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Not the sharpest knife in the drawer
Not the sharpest knife in the drawer

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Challenge: Euphemisms (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Location: Madison, WI
Date: Feb 28, 2012
Aperture: 5.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250
Date Uploaded: Feb 28, 2012

Took me a while to come up with a euphemism I wanted to shoot. Most of the were dirty or just not interesting as a subject. But then I ended up thinking about euphemisms for "dumb people" and quickly came to this. During the day before rollover I was thinking about how I would setup the knifes, how I would light the scene, and how I would compose the shallow depth of field shot.

Got home from work late, so luckily with my mental preparation I was able to get the photo taken in less than 10 minutes, then spent a good bit longer processing the entry. I wanted to really show off the textures of this image, as those seem to play well with the subject.

Lighting for this was a single flash, gelled with 1/4 CTO, and a diffuser attached. This was shot through an umbrella, pointed down towards the knifes from camera right. This setup provided a very soft light that also helped reveal the details well.

Post Processing;
* Retouch out some water/dirt spots
* Nik HDR Efex Pro on a single exposure - helped define the details more than Topaz for this shot
* Increase black point
* Increase definition
* S-curve
* Export as TIFF
* Resize
* Sharpen Edges
* Save as JPEG

Place: 5 out of 89
Avg (all users): 6.4146
Avg (commenters): 7.3750
Avg (participants): 6.2500
Avg (non-participants): 6.4911
Views since voting: 1465
Views during voting: 320
Votes: 164
Comments: 11
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03/07/2012 12:29:49 AM
I thought this might do well. Nice, illustration-like processing.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/06/2012 11:46:43 AM
Nice interpretation. Great metallic tones.
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03/06/2012 11:23:29 AM
good one! Very crisp and sharp, no pun intended. I also like the colors and the clean refection, very nice.
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03/02/2012 10:01:06 AM
one of the top photos in the competition i'd say!
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03/02/2012 01:04:42 AM
I know a few people like this... nicely shot, I love the tones
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03/01/2012 05:58:34 PM
I like the simplicity here. Good reflections in the knives.
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02/29/2012 02:24:48 PM
Beautifully done, love the simplicity of it, a sharp image :)
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02/29/2012 11:41:46 AM
I was wondering when this one would come it - it was inevitable. I like the reverse resolution from foreground to background and the tonality of the image is very nice. Well done.
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02/29/2012 10:27:56 AM
This was another one I almost chose. Glad I didn't now, because this shot is FAR superior to what I would have produced. I love it. The woodgrain detail, the sharpness of the overall photo. The focal point. It works perfectly together. Great job
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02/29/2012 08:18:35 AM
Nice DOF to make your point (pun intended)
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02/29/2012 12:15:35 AM
LOL one of my favorite sayings!! Nicely done!
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