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Absolute Treasure
Absolute Treasure

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Challenge: Absolut Advertisement II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-550D Rebel T2i
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Location: Wollongong
Date: Jun 21, 2011
Aperture: 22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/40
Galleries: Advertisement, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Jun 21, 2011

Took two mornings to get this shot, the first day i went down i lost the lot after 15 minutes when a big wave came through and washed everything away, including about $15 of loose change in the chest!!
I went down the next and got a few images which while not being what i saw in my head, produced an ok result. The hardest part was lighting the bottle in an acceptable way with the sun beaming in behind and getting some detail on the waves.
Process included contrast, a little saturation, lots of sharpening, and some doging burning and healing on flash artifacts and big bits of sand.

Place: 33 out of 63
Avg (all users): 5.7680
Avg (commenters): 6.2500
Avg (participants): 5.5750
Avg (non-participants): 5.8182
Views since voting: 843
Views during voting: 380
Votes: 194
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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06/29/2011 05:29:14 PM
thanks for the comments guys, yes yes, the box is underexposed ;) i took many shots and this was the one with the best light on the subject which i thought was kinda the point of the challenge. i did have "jewels" and a pearl necklace which i lost in a big wave the day earlier! i had other shots with coins in the box, but the bottle had light reflections or other flaws which i felt excluded the pictures.

resonably happy i guess with my first entry, cheers..
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/28/2011 11:04:24 PM
With this title- I'm really wanting to see some sparkly, shiny objects in this image. With out the title, I'm not sure I would have distinguished a treasure box from this image. I like the proportions of your subjects in this shot and the colors are appealing. In fact, I'm surprised at how well the white bottle shows up here! I also like the texture of the sand contrasted with the smoothness of the bottle.
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06/26/2011 04:06:02 PM
Without the title, it's pretty tough to see that this is a treasure box. I think it would have been a much better shot if there were gold coins and jewelry spilling out of the box rather than seaweed.
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06/26/2011 02:07:08 PM
I wish the "treasure" part of this image wasn't as dark as it is. The colors of the sunset are a lovely golden color though.
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06/23/2011 03:40:20 PM
I'm not sure the liquid is lit well enough to provide an explanation. On second thought, I'm not sure if it was well lit enough it would make sense. I like the image as long as I do not try to figure out what it "means."
06/22/2011 10:27:36 AM
good idea but maybe the treasure chest should be immediately recognisable.
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06/22/2011 08:58:50 AM
Nice idea, nice light and colour but the big brown blob is taking up way too much space in the photo. I assume it's a treasure chest but there's not much detail in the dark parts of your photo so it's hard to tell.
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06/22/2011 07:51:58 AM
Love the pic. Nice warm tones - just like the drink.
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06/22/2011 04:32:13 AM
without the title I wouldn't have guessed that's a treasure chest. good idea, lighting could be much enhanced. Is that spilt BP oil in the foreground?
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