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"Beauty Remains" (Bits & Pieces Challenge)
"Beauty Remains" (Bits & Pieces Challenge)

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Challenge: Brown Ribbon Deja Vu (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A610
Location: Reston, VA
Date: Feb 18, 2008
Aperture: F8.0
ISO: Auto
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Still Life
Date Uploaded: Feb 19, 2008

PP (in Photoshop 5.5)
- open
- crop
- curves
- adjustment layer: Hue/sat, and desaturate
- Layer mask on desaturated layer; paint back all colored areas
- clone out a couple dust spots
- brighness/contrast
- Adjust hue/sat of colors individually
- smart blur on background to get rid of noise (a real problem with my point and shoot)
- resize
- border
- save for web


Woohooo! My best score yet. Funny story -- I thought the original was dried up flower petals in a glass vase taken from the top down. After getting a comment that I didn't look closely enough... I went back and looked closer... and lo and behold -- the original was taken in a sink drain. The "glass" was actually the garbage disposal ring, and the background was actually a white sink. Sigh. So I felt really silly, and assumed my shot would tank for not being close enough to the original. So I'm really pumped that this scored so well. Thanks!

Place: 21 out of 73
Avg (all users): 6.1875
Avg (commenters): 7.4444
Avg (participants): 6.2195
Avg (non-participants): 6.1748
Views since voting: 1264
Views during voting: 259
Votes: 144
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/27/2008 04:55:21 PM
Well done! I really like this. This could be a favorite.
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02/27/2008 02:13:52 PM
nice colors -- very rich
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02/27/2008 01:15:04 PM
Nice and sharp. Good colors. The extra touch of the 3 feathers outside the bowl is nice.
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02/24/2008 11:04:09 PM
Excellent technicals and very faithful to the original's intent. Well done.
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02/22/2008 11:14:41 PM
very nice take on the challenge. everything looks great - very sharp, beautiful colors, no harsh glare on the glass - the only nitpick would be if you could possibly get the background whiter and the contents of the bowl just a tad brighter without affecting the glass reflections
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/22/2008 04:12:09 PM
Ooh, excellent revision of the original
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02/22/2008 08:48:38 AM
Lovely colours and lighting, much better than the original, well done :o)
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02/22/2008 04:23:13 AM
seems like you didn't look close enough at the original... in the original the remains were in a washing machine (round), not in a bowl (heart-shaped). Besides that, it is a good shot, could be a tad brighter and the 3 petals at bottom are arranged top parallely
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02/22/2008 01:13:21 AM
colors are vibrant!
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