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Delicate Extraction
Delicate Extraction

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Before and After (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-D60
Location: Orange, CA, USA
Date: Feb 2, 2003
Aperture: f4.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/15
Galleries: Still Life, Studio
Date Uploaded: Feb 2, 2003

43mm postshot PS6 crop + levels + saturation + resize + sharp + frame

last minute entry - too busy playing golf and snoozing on the couch to think of anything else

Place: 22 out of 64
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02/16/2003 11:55:47 AM
Critique Club Critique

(1) COMPOSITION (CONTENT) Your composition is strong. Both of the hammer heads lie along the rule of thirds lines. The handles of the hammers lead the eye to the eggs, and consequently the yolk which is the subject of the photograph. Someone commented that the yolk being in the exact middle ties the two sides of the picture together and I have to agree with that. This adds to the strenth of the photo.

(2) BACKGROUND The background is a little distracting to me. The wrinkles and creases in the plastic bag do not add to the overall composiion of the photograph. I am wondering if you could have used some darker plastic instead of the white.... now sure how that would have looked but it might have been worth a try.

(3) CAMERA WORK ,TECHNICAL The focus is wonderful, everything is very sharp. Lighting is very even and the small amounts of shadow are very light and not distracting at all.

(4) DIGITAL PROCESSING ,TECHNICAL Your post processing is good. Saturation is good. The colors just pop here and there is certainly that "wow" factor. Your cropping is excellent. I do not see any way that you could have improved on this.

(5)MEETING THE CHALLENGE This does an excellent job of meeting the challenge.

(6) MY OPINION ON THE PHOTO The subject here is great. The way you executed it is great. This is a photograph that you should be proud of.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/09/2003 09:37:20 AM
Interesting idea, but I don't think it makes a nice photo. The composition just doesn't work for me. The hammers lead my eyes out to the sides of the photo. I think a bit more asymmetry would have helped.
02/08/2003 07:49:52 AM
ice thought!! I feel the shape of the yellow is truely depicting the delicate extraction, and is in contrast with the hammer action. Was the title an after thought or it was planned like that right from the beginning??
02/07/2003 07:34:44 PM
Very creative. I even like the paper. It would have looked good with the eggs in a pan and a black background. Anyhow. Good job.
02/05/2003 11:57:58 AM
challenge met, although i really don't think this is the delicate way ;) this is a creative idea and technically a very sound photo. your lighting is nice and even, and your focus spot-on. i like it. i also like how the egg yolk ended up right in the middle of the shot, kind of connecting the two halves. what distracts me a little is the creased background and the slight highlights on it. i know this is a messy thing, but instead of a plastic bag maybe a large sheet of paper or thin cardboard that you can toss afterwards would've been more suitable. overall a really nice photo :)
02/04/2003 10:32:37 PM
not so delicate... creative composition... the backdrop needs to be smooth though... the wrinkles take away from the shot... a gamma/brightness/contrast adjustment might help hide those wrinkles... kind of like photoshop botox! A little less exposure might help too
02/03/2003 02:15:36 PM
Love how you didn't break the yoke. Wish you had used identical hammers, since it is before and after. That would have made this photo - the beginning of the hit and the carry through. But that's just my personal opinion. The background should have been smooth also, maybe iron it first. But it is a great clear well focused photo. Great composition, just needs better execution in my opinion.
02/03/2003 12:55:18 AM
great shot...nice focus and contrast.

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