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Christmas Time Is Here
Christmas Time Is Here
jenarom


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Challenge: Free Study II (Classic Editing)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix 2600Z
Location: Monterrey, Mexico
Date: Dec 8, 2002
Aperture: 3.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/10 sec
Galleries: Abstract, Emotive
Date Uploaded: Dec 8, 2002

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Statistics
Place: 8 out of 67
Avg (all users): 6.9032
Avg (commenters): 7.3235
Avg (participants): 6.9524
Avg (non-participants): 6.8000
Views since voting: 18252
Votes: 93
Comments: 47
Favorites: 8 (view)


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12/20/2002 07:04:57 PM
Critique Club Comment

Composition : Brilliant use of negative space! The placement of the ornament as well as the branches is masterful!

Exposure/Lighting : I agree with those that liked the "hot spot". I think it added a lot to the image. Great exposure on all aspects. I was especially impressed with the detail in the golden cap of the ornament.

Focus : The softness of the one branch was effective, but I think what distracted some folks was that most of the branches were sharp and just that one part of the branch was outside the DoF. But I have to say, that didn't bother me in the least.

Post Processing : Whatever you did to it in Photoshop, you did extremely well! Seemed a little over-sharp in places (but that's just me)

Emotion/Challenge : Like so many said, print it and mail it out :) Excellent shot!
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12/18/2002 09:59:59 PM
This photo is almost crrraap! =)
12/17/2002 09:02:41 PM
great picture! you should have scored better
Merry XMass
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12/16/2002 11:29:04 AM
Thanks everyone for your comments. Now to explain a little on how I got the effect for the ball and the white background: I used the Levels tool in Photoshop to get that pure white background. I have to use this tool, because I don't have proper lighting. I used normal light bulbs for this picture, so those caused the background to have a horrible dirty yellow color, and it also turned my xmas red ball into an orange ball. What I did like is that after I used the Levels tool to get the white color, the ball seemed a little bit two dimensional, so the picture now looked like a xmas card. After that, I only had to crop the picture and applied some sharpening. Thanks for you compliments and also the tips for how to improve my picture, specially about the out of focus branch.
12/16/2002 12:20:13 AM
I think this should have taken 1st place. This is so awesome. My favorite.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/15/2002 09:45:02 PM
It's only missing the words..... Nice Work 7 - Gotcha
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12/15/2002 08:57:41 PM
looks like a Christmas card..very pretty and profesional
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12/15/2002 09:47:13 AM
This one makes me want to turn it over to look for the Hallmark mark. I think they would have managed to get the tree in focus also, and that is all I can find.
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12/15/2002 08:13:14 AM
This has that Christmas Card look to it. Nice image. It looks almost drawn - Inspzil
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12/14/2002 08:44:18 AM
This is a lovely shot. I really like the white background and I am very fond of the color of the ornament. You left in just enough of the tree so as not to be distracting. The focus seems soft on the top of the ornament.
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12/14/2002 01:12:29 AM
Man if this isnt a comercial shot I dont know what is , Excellant. A little empty space in the lower left . Needs a logo there.
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12/14/2002 12:24:50 AM
Call Hallmark!
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12/13/2002 12:40:47 PM
The color of that ball is pretty funky and the "sun spot" is a little distracting. I really like the composition and placement of the ornament in the frame though. 6
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12/12/2002 10:53:41 PM
This definitely has that "wow" factor everyone talks about :). The red ball against the pure white background is perfect. I love the yellow hot spot on it. I'm sure a lot of people will say the needles of the pine tree should all be in focus, but I love the DOF you've used! The overall effect has a subtle resemblance to a watercolour painting. It would be great on a Christmas card (I'm sure a lot of other people are saying that too!)
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12/12/2002 05:27:38 PM
Powerful image, lots and lots of negative space. The glare spot on the ornament doesn't seem too nasty. How did you wipe out the background so completely? Nothing to do with your photo, but the branch to the right of the ornament seems cut off (at the tip and some of the needles). 8 Swash
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12/12/2002 04:52:40 PM
I LOVE THE WHOLE PICTURE, ESPECIALLY THE BACKGROUND
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12/12/2002 07:15:03 AM
A very beautifully done and festive photograph.
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12/12/2002 03:59:32 AM
Nice simple shot. I like these kind of shots. The only thing I dont like is where the branch touches the blub looks out of focus.
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12/11/2002 11:33:24 AM
WOW. If this were in a magazine, absolutely no question would I think the ball was airbrushed. The effect you've acheived here is really amazing -- two (maybe even three) completely different and yet all incredible textures that would work well on their own... but work even better together. I love the white space.
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12/11/2002 08:38:16 AM
perfect xmas card
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12/11/2002 08:26:09 AM
Love that color, great lighting. Pine needles in foreground out of focus is distracting
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12/11/2002 07:53:05 AM
