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Challenge: Unusual Objects (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2009 Challenges
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: Donna's barn
Date: May 31, 2009
Aperture: f7.1
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/15
Galleries: Abstract, Rural
Date Uploaded: May 31, 2009

It's a Waterford snaffle bit, the metal bobbles are designed to keep the horse from leaning on the rider's hand.

pp: RAW conversion, auto levels, curves, crop, shadow /highlights, warming filter, resize, usm 2x, sharpen edges, save for web

Place: 63 out of 109
Avg (all users): 5.2982
Avg (commenters): 6.8000
Avg (participants): 5.1500
Avg (non-participants): 5.3784
Views since voting: 640
Views during voting: 226
Votes: 114
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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06/08/2009 03:51:24 PM
Not something most of us see everyday! I still don't understand how it would work, but I'll take your word for it. :-)
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06/08/2009 01:24:42 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club

I'm starting to think that the script that selects the images for critique is set so that all of yours come to me! It's actually starting to be funny now. I have had 3 of your images in the last 24 hours.

I won't give you a very long critique this time around! You probably are tired of reading the same things.

In this image, the subject matter was I guess reasonably unusual, certainly a much better choice than some of the others! Composition is a OK, probably could have been a bit more creative, perhaps taking the shot at the same level as the bits, rather than looking down on them.

The lighting is a bit flat, and that could have been fixed simply in PS. I did a quick levels adjustment and the difference was quite marked. (PM me if you want me to show you). Looks like you may have used the on board flash as there are some shadows. Again, I think if you cranked the ISO to 400 you could have done this without the flash and perhaps got a better overall exposure. Trial and error I suppose with this.

OK, so much for a short critique!

I thought this was quite a good one for the challenge, could have scored better with a slightly different composition and slightly different processing.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/07/2009 12:31:59 PM
excellent focus
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06/06/2009 12:11:13 PM
Beautifully simple composition, and I love the colors.
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06/02/2009 04:16:18 PM
I like the contrast of the shiny metal on the dull wood. Nice job.
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06/02/2009 08:34:30 AM
Clear and well lit, but needs more pop for my taste.
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06/01/2009 04:07:16 AM
Nice still life.
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