Still life - retake - and chat

Challenge #11 in the Photo chat series. Hosted by AndrePooh, barb_s.
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This is a complex challenge, please read the instructions and the and the comments first.*** Enter one photo of a still life with objects of your choice, which you can rearrange and reproduce later. Also enter a -dummy- photo as shown in the example below as a second picture. Then make comments about the compositions and arrangements and pp of the other photo's in this challenge. Eventually you can take and enter the second picture of your rearrangement of the same objects, by withdrawing the dummy photo.
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Still Life 2 - A night work...
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I rearranged and retake the photo following your suggestions: change the angle and the amount of visible table (amitabhkumar); increasd micro-contrast for more definition (Patty Capps); vignetted just around the composition to add more interest (pitou250); use of a softbox helped to eliminate shadows (CG33); increased brightness (gerry328); removed some spots and marks to reduce distractions (RuthC). Hope vgabor will forgive me to have changed almost everything... and yes, leaves are artificial!
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Submitted: Saturday, 25th February, 2012 11:15 (GMT)
Taken: Saturday, 25th February, 2012
Focal length: 32 mm
Shutter speed: 50 sec
Aperture: F22
ISO: 160
Notes: Cockin Graduated ND2 filter P series with darken side down to reduce the table brightness; Cockin Graduated ND4 filter P series with darken side upto reduce the background brightness;desaturated entire photo; increased contrast and micro-contrast; vignette.
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