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Ancient stationery
Ancient stationery
manishk


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Challenge: Stationery (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6G
Location: College Park, MD, USA
Date: Jul 4, 2006
Aperture: f18
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/15
Date Uploaded: Jul 4, 2006

Shot in RAW. Light is from a window in front.

Processing: Channel mixer (80% red + 80% green - 60% blue) to convert to monochrome. Curves used to add contrast. Using color balance increased reds and yellows to give some sepia effect.

Post Challenge: This is a famous shloka from Gita in which Lord Krishna is motivating Arjuna for war. The language is sanskrit. Translated in english, the complete shloka means:

"Your freedom is only in the field of action, and not in the field of bringing about the fruits of action. Never take yourself as the cause of bringing about a karma-phala (situation), and never resort to a life of inaction."

I know this idea could have been executed much better by a better photographer. But, I am happy with 6+ score and 20th place. Thank you everyone for ratings and comments.

Statistics
Place: 18 out of 122
Avg (all users): 6.0105
Avg (commenters): 6.5217
Avg (participants): 5.6604
Avg (non-participants): 6.0905
Views since voting: 806
Views during voting: 418
Votes: 285
Comments: 26
Favorites: 2 (view)


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07/17/2006 10:27:26 PM
A little more attention with the lighting and this image would have finished much higher. However, the delivery of the image is great. Congratulations on your top 20 finish.
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07/12/2006 11:26:30 AM
kteach: I fully agree with your observations. The finger does get lost in the paper. About the color: reducing the yellow was making the hand look like actual skin color and was not producing the ancient feel, but I agree that I need to learn sepia toning. This was my first attempt at making sepia.

lauralink: Yeah, it doesn't look ancient to me as well :) an older hand, and a better burning (not photoshop burning, but burning in oven) of the paper could have made it look ancient.

Commando303: You have it right.

Jutilda: I fully agree with you. It does need more negative space and a different angle.

once again, thanks every one for your excellent remarks.

Message edited by author 2006-07-12 12:15:02.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/11/2006 05:57:35 PM
Nice!
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07/11/2006 10:15:31 AM
Trying to leave some more in depth comments on random photos, so here goes...

I like the slight tilt of the papers in the frame of the shot and the duotone coloring, though it seems just a tad yellow and I might have made it a bit more brown. Considering that I can't read what is written on the paper, I think if I had been able to it might distract from the idea of the photo, so it was a good choice. Suggestions for improvement? Besides the possible change in color for the duotoning, it seems like the tips of the fingers get lost in the lighting, and I'd like to see a bit more definition there. Nicely done!
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07/11/2006 06:39:22 AM
I understand tha a quill is a rather primitive tool, but it doesn't convey that the stationery is itself ancient. The photo is good, with sepia undertone, but it fails to match the "ancient" part of the title. There is also the fact that the photo captures the ongoing writing of the note, which is not an ancient event, but current for the photographer.
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07/10/2006 01:56:15 PM
I saw another like this but this picture clearly has more of a "wow factor" to it. Nice job, and awsome tone.
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07/10/2006 01:23:38 PM
i like this one!
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07/08/2006 11:21:57 PM
nice coloring
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07/08/2006 01:28:14 AM
karmanyay-vaadhikaarastay
maa phalayshu kadaan
maa karmphalhayt

Am I close?

Nice picture.
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07/07/2006 03:23:53 PM
Very well done, crisp and with nice contrast. I like the sepia toning on it as well. 10
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07/07/2006 03:17:56 PM
Love the presentation.
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07/07/2006 11:33:00 AM
The paper doesn't convey the feeling of anchient stationery like the quill does. Oveall this is very well done and deserves a high score.
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07/06/2006 08:45:23 PM
Very simple and very well done!
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07/06/2006 08:33:02 PM
Nice contrast. What does it say?
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07/06/2006 06:34:42 PM
good composition, 9.
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07/06/2006 06:17:48 AM
Very nice writing and composition. Good tonage.
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07/06/2006 03:46:30 AM
Nice use of sepia.
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07/05/2006 11:07:18 PM
So what does it say? I like this shot. Duotones work well and it just a has an overall good feel to it.
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07/05/2006 08:18:58 PM
Nice use of colur. And of light and shade - particularly the darkness of the quill providing a visual lead in to the centre of the composition.
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07/05/2006 07:42:07 PM
Nice indeed but that quill pen does not look as if it is cut to write. 8.
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07/05/2006 12:46:27 PM
Very striking image
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07/05/2006 11:23:04 AM
A beautifully contrasted image
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07/05/2006 09:29:19 AM
I like the idea of this alot. I wonder if you had a different perspective with some more negative space, if it might have more impact. It's a bit too centered for my taste.
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07/05/2006 08:56:37 AM
good in sepia, I like the lighting as well
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07/05/2006 01:49:52 AM
Nicely done, and I like how you have done it in sepia tones.....
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07/05/2006 01:13:39 AM
Good work! There was a time when i was able to read that!
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