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02/02/2006 04:42:39 PM · #1
I entered this photo in the Best of Challenge, and I got crappy results! I was 591st place - I think my worst ever! I don't understand.....
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Would I have done better with my second choice?
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Sorry - I don't mean to be whiney... but an image muh like this one, was printed and distributed in a calendar that is sold worldwide... is the yoga image THAT bad? I just don't understand.
02/02/2006 04:48:13 PM · #2
Nope, the yoga image is not that bad, it just did not have that instant punch, that "wow," and was up against a very strong field.
I do think that your second image may have done better. Possibly a different crop and/or rotation might even improve it more. I gave your submission a 5, but probably would have given the alternate a 6.
02/02/2006 04:49:42 PM · #3
I gave you a 5 because it seemed an average shot. There is nothing exciting about her position, and she is centered in the shot. A different angle, lighting, position, setting, or something to add drama or emotion would have helped. Just my opinion, for what it's worth.
02/02/2006 04:51:05 PM · #4
I liked your submission, and gave it a six. I think it would have done much better if you had gotten closer to your subject. She's a good model, but without more detail and personality, the shot didn't pop (as kirbic said).
02/02/2006 04:52:21 PM · #5
I too had given your image a 5. Technically it was a well composed, and well lit, but the image did not draw in my interest. there was nothing that made me go hmmm? or wow! it was just ok.
02/02/2006 04:52:55 PM · #6
Pretty much what everybody else said. I prefer the second image. The first is a little "busy" IMHO
02/02/2006 04:55:27 PM · #7
I wouldn't have cropped so closely at the top, I wouldn't have centered the main subject and I would have used a shallower depth of field making the background less prominent.
02/02/2006 05:00:28 PM · #8
Originally posted by kiwiness:

I wouldn't have cropped so closely at the top, I wouldn't have centered the main subject and I would have used a shallower depth of field making the background less prominent.

What he said.
02/02/2006 05:10:31 PM · #9
Well I thought it was good and gave it a 6
02/02/2006 05:15:00 PM · #10
People give you 17 comments on the photo and you haven't found any of them as helpful,what is your question now ? !

02/02/2006 05:15:24 PM · #11
I have you listed as a favorite so you can't be doing that bad ;)

but seriously; the shot isn't dramatic of punchy enough to compete with other people's best of; the best postcard shot; the best waterdrop, waterfall, bird shot- its a great shot and you should strive to be good for yourself, but don't judge yourself on your scores here. If you do, you will be following a formula and being taught only for the test, not for the sake of art- or photography.
02/02/2006 05:19:45 PM · #12
Originally posted by chaimelle:

I gave you a 5 because it seemed an average shot. There is nothing exciting about her position, and she is centered in the shot. A different angle, lighting, position, setting, or something to add drama or emotion would have helped. Just my opinion, for what it's worth.


I gave you a 5 for the same reasons as chaimelle...and her face is out of focus which really bugged me. I would have given the rusty bolt a 6 or 7...but I like rusty bolts with limited DOF. =)
02/02/2006 06:06:46 PM · #13
I like this composition, and think the voters saw what my first instinct was when I looked at it - lacking depth, contrast & saturation. Often a centered composition doesn't work, but once in a while it does, as I personally think it's fine here.
Greens/grass can be adjusted for a richer-look by using the Hue/Saturation tool, going into the Yellow, shifting the Hue a little to the right, the Saturation to the right and the lightness down a bit. Often may need to repeat this, as smaller steps are less harmful to the quality than a big step. I did just such a thing with yours, in a new layer via copy, then erased back over areas I didn't want changed, then flattened the image. Going into the selective adjustments, green channel and adding black, up to but not over 20% will add the rich, deep greens that say ahhh.

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Message edited by author 2006-02-02 18:08:17.
02/02/2006 06:11:47 PM · #14
A very nice improvement, Brad. It really shows what even just a tiny bit of editing can do for an image.
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