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Neon Bowls
Neon Bowls

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Challenge: Breaking New Ground (Basic Editing III)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700
Location: Harwich Port, MA USA
Date: Jan 17, 2005
Aperture: f:3.1
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/3
Date Uploaded: Jan 17, 2005

The final result of a week's worth of experiments with trying to use luminous backlighting and key lights to produce a neon effect. I am probably going to get hammered for the use of the photoshop effects, but they were part of the previsualization of this image and they are 100% legal in basic challenge: NO filters were used, and no layers with any pixel information.

Exposed cobalt blue nestling bowls in a sink full of soapsuds. Strong backlight projected through the suds and back up into the bowls. Key light to produce the specular highlights.

Photoshopped with a curves layer to radically alter the densities and throw the colors, this layer then faded to admit some background through. Very minor tweak of hue/saturation to finished composite, some gaussian blur added.

Place: 141 out of 191
Avg (all users): 4.7424
Avg (commenters): 5.5000
Avg (participants): 4.5275
Avg (non-participants): 4.8243
Views since voting: 1154
Views during voting: 441
Votes: 330
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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02/08/2005 08:39:00 AM
interesting, but tough shot, robt. i scored it a 7 for the immediate visual impact. i have a pretty decent monitor, and i'm picking up a disconcerting amount of banding, though...
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02/06/2005 01:18:17 PM
The visible layering of the colors here is an attempt to create a "neon" effect. So it was intentional. Something new for me. Clearly not appreciated by the voters, though.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/25/2005 08:36:30 AM
Looks like when you saved thgis for the web your color pallete got reduced to 256 or so, I can see the rgb layers.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/25/2005 06:52:05 AM
Nice, but think the dark grey could have been darker perhaps? Seems a bit pushed.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/24/2005 05:00:56 PM
Was there a lot of editing involved in this picture?
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01/21/2005 05:28:33 PM
are u sure about the crop?
but its different and still has a certain appeal
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01/19/2005 12:59:54 AM
Amazingly impressive!
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