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The Swan
The Swan

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Glass II (with a twist) (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Mobile, AL
Date: Jun 21, 2006
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 0.5 seconds -Tv mode
Galleries: Still Life, Studio
Date Uploaded: Jun 21, 2006

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The shot:
Set up on white glossy poster paper. I lit the shot with on-camera flash bounced off a silver reflector. A slave bounced off white paper was used to light the background. Shutter speed was set slowish to allow some ambient light from Window light to spill into the scene.

That mirror is not a good mirror, it distorts reflections horribly, but I like the effect here.

Convert from RAW - CRW_9441.crw
Levels to bump up whites
Cureves - mild s-curve
Hue/Sat lightened "Red 2" channel to get rid of a little shadow behind the swan.
Resize - Bicubic smooth
Save for web

Place: 98 out of 258
Avg (all users): 5.3011
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.0435
Avg (non-participants): 5.4278
Views since voting: 833
Views during voting: 353
Votes: 279
Comments: 14
Favorites: 2 (view)

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07/05/2006 05:10:23 PM
Leroy, you are a chronic patient. What am I going to do about you? I think you enjoy getting these scores. ;)
We need more naked women grinding metal.

OK, a few things. Personally, I hate shots of kitsch. BUT, this one is pretty well done. In a picture like this I don't think the shallow DOF adds anything so I would have upped the aperture and gone for fully sharp. I see you were already at 0.5 seconds so I assume it was on a tripod. I do love the body of the swan and the swirls as well as the sharpness of the petals there. The rest of the shot is soft (due to DOF I believe). The head also has that swath of highlight which I think makes it look even softer. Sharpen it all up and the score would have improved. Still, you would have been limited by the lack of grannys voting on the site.

Composition and coloring are nicely done.
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07/05/2006 03:51:51 PM
I gave you a 7 on this shot. I thought this was by far the best figurine picture in the challenge. For me the only thing I didnt care for are the red petals(?) on the mirror. I see that they are in the swan but I think they stood out against the pastel flowers around the mirror too much. The detail in the swan was captured nicely IMO - nice curves and light refraction. I think your score should have been higher.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/03/2006 11:30:37 PM
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07/03/2006 07:14:42 PM
Excellent photo. One of my favourites in this challenge. Well done
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07/03/2006 05:37:13 PM
beautiful job. lovely colors.
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07/03/2006 04:08:56 PM
Very nice setup.
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07/03/2006 01:55:52 AM
Lots of intriguing reflection and refraction going on here. And nicely framed; though perhaps just a bit untidy in the bottom right, with elements drifting out of frame.
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07/02/2006 12:01:14 PM
Really gorgeous fluidity on the swan glass.
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07/01/2006 09:57:10 PM
Well constructed scene; very nice lighting.
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06/30/2006 12:07:36 AM
Pretty concept. A different background (soft orange maybe?) would enhance the mood.
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06/29/2006 02:34:29 PM
dont think this meets the challenge as it is a bowl if it hold sweets.
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06/29/2006 12:47:18 PM
Nice still life good color good composition
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06/29/2006 12:32:31 AM
0-2 Meets Challenge: 2
0-3 Technical Merit: 2
0-3 Creativity: 1
0-2 The Wow Factor: 1
Total = 6
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06/28/2006 06:51:52 PM
its nice
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