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Challenge: The Letter B (Classic Editing)
Collection: DPC Entries
Camera: Canon PowerShot Pro 90 IS
Location: Virginia
Date: Jun 29, 2003
Galleries: Still Life, Studio
Date Uploaded: Jun 24, 2003

Now here's a good reason for relaxing the spot-edit rules ... my camera is dirty and I can't spot-edit the dirt out ... so I had to use my old one for the shot. :(

Overall, I'm quite happy how this turned out anyhow. If spot-editing was allowed, I probably would've tried to enhance the rim of the top bowl a tad more and gotten rid of the faint line where the two background papers meet. Nothing drastic.

What I did do: custom white balance, lots of overexposure (playing with manual setting because my camera only allows +2EV and that wasn't enough. Converted to grayscale, levels, contrast and brightness (much less than I have previously used for images, so I think here I finally got the exposure right), resize, USM.

Hope this comes out on people's computers, I submitted on Sunday so I couldn't check on the comp at work and I don't totally trust the one at home.

Not sure about the score I'll be getting, I think some people will score low due to "lack of interest". Others might like the simplicity of it all. I know I do.

Place: 11 out of 151
Avg (all users): 6.5769
Avg (commenters): 8.1667
Avg (participants): 6.6742
Avg (non-participants): 6.3659
Views since voting: 1657
Votes: 130
Comments: 29
Favorites: 4 (view)

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07/11/2003 12:47:33 PM
Greetings from the CC!

WOW! 2 weeks in a row that I get to critique some of my fav shots!!! :o)

LIGHTING: A beautiful high key shot without having the "blown out" effect that hurts the eyes. Not always easy to get.

FOCUS: Spot on....

COMPOSITION: The white on white is very pure and clean and works well here. The curves in the bowls makes all the difference in the pic. Your vertical cropping is good but the negative space above the bowls is distracting. I don't seems to find its purpose there. Maybe to show length?? As for the line in your BG.... didn't notice it so you did a good job. :o)

You're lucky to have 10 identical bowls!!! My dishes are all mismatched!! :oP

Great job once again!! Keep on inspiring!

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07/07/2003 03:58:23 PM
Thanks all for the wonderful comments, everyone. I was quite happy with the end result :) To those that suggested colored bowls and colorful backgrounds ... yes ... that would make a good photo, too, but it would totally be different from what I had in mind for this one ...
07/07/2003 10:48:08 AM
At first glance, to me it looked like a retractable lamp. This is an excellent use of white chiaroscurro to make the bowls' outlines suggest an entirely different "organism" . Would have given it a 9 if I had the chance to vote.
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07/07/2003 12:05:10 AM
I should have known this was yours. It is exquisite. Great job, and congrats on 11th!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/06/2003 05:49:45 PM
Nice white on white shot!
07/06/2003 05:23:11 PM
Super work here. These common objects become very nice abstracts here. 9
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07/06/2003 04:39:13 PM
Very simple but very effective. One of my favorites from the start.
07/06/2003 04:33:34 PM
I adore highkey! Creative composition, perfectly light and exposed!! I like the curves and use of negative space.
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07/05/2003 12:45:29 PM
Good white on white. The simplist things can make the best photos. Maybe a bit to much space above the bowls i would have halved it. 9
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07/04/2003 08:03:34 PM
Nice use of white on white. I like the simplicity of this.
07/04/2003 03:41:16 PM
Should win. 10 Excellent high key.
07/04/2003 07:49:06 AM
Superb...beuatiful shot and masterful capture of white on white. Would make a nice framed photo...thanks
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07/02/2003 10:56:22 PM
Simple, yet visually pleasing.
07/02/2003 06:54:53 PM
beautiful photo! perfect lighting and composition. excellent work!
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07/02/2003 10:32:44 AM
Finally, a *good* use of high-key! Man. I get kind of frustrated with people washing out their shots and trying to be stylish. This is a use I approve of, however. Makes a gorgeous abstract out of something that clearly fits the topic on first glance (title unneeded to explain). 10.
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07/02/2003 09:56:07 AM
Very nice shot... the white on white is a nice effect, and leaving some space at the top (for me) lets you visualise the stacking of even more bowls on top. Would probably look good on a black or red background as well. Nicely executed, good job.
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07/02/2003 07:34:08 AM
Great concept & execution
07/02/2003 05:21:26 AM
Simple and elegant. Fits the challenge nicely. And you've done very well to make all the edges of the bowl discernable against the background - which I can't imagine would have been a very easy shot to take
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07/01/2003 07:59:12 PM
some colored bowls might have been more pleasing to the eye
07/01/2003 06:24:23 AM
I love this! Very simple but very well done. The lighting is excellent. Originally a 9 but bumped to a 10!
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06/30/2003 08:27:06 PM
Nice job with the white on white. There are reflections on the bowls, but nothing major. I do see a corner about 1/3 the way up that you might be able to eliminate with levels adjustments. But this is a tough one to pull off and you did it well.
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06/30/2003 07:28:41 PM
My favorite of the shots. Can't get any better then this...perfect!! vote 10
06/30/2003 07:08:47 PM
Cool shot
06/30/2003 12:58:05 PM
Clever. I like this very much. Yeah.
06/30/2003 10:08:56 AM
Beautiful high-key. A few blemishes (backgroumd, the stacking could be more even), but ne'er mind. well done! (8)
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06/30/2003 07:49:06 AM
My favourite this challenge. A great high-key photo. I love the simplicity, the exposure is perfect. A great art pic out of the most ordinary and mundane items... 10
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06/30/2003 07:40:28 AM
nice white on white, nice comp
06/30/2003 12:53:55 AM
Nice use of white here. Great exposure, composition and lines. Kept me interested for ahwile. Well done.
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06/30/2003 12:22:02 AM
great exposure and lighting. I think it may have also been interesting to crop it really tight and add an element of "mystery" to them, perhaps.
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