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Challenge: Gold (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: San Jose, CA
Date: Jul 19, 2006
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/50 sec.
Date Uploaded: Jul 19, 2006

Taking a cue from Keith Maniac here. I followed his basic setup, and will avoid making further comparisons to his stellar image.

The coloration was largely done in-camera, by taking a picture of a blue chair and setting a custom white balance based on that blue. I actually had to cool the color a bit in Photoshop.

Other than color and saturation adjustments, the image is pretty much straight out of the camera... no levels, no curves, nothing!

I foresee trouble on two counts:
1. guessing people might not like the obvious coloration, though i'm also guessing that there will be quite a few images colorized to gold.

2. as in the pink challenge, getting a color that looks right on everyone's monitor is HARD! the photo has a lovely golden tone on my primary monitor, but on other monitors, it doesn't always look so good. i wouldn't be surprised if i get a lot of comments telling me that this looks yellow or orange.


I am delighted to have reached the top 10 in this difficult challenge. I thank you all for your high votes and thoughtful comments!

Place: 9 out of 296
Avg (all users): 6.6410
Avg (commenters): 7.9167
Avg (participants): 6.5517
Avg (non-participants): 6.7722
Views since voting: 2132
Views during voting: 306
Votes: 195
Comments: 21
Favorites: 2 (view)

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08/13/2006 02:11:18 PM
I thought this looked familiar ;)

Very well done! Love that background color gradient! Congrats on top ten!
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08/04/2006 10:48:53 AM
Congrats on top 10 with this beautifully rendered image.
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07/31/2006 11:50:46 AM
lovely golden tone indeed. I believe you nailed the absolute color of gold the best in the top 10. classy image.
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07/31/2006 11:33:25 AM
Congratulations, that's a great lighting technique to learn. My wife suggested to use our Gold-colored set of utensils. Nooo, I didn't listen to her and *hastely* did a humorous unique corkscrew.

If Humor isn't exceptional it seems its treated like an obnoxious child wanting attention. For excellent examples see top-winning advertising graphics.
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07/31/2006 06:16:08 AM
Superb tribute and wonderfully executed study!

Closely matches one of my favorite images by e301 as well as the one that inspired you.

The gradient from gold to brown was an inspired method of ensuring any monitor would show gold somewhere on their screen.

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07/31/2006 04:36:48 AM
I don't get it - how did the picture so well? It's a good picture, but even the photographer admitted he just copied another picture IDENTICALLY except for the colour, and even that was just from in camera fake colouration. Doesn't creativity and originality count for anything. How does it place in top 10?
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07/31/2006 01:30:00 AM
Rich and expert capture with tonal perfection. Congratulations on your top ten finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/30/2006 10:54:55 PM
Beautifully Simple.
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07/30/2006 08:41:38 PM
Another excellent idea and excuted so well.....bumping it up also.
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07/27/2006 01:13:52 AM
beautiful gold tones! tack sharp focus and nice clear reflection
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07/26/2006 05:18:54 AM
Simple but vey well done
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07/25/2006 02:14:29 PM
Wow, not a flaw anywhere in this photo! This very graphic-art/pop-art photo is definitely a top pick. Well done!
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07/25/2006 09:47:12 AM
too much glow, for my taste. should be ...it gold.
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07/24/2006 06:56:51 PM
Nice and simple
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07/24/2006 05:09:06 PM
nice shot, i like the minimalism in this.
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07/24/2006 12:12:15 PM
I like the simplicity of this image ... nicely composed!
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07/24/2006 11:45:10 AM
Nice glow. Being an advanced editing challenge, I would have tried to get rid of those scratches on the back of the spoon.
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07/24/2006 07:40:20 AM
Stunning colours, lines and composition. Elegant simplicity. 9.
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07/24/2006 03:41:34 AM
Oh that's smoooooothe...gloriously smoothe...hope you get a great score!
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07/24/2006 12:54:58 AM
it looks so smooth! nice
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07/24/2006 12:32:04 AM
Great Job!
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