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Standing in the Sunlight
Standing in the Sunlight

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Challenge: Where's Waldo? (Classic Editing)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix 4500
Location: At home.
Date: Feb 7, 2003
Aperture: F2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/17
Galleries: Humorous, Macro
Date Uploaded: Feb 9, 2003

I actually had some ideas on this challenge, and the fisrt and second ones went totally wrong! Sitting in my kitching and having some Sunlight... I decided to make the coins standing in the Sunlight! How does it work now?

Place: 50 out of 121
Avg (all users): 5.1386
Avg (commenters): 5.3684
Avg (participants): 4.4730
Avg (non-participants): 5.5234
Views since voting: 1255
Votes: 202
Comments: 21
Favorites: 1 (view)

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02/21/2003 04:03:14 PM
by karmat

The composition of this is strengthened by the pattern created by the coins, and the diagonals they form. I think the number of coins is okay, you just need a few more up in the upper left corner where it is open. maybe cropping it tighter on teh left would prevent you from having to stand any more coins up!

I think the depth of field is okay, personally, but historically, dpc voters like a lot of focus! The shadows of the coins also has a nice effect. That said, I will try to give some suggestions that would make it score higher (not necessarily what I think is better, understand). I think it may be a touch dark. Since you were using natural light, it is difficult to change that, I understand. Maybe a slower shutter speed or smaller aperture number (though your aperture seems to be pretty small), but I don't know if your camera will allow you to adjust that. I also think you need a "purer" background. The color is okay, but I can see lines that make me think this is a piece of paper or something.

A neat thing about this picture is if you stare at it long enough, the coins seem to be suspended. Your "Waldo" is hidden, I think, and I think it is effective that the depth of field is small.

Good work, and good luck in future challenges.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/17/2003 05:54:53 AM
""Very patient set up. The real waldo, too! Middle plane of focus may get you some focus comments. Did you do this for a reason (maybe to help "hide" your Waldo?)? But your background is so plain, Waldo still stands out plainly. Maybe more coins??? 7 Swash""

Thank you Swash, and your comment explained everything I needed to say on my picture. It was a confusing challenge for me. Just wanted to say that I can't see on the rule saying "You are supposed to put a "REAL PERSON" anywhere! In my language, person could mean anything including in the cartoon world or even animals for some occasions. The challenge title was "Where's Waldo?" Right? Also, I made Waldo out of focus to hide him in the picture, so that he is meant be out of focus... I leant a lot from this challenge, and I will try more simple, and undarstandable shots from now on!! lol!!

Well, I think I still like this one, and the cropping I did was a bit wrong and more coins definitely would have made it better... Well, I really enjoyed taking this picture! Yes, was quite annoying to stand the coins up... They kept fallen down, and made me crazy!!

Anyway, I don't want to be rude, just needed to defend myself a bit this time... Thank you all for all the votes and comments, and let's have fun on next challenge!!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/16/2003 10:44:43 PM
Cool shot, I like the lighting and Waldo. The background is a bit distracting though with the lines.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/15/2003 11:55:58 PM
This is an interesting interpretation of the challenge. Good job!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/14/2003 03:14:58 PM
No people, so no meet challenge.
02/13/2003 10:27:46 PM
Nice job of standing up the coins! The "Waldo" seems to be an afterthought to this shot, though.
02/13/2003 10:06:53 PM
Not enough focus for me personally. I'm assuming the little green thing is Waldo. To me it should have been in better focus, since it is the subject of the photo. I do like how you stood the coins on edge, nice touch. Your focus should be better to show that off.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/13/2003 01:07:38 AM
killer photo, probably my favorite so far. I'd reshoot it after the challenge without waldo because it looks so cool
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/11/2003 04:00:08 PM
Very patient set up. The real waldo, too! Middle plane of focus may get you some focus comments. Did you do this for a reason (maybe to help "hide" your Waldo?)? But your background is so plain, Waldo still stands out plainly. Maybe more coins??? 7 Swash
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/11/2003 03:36:52 PM
Good picture from the UK ...nice focus and depth of field
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/11/2003 12:11:20 PM
I see you!!! English pennys right? I would have prefered the focus to be wider on this photo though. Good idea anyway.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/11/2003 08:45:05 AM
i see your waldo, but we were supposed to hide a person in our pictures...
02/10/2003 08:57:28 PM
Neat, but you were supposed to hide a real person, not Waldo.
02/10/2003 07:57:18 PM
nice lighting, shadows, good photo
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2003 07:34:27 PM
Nice pic.
02/10/2003 05:09:18 PM
Good work - the long shadows really help this image. Waldo has been included nicely. I bet you had fun standing the coins on their sides as well. The depth of field is perhaps a little shorter than I would have chosen, but not bad.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2003 03:57:20 PM
good try
02/10/2003 02:36:59 PM
Good picture, i like the idea!!!!!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2003 09:46:56 AM
thats very cool. I like how you did that waldo face. Good job
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/10/2003 02:23:21 AM
Too bad that little guy isn't in focus! Otherwise I would have scored you higher.
02/10/2003 12:31:57 AM
I see waldo, but he is a little too out of focus. 6

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