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Ivory Netsuke on Old Lace
Ivory Netsuke on Old Lace

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Challenge: Light on White III (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: Challenge Images
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ30
Location: Delray Beach, FL
Date: Nov 22, 2006
Aperture: 5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Macro
Date Uploaded: Nov 22, 2006

I don't really understand why "light" is in quotes in the description of this challenge. I hope that doesn't mean we have to take a photo of a light as in light bulb. We'll see.

Here's a miniature 1.5" antique ivory carving on my grandmother's white eyelet pillow case. The highlights are a bit blown out, so I'll probably get some bad comments.

Adjusted: levels, hue/sat., channel mixer (to remove slight blue cast).
Reduced noise, added border, resized, saved for web.

I have learned quite a bit from this challenge. This was my first effort at 'table top' photography. I am at a disadvantage there because I don't have special photography lights. But I worked with the available overhead light and the natural light from a window.

One thing I found out -- 'white' in these challenges means pure 255 white, not a background that is white in perception such as this white pillow case, or a white wall, or white paper.

Also, in my attempt to accentuate the small size of the netsuke, I seem to have created a distraction with the eyelet trim on the pillowcase. In a more tightly cropped version, I felt the miniature aspect of the netsuke was lost, but in this crop, the impact is lost.

Thanks to everyone for their comments, especially the very helpful post-challenge comments.

Place: 222 out of 233
Avg (all users): 4.3918
Avg (commenters): 4.0000
Avg (participants): 4.3146
Avg (non-participants): 4.4571
Views since voting: 802
Views during voting: 301
Votes: 194
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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12/06/2006 10:01:09 PM
Enjoyable miniature and careful choice of subject - a bit more contrast would suit me & possible silk fabric might have been an appropriate alternative. The white lace seems to function as an environ, more abstract folds and dof could be considered. However, as arranged, the detailed lace takes away from the netsuke main subject to an extent.
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12/06/2006 08:48:47 PM
There are many ways to fix this on the cheep while taking the photo, I love the ps fix, but you could try taking a some white poster board and using it as a reflector, or covering it with foil, I have used both in the past and some times still do. I do think the eyelet takes away from the figure, but as much as I like the figure I normaly don't give high score to photos of art, unless it is seen in a new light. Sometimes this can seem hard, you can look at my frist challenges and see how bad it can get. Hang in there, trust me you will get it. Some of these you just knock up to learning. Whoo I crapped out in postcard, just one of those things.
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12/04/2006 04:30:40 PM
Yeah I think that you got scammed by the same thing that hit me. The white comes across as a soft grey and noone gives the benefit of the doubt even if it was pure white in your room.
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12/04/2006 10:20:52 AM
I think it's white enough (I allow a pretty big range of "white") but I will agree that the eyelet of the case detracted from what you were trying to show as far as the size of the figurine. As far as tabletop photography, I don't have lights either. Natural light from the window can be your friend, and believe it or not, a piece of white posterboard reflects a great deal of soft light. You can use the window as your primary source, and the white posterboard from the other side (probably at a bit of an angle) to create "fill" light. I was kinda amazed how well it works.
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12/04/2006 10:08:24 AM
I didn't get to vote on this one. It's a lovely picture and it's under-rated in the voting. Guess the lace should have been whiter. Could have put it on a glass table and back-lit it? I suspect conspiracy against novices is at the heart of this disgracefully discriminatory voting though. Take heart - it is very unlikely that we will get any greener or suck any more :) Great shot.
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12/04/2006 07:59:43 AM

I had a hard time voting on this photo during the challenge. I like the composition, the Netsuke is gorgeous, and the old lace is also pretty. I think what troubled me what that I didn't feel they all go together quite right. The lace is perhaps a bit busy and draws eye away from focal point. A closer crop might also be something to consider on this image. I bet this will be a great memory photo for your family - I'm sure it evokes very fond memories!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/30/2006 01:08:42 PM
Cons: Where's the white! :)
Score: 4
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11/29/2006 12:16:43 AM
lace little distracting. netsuke is beautiful
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11/28/2006 10:32:10 PM
This photo just doesn't stand out to me. Keep shooting!
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11/28/2006 05:01:42 PM
I get the light on white, but the photo is a bit dark for a "Light on White" subject. Maybe if the image were 1 or 2 stops brighter.

1/3 Creativity
2/3 Subject
1/2 Technical
0/2 WOW
4/10 Score
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11/28/2006 02:18:39 PM
This is a great idea, but I'd use a more delicate lace to emphasize the overall miniscule 'landscape'.
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