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Sunset at six
1st PlaceSunset at six

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Challenge: Natural Numbers (Classic Editing)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S602Z
Location: My kitchen table
Date: Mar 6, 2003
Aperture: F 2.8
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/3 s
Galleries: Landscape, Macro
Date Uploaded: Mar 6, 2003

Taken at 2:00 am on my kitchen table, after agonizing that I would never find a "Natural Number".

A shell from my daughter's collection. Set on a mirror with a picture of a sunset that I took as the background. Lighting is from the overhead kitchen halogen with a flashlight for a little frontal fill. I used my hand as a shade so that the halogen did not completely overexpose the shot.I rested the camera in protrait mode on the table and used the timer on the camera to avoid shake. This is the full frame. There was no cropping. Slight level adjustments, small amount of saturation, and USM in PS, and ran it through NeatImage. Border in PS.

I've got a feeling about this one.....

Place: 1 out of 62
Avg (all users): 7.6383
Avg (commenters): 8.2400
Avg (participants): 7.1400
Avg (non-participants): 8.2045
Views since voting: 6691
Votes: 94
Comments: 45
Favorites: 17 (view)

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07/03/2005 12:05:45 PM
Just found this shot - Beautifuul work! And I love how inventive you were to get it! That's really cool.
11/18/2004 07:13:40 AM
very nice....
06/08/2004 03:04:07 PM
Just browsing and found your image. Quite wonderful.
06/08/2004 01:25:41 PM
Don't forget the 'fibonacci number' aspect to the shell's swirl :)
10/20/2003 10:12:05 AM
Absolutely spectacular!! The colors are gorgeous...and I love the mirror image!! Great job!
03/20/2003 12:50:16 PM
Good feeling you had! Nice shot and congrats!
03/18/2003 01:40:49 AM
congrats, mario!! this is a gorgeous shot and well deserving of the blue ribbon!!! well done!!!

take care...
03/17/2003 12:23:33 PM
Congrats!!!! This is a beautiful shot.
03/17/2003 12:10:20 PM
Congratulations a clear winner.
03/17/2003 11:28:09 AM
This is a wonderful photograph and creatively put together. I am glad that I am not the only one who is still thinking of "The Challenge"
at 2am.
I appreciate the details you have given of how you got the shot. You are certainly the winner with this one!
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03/17/2003 06:55:53 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon!
03/17/2003 03:38:59 AM
Congratulations Mario, your feeling was bang on! A well deserved win.

03/17/2003 01:36:41 AM
Well it took some time, but finally a ribbon! WOOHOO! I'm really psyched! Can't believe it held up, given the tough competition this week. Congrats to the others.

Thanks for all the great comments, on this challenge and all the previous ones. We improve so much when we get constructive comments, and I owe this ribbon to all the great people at DPC who have helped me learn and better my photographs.

On to the next challenge....


03/17/2003 12:50:04 AM
All I can say is GORGEOUS once again! Your ribbon was very well deserved!!!!
03/17/2003 12:40:30 AM
Congratulations! This is a really excellent photograph.
03/17/2003 12:38:13 AM
I gave this one a 10! Your feeling was right on! Congratualations for a well deserved 1st place!
03/17/2003 12:31:11 AM

Very nice and inventive... Congrats on the win... One of my favorites in the challenge.

 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/16/2003 06:41:10 PM
beautiful color, nice and sharp focus, does look like a six.
03/16/2003 05:20:58 AM
I would have gone for more shell and reflexion and less sunset. spectacular but could be improved balance wise.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/15/2003 09:29:49 PM
very pretty, nice entry of only 5 really good ones...imo
03/15/2003 01:17:59 PM
just wow, great idea and you did a real good job there, defenetely one of the winners!
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03/15/2003 08:42:31 AM
It's a wonderful image, but I'm afraid I'm marking you down on the 'man-made' qualification. Great clarity, and an intriguing idea
03/14/2003 04:59:41 PM
Simply wonderful. The composition is great, the colors are breathtaking. There is nothing in this shot that I would change. Great set up and very well done!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/13/2003 07:32:16 PM
Very nice. I can tell a lot of thought went into this picture. The colors are magnificent.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/12/2003 11:03:09 PM
Beautiful photo, love the colors and use of reflection.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/12/2003 10:09:59 PM
Wonderful color and reflection. One of my favorites. Imaginative title.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/12/2003 08:05:04 PM
great shot and awesome colors, personally I would have liked to see the back ground in focus also...
03/12/2003 10:37:53 AM
beautiful! cropped just a bit too close on the bottom, but otherwise, it's wonderful!
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03/12/2003 07:44:30 AM
Interesting concept. Is that a real sunset, or a backdrop? Either way, the bright bg was a good choice for the sort of blandly colored shell. I like the idea of the reflection, cause it givees you the 9 too, but as you know, it's slightly cut off on the bottom.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/11/2003 05:26:26 AM
The DOF is too shallow to make this a really effective shot. The colors are great, the shell is great, the framing I think could be better but the DOF is just too shallow
03/10/2003 09:12:51 PM
Very beautiful picture.
03/10/2003 07:22:46 PM
very nice image. I enjoy it.
03/10/2003 06:42:50 PM
very nice. i love the reflection of the shell, and the photo was a perfect choice for the background. focus and clarity are excelent. definately numbers and they are as natural as it gets. i wonder if you may have cut if just a small bit close to the bottom shell. i may have liked to see the entire shell. however, It's just a suggestion, you may have a good reason it's cut so close. sometimes you simply have to to cut out other things. either way, it's still an excelent shot. good luck in the challenge.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/10/2003 04:54:24 PM
This one will win probably. It is EXCELLENT!! I love the red background also. The only thing is without the reflection of the shell might have been a little better. 9.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/10/2003 03:52:02 PM
Beautifully done. Nice colors, texture, clarity. Close to perfect.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/10/2003 11:47:51 AM
Good 6 and nice setting.
03/10/2003 11:44:32 AM
Looks like a contender to me! Great job all around! The coloring is awesome, and the subject is absolutely perfect for the challenge. Way to go! - 10
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/10/2003 11:20:23 AM
Beautiful shot . . . but contrived?
03/10/2003 10:48:17 AM
Wonderful! This is this week's winner for me. There is nothing wrong with this photo in my opinion. Good job!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/10/2003 09:48:34 AM
Excellent shot. Beautiful colors. 10.
03/10/2003 09:28:16 AM
beautiful photo... the lighting here is phenomenal.. great work :) = 10 - setzler
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/10/2003 03:15:00 AM
Beautiful: how was this done?
03/10/2003 01:44:00 AM
Incredible, amazing... Really can't say enough. This was the first entry to catch my eye, and I absolutely love it.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/10/2003 12:26:38 AM
Very nice colors/concept. I only wish you had included the whole shell in the reflection. Is the sunset real or a photo?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/10/2003 12:23:08 AM
Beautiful colors and nice reflection. Rating it a 10!

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