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Challenge: Single Light Source IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Location: Madison, WI
Date: Jan 19, 2012
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Date Uploaded: Jan 19, 2012

Yes, another sewing image for me. When researching my New Year's Resolution image (looking for some extra inspiration), I saw some cool needle/thread images that gave me ideas on some still life shots.

I combined that thinking with this challenge, especially considering most still lives are shot with multiple light sources, so that gave me an extra challenging situation. I really like how this came out.

To light this, I put a flash in an umbrella, which I pulled way down so the reflected light would be soft and have a quick transition to shadow. I also setup a 5-in-1 reflector on the left side of the image, using the white portion to reflect a small amount of light back into the shadows.

Post Processing:
* Crop
* Increase exposure and brightness
* Retouch dust on the table
* Topaz Adjust
* Topaz DeNoise
* White balance
* Increase exposure and brightness further
* Decrease black point
* Increase contrast
* Increase saturation with lower vibrancy
* Tint
* S curve
* Reduce orange saturation in background
* Light vignette

Place: 30 out of 86
Avg (all users): 5.8080
Avg (commenters): 6.5000
Avg (participants): 5.5217
Avg (non-participants): 5.9747
Views since voting: 440
Views during voting: 237
Votes: 125
Comments: 2
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/26/2012 08:44:24 PM
Love the rich jewel tones in this. Great study image (not meaning to belittle it).
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01/25/2012 04:56:34 PM
Composition is very nice.
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