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Challenge: Indoor Macro Shot III (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Pentax K-30
Lens: Pentax SMC D FA 100mm F2.8 Macro WR
Location: My House
Date: Jan 11, 2014
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 500
Shutter: 1/5
Date Uploaded: Jan 11, 2014

My favorite knife, bought from Shigeharu, the oldest knife shop (some say the oldest shop of any kind) in Kyoto, just down the road from Nijo Castle, where the shogun hung out. Apparently there's not much call for samurai swords these days, so Shigeharu got into the knife business a few hundred years ago or so.

Some may gripe about the shallow DOF (DNMC! Oh my!) but they would be missing the point. Pun intended. I bracketed this from f/2.8 up to f/32 and the range around f/8 was just what I was going for, a dreamy feel with the point sharp and just a hint of the rest of the blade behind. Natural light in front of a window.

Thanks for looking.

[Jan. 15th, 2014 12:54:00 PM]

1-15 Dropping like a rock. Started the challenge over 6, but the combo of DNMC votes and people that just don't like it are killing me. Been steadily falling over the past 2 days. Sitting at 5.02 and about to fall below the Mendoza line. :)

Place: 62 out of 93
Avg (all users): 5.2439
Avg (commenters): 8.3333
Avg (participants): 5.1957
Avg (non-participants): 5.3056
Views since voting: 309
Views during voting: 188
Votes: 82
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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01/20/2014 12:28:13 AM
Wonderful. Hiding in plain sight.
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01/20/2014 12:20:15 AM
Awesome shot, should of rated way higher!
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01/20/2014 12:10:52 AM
I love the disappearing. I envy you the knife.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/19/2014 12:53:38 PM
Nice idea. Paper-thin focal plane shown off well here on a knife point. The soft, muted tones throughout are quite nice, as they bleed from the knife point outward, and to be honest I think the border might even detract from that a bit as it creates an outer bit of contrast that interrupts the flow. But what the hell do I know anyway? Would be nice on a wall.
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01/19/2014 12:11:59 PM
beautiful subtle 9
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01/17/2014 03:03:32 PM
very fine focus, nice soft lighting
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01/13/2014 03:02:18 PM
I have no idea what i'm looking at, but it is a nice image
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