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Snowflam3 (The snow flamethrower!)
01/04/2006 04:46:32 AM
Snowflam3 (The snow flamethrower!)
by permapier

Comment:
It would be wonderful to get snow like that here again -- not much at all for the last few years. I think your comments in the box above demonstrate you view this for the novelty of the snow and not for any photographic merits it has.

That said, there are a few things to notice about it -- one you said you used a 4 sec shutter, but obviously also used the onboard flash -- with it taken at night, the flash essentially became the shutter, stopping the motion of man, machine and snow. Not completely, however, as there are since of motion blur on the snow blower. Without a fuller description I can only guess, but I would say the blower had lights on it that continued to iluminate after the flash fired; which gave the flame-like glow and motion blur.

Things that held it back in the challenge would include the use of the onboard flash and the harsh shadow to the left and the motion blur. If the blur could have been eliminated while still producing a flame-like glow, it would have been much better.

The spray of snow creates a diagonal that gives the image strength and motion, but I agree with the commentor below and cropped most of the gentleman out. In addition, a couple of steps to your right would have created feeling of observing the action rather than the feeling of having just missed the action I get from the nearly direct receeding of the individual.

I hope you enjoyed the visit with your Girlfriends parents. (I also like how you capitalized 'girlfriend') :D

David
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Creek
01/03/2006 06:51:33 PM
Creek
by bbright

Comment:
From the blue tones to the subject, a very cool image. However the choice of shutter speeds here is unfortunate. IMO, higher or lower would have helped the image, but which one depends on what you were trying to achieve.

A slower shutter speed to smooth out the water, removing the business of the background -- but also increasing the confusion between the motion blue and the shallow DOF. Or a faster shutter speed to stop the motion of the water and provide a solidness in the background and remove the conflict between blur and OOF, but at th expense of adding to what is already busy.

In any event, a much shallower DOF would have helped the image -- but would probably not been possible in the avialable light. As it is, there is little to seperate the in-focus subject from the OOF background, resulting in a competition for my attention. That competition between the two is, IMO, why this image finished squarly in the middle of the pack. It holds my attention, and thus gets the longer view desired, but fails to do anything with that attention once acquired.

David
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Sweet Music
01/03/2006 06:43:54 AM
Sweet Music3rd Place
by Dirtypainter

Comment:
Congrats on your first ribbon!

I can't add much that hasn't already been said, but I can say this. There were many in the challenge that used a leading line only partially in focus. And while this adds interest, it does not add to the seperation of the subject, so needs more. You added this more with the sheet music. While many isolated words with DOF, thus providing a subject, this alone does not provide much interest. By combining the two you created interest and a subject that provoked even more interest (however unintentional) by it's unusualness.

Add to this the wonderful lighting and tones the only think I could think of to improve it would have been to include another sheet of music closer to the camera to emphasis the OOF of the foreground.

As I said, the lighting is wonderful, but it appears bringing the lighting up to this level in post-processing created some problems in the darker areas. This is unfortunate, but not critical enough to drag the photo down much.

Again, congrats on your first ribbon -- I would say you redeemed yourself nicely.

David
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Nightcap
10/11/2005 07:24:57 AM
Nightcap
by trtfeasor

Comment:
Good take of the challenge -- and popular. The glass is positioned well in front of the bottle, and has the novelty of looking like an upside down night-cap. However, the image as a whole is left-heavy with too much negative space on the right with nothing to balance it except the seem running off the edge.

Technically, the exposure is good, with little being pushed out the top or bottom and the sharpness of the image could be used to etch the glass.

David
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Baco
10/11/2005 06:43:17 AM
Baco
by lowonenergy

Comment:
Good idea -- a nice relaxing drink of Coca-Cola by candlelight.

Unfortunately the subject (the drink) is far too dark. Not that there isn't enough light -- there is -- but the light sources (the candles) are both above the liquid line. The places the the entire beveragea in complete darkness. To combat this, either place the candles further away from the glass (which will drastically reduce the light on the subject) or light the subject discretely from some other source.

