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Challenge: Glasses (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: On the couch
Date: Jan 20, 2009
Aperture: 3.1
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/30
Date Uploaded: Jan 20, 2009

Well I wanted to submit something. I just signed up on this site and saw that there was a challenge open. I have a dslr on the way and am looking forward to actually learning something.

Don't be too harsh, but you know... feel free

Place: 109 out of 134
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Votes: 208
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/27/2009 07:23:55 PM
I like the idea you are conveying with this, and the overall photography of it is decent. (I reversed it and think I prefer the positive, however) One huge problem, though. There are a ton of JPEG compression artifacts visible in this image, and your filesize of 53k verified that excessive compression was used.

JPG is an image format that can be compressed to make a smaller file. However, it is a lossy format, meaning the compression algorithm looks at adjacent areas of the image and if they are close enough to the same, it codes the data once and simply repeats it. If you compress an image too much, the judgment about what is the same gets really sloppy and you start seeing these grainy, pixelated artifacts.

Always use the least compression you can get away with and still come in under challenge limits. (200k for this advanced challenge) Most image editors have that ability to adjust compression somewhere in the file save dialog. Here is how it works in Paintshop Pro, along with more explanation of compression, if is is of any help:
' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/80000-84999/83313/120/742828.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/80000-84999/83313/120/742828.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/24/2009 05:21:24 PM
great shot, a bit to busy but still great shot
01/23/2009 05:08:17 PM
Creative take. I find the "halo" or maybe the shadow that really stands out from the negative PP distracting.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/22/2009 10:23:07 AM
Nice invert!
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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