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After a bath
After a bath

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Earliest Memory (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Sony DSLR-A100K
Lens: Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical ED Zoom Lens for Sony Alpha
Location: Indoors, in the bathroom
Date: Jan 31, 2008
Aperture: F8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1.3s
Galleries: Interior, Candid
Date Uploaded: Feb 3, 2008

After a bath

My memory of the dirty bathroom after a bath. I loved to play outside and was covered in mud every evening.

Camara settings:

Ex. Correction +0.0Ev
ISO 200

Using Photoshop CS2 Camera Raw:

Adjusted the .ARW file under the following tabs:


Temprature 3500F
Tint +60
Exposure +1.25
Shadows 0
Brightness 55
Contrast +75
Saturation +20


Sharpness 75
Luminance Smoothing 75
Color Noise Reduction 75


No adjustments


Tone Curve

Input; Output values:

25; 12
54; 60


Shadow Tint -5
Red Hue +5
Red Saturation -5
Green Hue -5
Green Saturation +10
Blue Hue -20
Blue Saturation +20

Opened in Photoshop CS 2

Rotated: 1 degrees CW,
Cloned out dust specs

New layer
Dodge and burn

New layer
Colour, softlight, overlay

Colour balance
Brightness, contrast

Canvas resized by 30px, white
Canvas resized by 100px, black
Resize to 640 * 465
Saved for web, 84% quality, 149Kb

Place: 23 out of 83
Avg (all users): 5.8529
Avg (commenters): 6.8333
Avg (participants): 5.5417
Avg (non-participants): 5.9754
Views since voting: 1021
Views during voting: 349
Votes: 170
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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02/16/2008 11:12:21 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club.

I gave this image a 4 during voting, and after coming back for a second look - I apologise. It deserved a higher mark, but I didn't have the time to go back and review my votes. Why would I give it a 4 on first glance? Well, I think I have this random personal bias against sepia as much as anything... Actually thinking about it, the sepia does work well here - it gives it that sort of memory feel, while at the same time being warm. But I still have a personal bias towards it.

The other thing was that it didn't immediately grab me as a childhood memory. I wondered how a child would have ended up with that particular view of the bathroom, rather than remembering sort of shiny colourful things. I guess that was my other objection to the sepia - it's a very stylised view of a memory, whereas I always think of childhood memories as something intense and in full colour.

So anyway, hence the 4...

As for the image. Interesting idea, which does indeed meet the challenge. It's very well composed - the solid geometry of the tiles is contrasted by all sorts of nice curves which you've got going, and which the eye can follow around the image. I like the water dripping down from the bath - maybe I would've liked to see even more of that (I always think of kids' bathtime as involving lots of fun splashing around, which would leave a trace). Sharp, good depth of field. I'd be intrigued to see it with different types of processing - maybe there is one that would convey the scene better.

Anyway, hope that helps. Any questions - just PM me.

 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/10/2008 02:40:40 PM
You must have had fun setting this shot up. Not so much cleaning it up I bet... ;-)
02/07/2008 10:28:16 PM
When first viewing the image, I thought it was blood. I thought " Oh Jesus! What has this person been through!" After I read the tittle, I thought " Oh just mud." Good for your psyche ( I would not want any person to have that memory), but the image is stronger when thinking of blood, rather than mud. It is almost like the title lessens the image. It would almost be stronger as "In the Bath." I could give it a 10 then.
02/07/2008 01:29:37 AM
Oh this made me bust out laughing! Great conversion and awesome detail on the muddy feet.
02/06/2008 06:16:47 PM
I think that would be one of the "favorite memories" for the mom, but I don't think a child would pay that much attention to the mess. I may be wrong. Still, the photograph is great, good sepia tones.
02/05/2008 09:40:57 PM
Before I read the title I was afraid you were remembering a massacre of some kind! If I were your mother I'd make you clean all that mess!!
02/05/2008 07:24:15 PM
I'm honestly not really sure where you're going with this one
02/05/2008 04:48:46 AM
great picture,my mums seen her bathroom like this a few times when i was growing up.lol

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