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water water...Am I the cutest camera?
water water...Am I the cutest camera?

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Challenge: Camera "Self Portrait" (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro for Canon
Location: India
Date: Aug 15, 2006
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Aug 15, 2006

Shot with 400 ISO and forgot to reset to RAW so lot of noise.
Shot in a Natural light outside my house.
It was a pot filled with water.
Desaturted to black and White
Adjusted brightness/contrast/levels
No crop

Place: 112 out of 143
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08/23/2006 05:17:37 PM

Per your PM, Iíve taken a stab at your Camera Self Portrait entry (Click on the thumbnail below). Just so you know, the file size was kind of small (99kb), so the results are not a good as if I had the original to work with. First thing I did was to crop the photo so the framing from by the pot was uniform on the left and right side of the image. Second, I adjusted the contrast using Levels. My levels settings for the input were Black 21, Gamma (Middle) 1.6, and White 221. I use Paint Shop Pro X but I think the Photoshop uses the format for levels. I also used USM (Radius 1, Strength 60, Clipping 5) before saving the image. As you can see there is a lot more detail in your face and the camera with this simple adjustment.

As I stated in my PM, I highly suggest you play with the fotomann tutorial for B&W conversion on this image. It works a lot better than desaturation.


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08/17/2006 04:55:50 PM
Back to comment: This image has very little detail of the camera visible and it could use more contrast. You could have used a couple of reflectors (white poster board or crumpled aluminum foil) to help direct some light between you and the water to improve the detail issue. The contrast issue is fixable using a number of post processing tools, like brightness/contrast, levels, or curves. I'm not that experienced with curves but I would be willing to play around with your image with levels if you would like to see how it might look. Feel free to PM me.
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08/16/2006 02:41:39 PM
Can't see enough of the camera to tell!
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08/16/2006 09:55:25 AM
The camera is to dark, you can hardly see it.
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08/16/2006 01:38:45 AM
just too dark and lacking in contrast...sorry :-(
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