This is a very nice photograph. The one small thing that disturbs me is the tiny bit of pine that is not in focus. Everything else is so crisp and clear, that bit seems out of place. Wonderful colors.
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12/11/2002 07:50:35 AM
The softness of the ball, combined with the mix of focus on the middle branch, makes my eyes water trying to focus properly - there doesn't appear to be a clear focal point to the image either. However, the colours and background contrast really make the ball jump out.
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12/11/2002 05:01:22 AM
Great detail on this christmas ball. I really like the Orange color. I want some like this.
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12/10/2002 11:20:10 PM
Plain and simple but this is one of the most awesome photos I have ever seen.
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12/10/2002 10:01:29 PM
Great use of freespace, and color. Good choice with the all white plain background. Great composition. The only thing that bothers me is having only one branch out of focus but all the others in focus. I maybe would have cut off that piece for a cleaner looking photo. Nice job though!
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12/10/2002 08:42:58 PM
Almost looks like a drawing. Really a fantastic photo. Best I've seen so far.
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12/10/2002 06:32:37 PM
Perfect card material, nice work.
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12/10/2002 01:53:09 PM
A very "Hallmark" image (it's a complement). I like the gradation of the red on the ball, however the reflection (the yellow spot) spoils it a bit for me. Great composition, good effort.
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12/10/2002 11:21:34 AM
This is an excellent shot :) I love the composition here... the only minor issue that catches my eye here is the pine twig that is out of focus in near the ball.. maybe a little more depth of field would fix that up. Since the marjority of this image is in focus, I believe it would work better with all of it nice and sharp... good work :) - setzler
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12/10/2002 10:39:01 AM
The tones of red and orange in the ornament are amazing. Overall, I feel all of the white area is a little stark. A little more greenery may help (IMO). The loss of DOF in the greenery overlapping the ball is a little distracting. I think you have a great concept here, and your lighting of the ornament is perfect. I'd try a few more shots with different greenery.
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12/10/2002 12:11:53 AM
What great focus and clarity. I really like the placement of the bulb within the photo. The branch is a great touch. Your DOF is good in my opinion. Color is wonderful! This could be on a christmas card for sure. great use of negative space as well. Good luck in the challenge.
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12/09/2002 11:52:58 PM
Very nice use of negative space and the color is excellent. It looks almost painted. DPz
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12/09/2002 11:49:39 PM
Very nice shot.vivid colors,and the framing,perfect. You caught the essence!!
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12/09/2002 11:11:41 PM
I love this because of the white background, but you probably know I do because of my blue submission. I love your choice of the red bulb and the green pine tree. This is a big fat 10 in my eyes. I would love to have this as a christmas card. The lighting is great. I like how the lighting turned the bulb yellowy orange. Perfect framing. Lovely shot!
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12/09/2002 10:48:18 PM
Very nice. I only wish the focus was adjusted so that all of the needles were more sharp. Great color and excellent set up. = 8
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12/09/2002 10:03:56 PM
Outsanding. The only thing I could complain about is that one piece of that one branch that isn't in focus. The bulb looks amazing against the white though, and the white is really white, I like that a lot. The branch on the top right side looks cut (which I'm sure it is) but it would have looked better if it was more natural looking. Overall amazing excellent shot.
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12/09/2002 09:04:06 PM
Great colours! i love the contrast. Jacko
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12/09/2002 07:46:39 PM
Only thing missing is the Merry Christmas text. This shot is flawless. Great Job!
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12/09/2002 07:29:56 PM
excellent graphic design. i myself dont mind the nearly blown out quality. this would make fantastic, saleable commercial art. mag99
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12/09/2002 07:22:03 PM
This is different, bu the colors are too bright for me.
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12/09/2002 03:02:52 PM
It's so round and stark that it looks fake! In this instance, I would like to have seen the needles in the foreground be more in focus and the others in the background more washed out. The big blur right in the center of the photograph is the first thing one sees, and it's sort of distracting. I love the color and plain background...
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12/09/2002 01:43:48 PM
This is odd in that it almost looks like a silk-screen somehow. The ball looks sort of unreal. Is it because the plane of focus is at the edge of the sphere, and the front of the ball is actually out of focus? Quite nice though, lovely composition, simple and clean, though I'd prefer a little bit more white space.
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12/09/2002 01:08:05 PM
Nice
12/09/2002 11:27:07 AM
Beautifully simple. Love it!
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12/20/2002 07:04:57 PM
Looks like a christmas card. Nice composition and great job producing an evenly lit background. I would prefer the ball were a bit redder (instead of orangey) and wish that branch wasn't sticking into the foreground messing up your otherwise perfect dof. Great job! 8
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12/09/2002 08:13:51 AM
I love this photo. I do however wish the ball was a bit more red. Still a GREAT photo !!!!
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