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Juglans nigra (Black Walnut)
Juglans nigra (Black Walnut)

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Seed (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2 for Nikon
Location: House Basement
Date: Sep 15, 2006
Aperture: F/7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 2s
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Sep 16, 2006

I took this in my basement at around 3:00 am! I wanted it to look like it was outside on a fall day. I went outside and picked a ripe walnut then cleaned it. I then set it up on an old looking basket downstairs and shot away! :)

I used two 500w halogen work lights behind a blue sheet hainging from the ceiling. I had the room light on and also used a flourecent work light under a sheet with the basket placed on top.

#Post Processing#
Adjustment layers:
Levels + Multiply

Place: 64 out of 163
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09/30/2006 01:56:02 PM
Critique Club Review:

Nice picture.

The picture could pass for one done outside on an overcast or very cloudy day. The lack of shadows indicates that the "day" was not sunny.

Focus is excellent, and the depth of field was used very well to isolate the subject from possible distractions.

The use of the bottom light is interesting, and at the same time a small bit distracting. The highlight on the bottom of the nut, and the bright fiber above and to the right of the highlight, do not look "right". (Hard to say why, they just don't.)

Other than that, this is a nicely done picture, and if there were a visual indication as to why the nut is on the basket, it would make it a bit better for me.

Overall, nicely done and an enjoyable picture.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/18/2006 10:22:08 AM
Very nice macro, good background and placement in the frame.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/18/2006 12:20:01 AM
interesting seed...nice dof
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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