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All You Need Is Gold
All You Need Is Gold
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Challenge: Jewelry Advertisement (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: Kitchen
Date: Apr 24, 2005
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/10
Date Uploaded: Apr 24, 2005

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Statistics
Place: 151 out of 159
Avg (all users): 4.3145
Avg (commenters): 4.6829
Avg (participants): 4.0196
Avg (non-participants): 4.5205
Views since voting: 1140
Views during voting: 516
Votes: 248
Comments: 45
Favorites: 0


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/01/2005 09:07:18 PM
Skin looks overprocessed.
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04/30/2005 03:29:17 PM
The gaussean blur has created a distraction here as it attributes a rather harsh skin texture. I praise the idea and the concept and with better treatment this can be a lovely image. Bumping up on effort.
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04/30/2005 02:54:49 PM
grainy skin tones are not compelling me to buy the item.
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04/29/2005 11:32:45 PM
You say all you need is gold, but it's in black and white. And the cleavage does nothing for the jewelry.
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04/29/2005 11:26:04 PM
if it's gold... then why is this b/w?
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04/29/2005 10:26:39 PM
I believe some text might have added to the quality of this photo as a jewelry advertisement.
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04/29/2005 04:29:10 PM
this would have been better if you could have selectively desaturated, so that the necklace remained gold. The title is drawing me into gold, and I don't see any. Normally I don't include title critiques as part of my voting, but this challenge was for an advertisement.
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04/29/2005 01:53:16 PM
Duotone loses the gold tones which would give this photo more attractiveness. Also, IMO, cropping out the cleavage line would distract the eye less and place the focus on the jewelry. Skin seems out of focus.
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04/29/2005 11:15:01 AM
I think this is an interesting idea, though I would have liked to seen the neclace in color with the rest in black and white, I think it would have more impact that way.
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04/29/2005 10:15:47 AM
I like the blur in this image to help accentuate the necklace, even though its almost too soft. I do wonder why you chose to desaturate the gold as well as the model. Something tells me this entry is getting a lot of views.
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04/29/2005 01:26:49 AM
I'm sorry but a little too much skin and a little blotchy. What is the relevance of the boobs showing?
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04/29/2005 01:20:17 AM
The skin tones seem to be distorted from compression
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04/28/2005 10:21:35 PM
This should have been cropped to remove the cleavage. The necklace doesn't feel like the "real" focus of this picture.
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04/28/2005 12:31:02 PM
It appears to me that you have blurred the background. Where the necklace (which is in perfect focus -- nice job with that by the way) is resting against her skin, the skin would have also been in focus. But it doesn't appear to be. Thus the blurring makes it look like the necklace has been placed on top of a photo. This effect (whether gausian or DOF) detracts from the impact of the photo in my opinion. Further, I think the composition might be improved by moving the necklace down in the frame ... showing a little more neck to balance the image would improve it possibly. You are welcome to PM me after the voting if you like.
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04/27/2005 11:47:35 PM
Nice ad as the necklace seems to "float", instead of being on the skin. I like the low crop, simulating one of those ads that beg the question: "Just exactly what's being sold here?" (the necklace or the cleavage?) I think I'd respond better to different DOF, with clearer focus throughout the image. 7
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04/27/2005 09:43:18 PM
Is the title somehow meant to be ironic? (the photo is b/w, or atleast very low-color). The cleavage is distracting. I would've cropped higher for this particular challenge (but would've gone a bit lower for other reasons.. :)
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04/27/2005 09:23:51 PM
There's something odd about this shot...the floating affect of the necklace isn't very appealing.
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04/27/2005 02:14:01 PM
The necklace looks fine but not sure if i like the blurred skin.
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04/27/2005 01:06:13 PM
if this is gold, why can't I tell if it is gold, silver, or platinum. kind of weird all around.
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04/27/2005 10:32:46 AM
For some reason her chest looks 'mottled' which in this case distracts away from the necklace.
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04/27/2005 07:28:02 AM
The body is too blurry...
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04/27/2005 02:24:45 AM
Perhaps, since the ad is for gold, it would have been good to have at least the gold in color. The skin looks very mottled.
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04/26/2005 11:55:07 PM
OK! What is on display here? I believe it may have shown better with a tad cropped off at the bottom. Natural skin tone would have been my first choice. The jewelry is very clear. If you were to stay with this model and this photograph, I feel a longer necklace would have done better. Just my opinion.
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04/26/2005 04:32:54 PM
My eyes aren't drawn to the necklace.
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04/26/2005 02:51:56 PM
skin looks a little mottled... I don't know if you've tried this, but a trick I use is to apply a red filter before changing to b/w... it smooths the appearance of skin
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04/26/2005 12:52:28 PM
nice job of blurring out your model while keeping the necklace crisp
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04/25/2005 10:49:13 PM
I'm not too sure what to say about this shot. Lighting is poor and what seems like a very off focus doesn't help. Not enought lighting on the neckless makes this pic a not very good seller in a magazine. 3
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04/25/2005 09:22:01 PM
Why B/W? And why is the skin so blotchy? The necklace does a decent job of standing out - I would think it would stand out more if it was against natural skin color. JMO. Good luck.
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04/25/2005 07:30:16 PM
skin (in an advert.) should be babies bottom smooth
the mottled effect is distracting
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04/25/2005 06:01:03 PM
Skin that blurry gives an unnatural feeling to this image.
Composition is too much on the botom of the shot vs. the focal point on the top in my opinion. (or was the intent to draw the focal point to the cleavage?)
Detail & lighting on the necklace are good.
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04/25/2005 05:51:11 PM
really great effect, nice cleavage, unfortunately the skin on your model looks a bit splotchy.
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04/25/2005 05:32:01 PM
looks like silver mabe you should have left the colour on
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04/25/2005 04:57:01 PM
And a little bit of cleavage doesn't hurt?

