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By davidburleson    
Figure I needed to get involved a little more. So have started trying to bring myself to taking a photo a day to upload and see how I go. All for critique.

This is a photo of the light switch. I think the wallpaper texture is quite interesting.

Critiques please!

Tags: Wallpaper Still life Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated Switch Minimal

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DRicherby 12 269 726 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2010 1:29AM
This is an excellent idea and the texture of the wallpaper is very good. You've composed nicely and created an interesting photograph.

I have two criticisms, both easily fixed in a re-shoot.

— the photo is rather underexposed. Autoexposure averages the scene to 18% grey, which turns out to be right in general but doesn't work for dark scenes, which get over-exposed to make them grey, or for pale scenes, which get under-exposed to make them grey, too. The fix while taking the photograph is to dial in a positive exposure correction, which tells the camera to expose for longer than it thinks is necessary. After the fact, a levels adjustment in your favourite image editor will achieve much the same effect.

— Because you were shooting at ISO-800, the image is rather noisy. The noise could be a deliberate decision but it's not to my taste in this image — of course, everyone's taste is different. Shooting in better light or on a tripod would allow you to use a lower ISO and get less noise.

Overall, though, a good, imaginative shot. I look forward to tomorrow's. Smile
Beladd 10 7 Ireland
25 Jun 2010 3:24AM
Dave a little bit of light fun
davidburleson 14 3.0k 3 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2010 9:19AM
Thanks for the feedback DRicherby and thanks you to for the captions.

Yes, I was on auto and don't have a tripod. So what would you suggest in that case? If i went for a longer exposure, it would turn out blurry.

I did some changes to it in Lightroom 3 to bring out the texture, but that also brought out the noise.
DRicherby 12 269 726 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2010 10:03AM
With the lighting levels you had, a high ISO was the only option, since you had no scope for a significantly wider aperture or slower shutter speed. You could get more light by using flash (diffused to avoid reflections from the plastic light switch) or taking the photo in higher ambient light or you could cope with a slower shutter by bracing against something solid, like a piece of furniture.

When sharpening a noisy image, it's important to pick the sharpening radius to be large enough that you avoid emphasizing the noise. I've heard that high pass sharpening emphasizes noise less than unsharp mask.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2201 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2010 3:57PM
Hello, David, sorry about my first mod, thought it needed warming up a bit.
In my second mod, using PSP, I used "digital camera noise removal", adjusted highlights/shadows and levels, and added a red hue. Some of the noise returned with editing, so I selected the switch, which is the most affected because it has a plain surface, and did the noise removal again.
Pamela.
DRicherby 12 269 726 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2010 10:02PM
Loving the humorous mods on this one. Grin
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2010 7:51AM
Not sure how seriously we are treating this one? Or are you testing us out?

A perfectly good record of a light switch that needs a bit of a contrast boost, but not electrifying.

Paul
29 Jun 2010 2:38AM
There is a "muddy" look with all shades of gray, but honestly, the wall paper is the most interesting feature.

In Light Room, you can increase the black, while changing exposure, to get stronger contrasts. It may be enhanced using the duo tone feature, and Topaz Lab plug-ins if you have them.
rhousham 13 435 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2011 4:22PM
NICE switch

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