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Challenge: Jewelry Advertisement (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G5
Location: room
Date: Apr 22, 2005
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/40 secs
Galleries: Still Life, Advertisement
Date Uploaded: Apr 22, 2005

Birthstone ring for February

Wow, cant believe this...

Story behind the shot -
Was chilling out with my friend who lives down the hall and remembered the jewelry challenge. I know she has some pretty cool jewelry so I asked if I could see her collection. She said I should take a photo of her birthstone ring and she picked the title. I needed a background material to put the ring on and was going to do a flat black or white background instead, so I started flipping through a magazine she had nearby to find a plain page. I stumbled upon this really cool/wierd starbust pattern and immediately decided thats what I was going to use. The reflections turned out amazing :-)
The light came from a reading desk lamp positioned somewhere above the ring giving the cast shadow underneath.

Post processing -
Hue/sat, curves, crop, selective color, blur, neat image, usm

Here is my other outtake -
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Statistics
Place: 2 out of 159
Avg (all users): 7.2078
Avg (commenters): 7.7910
Avg (participants): 7.1165
Avg (non-participants): 7.2697
Views since voting: 8628
Views during voting: 471
Votes: 255
Comments: 99
Favorites: 13 (view)


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05/06/2005 09:10:55 AM
From Critique Club:

Nick

This is a very strong image. Well composed, good lighting, and an excellent choice of backgrounds. The reflection on the background in the ring is very good. The use of DOF to draw your eye to the stone is well done. When any image is critiqued, something always can be found wrong, if you nit pick at everything. That is not what I would call a good way to critique an image. This image is just good and I canít say anything bad about it.

Well done and keep up the good work, I hope to see more of your work in the future.
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05/05/2005 06:59:31 PM
Cool patterns, congrats on the ribbon!
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05/03/2005 10:33:30 AM
congrats hon!
a very cool shot, the reflected lines in the band give it some nice funk :D
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05/03/2005 07:29:10 AM
I really like this one! I've done a bit of jewelry photography and frankly I've always thought something was missing. Here's an example of an extreme macro shot of an earring that is about 1cm.

//www.digitaltouch.ca/images/earring2.jpg

and an even larger photo (which shows all the flaws...

//www.digitaltouch.ca/images/earring1.jpg

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05/03/2005 05:37:52 AM
Excellent with the G5!! Nice work!
Outake looks great too.
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05/02/2005 06:43:27 PM
This is so creative and eyecatching! Congrats on your red
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05/02/2005 04:28:19 PM
nice sharp photo....but hard on the eyes
congradulations
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05/02/2005 03:51:24 PM
I like this capture a lot!!! It is awesome, great detail in the stones!
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05/02/2005 03:11:25 PM
Awesome work, mate! Now all nico_blue needs is a... blue!! ;)
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05/02/2005 02:40:19 PM
Nico Blue strikes again with real class. Congratulations on your red.
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05/02/2005 02:25:41 PM
Love the photo!
Hey...I like the ring too!! :)
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05/02/2005 01:51:55 PM
Great shot loved the background reflect effect.
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05/02/2005 01:17:26 PM
Very well done. The reflection is excellent. Very creative use of the spiral background.
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05/02/2005 11:52:45 AM
Congratulations on your second place. this was one of my favorites; the light and clarity were lovely.
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05/02/2005 09:44:22 AM
Congrats Nick on a LONG overdue ribbon and your personal best!
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05/02/2005 09:10:13 AM
Really fine work! Congratulations!
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05/02/2005 07:43:18 AM
Beautiful photograph, and congratulations on your red ribbon!!
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05/02/2005 07:36:30 AM
... and you were worried about not getting a ribbon

congratulations :)
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05/02/2005 05:19:38 AM
Told you it wouldn´t be long till you got another ribbon. Congrats, keep up the good work.
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05/02/2005 02:41:49 AM
I am so glad you won a ribbon!!! This is a fantastic shot...and my birthstone as well....so double yay!!!!
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05/02/2005 02:34:05 AM
Congratulations! Wonderful background and very apt for an adverstisement.
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05/02/2005 01:05:25 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon!! I think your work is great!!
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05/02/2005 01:01:38 AM
Nice job...you had a 10 outta me...
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05/02/2005 12:22:41 AM
Crongrats this was my pick.
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05/02/2005 12:04:49 AM
congrats that is beautiful :)
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05/02/2005 12:04:32 AM
Congrats on another ribbon, Nick! The unusual lighting really made this special.
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05/02/2005 12:03:15 AM
congratulations on your ribbon! wonderful picture - and, ah, I love your treatment of the text :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/01/2005 11:48:01 PM
Very interesting lighting effect. Nice job.
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05/01/2005 11:13:06 PM
Best in show-- the reflections made this the perfect shot!
This better Ribbon (in the meantime I fav'd it)..