I like the soft focus and the necklace is well lit. I would have cropped off the bottom personally. However, the advantage for adding it in are two-fold: helps to define the location and dimensions of the necklace and offers a bit of adolescent sex appeal, which overall does not seem to negatively effect the ratings here at DPC. The lighting is a bit irregular on the right breast (the one on the left side of the picture) and therefore gives further cause to have either edited it or cropped it out.

The model's skin as a side note is blemished a bit due to the freckles which detracts from an advertisement point-of-view.
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04/25/2005 03:42:21 PM
I think there's too much skin and it's distracting from the necklace. I like the contrast you were able to achieve in the necklace links.
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04/25/2005 03:06:38 PM
Thats quite a dip there.
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04/25/2005 10:32:12 AM
The necklace almost seems like an after thought. Seems like a desperate attempt to get cleavage in the shot. 4
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04/25/2005 09:27:47 AM
The texture/tones of the blurred skin are a little blotcy/mottled, perhaps if it were smoother and not so diffuse this would be more effective?
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04/25/2005 08:17:20 AM
IMO this would've been better if u had cropped above the clevage as it is too distracting...other than that good photo...good luck
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04/25/2005 08:06:55 AM
The lighting is ok. Don't read any futher if you are of a delicate temperment.
These are just a few things I see that could be improved. Mind you, I'm not an expert. The drastic change from in focus to out of focus is not pleasant to look at for more than a few miliseconds. The necklace looks silver. I think the product doesn't get it's share of real estate. The composition is static. Hope this helps. Keep shooting.
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04/25/2005 06:34:43 AM
Nice image. Skin looks a little odd - like there was a lot of detail, and that has been seriously softened/blurred. Not sure if I like. Missing a little light on the nape of neck area - maybe need another light source?
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04/25/2005 02:51:31 AM
The necklace is very nice. The masking of the rest ot grey detracts.
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04/25/2005 01:40:51 AM
too much blurr on skin and too much skin
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04/25/2005 01:40:50 AM
Sorry - I don't see any gold. But I do see some bad noise on the models chest. Maybe the lighting - just not very flattering. If you were going for the gratuitous cleavage points, I can't even give you those. :(
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04/25/2005 12:58:04 AM
Would have preferred it in colour.
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04/25/2005 12:21:25 AM
this skintone is so mottled it really takes away from the necklace 4
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