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Challenge: Circle (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Olympus C-740UZ
Location: Austin, TX
Date: Jul 5, 2005
Aperture: f8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/8
Galleries: Studio, Advertisement
Date Uploaded: Jul 5, 2005

Lifesavers. Lots of them.

Adjusted brightness, contrast, levels. Used curves on full RGB mode. Resized. Unsharp mask.

The lighting is not exactly as I'd hoped, but I'm relatively happy with the result given my "studio" budget.

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 545
Avg (all users): 6.7950
Avg (commenters): 8.4242
Avg (participants): 6.7514
Avg (non-participants): 6.8561
Views since voting: 3369
Views during voting: 544
Votes: 317
Comments: 49
Favorites: 14 (view)


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03/02/2007 12:23:18 PM
Great idea.... True heroes are few and far between.....
02/28/2007 03:14:35 AM
its a very nice shot
02/18/2007 10:15:10 AM
hi matthew

i stopped by your gallery to check out your photos.

this is a cracking shot! i think the red life saver is a bad choice, perhaps a green one would have attracted our attention more. but the composition and idea are first rate! well done!
07/14/2005 10:42:17 PM
Thanks for the recognition and congratulations on your honorable mention! Heroes was an awesome pic!

07/13/2005 04:35:51 PM
Congratulations for the 5th place, one of my favorites in the challenge.
07/13/2005 12:38:16 AM
Wow! A top five. I'm honored!

First off thanks to my wife for running to the drugstore to get countless bags of lifesavers. Originally, this was going to be done with all color lifesavers so I have what seems like an endless supply of lifesavers waiting to be eaten here in my apartment.

Thank you for all the comments. I always find it fun to read the comments whether I agree with them or not. The update button was my mistress this past week. To answer some of the comments below...

The color of the red lifesaver was a bit of a problem. I had three different "red" lifesavers to choose from. I decided to shoot two different colors and decide between them. Ultimately, I chose the darker of the two. The lighter red one was translucent and the color bled to the white ones around it to the degree that it was distracting. Plus the text was easier to read and the contrast was greater on the dark one. Hence my decision. The only big problem I had was that the lettering on both was far inferior to the crisp clean lettering on the white lifesavers. In the end it was worth having the dark lifesaver in there despite the drawbacks.

As for lighting shortcomings. I got comments that approved and disapproved of the lighting setup (the way the light falls off towards the bottom of the image). If I had given myself an extra day to shoot I would have probably made it so the lighting was even in the front and back, but I did the best I could with what I had. The setup is the same as Keith Maniac's in the Metal challenge. (Thanks Keith Maniac!!!) I basically ripped off his setup, but my lightsource was not directly overhead, hence the uneven lighting.

Anyway, this is way too long. I am just so happy with the outcome. Thanks again for all who commented, and for those who voted.

Matt

Message edited by author 2005-07-13 00:41:27.
07/13/2005 12:30:14 AM
Congradulations bro. Top 5!!! So close to seeing that ribbon. I'm real happy for you.
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07/13/2005 12:21:54 AM
I really like this one.. i wish I had seen it during the voting period! Great title!
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07/13/2005 12:21:23 AM
All problems solved to full satisfaction. A great image to look at. Congratulations on your top Five placement.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/12/2005 07:08:15 PM
nice DOf
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07/12/2005 02:58:48 PM
Superb lighting. The exposure is well managed, a tough one with this dark red among all that white.
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07/12/2005 12:31:01 PM
Ha, Great idea1!!!\ 10
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07/11/2005 03:11:19 PM
funny
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07/10/2005 10:56:53 PM
There is no anything in this picture I would change! I even love the name!!
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07/10/2005 02:22:33 AM
Funny and a fantastic photo, sell it to the producer!!!
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07/10/2005 01:37:26 AM
Great idea - great picture & my favorite!
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07/08/2005 09:36:47 PM
Subject Impact: High
Meets Challenge: High
Technical: Average
Composition: Average
Creativity: High

Score: 8
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07/08/2005 06:00:30 PM
This is just AWESOME! I really like the lighting, and that one red lifesaver.
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07/08/2005 05:44:02 PM
wow! this will do well, i imagine. (10)
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07/08/2005 02:43:11 PM
How great! What a clever one this is! I'm diggin it. Good job!
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07/08/2005 01:28:24 PM
vvery cool
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07/08/2005 08:37:28 AM
one of the best, nice idea
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07/08/2005 02:22:16 AM
Nice grasp of the challenge!
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07/07/2005 07:25:47 PM
Extremely sharp, extremelly well lit and fun photo. Very effective. One of my favorites. 8
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07/07/2005 05:45:29 PM
neato....what's really cool is the red lifesaver reflecting on all the surrounding white ones...nice title too...well done.
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07/07/2005 05:42:11 PM
I'm lovin' it!
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07/07/2005 05:27:57 PM
just sweet !!
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07/07/2005 01:21:59 PM
Very clever. I especially like the exposure and the focus.
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07/07/2005 12:54:48 AM
I appreciate your creativity with this shot. Well set up (I think I would get impatient doing this) The red lifesaver adds nice contrast. My only complaint is that I feel it is a little too dark at the bottom...making the red one dull. I would like to see more uniformed lighting. 9
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07/06/2005 10:38:41 PM
Yeah Baby!
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07/06/2005 09:39:31 PM
Easily the most creative circle presentation I've seen. Something really grabs me about this photo. 10.
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07/06/2005 09:05:30 PM
what is the haziness? really cool concept, I'd like to see it sharp and clear
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07/06/2005 07:01:52 PM
I really like this. Great idea!
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07/06/2005 03:57:22 PM
Neat concept and great execution! You've placed the focal point well off-center and it works well. I think the color balance could have been adjusted a bit. I think this would work stronger with a more vibrant red. - 8 - JeB
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07/06/2005 03:55:05 PM
Very creative and interesting! Good luck!
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07/06/2005 03:43:15 PM
All that time to set up this shot, and nearly all of the life savers' text is upside down. But this is a very interesting, unique shot.. 8
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07/06/2005 03:23:12 PM
Like this a lot. BOL White is somewhat too soft (IMHO). 6
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07/06/2005 12:46:36 PM
I love this! Way cool! A 10 in my book!
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07/06/2005 12:26:33 PM
Yes, this one I definitely love the most out of the lifesavers pack of pictures.
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07/06/2005 12:08:59 PM
Great shot. I love how the white life savers apear to fade towards the back.
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07/06/2005 10:51:29 AM
COOL SHOT..........
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07/06/2005 09:43:08 AM
nicely done! they look like polos... love the way you have a red one off centre, surely a winner! 10
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07/06/2005 09:26:38 AM
Nice! I love the repetition. Great shot!!
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07/06/2005 02:57:46 AM
nice... but wld hv been better if u placed e red life safer in e brighter zone
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07/06/2005 02:44:10 AM
HEE HEE VERY CLEVER. Love the red.
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07/06/2005 02:15:09 AM
Excellent!
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07/06/2005 01:49:47 AM
great title and lighting! the red one is kind of dull.
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07/06/2005 12:22:06 AM
really really cool idea, the quality could have been better though... although the white life savers look decent for the most part save a few jaggies here and there, the red life saver doesnt look good. imo i think it could have used a bit more light, also it looks like it has compression and sharpening artifacts. Otherwise a brilliant image! 8
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07/06/2005 12:03:29 AM
This is an interesting composition
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