oh BTW 10 +
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05/01/2005 10:49:51 PM
I really like the background pattern you set up and how nicely it reflects in the ring. Great decision to selectively lighten the background--it looks classy. (8)
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05/01/2005 09:05:08 PM
Those stripes really make the photo. Hope you tell how you did it.
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05/01/2005 07:24:51 PM
For some lighting reason the beauty of the stone is not brought to its apex, yet this is a very nice composition and capture. Bumping up.
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05/01/2005 06:18:05 PM
Love the reflective technique used - hope you'll describe your process after the challenge. On the (very minor) negative side, the gold on the top of the ring looks almost tarnished. Great photo, 8.
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05/01/2005 05:58:31 PM
super presentation in lighting of hard to render metal and gems ...
one of the best in the challenge ... coupled with creative curved radials make this a real winner
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05/01/2005 05:50:13 PM
I really like the light pattern on the backdrop, as well as the color in the stone! Great job!
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05/01/2005 11:19:51 AM
Probably one of the finer examples of using and controling reflections to make an interesting shot. While parts of the ring are a bit dull, the overall shot is one of the best, in my eyes.
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04/30/2005 08:27:02 PM
Quite nice but I find the reflections on the ring distracting
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04/30/2005 07:56:58 PM
beautifully photographed. 7
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04/30/2005 05:58:15 PM
Awesome shot!

Bumping this as much as I can! Congrats! 10
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04/30/2005 02:22:42 PM
Great use of background. I love the stripes reflected in the ring!
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04/30/2005 12:52:02 PM
font is too large for my tastes. the detail and exposure on the ring are quite good and I like the reflections the ring picks up from the background. I would have liked to see the background, great choice of background, BTW, a bit darker while not losing the good exposure on the ring.
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04/30/2005 12:33:54 PM
Beautiful! I love the reflection. Type is appropriate size and font IMO. If I had to nit pic- the top of the ring could be more polished. Very nicely done.
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04/30/2005 05:01:53 AM
This was a surprise.
The thumbnail certainly didn't do this justice. The reflected banding is a nice touch, and overall the clarity & detail is very good. Colors work well overall here, and the text / font used work for me. (7)
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04/30/2005 03:08:53 AM
This is VERY nice. Crisp and detailed, luminous, nigh-key BG that still retains visual iinterest, Elegant type.
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04/29/2005 08:32:24 PM
a delightful shot that is well managed, well lit, composed and focused. Hope it does well! 8
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04/29/2005 06:41:01 PM
very nice reflections... i like this photo a lot.
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04/29/2005 04:06:44 PM
Strong image, seems a little oversharpened, but still very nice.
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04/29/2005 01:51:51 PM
Professional Looking
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04/29/2005 01:38:04 PM
Great layout concept.
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04/29/2005 09:50:39 AM
great shot.... very nice detail and lighting
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04/29/2005 08:55:16 AM
Very nice... I really like the lighting you used.
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04/29/2005 08:47:48 AM
Very nice composition and lighting. The starburst works quite well except where it is carried onto the gold of the ring.
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04/29/2005 07:19:18 AM
Very nice. the striped light really does work here. I like the saturation in the ring. Well done 10
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04/29/2005 06:02:52 AM
great pic, there is evidence of a little too much USM but nothing serious, hope that you do well :)
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04/29/2005 01:22:48 AM
The stripes are a little distracting and the shadows on the top of the ring are a little dark. It's not easy photographying jewelery!
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04/29/2005 12:21:29 AM
Light effect is really cool, text should be smaller, takes up too much of my attention.
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04/28/2005 04:43:55 PM
great job and a lovely effect...intrguing!!!!!!
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04/28/2005 01:47:41 PM
nice sharp focusing.
great framing.
this is one of my top scores for the challenge.
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04/28/2005 12:12:01 PM
In the thumbnail, the background looks weak, but as you expand the photo, it works well with the subject ring. I love the focus and clarity of the image. Great DOF. Good lighting. Among my top picks. Hope this does well in the voting!
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04/28/2005 11:04:05 AM
Really lovely. i love the spiraling lights. Nice depth of field choice. A real winner! 10
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04/28/2005 10:04:52 AM
Nicely done! Love the background, the color and clarity of this image. Nice positioning of the ring to maximize the background reflective effect. Good luck in the challenge.
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04/27/2005 11:54:28 PM
Nice work with the background, although it puts some funny stripes on the ring.
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04/27/2005 09:53:28 PM
Well done. Neat lighting. Looks like a real ad. 7
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04/27/2005 09:46:16 PM
Very cool! I can't tell if its the lighting or the surface that created the sprial but it's very nice
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04/27/2005 07:31:43 PM
Wow. This is really good. The comp is great and the lighting purely professional. The reflection on the gold shows great attention to detail. The text is well placed and stands out. Excellent, excellent. With this DOF though, I'd like to see a different angle to show a little more stone.
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04/27/2005 06:23:26 PM
This is really nice. I like the lighting a lot. Cool!
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04/27/2005 12:42:14 PM
Darn near perfect. Great work. 10
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04/27/2005 08:57:04 AM
great idea ... very nice
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04/27/2005 08:20:04 AM
I love the lines, the form of this ring. And I love its color. Perfect lighting, DOF. The backgound definitely adds interest, espscially in the reflections.

