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Labor disgraces no man
Labor disgraces no man
Jaker


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Challenge: Work (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D40X
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
Location: Orlando FL
Date: Oct 7, 2008
Aperture: f5.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Black and White
Date Uploaded: Oct 7, 2008

I have an 8x10 of this, and it might be one of my favorite pictures that I've ever taken. We'll see how it fairs this week. :-)

[Oct. 10th, 2008 10:43:56 PM]

This shot was actually my first test shot and really wasn't what I had in mind at all. I took about 50 shots against a black background with a much more natural hand position and with more of the hand in focus. Turns out it was just too much black... :-)

In RAW
Adjusted clarity, recovery, blacks, and contrast. Desaturated all color channels except a tiny bit of blue which you can still see in the wrench, and an even smaller amount of red that you can see in my hand.

In PS
Levels, shadows and highlights, usm, noise ninja, resize and save for web. That's about it.

I really like the shot and hope it does well. You never can tell! :-)

Go Nor'Easters!

As for the comment about staging my dirty hand, I changed my spark plugs, oil, oil filter, fuel filter, and all four brakes just before taking this picture. So there! :-)

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 136
Avg (all users): 6.8000
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 6.6957
Avg (non-participants): 6.8293
Views since voting: 2919
Views during voting: 354
Votes: 210
Comments: 23
Favorites: 3 (view)


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10/19/2008 10:17:40 PM
Wonderful photo and a perfect title. Congratulations!
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10/19/2008 07:39:32 AM
Congrats on the 4th place. Excellent shot!
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10/15/2008 03:19:26 PM
wonderful picture,congrats on 4th
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10/15/2008 11:30:41 AM
Great shot Jake, congrats on the fantastic finish.
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10/15/2008 12:54:59 AM
Great image, it really stands out. Congrats on 4th place, Jake.
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10/15/2008 12:09:34 AM
Great Job!
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10/15/2008 12:06:18 AM
Oh so close. Congrats on your honorable mention. Great picture.
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10/15/2008 12:03:50 AM
wow congrats!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/14/2008 10:41:51 PM
One of my favourites of the challenge. Lovely tones and detail. 9
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10/14/2008 03:49:23 PM
Very nice mono color image. Nice work.
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10/14/2008 01:02:10 PM
I love the textures
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10/14/2008 11:35:38 AM
Nice, very well rounded image, great B&W conversion and nicely lit

Would like to see the tool a little grubbier though but I will let you off that small nitpik ;)
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10/14/2008 02:15:35 AM
I think this is my favourite shot of the challenge. Perhaps the only criticism I can give on it is to be careful when trying to make hands look dirty. When there's genuin filth involved, it tends to settle into the cracks & grooves of your hand, rather than sitting on the surface and leaving the grooves clean. But that's a very minor critique on an excellent photo.
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10/12/2008 07:17:32 PM
Go Nor'easters!
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10/10/2008 08:49:26 PM
A wonderful entry and the title is fantastic! I think the title on it's own is worth a high vote. Of course, we don't vote on the title. I want to know how you did this sort of selective desat within basic editing rules.
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10/10/2008 02:46:51 PM
Great contrast.
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10/10/2008 05:18:34 AM
great detail here
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10/09/2008 10:01:47 PM
Well done, really embodies the idea of work to me.
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10/09/2008 04:18:41 PM
I like it, I just wish the whole hand was in focus.
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10/08/2008 10:05:28 PM
Very nice contrast between the newness of the silver wrench and the grease on the hand
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10/08/2008 03:36:57 PM
Nice image - Great sharpness and tones - Like the simple image - Find the dark image to the top left very distracting though against the thumb - Stops this image from popping which it distracting to the eye
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10/08/2008 02:04:45 PM
I'd have thought a tool in hand would be a kinda boring subject but this is gorgeous; the dirty, rough texture of his hand and the gleaming, slightly abraised texture of the spanner go together brilliantly. My choice to win.
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10/08/2008 11:22:47 AM
A smaller aperture for more depth of field would have brought the whole hand into focus and made this a stronger image.
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