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Duck on a Bike
Duck on a Bike

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Challenge: Children's Toy II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Scarborough, UK
Date: Aug 6, 2007
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Still Life, Studio
Date Uploaded: Aug 7, 2007

Shot in Raw. Converted using adobe camera raw 4.1 - No adjustments at this stage. Only slight adjustments in CS3 - curves, saturation, re-size, USM, & save for web.

Shot in my Uncle's Studio, my first foray into studio photography/Lighting techniques. I spent much time experimenting with various lights, angles, lighting the background, not lighting the background... In the end I just used one light, A Snoot (I think that's what it was called). My uncle was also kind enough to lend me his Canon EF 24-105 lens - I was like a kid in a toy shop!

Place: 103 out of 213
Avg (all users): 5.2424
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Views since voting: 655
Views during voting: 277
Votes: 198
Comments: 7
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08/21/2007 09:49:22 PM
by karmat

Compositionally, this shot is very good. you have the toy in the right side of the frame so that it is not centered, and it is facing in. This gives it a well-balanced feeling. Also, having the toy turned on the angle is better than having it facing straight, I believe. I also like that you shot from "below" the subject.

Technically, the lighting seems a bit harsh. While the shadows are almost enough to give it a dramatic effect, they almost give it a "flashed" look. Did you experiment with diffusing it any? If the background was darker, it may help add to the dramatic effect, instead of brightening the shot up. Also, I think that since the colors of the toy are predominantly "warm" colors, a "cool" background would work better. Green would really highlight the red and blue would bring the yellow out nicely. Finally, the focus is a bit out at the top, and while it isn't a big deal, it is one of the first things I noticed.

Overall, a nice shot, that is technically well done. If I need to further clarify or explain myself, please let me know.

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08/15/2007 06:59:49 AM
I thought this was 1 of the best 1s! Don't think the shadows are a problem...
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/13/2007 11:37:51 PM
think the colors need a boost here
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08/13/2007 12:58:33 PM
great color
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08/12/2007 12:56:57 AM
nice colors & composition.
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08/09/2007 12:22:20 PM
i decided the shadows give this toy a super-creepy effect(some may complain but fooey on them),love it 8!
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08/08/2007 06:59:08 AM
what a strange toy....

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