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3rd PlaceHammered
giantmike


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Letters A-Z (Basic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Location: Madison, WI
Date: Feb 14, 2012
Aperture: 3.2
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Date Uploaded: Feb 14, 2012

Nothing like an extreme last minute entry to get your blood pumping before rollover :). I actually conceived of, shot, and processed this after I finished my love entry. We'll see if this was a mistake...

For some reason, the idea of spelling out NAILS popped into my head. I didn't have a good way to bend a nail into an S, so I instead went with NAIL and added a hammer for a little extra visual interest.

I lit this with two flashes. One reflected off an umbrella from camera right, just a little higher than the flash, and pointed almost straight on (not tilted). The second flash was positioned to the left of the block of wood. Attached to this flash was a honeycomb. Both flashes had 1/4 CTO gel. The background was an un-used pressboard shelf from our bookshelf.

Post Processing;
* Crop
* White Balance
* Increase black point
* Increase definition
* Decrease saturation with higher vibrancy
* Topaz Adjust 5
* Decrease brightness
* Increase contrast
* S-curve
* Export as TIFF
* Resize
* Sharpen Edges
* Save as JPEG

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Wow! Amazing! I never thought this image was going to be my first 7 and another ribbon winner. Thank you all for the votes and especially the comments.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 78
Avg (all users): 7.0809
Avg (commenters): 8.4118
Avg (participants): 6.7826
Avg (non-participants): 7.1890
Views since voting: 2289
Views during voting: 316
Votes: 173
Comments: 35
Favorites: 4 (view)


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04/03/2012 02:33:46 PM
Nice work!
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02/27/2012 10:39:44 AM
I must be old, but I coukdn't see the word nail until you told me. Just looked like pounded arbitrary nails
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02/24/2012 08:17:03 PM
Great vision to see this before creating it. LOVE the lighting. Congrats on the ribbon.
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02/23/2012 02:42:40 AM
ANOTHER CLEVER ENTRY AND AGAIN SO PLEASED IT RIBBONED WELL DONE XOX FROM SHEZ
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02/22/2012 10:30:27 PM
It's great that you did get this one in on time, congrats on the originality & the ribbon.
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02/22/2012 05:29:05 PM
Congratulations Mike on your new PB, first score of 7, and another yellow ribbon! Well done!
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02/22/2012 05:11:48 PM
Well done! Congrats on your ribbon!
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02/22/2012 08:33:50 AM
LOVED THIS SHOT! 10.

Congrats on your ribbon
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02/22/2012 06:59:22 AM
Congrats on the ribbon,nice one.
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02/22/2012 06:24:02 AM
Congrats on your ribbon.
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02/22/2012 05:35:06 AM
Congrats, you nailed this one.
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02/22/2012 05:21:53 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon, I loved the idea
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02/22/2012 02:31:35 AM
Congrats on your ribbon, Mike. Love this shot, great clarity and tones.
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02/22/2012 01:00:47 AM
Congrats on your ribbon and new PB Mike
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02/22/2012 12:36:58 AM
Congrats on your ribbon. Good idea and well done. This was one of my top 2.
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02/22/2012 12:07:34 AM
Congrats on your first 7!!
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02/22/2012 12:03:00 AM
Lol, I was right top 3, well done. Your stacking up those ribbons.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/21/2012 10:20:19 PM
Nice. I like the light and comp.
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02/21/2012 03:22:53 PM
excellent
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02/21/2012 12:50:16 PM
Nice idea this.
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02/20/2012 08:14:56 AM
So far the best concept stock type shot, and I'm almost done voting. Well done. I've been voting low on those who take pictures of literal words, so as a setup shot, you've done quite well to integrate an action with a subject.
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02/16/2012 08:53:07 PM
Very creative, fits the challenge perectly, and a nice crisp clear shot. Nice work
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02/16/2012 01:49:09 PM
At first......I didn't see the word...... so glad i took another look! Nice color
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02/16/2012 12:26:21 PM
Well played
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02/15/2012 10:20:31 PM
Top 3, for sure.
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02/15/2012 10:09:07 PM
Very nice job.
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02/15/2012 06:05:11 PM
Nice!
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02/15/2012 06:02:56 PM
haha love it, took me a second look to read it, love the age and workmen like background lovely shot 8
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02/15/2012 05:06:16 PM
Great idea and light technique. One of my favourites.
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02/15/2012 04:08:25 PM
Lovely idea and photo. 9 :)
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02/15/2012 02:44:34 PM
Great job with the letters and making it just difficult enough to make out.
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02/15/2012 12:53:55 PM
My pick of the challenge. Well done!
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02/15/2012 10:04:51 AM
Love this idea! I didn't notice it said "nail" until after I looked at it a second time. New favorite! Great job
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02/15/2012 09:52:06 AM
Very clever and creative.
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02/15/2012 05:46:07 AM
At least top 10 IMHO.
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