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Challenge: Purple III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM
Location: Cape Town
Date: Aug 17, 2008
Aperture: 16
ISO: 200
Shutter: 100
Galleries: Abstract
Date Uploaded: Aug 17, 2008

Post: Thank you all for the constructive criticism. Certainly makes me think.

These are actually water crystals, the kids love them and call them "squidgies" because they are soft and they love to squeeze them. Set them up on a textured purple plastic flip file and tried different angles.

Adjusted noise, levels, saturation and sharpness.

Had lots of fun!

Place: 33 out of 227
Avg (all users): 6.1028
Avg (commenters): 7.3158
Avg (participants): 5.9294
Avg (non-participants): 6.2171
Views since voting: 1111
Views during voting: 422
Votes: 214
Comments: 24
Favorites: 0

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08/28/2008 01:59:10 AM
I am surprised and disappointed that this did not do better. I gave it a 10, but this is the first challenge that I have voted in, so maybe I haven't learnt to be picky yet. All the same I only scored one other photo a 10 ( 2nd place getter.)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/26/2008 11:40:12 PM
Points of light are a wee bit harsh but I'm not sure that could be helped; this is almost yin and yang-ish. Nice job.
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08/26/2008 11:20:24 PM
Great idea, well captured. Something different in the Challenge and it works well.
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08/26/2008 10:37:35 PM
What a great use of related geometric shapes, balls, curves, dark circles with bright centers, implied diagonal line between the two large balls, coming together in a simple and beautiful design. My prediction for blue ribbon.
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08/26/2008 02:32:29 PM
This is beautiful and different! I love the...glow? (for lack of better words) that the marbles cast in the shadow as well. 9
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08/26/2008 11:19:28 AM
Different... and well executed... 8
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08/26/2008 03:51:19 AM
This is interesting, and I like the focus of light in the shadows, but I find it difficult to know where to look - it's a bit busy.
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08/25/2008 08:36:16 PM
Refractions would be a better word. This looks underexposed but it may be the tint of purple throwing me off.
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08/24/2008 08:16:24 PM
Cool! I love the lights in the midst of the shadows. Very, very nice lighting effect.
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08/24/2008 06:52:14 PM
this is something i can totally see myself doing. i think if you had a lower angle it might add something else to this photo
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08/24/2008 11:18:46 AM
When I first looked at this image I didn't see the most fascinating part. I first saw the glass balls in a pattern on a purple BG. Upon the second viewing I noticed the fabulous combination of shadow and hot spots to the left of each ball. I think this photo could be a ten if you found a way to really make the shadow of the balls the focus of the shot - via a different pattern, perhaps?
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08/24/2008 08:24:10 AM
Nice symmetry. Though I wonder if the image would be more dynamic with the line of small spheres on the diagonal rather than the juxtaposition of the large spheres.
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08/24/2008 01:54:47 AM
Beautiful concept but the cropping on throws me off a bit but still liked it!
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08/23/2008 11:12:53 PM
Great lighting! It seems slightly oversharpened or something... I see a fair amount of white speckles and/or noise. Great image if there was a tad less noise.
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08/23/2008 02:58:44 PM
Very creative!
08/23/2008 04:22:26 AM
I love this photo.
08/22/2008 04:55:47 AM
Composition: 8
Technical: 5 - A touch of noise here & there, but tough in basic, I know
Creativity: 9
Appeal: 8
Challenge: 7
Overall Calculated Average Score: 7
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08/21/2008 02:06:35 PM
I like the execution and details in this shot. It is very clever of you to have put your skills rightly to this challenge.
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08/21/2008 10:35:48 AM
Creative , excellent abstract , 9
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08/21/2008 03:15:45 AM
wow! really nice
08/21/2008 01:05:08 AM
Very clever and must have taken ages to set up. Nice.
08/20/2008 07:52:17 PM
Wow, this is such a gorgeous and creative shot. The curves, the light, shadows... beautiful. A couple of issues I see that may hurt your score are noise and spots of dirt from your sensor. The noise can be eliminated with the use of noise reduction software and the sensor dirt can be spot edited in basic. This information comes too late now I guess, but I sincerely think that this would make a superb print for you when cleaned up.
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08/20/2008 06:48:13 PM
Very interesting photo you have here. Can't wait to read your comments at the end! I really like the points of light and the shadows. There seems to be quite a bit of grain, but not sure of that was avoidable or not. I'm leaning towards not.
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08/20/2008 02:18:48 AM
A 10 from me!!

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