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JerryLoSardo

Frederick, US
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Fri 25-Jan-13 12:07 AM | edited Fri 25-Jan-13 12:15 AM by JerryLoSardo

OK, I'll admit it, for all of my fancy digital photog equipment that I possess, I don't have an artistic bone in my body. Zip, zero, nada. Not one. Consequently, my composition skills stink. But, like everything else that I attempt in my life, I try hard. So as a practice exercise I thought it would be interesting if I tried creating a collection of images of sewing stuff in my wife's sewing room. The intent was to do close-ups of her equipment with additional accessories blurred in the background--hardly an original idea, but I had to start somewhere. The initial results didn't exactly wow me (no surprise there).

I'm posting 2 of the original images, plus versions of each after post processing in LR4. And since I'm not particularly happy with the results, I thought it would be even more interesting if I offered a challenge to all of you: Either (1) explain what you would have done differently to make the image more appealing, and/or (2) Download the original jpeg, process your own version and then post on this thread. I'm interested in how you would have cropped differently, how you would have post-processed, and in any other compositional ideas you may have. All comments and critiques, good bad & ugly, are welcome. If you prefer, I'll try emailing the RAW files to you, although they're rather large (10-12 mb).

So, what do you say? I could sure use the help!

Jerry LoSardo
Frederick, Maryland

Here's the first original. Nikon D700 with 85mm f/1.8, 1/5sec, f/6.3, ISO 400, auto WB

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Here's the processed version of the first original. Some obvious heavy cropping, adjustment of WB ten to about 2500K, application of a custom tone curve to increase contrast, and some sharpening.

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Here's the processed version of the second original (original is below; sorry for these being out of order). Also taken with a D700 and 85mm. 1/50sec, f/2.5, ISO 400. Cropping, increase of tint to 36, application of a custom curve, and application of the custom brush to lighten up the black spools in the background. Also tweaked the contrast and shadow sliders.

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