The text adds weight and balance to the photo where it needs them, yet somehow it doesn't quite work for me. (Thinking out loud: While the serif font seems appropriate for a ring that appears to have a little age, I think its flowing lines suggest either sanserif or something a little cursive, possibly purple, and perhaps bunched up more on the left side. But I know nothing of these things.)
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04/26/2005 07:42:29 PM
Good lighting and good choice of text and font....

This is my second pass at this. Im bumping this up a mark. I can see no reflections and the lighting is really stunning. Only thing I would do different is turn the ring a bit so its face on. I am predicting a top 10 finish for this one. Good job. 7
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04/26/2005 05:49:25 PM
Very cool backround and reflection on the ring. It makes this otherwise 'normal' picture special.
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04/26/2005 03:08:25 PM
Nice, would have liked to see some sparkle directly represented on the stones.
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04/26/2005 02:11:11 PM
I love the stripes on the gold and reflections. 10
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04/26/2005 12:25:10 PM
Very nice composition. I could definitely see this in a magazine ad.
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04/26/2005 09:37:26 AM
Excellent technique, but looks a bit oversharpened
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04/26/2005 08:22:51 AM
Great clarity, excellent background, elegance done simply - 10
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04/26/2005 02:49:48 AM
Great close-up and lighting.
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04/26/2005 02:21:44 AM
very nice and I would like this as I am an Aquarian nice clarity and design 9
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04/25/2005 10:20:53 PM
love the lighting, nice over all photo.
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04/25/2005 09:40:27 PM
Are you sure you didn't scan an ad from a magazine? :-D
This is very well done. The background swirls is a great touch.
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04/25/2005 09:18:10 PM
really like the subtle swirly lines, good shot
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04/25/2005 08:41:04 PM
The background is just perfectly perfect!!!!!!!! Yeah Aquarius!! We rock on water. :)
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04/25/2005 06:55:17 PM
I like this a lot..the swirling light seems to add to the composition and create interest in the gold by reflecting the curves..
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04/25/2005 06:37:21 PM
Pretty nice effect you have achieved here. It has created a beautiful flow.
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04/25/2005 05:21:10 PM
Beautiful reflections off the ring and nice lighting. Top 10 IMO.
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04/25/2005 03:58:10 PM
Wow what a fantastic backdrop. I think the lighting could have been softer however as the shadow is a bit too hard and the contrast on the ring is a bit too harsh. But overall I like this entry. 7
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04/25/2005 03:57:12 PM
I'm not to sure about the stripes. Perhaps a little more light on the top of the ring?
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04/25/2005 12:43:06 PM
Brilliantly done, love the twisting reflection on the background.
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04/25/2005 12:20:45 PM
Stunning simplicity, the light reflections make this special. 8
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04/25/2005 11:05:30 AM
Very nice design. Love the lighting effects. Very simple and right to the point. I gave it a 9.
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04/25/2005 10:39:27 AM
Interesting. The backlighting shows the color of the stone off almost perfectly. The lines add a visual interest.
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04/25/2005 10:08:55 AM
wow I love the "starburst" look to this
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04/25/2005 02:30:08 AM
This is a really well executed image, the reflection is wonderful, very creative and adds alot to the over all image.
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04/25/2005 02:03:48 AM
Beautiful shot. One of the most inspiring in this serie. Cheers!
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04/25/2005 01:57:20 AM
should be in a catalog!!!! 10
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04/25/2005 01:53:52 AM
A tiny bit washed out, but stunning for sure. I'll predict a yellow ribbon.
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04/25/2005 01:39:48 AM
best i've seen yet....10 gl
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04/25/2005 01:22:34 AM
That's my month !! lovley work !!!
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04/25/2005 12:51:39 AM
beautiful
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