Challenge: Stationery (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Kodak Z760
Date: Jul 3, 2006
Date Uploaded: Jul 3, 2006
|My very first challenge. Go ahead, tear it apart! :) I'm here to learn! It's not what I hoped but better than I expected, if you know what I mean.
This is a Chinese letter-writing set I received as a gift, and the Chinese symbol for Love is on the handmade paper.
There was a bit of my black work area showing at the edges, which I did my best to crop out. Didnt get it all, but when I added the black border (as I planned anyway), it made it a lot less noticeable (since we cant use Cloning.)
I did an on-camera white balance for Tungsten and Daylight but I didnt like those nearly as well as the Fluorescent balance with the golden tinge, since that made it look antique (I was using Tungsten bulbs). I did use Curves to take out just a bit of the yellowness. I didnt get the nice deep red I wanted in the background, though. :o/ It looks sort of orangish.
Took this on 400 speed film so it's a bit grainy, even after a despeckle. I'm not too happy with the harsh shadows, but that's something else I'm working on as well.
I'm new at curves, and also relatively new at using my camera's manual settings, which I almost exclusively do now because Auto just dont cut it anymore. :)
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