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Wear a belt - or wear a tag
06/01/2005 06:25:55 PM
Wear a belt - or wear a tag
by alithenake

Comment:
This would make a great "Don't Drink and Drive" poster.
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Simplicity by Nature's Artist
05/26/2005 01:16:19 PM
Simplicity by Nature's Artist
by docpjv

Comment:
dpChallenge Critique Club:

Dr. Venter. First of all you have a wonderful eye for images. I have looked through your portfolio, and you have captured many fantastic images. Your images are original and are aesthetically pleasing, and therefore most of them do well in the challenges.

You have entered 60 challenges with an average percentile of 55%. However, your improvement is significant. For your first 30, you averaged in the 52%, and in the most recent 30, you are averaging just below the 60% percentile. So either your skills are improving or you are getting better at knowing what the dpc voters like. Probably a little of both.

As for this image:

Aesthetics:
I like two other images of yours better. "Inspired by Jinjit" and CRW_9447. Both of those have nicer colors and a "cleaner" subject. I suspect the reason this image did not score better is the cluttered, randomness of the surrounding weeds or grass.

Originality:
This is not an image that will win a lot of Originality points. There are just a lot of them out there, so it's easy for the viewer to quickly pass it up.

Criteria:
This image certainly met the criteria of the challenge.

Technical:
I don't have any technical suggestions. I'm assuming that you selected the fast aperture to reduce the depth of field and blur the sun.

Conclusion:
Keep up the good work. You are a talented photographer with a good eye. I look forward to seeing more of your shots in the future.
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Hide-n-Seek
05/24/2005 11:55:38 AM
Hide-n-Seek
by shernandez7

Comment:
Critique Club:

This is an adorable photo. I have a number of shots similar to this of my three children. Something about peeking around trees and fence posts and things, works well for children this age.

Aesthetics:
The top potential of this shot is sacrificed somewhat by the challenge criteria - triangle. If you zoom closer to your subject, you would get an even better portrait. Something you can try on shots like this is to use fast aperture (low number f2.8 or as low as your camera allows) That would take the grass out of focus and put all of the attention on the child.

Originality:
You don't have to do anything to a kid pic to be original. Each child is original all by themselves.

Technical:
Lighting - The sun seems to be off to the right and slightly behind the girl. This always creates a few problems. Her face is well lit. The front of the tree is dark. Most digital cameras have trouble handling very dark and very light areas in the same image.

You should experiment with "fill flash" on shots like this. Just for fun, force a flash on pictures like this to see what happens. If you keep your camera on Program mode, it will adjust the shutter speed and aperture to handle the flash. The result in this shot might be something similar to the one in the link below. The front of the tree and the right side of the face more exposed and the left side of the face less exposed.

Conclusion:
With only one photo to review, it appears you have a good eye for composing shots. I look forward to seeing more photos from you in the future.

Here is a link that shows some of the things discussed above. The first is a tight crop with simulated fill flash to help lighten the face. The second simulates a fast aperture to reduce the depth of field and blur the background. (In this case the grass)

//www.dpchallenge.com/portfolio.php?USER_ID=6702&collection_id=7758

Message edited by author 2005-05-24 13:41:07.
Basic form of nature
05/24/2005 10:56:46 AM
Basic form of nature
by eirasi

Comment:
Don't know why people are having trouble seeing the triangle. The snow triangle dominates 25% of the image. Must be a case of not being able to see the forest for the trees.
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Chandelier  Eye
05/24/2005 02:02:20 AM
Chandelier Eye
by blad

Comment:
Great. Super exposure, aesthetics, cropping, border.
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...smoke the days last cigarette, rememberin' what she said...
05/24/2005 01:55:46 AM
...smoke the days last cigarette, rememberin' what she said...
by TooCool

Comment:
Very good. I'm not sure this is the best crop, but the image is striking, and may be the best example of a "lighting" photo. Good Luck
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The Guitarist's Hand
05/24/2005 01:49:37 AM
The Guitarist's Hand
by Wawaa

Comment:
Like the concept. I really want to see more details on the head of the guitar.
Photographer found comment helpful.
Bright Smile
05/24/2005 01:46:12 AM
Bright Smile
by msdoubletrouble

Comment:
Very creative. Like the bronze on black.
Photographer found comment helpful.
Reluctant To Wake
05/24/2005 01:43:47 AM
Reluctant To Wake
by cherylogle

Comment:
Love it. Love everything about it. Definitely a top 10 for me.
Photographer found comment helpful.
Refracted Light
05/24/2005 01:42:14 AM
Refracted Light
by sfalice

Comment:
Great abstract. Superb sharpness, lighting.
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