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Challenge: Smoke II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8D
Date: Oct 29, 2008
Aperture: f13
ISO: 400
Shutter: 3 seconds
Date Uploaded: Oct 29, 2008

I used some tips from the 'Smoke Photography' tutorial on DPC. I didn't have a way to shoot with my flash off camera, so I ended up taking the flash off camera and firing the flash at about 90 degrees to the camera. I fired it independently while leaving my shutter open for 3 seconds so I could coordinate the flash, smoke movement, etc.

Not exactly the sharpness I was looking for due to the long shutter speed, but it came off basically as planned. Hoping for at least a mid 5 score - but we will see. This is another week where I would not have entered had it not been for DPC-O.

Editing:
RAW image opened in Elements RAW converted - increased clarity, adjusted exposure and WB. As JPEG, adjusted hue/saturation, noise ninja, selective colors, curves. Crop with slight rotation to make horizontal. Resize for web. Noise Ninja and hue/sat adjustment post resize.

Statistics
Place: 34 out of 105
Avg (all users): 5.6987
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.4348
Avg (non-participants): 5.7617
Views since voting: 836
Views during voting: 390
Votes: 239
Comments: 14
Favorites: 1 (view)


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11/18/2008 09:33:55 PM
Very pretty and soft, which is such a contrast off of the cigar. Nice and quite cool.
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11/12/2008 12:07:31 PM
I expected this to do better. No matter what the score I think this is a shot to be proud of. I really like the grit and glow.
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11/12/2008 10:58:12 AM
Very nice shot Peter.
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11/12/2008 10:43:31 AM
nice one Peter.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/11/2008 01:39:16 PM
Better photo than other cigar entry. I especially like the attention to detail of the cigar leaf itself, nice job with the lighting. Though the feel is much more ominous and seems to convey a negative feeling towards the subject, a subject that I am very fond of, I still give you credit to a shot well planned and executed.
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11/10/2008 03:36:23 PM
mmm looks delicious... I want to put that in my mouth.... HOT!
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11/10/2008 12:22:09 PM
Nice colouration and good detail on the smoke.
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11/07/2008 04:06:43 PM
It's a good shot, no problem. The lighting is a bit harsh for me. Could be cool to see the tip of the nose of the smoker, but stop I begin to ramble...
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11/05/2008 10:31:39 PM
Meets Challenge:2
Technicality:2
Interestingness:2
Personal Bias:1
TOTAL: 7
Love the blue color.
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11/05/2008 03:10:11 PM
Nice colours!
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11/05/2008 02:25:16 PM
it would have been typical if you didnt inclue the cigarette, but the cigarette makes it original. i love it.
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11/05/2008 11:33:43 AM
Nice idea to add the cigar, nice detail, 7.
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11/05/2008 03:07:40 AM
nice lighting!
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11/05/2008 12:48:39 AM
nice idea and great catch of the smoke!
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