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ABC bubble-gum

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Challenge: Before and After (Classic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Olympus E-20
Location: Home
Date: Jan 29, 2003
Aperture: F 2.8
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/25
Galleries: Humorous, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jan 29, 2003

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Place: 27 out of 64
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02/11/2003 10:42:35 AM
Hello from the Critique Club -

ABC Bubble gum is an excellent photo. Meets the challenge? Sure does. Evokes emotion? Sure does. Everyone has chewed gum and probably most of us have save a piece for later. This image should dredge up child hood memories for us all. For me, I wondered if these new Dubble Bubbles have comics in them like the old Bazooka Gumm does? And I'm trying to remember the name of the guy with the turtleneck who looks a bit like Waldo. Was it Jughead? See, a good photo should create a rapport with the viewer and this one does. Ahh to be young.

Technical stuff - White balance is right on. Focus, with the shortish DOF, is lovely. Lighting is excellent.

Your composition is simple and concise. Everything in the picture contributes, nothing is extraneous. The subject is centered, but not too orderly there is a tilt, and end shot, I think I like the little fshtail on that back piece the best. All these angles create some movement, as if these pieces of gum had just been dropped doen, and not carefully place. In other words, you succeded in precisely setting up the scene so that it doesn't look set up.

The colors are nice, true to life. The limited colors are very effective. Just the red, yellow, pink and blue of the product. Again, nothing extra. Simple is good. The shadows are great. Again my favorite is the way that the fishtail shape in blue on the right is mirrored by the fishtail shadow on the left. And the straight on wrapper twist on the left is matched on the right with a straight line shadow. The gums are extra sharp, the shadows are extra soft, nice.

Now the BUTS : But how can all these carefully done parts not add up to a great picture? I don't know. Something is lacking here. In DPC lingo, there isn't any WOW. It's not that chewed gum is disgusting. It might be that perfectly white background- If the background had been brighter, say yellow, or blue, would there have been more zing? Could it be too centered? Is the chewed gum too shiney? I don't have an answer for you. When I break it down, everything is perfect. When I put it together it doesn't quite excell.

And the disclaimer: Please remember that this is just my opinion and that I am no where near an expert.

PS - I have to add that I loved your hot dog picture and I love the song "who Let the Dogs Out".

Message edited by author 2003-02-14 14:00:34.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/09/2003 09:55:57 AM
This is very well photographed to be reminiscent of childhood. Nice and colourful, and tightly composed. The soft shadows are lovely, so is the shallow DOF. But.... it's chewed gum! Bleh!
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02/08/2003 11:12:26 PM
Hope you do better than when I tried a similar subject...you ARE more directly related to the challenge here!
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02/05/2003 09:48:18 PM
cute :)
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02/05/2003 07:11:49 PM
nice dof, nice bright colors, like the white bg. well done.
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02/03/2003 11:44:21 PM
More depth of field would have helped.
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02/03/2003 01:39:34 PM
The focus I realize is on the one piece of unchewed and the one piece of chewed. But personally I would have preferred the whole thing in focus. Actually only one piece is out of focus. This is just a personal thing. I't beautiful with the colors and all.
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02/03/2003 05:41:36 AM
Simple, but effective. This is definitely an easy one in terms of obtaining and photographing. It has great color though and makes for a nice picture. I wish more people would stay on the keep it simple theme this challenge - Inspzil
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02/03/2003 01:01:02 AM
love this! great shot!
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