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Moonlight Sonata
05/24/2005 01:13:28 AM
Moonlight Sonata
by dsidwell

Comment:
Very creative. Good Luck.
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Triangular Bike Rack
05/23/2005 06:53:24 PM
Triangular Bike Rack
by JRJRJR87

Comment:
dpChallenge Critique:

First of all, congratulation on your significant rankings improvement from the first two challenges to this one. 23% is a huge jump.

The goal here is to provide you with a few things to think about, and implement, that hopefully will strengthen your photographic skills. Also keep in mind that photography, like all art, is highly emotional and subjective. Unless you plan on turning pro with your photography, the most important aspect is to enjoy what you are doing. That said, on to the feedback.

Aesthetics: Black and White images almost always take on a nostalgic look. The bike rack and overgrown grass add to this effect. It would have been better if the bike had been an older model, but you can't control everything.

Cropping:
You might be able to improve the image with a different crop. Without seeing the original, I don't know how much more picture there is. But you might want to try moving the bike rack to the left or right. Don't center it quite at much. Think of a tic-tac-toe board. Experiment with lining your main subjects up along one of the four lines on a tic-tac-toe board. Search Google for "rule of thirds" for more information on this concept.

The leaning street in the background also creates an unstable feeling. The human eye usually doesn't like seeing things falling off the canvas like that.

Creativity / Originality: At first glance this seem like an ordinary image, but if you search through all of the dpchallenge archives I doubt you would find many like this. So, in fact, it is very original idea.

Great photographs all have one thing in common. You just want to keep looking at them. They draw you in. The more you look at them, the more you like them. There just isn't enough available in this image to make a viewer want to keep looking at it. Most people are going to think "Bike, Bike Rack, Got it, and move on" Without something else to work with, like a vintage bike or some kids playing marbles over to the side, I just don't think you can do much more with this than you have done.

Technically:
There are several technical aspects of this image that can be enhanced.

Lighting. The top of the image is over exposed. Images like this are sometimes hard to deal with. You have dark areas under trees and bright areas in the clearing. Many times the camera you are using just doesn't have the dynamic range to handle shots like this. Without digitally editing your image using a photo editing package you just won't be able to get some images correctly exposed. And if the image is too light or too dark, even post processing may not help. If the pixels in one area are all white or all black, you just can pull the detail back out.

I had a little extra free time, so I spent more time than usual on this feedback. I hope that you find some of this information helpful. Keep that camera with you as much as possible. You never know when you going to see a great shot. And it doesn't matter how great your camera is if you don't have it with you.
Ferruginous Hawk
05/23/2005 02:58:17 PM
Ferruginous Hawk1st Place
by riot

Comment:
Critique Club Comments:

First of all, the goal of photography is to "inspire", and this shot certainly does fulfill that goal.

Creativity: This is a very creative shot of a subject that has been photographed literally millions of times. The cropping and zoom are excellent.

Aesthetics: For a photograph to be compelling, it has to be something you want to look at, and keep looking at. Again, this image succeeds. I can easily see this hanging in the lobby or waiting room of a corporate office building.

Furthermore, there are no items in photograph that "don't belong" It is very common for a great shot to be reduced to an average shot, because there is something in the shot that is "distracting". The viewer can't enjoy the image, because there are one or more things in the image that are distracting. Again, no problems here. The subject is simple and clean and there are no "hot spots", dust spots, etc.

Technical Details:
Finally, you can have a great subject, perfect conditions and timing, and still end up with an average shot if you don't understand the science of photography (lighting, depth of field, etc.)

I don't see any technical issues with this shot. It is well lit and sharply focused.

Possible improvements:
If I were to play with image at all, I would try two things. First I would burn the eyes a little to see if I couldn't get some the details of the iris' to come out. Second, I would dodge the top of the beak a little to bring out the richness and contrast. I will send you a PM of these two edits as an example.

Conclusion:
Great shot. Congratulations on your first first blue ribbon.
Photographer found comment helpful.
Jazz Silhouette
05/23/2005 12:23:49 AM
Jazz Silhouette
by dbenson

Comment:
Thank you all for your kind feedback. The competition was very strong this week with so many great photos. Looking forward to the challenges this summer.
Sentinels
05/20/2005 03:06:16 PM
Sentinels
by kirbic

Comment:
Beautiful rich colors. It took me a minute to figure out the right side of the shot. The rock in the forground is a little distracting. My eyes keep getting drawn away from the great sunset and the rocks on the horizon.
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Chopper Overhead
05/20/2005 03:01:52 PM
Chopper Overhead
by Pug-H

Comment:
This is a great picture. I think two things would make it even better. 1. Slower shutter speed, to get some blade rotation. (I don't know exactly how that would look. The blades may disappear completely). 2. Larger helicopter. Maybe 100% larger. Just some thoughts.
Photographer found comment helpful.
Evening shadows
05/20/2005 02:44:29 PM
Evening shadows
by Prime_Time

Comment:
For me the photo is a little too dark. An overall brightening of the image while maintaining the contrast for the silhouettes, would have been a stronger entry. Aside from that, it is a very nice, peaceful shot. I want to go fishing now.
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Day at the Beach
05/20/2005 02:40:16 PM
Day at the Beach
by Heavy

Comment:
This is a little too much like an underexposed snapshot. The water doesn't provide enough contrast from the models. The sun needed to be lower in the sky. The steep shoreline also forced a downward shot that caused the horizon to be a too high. If you could've lowered the camera to put more sky behind the models, the silhouette would have been enhanced.
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Peaceful Day's End
05/20/2005 02:31:22 PM
Peaceful Day's End
by ebertdj

Comment:
This is a great shot. I think originality will be the reason that you don't score even higher on this shot. Great colors, Great contrast. This was my daughters favorite.
Photographer found comment helpful.
Freedom
05/20/2005 12:49:46 PM
Freedom
by Nitin

Comment:
The color and contrast in this shot is excellent. My only suggestion would be to get more detail on the model. The scarf, hair, and arms all come together in the primary focus of the image and even though you know what it is, it is too distorted.
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