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Challenge: Lucky 13 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Inside, next to my desk lamp
Date: Mar 26, 2011
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/30 sec
Galleries: Emotive, High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Date Uploaded: Mar 27, 2011

This was done with 4 layers total. One for the pills which I ran through Color Efex Pro, and three background layers which I then ran through 3 filters using Virtual Photographer. I finished by running through Color Efex pro giving more brilliance and warmth and by sharpening up with Neat Image.

Post Challenge:
This was my first challenge entry and am thrilled with my scoring and comments. Thank you everyone!

A special thanks to ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Keenon for all her help, guidance and support!

...and yes I take that many pills a day...actually that is my daily regimen twice a day!

Place: 24 out of 96
Avg (all users): 5.9122
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 6.0870
Avg (non-participants): 5.8333
Views since voting: 1264
Views during voting: 323
Votes: 148
Comments: 15
Favorites: 0

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04/06/2011 04:28:48 PM
How funny! Greetings from the Critique Club! You asked for an in-depth critique and here we go:

There's not a whole lot I could say that you haven't heard from me already. Regardless - I really love this image. It is a completely original and personal take on the challenge topic, and I can see by the comments that you hit a nerve with the viewers/voters. There are many slick images out there, but in the end, the photo that touches people is the one that counts.

Your post processing is very original and emphasizes the subject (the pills) without being pretentious. The composition is good with the angle of the hand, the background telling more of the story, and lastly the positioning of the pills themselves.

Some challenges - The lighting is a little harsh where it hits the thumb. An additional light source might have helped with that. The bottom right corner is a little distracting because of the light ridge of the table. Since this is advanced editing, you could have perhaps burned that ridge to make it blend in a little. This way the eye sort of wanders there.

Congratulations on your first entry and on a great score!

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04/04/2011 07:40:41 AM
Very creative. This was my favorite of this challenge. I'm surprised you didn't rank higher.
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04/04/2011 07:39:44 AM
What an awesome first entry, Tony! Congratulations on the great score and especially on all the comments. You really triggered a response in the viewers, and that's what it's all about.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/03/2011 11:44:50 PM
great composition. I love the concept and the coloring. 7
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04/03/2011 05:16:29 PM
my top pick, in addition to great processing, one of the few where the number 13 has the meaning it was supposed to have (and with a twist, too)
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04/03/2011 11:38:27 AM
Very nicely done. Perfect lighting and processing.
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04/03/2011 09:21:32 AM
oh dear that's a mouthful
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04/02/2011 11:13:44 AM
Great idea .
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03/29/2011 10:23:55 PM
that is an expensive habit you have there....
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03/29/2011 07:19:01 AM
Beautiful detail and color. Well done!
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03/28/2011 07:32:50 PM
Nice idea...story of my life. I like the pop of color.
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03/28/2011 01:39:56 PM
Very nicely done and original.
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03/28/2011 07:05:20 AM
Good job, good DOF too
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03/28/2011 12:43:06 AM
dang, more then I take
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03/28/2011 12:27:02 AM
I hope not, for your sake.
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