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Metatate's "Iron Butterfly"
Metatate's "Iron Butterfly"

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Challenge: Deja Vu III (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Sony DSC-H5
Location: Michigan
Date: Sep 16, 2007
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/13
Galleries: Nature, Studio
Date Uploaded: Sep 16, 2007

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I've always loved this image.

Without any fancy lights, a backdrop, or a smoke machine I had to with flashlights, a piece of black felt, and candles. :) A big thanks to my dad for patiently helping out with everything, holding the flashlight, and lighting and blowing out the candles.
I'm not really satisfied with it - I didn't get close enough in shooting and had to crop a lot... so the quality isn't all that splendid. And plus the butterfly, which I taped to the iron, wasn't really behaving itself. But it helps me appreciate how difficult it is to get a perfect shot. You have to shoot, and re-shoot, and re-shoot...

some of the editing steps involved: desaturation, selective color, contrast, sharpening, burning and dodging, and a little clone stamp.

Here were some of the other that I considered trying:
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*Post challenge*
Thanks every one so much! :) A 6.7!!!

Place: 24 out of 111
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Avg (commenters): 7.8333
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Views since voting: 2119
Views during voting: 379
Votes: 161
Comments: 16
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11/07/2007 09:17:43 PM
Well done!
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09/30/2007 11:32:17 AM
Hello from the Critique Club

First off - this is a great image to be proud of (even if not original)! First impressions are good - technicals are sound and you have caught the likeness well.

I only have minor constructive criticisms to make.

In terms of a copy, it does well. You have not quite got the luminescence of the butterfly from the original.

Minor nitpicks are that there are some odd circles in your steam on the left (too big for dust spots?) and there is some softness in the lower part of the iron. Your iron is a little less engaging in its hole pattern, and the steam has an odd look - the blurring is not quite right - either to fast or too slow a shutter speed perhaps.

Overall, a really good image that placed well as a result.



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09/28/2007 09:55:39 PM
Whoa, amazing rendition!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/21/2007 08:27:05 PM
nicely done - 9
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09/20/2007 08:22:42 PM
Good 'copy'. Nice tones on the iron. 8
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09/20/2007 02:33:46 PM
Very well done. I'd have to say this is my favorite in the challenge. 10
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09/19/2007 03:47:21 PM
I guess it's a dead butterfly like the original making it easy to get the butterfly on the same spot as the original. Good job even though the iron, steam and butterfly positioning aren't quite the same.
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09/19/2007 09:33:35 AM
Wow, this REALLY emulates the original. Catching a good steam pattern must be a bear, but you did nicely on this one. Colors and lighting are wonderful. The orange hues of the butterfly really pops off the predominately black background.
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09/19/2007 02:24:52 AM
I like it...but the butterfly looks cooked!!! LOL!
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09/18/2007 09:11:42 PM
Very nice re-make of the original...the smoke effect seems a little distorted in upper areas IMHO but well done! *7*
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09/17/2007 10:24:25 PM
Excellent shot. Love the steam.
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09/17/2007 03:43:28 PM
This is about as close to the original as any in the challenge. The tones are dead-on. congratulations.
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09/17/2007 11:01:42 AM
Thanks for making my day. This cheered me up! I hope the butterfly is OK ;P
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09/17/2007 07:59:16 AM
Excellent retake on this one.....
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09/17/2007 05:45:53 AM
i like it. wish the butterfly were more open, but i'm sure he wasn't the most cooperative model.
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09/17/2007 04:14:51 AM
good work! color and composition are very close to the original. your steam is not as good. still great effort.
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