I like the choice of candles -- they add to the rustic relaxation. Brings to mind a night of sitting around a fire in a cabin or a lodge.

David
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Don't drink and drive
10/11/2005 05:44:51 AM
Don't drink and drive
by Nitin

Comment:
I can see the fall -- stumbled on the way to the car, all bleary eyed (color cast) and dropped the keys and watched as the glass skidded across the floor spilling the last of your latest drink. The message is strong...

...Unfortunately it requires the viewer to read a lot into the image that simply isn't there without the title. Don't get me wrong, the composition that is here works -- the tilt of the tile and strong diagonal controlling the eye and giving a sense of being off-balance. But I feel it fails to provide a complete visual connection with the message -- which is likely what resulted in the lower than average score.

How to make it better? Well... Perhaps including more of the driving theme, such as placing the scene out on a driveway or street. Also, some portion or the person that took the spill could have been in the shot -- at least a hint of a presense, such as a shadow.

As it stands it is a good idea that was reasonably well executed -- but stands too much in isolation, relying on the title to prompt the viewer to fill in far too many gaps.

David
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Drinks Chaos
10/10/2005 07:29:10 AM
Drinks Chaos
by spre

Comment:
A good abstract of bright colors -- but perhaps a bit too busy. The bright colors keep my eyes moving, looking for a subject, something to focus my attention upon -- but I just can't find it.

The setup obviously took a great deal of attention to accomplish -- and since your intention was to represent a jumbled mess, I would have to say you succeeded with it.

Upper 5's for a score is very respectable -- especially for your first challenge entry. Good luck on your future entries and welcome to the site.

David
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Bug's view
10/10/2005 07:18:49 AM
Bug's view
by elluls

Comment:
A very nice flower image -- taken from an unusual perspective, giving it more interest than the normal flower shot. The near perfect exposure is very nicely done and with a wonderfully executed depth of field.

The half-chewed petals are a distraction though -- one solution would have been to frame the image much tighter with the chewed portion just out of the frame.

The image sticks to the challenge theme well, but could have been stronger by showing more of the stem to provide a strong leading line moving the eye upward.

While I generally like softer flower shots, this isn't a general flower shot and I feel it would have benefitted from a bit more sharpeninging than it ihas. The is particularly true for the stem.

Nicely done.

David
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God Loves Us
10/10/2005 07:07:24 AM
God Loves Us
by xylke

Comment:
Courages title to place on the image. I hope you weren't hit too hard by those not knowing the quote it came from.

I do agree with you, the composition could be better. However, it does have a srong leading diagonal (the bottle) going for it. If the opener had been leading to the corner instead of out the top I feel it would have been a bit stronger.

But the composition isn't my biggest worry here. The image just has way too much contrast for my taste. The bottle is quite a bit underexposed while the background is glaringly overexposed. Exposing for the bottle (perhaps stopped down a small amount) would have kept the white background, but allowed the bottle and opener to be better represented. This stark dynamic range is aceented even more by the sharpening done. The end result is a photo that is more 'edgy' than I like.

David
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hello down there....
10/10/2005 06:40:29 AM
hello down there....
by larsc

Comment:
What a wonderfully expressive pet candid.

I like the sky -- it's the side of the garage that I feel is fairly uninteresting. I agree with jellyoooo, a portrait framing would have suited the image better. He leading lines of the garage would work much better lined up with the longest dimension instead of against it. Cropping the sides in a bit would have accomplished this.

The exposure of this shot is tricky, but as pointed out below, could have been better. Bringing the brightness of the face up and darkening the sky just a bit helps to balance the tones a bit better. (If you have Photoshop, the Shadow/Highlight command does this well). Care has to be taken while darkening the sky however -- the backlighting created a slight halo around the dogs head that is made more noticable the darker the sky gets.

All in all, an excellent image -- one of those pet shots that makes we wish I lived in a house that allowed me to have one. :( That makes it a winning image in my book.

David
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