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Challenge: Silverware (Basic Editing)
Collection: Favorites - Ribbons
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Easton, CT
Date: Mar 4, 2008
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/180
Date Uploaded: Mar 4, 2008

I came up with about half a dozen good ideas for this challenge, but thinking that I might not survive the current round of the Enzo tournament sapped my motivation and I went with one of the easier concepts.

Last August I bought some 1.2lb test tippet material (ultra thin fishing line) for just such an occasion. It's thinner than a human hair and basically invisible if you keep the light off it. This shot was just a matter of hanging the fork from a chandelier and then finding a good angle. I used a slab of marble as the base for an elegant texture that helps hide the tippet.

Originally, I had a monolight with 20 degree honeycomb overhead to throw sharp shadows and a small softbox on either side for fill light, but the softboxes created frustrating reflections on the marble that made the forks look like they were on glass (ruining the effect), and the honeycomb by itself was too contrasty. I solved that problem by pointing the softboxes at the ceiling.

Processing: Convert from RAW, Crop, Photo Filter for a slightly cooler tone, desaturate the red channel, Curves, USM, Levels, Channel Mixer conversion to B&W, then fade to leave a trace of color.

Statistics
Place: 17 out of 210
Avg (all users): 6.4091
Avg (commenters): 6.8333
Avg (participants): 6.5125
Avg (non-participants): 6.3390
Views since voting: 1650
Views during voting: 312
Votes: 198
Comments: 17
Favorites: 1 (view)


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03/12/2008 03:13:00 AM
Originally posted by Brad:

This really should have scored MUCH higher Shannon.
Wondering why this only reached 17th place raises my eye to friends voting.


Are you saying Shannon doesn't have any friends? :P There were a few odd high scores in this one. 6.4 does seem a bit low for this shot especially for basic editing.

Message edited by author 2008-03-12 04:54:29.
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03/12/2008 02:17:48 AM
This really should have scored MUCH higher Shannon.
Wondering why this only reached 17th place raises my eye to friends voting.
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03/12/2008 02:07:38 AM
I figured it was suspended by invisible thread. Good job.

Someone suggested Saranwrap. I don't think that would work as it would create distortions in more ways than one.
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03/12/2008 12:29:07 AM
Really hate it when people use their magic powers to get a high scoring clever image. Don't believe a word of your explanation.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/10/2008 01:31:23 PM
That levitating fork is certainly captivating.
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03/10/2008 03:41:24 AM
Tis is very well done. Saran wrap? One of my top five.
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03/09/2008 10:51:09 AM
Cool, interesting. The border was a bit of a distraction.
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03/08/2008 04:38:58 AM
nice capture ... and good timing ....
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03/06/2008 09:28:22 PM
whoa... wait what? nice nice. i love the shadow and the creativity behind this shot
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03/06/2008 04:23:11 PM
ha!
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03/06/2008 11:46:01 AM
Can't wait to read how you did it. 8
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03/06/2008 02:35:10 AM
like the idea. i dont like the background (too busy) and exposure (too dark in top-right corner). title is very clever btw.
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03/05/2008 11:41:44 PM
....wondering what kind of supernatural powers are at work here :))
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03/05/2008 01:34:52 PM
Very nice. Very original. Great title. I'd like to see how you did it...and stayed within the rules, of course.
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03/05/2008 10:35:42 AM
Interesting...to say the least. I am guessing some kind of string lifting it up, but I'm looking forward to the answer after the challenge. Nice job.
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03/05/2008 09:51:37 AM
hmmm... clever title... i'm curious about the execution...fishing line?
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03/05/2008 01:29:29 AM
OK...hope this was in the rules and I will give you the benefit of the doubt...well executed, good image overall
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