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Challenge: Calendar (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 3200
Location: Wadsworth, Ohio
Date: Nov 3, 2004
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/154
Galleries: Nature
Date Uploaded: Nov 7, 2004

Harvest of pie pumpkins from family garden.

Place: 100 out of 190
Avg (all users): 5.3895
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.2816
Avg (non-participants): 5.5172
Views since voting: 916
Views during voting: 251
Votes: 190
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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01/12/2005 12:17:53 PM
As this photographer's son, I wanted to jump in to this discussion and say that my mom is basically a beginner at Photoshop and has no knowledge of NeatImage. These pumpkins were smooth and there was no adjustment performed to change their natural look. I think it's funny that one commenter mentions NeatImage and the rest of the people assume that this software was used, when in fact it was not.
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11/21/2004 02:31:37 AM
From the Critique Club:


From my personal experience on DPC, going purely on what scores well and what doesn't, I can definitely say you went a little far on the neat image. Now that's just from a voter's standpoint. You do have your artistic prerogative to do as you wish. I think the smoothness looks out of place given that the pumpkins are really the only objects with the extreme smoothness. One suggestion would be to download the new version of NeatImage. It has a new feature that automatically picks the best area to sample the grain for removal.

As for the rest of the image, I think it's decent overall. The leaves are a tad distracting. One other suggestion that I think would help a lot is a tighter crop on the left side to start the left side of the frame with the wooden post. It gives a reference point and wouldn't just be floating out in the middle of the picture. Hope this was helpful. Have a nice day.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/14/2004 05:49:53 PM
The neat image used here gives a silk like finish on the pumpkins which I feel adds greatly to this image. I would query the use of a ikonic image of 31st October - in the form of a pumpkin, as a shot for November. It would not be my obvious choice. I still love the image though.
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11/13/2004 11:05:35 AM
I think It would of been better without that wood post in the background.
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11/09/2004 11:06:25 PM
Very nice composition (even though I usually associate pumpkins with october.)
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11/09/2004 07:45:41 PM
I find this to be a very pleasing composiiton overall. The only thing that bothers me is that the pumpkins look too smooth; the lines have disappeared. Not sure if this is due to over-exposure or NeatImage, or what.
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11/09/2004 03:04:27 AM
Excellent callendar shot with good seasonal depiciton. I'm curious, did you wait for the sun to be in the perfect position or set up multiple flashes in low light? The cropping is perfect imo. 7.
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11/08/2004 09:38:22 PM
Your colours are superb. Unfortunately much of the textural detail is not evident. The setting works well.
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11/08/2004 08:04:09 AM
a bit over Neat Imaged(anti-grained) pumpkins appears to smooth to me
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11/08/2004 01:03:38 AM
Whoa, those are smooth/perfect looking pumpkins. Almost not natural looking.
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