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Conq shell 1
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Challenge: Fractals (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G
Location: Basel, Switzerland
Date: Aug 19, 2012
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/500
Date Uploaded: Aug 19, 2012

As an non native english speaker I wasn't sure what fractals really are? So I had a look at the forum discussion and then went on a little research on the Internet to get some ideas.
That made me remember this old Conq shell sitting on one of our window sills since a visit to Antigua in the year 2000.
As DOF was difficult to active, I took several photos and merged them together in Photoshop Elements 9. As this again was a first for me, I had to make several attempts until I was satisfied with the result.
I am curios how you will comment upon it?

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08/29/2012 05:05:58 PM
Hi Daniel, welcome to the Critique Zone!

Where to start? This is an interesting shot, lots of detail and I think that you have succeeded in achieving the DOF that you were after, so good job there!

Technically, this is not soft at all, I don't know what that comment was about. Focus is very good all the way through. For me, it is the lighting which is a slight problem. Because of the angle of the light, you lose the shadow between the 'layers' of the shell and on the right, they merge into one. It is a very harsh light too, perhaps with too much contrast between the very bright right side and the dark left.

Artistically, this definitely meets the challenge. It's a great subject. I think you would get a very interesting perspective by angling the shell slightly to point to one of the corners, fixing the lighting to drop shadows behind each 'ridge' to get a really deep composition. I also have to admit that I'm not crazy about the blue colouring - perhaps a good subject for black and white?

I hope that didn't sound too negative - it's a really nice shot. I am just trying to find some things which might be of interest to you to try for next time!

Happy hunting,

Frank.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/23/2012 08:46:28 AM
Beautiful, focus a little soft but not distracting. Lovely colour
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08/23/2012 01:36:01 AM
Looked for quite awhile. Interesting shot. Great use of "fractals".
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