro
Date Uploaded: Aug 9, 2004

Stick of bamboo from the garden.
Lit from a window and a suplemental spot from above and to the right. Stuck the bamboo in the sock drawer to hold it, used a sheet of black card 8 inches behind bamboo as backdrop

Canon 10d with 100mm f2.8 macro lens on tripod with cable release. f32 used to gain max dof

PS work:
Curves and levels to get the black point
Added a grad black layer to lose the top of the bamboo, with a 80% opaque setting
Selected inverse of green channel and desaturated a little to make leaves have impact
Selected green channel and increased saturation and lightness to really make the leaves zing
soft dodge/burn to lose the back edge of the bamboo in the background and loose the ends of the main stalk a little more
flattened image
sharpened with USM
neat image to very slightly smooth the leaves, but tried to keep the texture on the bamboo stem
tweaked the saturation and contrast again and again until I was satisfied (7 attempts)

File Name CRW_7671.CRW
Camera Model Name Canon EOS 10D
Shooting Date/Time 09/08/2004 13:12:40
Shooting Mode Aperture-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 8
Av( Aperture Value ) 32
Metering Mode Partial
Exposure Compensation -1 1/2
ISO Speed 100
Lens 100.0mm
Focal Length 100.0mm
Image Size 3072x2048
Image Quality RAW
Flash Off
White Balance Auto
AF Mode Manual Focus
Parameters Contrast Normal
Sharpness Normal
Color saturation Normal
Color tone Normal
Color Space Adobe RGB
File Size 4888KB

Place: 16 out of 215
Avg (all users): 6.3670
Avg (commenters): 8.1875
Avg (participants): 6.1157
Avg (non-participants): 6.8209
Views since voting: 1399
Views during voting: 311
Votes: 188
Comments: 19
Favorites: 7 (view)

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08/23/2004 12:27:31 AM
Congratulations on your 16th placing. What a perfect understatement.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/22/2004 08:37:03 PM
nice shot. i like the border too.
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08/22/2004 08:00:25 PM
Beautiful simplicity.
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08/22/2004 06:52:21 PM
so simple and elegant - a top entry in any challenge (small nit - I'd like the border even on all sides) one of my top picks this challenge 9
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08/22/2004 12:15:09 PM
very simple - great line
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08/22/2004 09:59:50 AM
Simple and elegant. Just the way I like 'em... 10 from me
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08/22/2004 12:38:51 AM
Lovely image. Simplistic, eye-catching, great contrast of color against black. Very oriental. Really like it.
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08/18/2004 12:49:35 PM
A very beautiful minimalistic and artistic image with an oriental feel, but doesn't meet the challenge, imo. Perhaps a bit more saturation of the green leaves?
08/17/2004 03:32:43 PM
Good use of composition and light give this simple image impact.
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08/17/2004 03:25:57 PM
This picture epitomizes the concept of less is more. Excellent! If I were you, I'd put this on DPC prints.
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08/17/2004 12:52:49 PM
Simple but elegant. I wish that the whiish band around the base of the stem weren't there. though.
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08/17/2004 11:50:00 AM
I'm always a sucker for the simple and understated, and you've produced a very fine entry here. I love the pristine black background, and the angles you've created, and the use of negative space. I'd like to see the lone leaves a bit closer and more detailed though. Since they're clearly the subject of interest that draws the eye, they leave me feeling a bit empty because there's not much to study or hold my attention. I think the wide white frame is a little bit overkill too. A simple white line would have broadcast elegance. Great submission, but could have been much stronger, IMO.
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08/16/2004 05:10:39 PM
Whew! I almost did the same kind of shot before picking another plant!
Simplicity is what makes this shot so beautiful. Simplicity and, composition, lighting, focus, correct exposure ... you nailed it. Excellent image.
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08/16/2004 04:59:42 PM
Love the simplicity and mood that the image conveys. The Huge white border was a poor choice as it is a bit overwhelming for such a nice photo. 8
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08/16/2004 04:09:34 PM
The Zen touch...................................... Oh well.........10 !
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08/16/2004 12:08:26 PM
Simple - and very effective. Black background is perfect. Composition could not be better. Title is imaginative - but where is the am/pm indicator? (I wonder if some won't even notice the "clock hands"!) The border is just "ok" - think it should either be a uniform width - or if not, larger at the base only. Try it with a much thinner, uniform frame. Should finish well up in the pack - I really like it.
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08/16/2004 10:57:30 AM
very very nice ... simple ... but elegant .. classy ... amazing (9)
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08/16/2004 10:38:39 AM
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08/16/2004 12:51:49 AM
awsome, but what is with the border? it takes away so much from the image
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