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Coal to Diamond

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Challenge: Before and After (Classic Editing)
Collection: Macro
Camera: Sony DSC-F707
Location: kitchen
Date: Feb 1, 2003
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 10/30
Galleries: Still Life, Macro
Date Uploaded: Feb 2, 2003

OK, so it's not really coal. But have you ever tried to buy coal in Western North Carolina? I will save you the trouble. Don't. Instead, I used some Instalite charcoal brickettes that we had. My hands were all black like they were coal, but . ..

Place: 30 out of 64
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Votes: 100
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02/11/2003 01:46:19 AM
I had no trouble seeing this, but think given the topic it would have been better to turn the ring, or try and hide it completely. I realize you probably wouldn't have an unmounted diamond lying around, but I think for this the ring is more a distraction from the theme, and if you could make just the diamond and coal visible would be a little stronger.
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02/10/2003 07:10:27 PM
CC: hello to Karmat
Fits The Challenge-Yes.
Composition-Good but could of been better.
Background-Too dark, can't see the ring.
Digital Processing-Fine
My Opinion-Karmat this was a great idea, and it works with charcoal just fine. Who need coal? The problem is that the charcoal is so black that we can't see the ring well enough and the angle keeps us from the beauty of the ring. How could this be corrected..? Maybe with levels. I saved this and adjusted the levels...this is a good shot.
I also note that some of the folks that left comments made no mention of it being too dark. _Different_ monitors? I guess so.
Thanks for letting me look over your shot. It's a not bad, it's just dark.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/08/2003 12:54:53 PM
The diamond is actually quite difficult to see from this angle. Other than that, it's a cool idea and well photographed.
02/07/2003 12:39:36 PM
Cool Coal....7
02/07/2003 10:18:49 AM
awesome idea. i think the composition is lacking in that the ring could be facing a bit more to the lens.. maybe more of a 3/4 view rather than profile. nice use of dof.. a bit dark. but I generally like it.
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02/06/2003 05:04:35 AM
One of the best ideas of the week. I think there are a few things that would make this picture much better with not much work. Firstly, put the ring where people can really focus on the gem. Show its good side. Secondly, a little more creative lighting to show the gem off would be the icing on the cake,. Again, good shot - Inspzil
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02/06/2003 12:20:29 AM
Is this Redfig? If it's not. oops! Very very lovely picture. I would have made it differently by turning the diamond toward the camera. It would probably have added a million problems though. Good work. 9 -Annida
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02/05/2003 10:00:56 PM
Excellent concept. I think this would be even better if the diamond was turned more toward the front. Good contrast.
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02/04/2003 10:24:38 PM
great idea! lighting angle is good giving some nice shadows in the coal.. too bad you could not get a way for the light source to refract through the diamond... with the angle of the ring the light is a bit bright on the stone
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02/04/2003 04:13:37 PM
I like this concept but it is way to dark. I would have shown more of the diamond as well, possibly more than one! (like there are more laying around). maybe a starburst filter and some hidden glass to reflect. still a good concept.

Message edited by author 2003-02-10 12:42:30.
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02/04/2003 10:42:09 AM
Good macro work, I would have liked to see more of the diamond. nice use of DOF.
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02/03/2003 09:13:46 PM
Great interpretation of the challenge. Jacko. 7
02/03/2003 12:26:10 PM
Clever idea and the contrast works well. Lighting also enhances the picture.
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02/03/2003 11:58:34 AM
challenge met. great idea! i like the positioning of the ring on the coals a lot, it really integrates the two parts. your frame is unusual but works well. i would potentially consider cropping the picture on the right. there really isn't anything there that enhances the picture, and it would move the diamond out of the middle into more of an off-center composition. still, good shot :)
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02/03/2003 10:47:32 AM
Nice idea but poor lighting.
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02/03/2003 12:44:09 AM
Awesome photo !!!!! 10
02/03/2003 12:42:29 AM
nice shot! good interpretation of the challenge!

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